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:


  • Edmonton-based tech company Health Gauge will conduct a study with theInternational Center for Diarrhoeal Disease Research to help reduce pregnancy complications and mortality in rural Bangladesh thanks to a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The research will look at how affordable wearable technology can help pregnant women with hypertensive conditions get help sooner, leading to better health outcomes.

  • Last week AHIA and Health City hosted an industry breakfast event featuring speakers like Health City CEO Reg Joseph and DIRTT’s Alyssa Lefaivre.
  • Carolyn Kincade, an Osseointegration Technologist at the Institute for Reconstructive Sciences in Medicine, was one of the 2018 NAIT alumni award recipients. Kincade uses a combination of new technologies like 3D printers with traditional oral prosthesis materials to rebuild the smiles of people who have undergone surgeries to remove neck and head tumours.
  • The University of Alberta and Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry will host a Celebration of Life for Dr. Richard Fedorak on Dec. 11 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the in the Bernard Snell Hall Theatre, Walter C. Mackenzie Health Sciences Building. Fedorak died on November 8 after a battle with cancer.
  • The Institute of Health Economics also issued a statement on Dr. Richard Fedorak recognizing his professional contributions.
  • In case you missed it, the federal government has pitched in $2.5 million towards a new artificial intelligence and supercomputing hub, AI-Hub, at the University of Alberta which will connect small businesses, academics and high-performance computers.
  • Local startup Joos, was featured by NAIT’s Tech Life Today. The company was founded when Gabriela Touma teamed up with NAIT culinary arts graduates to create “healthy Kool-aid.” Touma has Hashimoto’s disease, which is an inflammatory autoimmune disease as well as fibromyalgia and found fresh juices helped her symptoms, but she was looking for an easier and tastier alternative.
  • Trioova, a virtual health clinic app, is hiring a web and mobile UI/UX Designer in Edmonton.


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