Each week Taproot brings together the latest on the research, technology, companies and people changing health and healthcare for the better in Edmonton.

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


  • UAlberta researchers created a container smaller than a credit card that safely stores heart-attack medication and it’s now for sale. Read the full story here.
  • The Royal Alexandra Hospital is opening a 24/7 mental health and addictions centre. The clinic is scheduled to open later this year.
  • Three Alberta startups based on technologies developed through GlycoNet-funded research received additional funding this week to help them translate their innovations into tangible outcomes.
  • The University of Alberta Hospital is closer to getting a new neurosciences intensive care unit, with $12 million from the province and an additional $12 million from the University Hospital Foundation, in addition to the $50 million the foundation had already pledged and $99,000 from Wayne Gretzky.
  • Tricia McGuire-Adams, a University of Alberta researcher in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, was recently profiled by Folio for her study on how physical activity helped connect Anishinaabeg women with the concept of “gweysayjitodoon indo bimaadiziiwin” or “transforming oneself into a better life.”
  • Run For Stuff v 2.0 is out now. The app, developed by a group of MacEwan University students, gives people incentives for being physically active. CityTV showcased the app last week.
  • The 2018 Health Hack Competition gets underway this week at the University of Calgary. The innovation icebreaker takes place on Oct. 11, and the challenge pitches and team formations start the next day. The actual health hack weekend runs from Nov. 23 to 25.


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