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What is Health Research Doing?

1985

Dr. John Remmers (University of Calgary) discovers that narrowing of the pharyx causes sleep apnea. He creates the CPAP machine, the current world standard of treatment.

1989

The Islet Transplant Group (University of Alberta) carries out Canada’s first islet transplant. This is one step in the quest to find better diabetes treatments.

1992

Dr. Sam Weiss (University of Calgary) discovers neural stem cells in adult mammal brains. This leads to new approaches for brain cell replacement and repair. It also dispels false ideas that the brain can’t regenerate.

1999

Dr. Shapiro (University of Alberta) works with the Islet Transplantation Group to develop The Edmonton Protocol. This reduces dependence on insulin in people with Type 1 diabetes.

2001

Researchers create a technique so people with severe Type 1 diabetes can stop taking insulin for a short time. This makes treatment safer and more convenient for patients.

2006

A trans-cranial Doppler device shows doctors if an intravenous stroke treatment works. Ultrasound waves determine if arteries are open and how blood is flowing.

2006

The Zeidler Gastrointestinal Health Centre opens. This is Canada’s first clinical facility dedicated to gastroenterology.

2008

Researchers find a new way to treat E. coli by keeping the bacterium from reaching the kidneys.

2009

A researcher finds a biomarker in prostate cancer patients that tells doctors if the cancer will come back or spread. This way they can treat patients earlier and more aggressively.

2010

University of Calgary researchers make a key advance in connecting brain cells to a silicon chip. This “neurochip” screens drugs for patients with brain disorders and determines which ones are likely to be effective.

2012

Dr. Garnette Sutherland and a team at the University of Calgary develop the world’s first MRI-compatible surgical robot. It’s capable of both microsurgery and image-guided biopsy.

2012

Dr. Derrick Rancourt and Dr. Roman Krawetz (University of Calgary) create bioreactor technology that allows millions of stem cells to produce without the risk of cancer.

2012

Inspired by a complex suture pattern, an Edmonton doctor develops a wound-clamping device to stop hemorrhaging, one of the leading causes of preventable death.

2013

Alberta researchers learn that a hepatitis C viral strain can treat all known strains of the virus.

2014

Researchers at the Cross Cancer Institute combine two existing drugs to double the life expectancy of patients with multiple myeloma.

2014

A non-invasive, electrode-based cardiac system gives real-time access to heart data without the use of a catheter. This reduces patient discomfort and lowers the time spent gathering cardiac readings from hours to minutes.

2015

A surgical robot joins the staff at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women to help patients with uterine and cervical cancer. Surgeries now result in less pain, less bleeding, and faster recovery.

2015

The Alberta-run ESCAPE Trial leads to a groundbreaking stroke treatment procedure. As a result, the number of stroke-related deaths lowers by 50%.

2017

Researchers at the University of Alberta identify ways to repair gene malfunction and prevent heart failure in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

2017

Dr. David Eisenstat and his research team (University of Alberta) find that mutations in two genes can affect brain development. This could lead to new therapies for some people with autism and seizure disorders.

2018

University of Alberta scientists find that a drug used to treat hepatitis could slow disease progression in ALS patients.

2019

A cardiac research team (University of Alberta) finds that a synthetic peptide can help save more patients with aortic aneurysms.

Today

Research is helping advance knowledge, improve our world, and shape the future.