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


        • Dr. Alika Lafontaine, the first Indigenous president-elect of the Canadian Medical Association, talked about reconciliation in health care in an interview with U of A’s Folio.
        • Two U of A researchers from the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute, Sue-Ann Mok and Dr. Trevor Steve, were awarded $100,000 grants from the Brain Canada Foundation for their work on detecting and treating Alzheimer’s disease.
        • Kristi Baker, a U of A researcher, is working on how killer T cells could be used to remedy a certain type of colon cancer.
        • Dr. Monty Ghosh, a U of A assistant professor and addictions specialist, is part of a team that received $2 million from Health Canada to fight the overdose epidemic. Ghosh helped launched the National Overdose Response Service, which aims to end drug use isolation.
        • Dr. Frances Harley, Alberta’s first pediatric nephrologist, was inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence. Harley was a pioneer in caring for children with kidney disease and was a co-founder of the Canadian Association of Paediatric Nephrologists.
        • Aurora Cannabis has launched Bidiol, the first medical cannabis oil in Uruguay. The company aims to make the country its continental centre of production and distribution.
        • John Lewis, the CEO of Entos Pharmaceuticals, spoke to BIOTECanada’s Insights Magazine about the company’s DNA-based COVID-19 vaccine and plans to tackle other ailments like age-related diseases and cancer.
        • PBG BioPharma Inc. announced it has received a licence from Health Canada for the manufacturing, packaging, and labelling of natural health products at its facility in Leduc. This allows the addition of nutraceuticals, herbal remedies, vitamins, minerals, and other over-the-counter therapeutics to its business.


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