New canola-killing clubroot strains found in Western Canada

Their emergence of nine new strains points to the importance of broader strategies to protect crops in Western Canada

New canola-killing clubroot strains found in Western CanadaNine new strains of clubroot – a disease that can kill canola crops – have been discovered in Western Canadian fields. While that’s not good news for producers, the discovery shows how important it is to build a multi-pronged strategy for protecting their crops, not relying solely on canola plants bred to resist the disease,…

Critical reagents needed for COVID-19 testing now produced in Canada

Up until now, Canada has been highly dependent on foreign suppliers

Critical reagents needed for COVID-19 testing now produced in CanadaUniversity of Alberta spinoff company Applied Quantum Materials Inc. (AQM) is using its chemical production expertise to partner with Alberta Health Services (AHS) and Alberta Precision Labs to provide critical reagents needed for COVID-19 testing. “These reagents – or ‘magnetic beads’ – used in standard nucleic acid testing are the gold standard for molecular tests,” said Stacey Hume, associate professor in…

Pharmacy students lend a steady hand with COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Doing their final work placements before graduation

Pharmacy students lend a steady hand with COVID-19 vaccine rolloutOn the first day COVID-19 vaccines were given at the southeast Edmonton pharmacy where Mina Nagib works, the atmosphere was electric. “People came dressed up to get their vaccine, wearing suits or traditional dress,” he said. “It was a celebrated event – a major milestone for the patients and for the pharmacists.” The student in…

U of A researcher to work with N.W.T. communities to promote vaccinations

Project to develop culturally appropriate program is among 19 projects to receive funding from Canadian Institutes of Health Research

U of A researcher to work with N.W.T. communities to promote vaccinationsA University of Alberta researcher will consult with two Indigenous communities in the Northwest Territories to co-create a culturally appropriate promotion program for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection and the main cause of cervical cancer worldwide, but it is preventable with a vaccine for females aged nine to…

Researcher designs better ventilation controls to stop spread of Covid-19

New approach controls viruses indoors to hopefully avoid future pandemic shutdowns

Researcher designs better ventilation controls to stop spread of Covid-19An engineering researcher is building smarter controls for building ventilation systems to maximize fresh air intake and minimize the spread of viruses such as SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19. Yousef Alipouri’s project is one of six to receive new funding from the Alberta Innovates Graduate Fellowship in Health Innovation. “With our approach we can control viruses indoors…

Grads strive to improve care for LGBTQ2SPIA+ cancer patients

National survey identifies potential issues and areas for improvement among radiation therapy professionals

Grads strive to improve care for LGBTQ2SPIA+ cancer patientsA new study led by a group of recently graduated radiation therapy students at the University of Alberta shows that many in the profession feel more training is needed to properly care for cancer patients in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, two-spirit, pansexual, intersex, asexual, plus (LGBTQ2SPIA+) community. The team – Samantha Chan, Samie…

Regular exercise may help expecting moms stave off depression

Study suggests following physical activity guidelines could help a vulnerable group that is bearing the brunt of social isolation

Regular exercise may help expecting moms stave off depressionNew moms and pregnant mothers-to-be who were physically active in the early days of the pandemic had a 30 per cent less chance of experiencing depression, according to a study that also shows this already vulnerable group continues to bear the brunt of the isolation measures. “It’s not like it was a big shock that…

Protective masks found to be safe for moderate and heavy exercise

Evidence review shows wearing a mask during exercise doesn’t affect cardiopulmonary function

Protective masks found to be safe for moderate and heavy exerciseA review of evidence by a team of Canadian and U.S.-based researchers shows that for most people, using face masks during moderate to heavy exercise does not affect lung function. The review, published in Annals of the American Thoracic Society, and referenced in guidance issued from the World Health Organization, examined the effects of various face masks and…

Adjusting language can improve the health of LGBTQ+ patients

Two-spirit Indigenous nurse will share insights at upcoming Inclusive Health Conference

Adjusting language can improve the health of LGBTQ+ patientsPronouns are a matter of life or death for Keith King, a registered nurse who identifies as two-spirit and Métis. “When I greet a new patient I’ll say, ‘Hi, my name’s Keith, I’m a registered nurse and my pronouns are he/him. What can I do for you today?’” King said. “And that just sets the stage…

Indigenous language learning made easy through technology

After finding few digital resources available, Delaney Lothian decided to create a game and app for learning Cree language

Indigenous language learning made easy through technologyDelaney Lothian jumped at the chance to take an introductory Cree language course – an opportunity to expand beyond the programming languages of her computing science major at the University of Alberta. Like any 21st-century student, she turned to the internet for help. To her surprise, she found very few digital resources for Cree. “The…

Made-in-Alberta COVID-19 vaccine candidate goes to clinical trials

DNA-based vaccine offers advantages that could make it easier to get into the arms of Canadians if approved

Made-in-Alberta COVID-19 vaccine candidate goes to clinical trialsA made-in-Alberta COVID-19 vaccine is taking a major step forward on the path to Health Canada approval with the start of a Phase 1 clinical trial. Entos Pharmaceuticals, an Edmonton company led by CEO and University of Alberta researcher John Lewis, has shipped a vaccine for testing to the Canadian Centre for Vaccinology in Halifax. The…

Celebrating the life of David Schindler

The U of A community mourns the loss of the world-renowned ecologist and environmentalist, and honours his achievements

Celebrating the life of David SchindlerThe University of Alberta is mourning the loss of ecology professor emeritus David Schindler, a devoted family man, friend and mentor, and one of the world’s strongest and most respected voices addressing one of the planet’s most pressing issues – ensuring water safety and sustainability. Schindler was 80. Born August 3, 1940, in Fargo, N.D.,…

Pushing boundaries so women don’t have to ‘suffer in silence’

In honour of International Women’s Day, we celebrate three research-focused clinicians who are improving women’s health

Pushing boundaries so women don’t have to ‘suffer in silence’As the world marks International Women’s Day, we celebrate the scientists who are working to improve women’s health. More than 140 researchers are working on women, children’s and perinatal medicine through the Women and Children's Health Research Institute (WCHRI) at the University of Alberta, supported by the Alberta Women’s Health Foundation and the Stollery Children’s Foundation.…

Initiative to raise awareness of women’s health research launched

Women’s Health Collective Canada will support research to fill knowledge gaps and meet women’s unique health needs, along with educating

Initiative to raise awareness of women’s health research launchedWomen make up roughly half the population and have given birth to everyone, yet have remained largely excluded from medical research and drug trials, according to Sharlene Rutherford, president and CEO of the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation (RAHF). “We know it can take 17 years for medical research to filter down to clinical practice, and women…

New funding could help scientists unlock the quantum internet

Will help researchers build next-gen, ultra-secure networks for quantum computers

New funding could help scientists unlock the quantum internetOn Oct. 29, 1969, researchers at UCLA, with help from a computer the size of a cement truck, sent what would become the first message over the first incarnation of the “internet” to Stanford. The first two letters of the one-word message, LOGIN, made the cross-California trip before the fledgling system crashed. “Fifty years ago…