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Here are some highlights from this week’s Health Innovation Roundup:


  • The University of Alberta and Edmonton-based Brass Dome Ventures Ltd. have launched a new accelerator program called imYEG accelerator to increase the commercialization of research-driven innovation.
  • The Alberta government said it’s planning to cover a $2.8-million gene therapy treatment for babies with a rare genetic disorder on a case-by-case basis, reported the Edmonton Journal.
  • U of A researchers discovered a new method to identify the severity of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in patients and track its progression.
  • new U of A study showed there is no evidence that losing weight before undergoing knee surgery is beneficial for people with arthritis.
  • According to U of A research, flourishing student-athletes use a range of mental health strategies to help them maintain a healthy mental outlook throughout the school year.
  • Edmonton-based Health Gauge announced that it has sold the majority of its ownership to AI/ML Innovations Inc., based in Ontario.
  • Alberta Innovates celebrated its 100th anniversary on Jan. 27. “Alberta Innovates has set its sights on fostering the growth and adoption of new and emerging technologies across our province’s traditional sectors and on creating new digital-based industries,” it said.
  • U of A computing science professor Michael Bowling was elected fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) for his contributions to the field of artificial intelligence.


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