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- The Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii) published a couple of case studies showing the potential for artificial intelligence and machine learning in health. One is on Clinilytics, a health-analytics spinoff from electronic medical records company Clinisys. The other is on StreamML, which supported the work of CardiAI and spun off Bio-Stream Diagnostics.
- True Angle’s Jana Rieger spoke to Dr. John Wolfaardt about being a technological disruptor in health care on her YouTube series, Enjoy the Life You’re Living.
- Health Cities has resumed its Companies Growing Companies series, which explores what it takes to succeed and grow in the health innovation sector. Next up is a conversation with Best Buy Health and AGE-WELL on April 28.
- Applied Pharmaceutical Innovation (API) announced the next stage in a clinical trial called the Canadian Maraviroc Randomized Controlled Trial to Augment Rehabilitation Outcomes After Stroke (CAMAROS) to see if Maraviroc could be repurposed to help post-stroke patients recover motor skills.
- Rakesh Bhat has joined Entos Pharmaceuticals as its senior manager of manufacturing and procurement.
- University of Alberta immunologist Shokrollah Elahi may have discovered why HIV is never fully eliminated from patients despite the effectiveness of antiretroviral therapy. A missing protein called CD73 compromises the ability of T cells to find and eliminate HIV-infected cells. “This provides us the opportunity to come up with potential new treatments that would help killer T cells migrate better to gain access to the infected cells in different tissues,” Elahi told Folio.
- The Resilience and Hope for Ukraine program from the Mental Health Foundation is sending text messages offering support to those affected by the war in Ukraine. Text “Hope4Ukraine” to 393939 to receive a hopeful message in Ukrainian, English, French, and Russian.
- The University of Alberta’s Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry highlighted efforts to respond to Alberta’s need for health practitioners in rural and remote areas by finding placements for students outside urban areas.
- Alberta Health Services has closed its COVID-19 testing site at the Edmonton Expo Centre after completing more than 470,000 swabs over the past year and a half.
- PRIMED Medical Products announced the production of 100 million masks at its manufacturing facility in Cambridge, Ont.
- March 30-31: IoT North Conference
- March 31, 6pm: Alberta Accelerator by 500: Batch 1 Digital Demo Day
- April 5, 12pm: Development of a Vaccine Against Trypanosomiasis (Sleeping Sickness)
- April 8, 2pm: Library Resources and Research for Entrepreneurs: A Case Study
- April 19, 12pm: Indigenous Perspectives with Dr. Wayne Clark, PhD
- April 27, 12pm: Building a Team for Success – Sandra Spencer (for University of Alberta students, postdocs, faculty, and staff)
- April 28, 12pm: Companies Growing Companies: Learn with Best Buy Health and Age-Well from Health Cities
- May 17: DiscoveryLab Meeting
- May 24-27: Amii’s AI Week
- June 1-3: Inventures conference in Calgary and online
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