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

Local headlines

  • In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, the University Hospital Foundation donated $10 million—the largest one-time donation in the institute’s history.
  • Ernst and Young will be conducting a review of Alberta Health Service’s three health information systems: Alberta Netcare, MyHealth Records and the Connect Care platform, which has not yet been launched.
  • University Hospital Foundation president Joyce Mallman Law will be retiring at the end of September. She’s been with the foundation for 32 years.
  • Edmonton and area health innovation companies are among the recipients of $27 million in funding for 23 projects from the federal government. See the full list of projects funded here.
  • The University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry is looking for an academic chair who will also concurrently be appointed as Zone Clinical Department Head for the Department of Medicine, Edmonton Zone, Alberta Health Services.
  • BioNeutra, the creator of low-calorie, nutritious sweetener VitaFiber, credits the Advanced Technology Centre community with attracting investors.
  • Researchers at the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health have developed a portable, one-step test for dengue, which could make testing for the disease faster and more efficient.
  • University of Alberta psychiatrist Peter Silverstone led a study on post-traumatic stress disorder in Fort McMurray students following the wildfires and will be offering a new program for junior high students to manage stress.
  • Alberta and the United Kingdom signed a memorandum of understanding to explore partnerships in innovation and commercialization of new technologies, including artificial intelligence, health and life sciences.
  • DrugBank released a list of updates, including new simple and clinical descriptions to its drug data.


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