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 federal government announced 16 University of Alberta labs will receive $3 million in funding including Pharmacologist Dr. Anna Taylor’s lab, which is looking into how gut microbiome changes with opioid use.
  • Edmonton-based Canadian Glycomics Network announced $1.45 million in funding for eight translational research projects at eight universities, including two at the University of Alberta.
    • “As a Network of Centres of Excellence, GlycoNet focuses resources from the federal government and partner organizations to address critical medical, social and economic challenges,” Dr. Elizabeth Nanak, Executive Director, GlycoNet, said in a news release. “Projects are reviewed externally to assess their scientific excellence and commercial potential. These grants are a key part of our knowledge translation strategy which aims to move research out of the lab and into the market and public spaces so that cutting-edge treatments and new medical technologies can benefit Canadians.”
  • Edmonton’s PolypDx, the company behind the urine-based test for colon cancer, got a shout out in the latest edition of the Health Technology Update by the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health.


  • The 2019 Annual Warren E. Kalbach Population Conference will be held at the Stollery Executive Development Centre on March 29.
  • The 2019 Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health Symposium will be held in Edmonton from April 14 to 16.
  • SingularityU Canada’s 2019 Summit will be held in Edmonton on April 23 and 24. This year’s event will focus on challenges concerning Health, Energy, Prosperity, and Citizenship.
  • The John Cameron Changing Lives Foundation will host the fundraising music and speaking event CRESCENDO at the Winspear Centre May 4 at 7 p.m. TSN sports personality Michael Landsberg and performers with Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree will take the stage in support Addiction and Mental Health Access 24/7.
  • The Canadian Cytometry and Microscopy Association will host its next conference at the University of Alberta on June 17 and 18.

You’ll have to travel for:

  • 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.
  • Inventure$ 2019, an “un-conference” for entrepreneurs and startups to connect with investors, will be held in Calgary from June 7 to 9. The deadline to apply to pitch is March 15.

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