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


        • Maclean’s cited the U of A as having the best nursing program in Canada. Other U of A programs of note include education, which placed third from the top, and its computer science and engineering programs, both of which ranked fifth.
        • The Digital Overdose Response System app has been expanded to Edmonton. The app provides a safety net for people who use opioids alone. If they don’t respond to a timer, they will get a call, and medical services would be dispatched to their location.
        • Cyril Kay, professor emeritus of biochemistry at the U of A, was inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence. Kay spent over 60 years studying proteins and is considered among the top protein chemists in the world.
        • A study led by U of A School of Public Health professor Roman Pabayo found that Americans who face barriers to voting are less likely to have health insurance. The study was published in The Lancet Regional Health – Americas.
        • U of A immunologist Shokrollah Elahi led a study looking at anemia in males versus females and how the impact on the immune system differs between the two sexes.
        • U of A surgery professor Dr. James Shapiro was interviewed on The Inner Circle with Carrie Doll about his career, including his work on diabetes research.


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