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

Local headlines

  • Alberta stuck in 20th century health care system – just one of the statements from the  report by the blue ribbon panel on Alberta finances released on Sept. 3. The panel was led by former Saskatchewan finance minister Janice MacKinnon.
  • The federal government announced $1.8 million in funding for the Glenrose Rehabilitation Research Innovation and Technology Hub to commercialize health care technology and to expand the hub to Calgary.
  • University of Alberta mechanical engineering researchers are teaming up with an international student from the Mitacs Globalink program to create wearable technology for athletic training to prevent muscular-skeletal injury and improve rehabilitation.
  • won the Falling Walls 19 competition and will be representing Alberta at the Berlin competition in November. Its new technology could allow ultrasounds to be analyzed from anywhere, even remote locations.
  • The Edmonton Downtown Business Association released a report on the cities’ tech sector, which they say is at a tipping point.
  • Research out of the University of Alberta found three years after the legalization of medical assistance in dying that few Albertans are choosing euthanasia due to a lack of knowledge on the subject. The research was published in the journal Health and Social Care in the Community. 
  • Neurologist Zaeem Siddiqi and graduate student Derrick Blackmorepublished research in Metabolomics about the discovery of a biomarker for myasthenia gravis, a rare autoimmune disease.
  • Metabolomic Technologies Inc. is looking for a QA/RA Manager of Medical Devices.


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