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What is Health Research Doing?

1985

Dr. John Remmers of the University of Calgary discovers sleep apnea is caused by a narrowing of the pharynx and creates the CPAP machine, the current world standard of treatment.

1989

Canada’s first islet transplant is carried out by the Islet Transplant group at the University of Alberta in the quest to find better diabetes treatments.

1992

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

1999

Dr. Shapiro from the University of Alberta works with the Islet Transplantation Group to develop The Edmonton Protocol, reducing dependence on insulin in people with type 1 diabetes.

2001

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

2006

A trans-cranial Doppler device shows doctors if an intravenous stroke treatment is working. 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 preventing 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

Developed by Dr. Garnette Sutherland and the team at the University of Calgary, the world’s first MRI-compatible surgical robot is capable of both microsurgery and image-guided biopsy.

2012

New bioreactor technology created by Dr. Derrick Rancourt and Dr. Roman Krawetz of the University of Calgary allows for the production of millions of stem cells 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 viral strain of hepatitis C can treat all known strains of the virus.

2014

Researchers at the Cross Cancer Institute find that combining two existing drugs doubles 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 just 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 results in a groundbreaking stroke treatment procedure that reduces the number of stroke-caused deaths by 50%.

Today

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