Each week Taproot brings together the latest on the research, technology, companies and people changing health and healthcare for the better in Edmonton. If you have a suggestion for a future edition of the roundup, send it to hello@taprootedmonton.ca for consideration.

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


  • The Institute of Reconstructive Sciences in Medicine celebrates 25 years of innovation with a research symposium and gala last week.
  • Researchers at the University of Alberta are at the pre-clinical stagesof investigating a potential treatment to increase the potency of chemotherapy while also protecting the heart from side effects of the treatment. The research was published in the journal Science Translational Medicine. The research team plans on reaching out to pharmaceutical companies that may have existing drugs with similar properties currently in use for other diseases.
  • The province gave more details on a $226 million children’s mental health centre, which is expected to open in 2024. Health Minister Sarah Hoffman announced The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Centre will have 101 inpatient beds, walk-in and crisis services, specialized outpatient clinics, a mobile response team, school-based treatment and more.
  • The University of Alberta’s nanoFAB facility got a $3.4 million cash injection from the provincial and federal government, and biomedical nano-device company Micralyne Inc.
  • Genome Alberta hosted a podcast episode with University of Alberta professor Dr. Paul Stothard and Chief of Bioinformatics at the National MIcrobiology Lab in Winnipeg Dr. Gary Van Domselaar for the $940,000 project Prokshee. The software will be available for public and private researchers dealing with data on bacterial genome sequencing.
  • HealthCare Business News profiled University of Alberta computing science graduate student Ian Watts through a Q&A about ProjectDR, which lets CT and MR scans be displayed on a patient’s body in a way that moves with the patient through augmented reality.


  • On Feb. 13 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Maple Leaf Room of Lister Centre at 11613 87 Ave NW, Canada Research Chair in Machine Intelligence for Rehabilitation at the University of Alberta Patrick Pilarski will be giving a talk to UAlberta alumni and guests about Artificial Intelligence applications in physical and rehabilitation medicine.
  • The 2019 Edmonton World Health Organization Simulation Conference will host a three-day conference from Feb. 15 to 17 at the University of Alberta.
  • TEC Valhalla Angels will host an investment seminar for entrepreneurs in the health and life sciences sector at TEC Edmonton in the fourth floor atrium at 10230 Jasper Avenue starting at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 23. The event is sponsored by HealthCity.
  • The Healthy Community Symposium by the Communities ChooseWell and the Alberta Cancer Prevention Legacy Fund will host the “Connecting Changemakers” symposium at the Santa Maria Goretti Centre at 11050 90 Street from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on March 7 and from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 8.
  • The 2019 Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health Symposium will be held in Edmonton from April 14 to 16.
  • The T4M Start-up World trade show for medical technology innovators will be held in Stuttgart, Germany on May 7 to 9.
  • Abstract submissions for eHealth 2019 have closed, but there is room at the conference for delegates. The conference runs from May 26 to 29 at the Beanfield Centre in Toronto, ON.

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