Researchers developing treatment for protective wear that kills viruses

‘Self-decontaminating’ medical gowns and masks could also be washed and reused, says U of A textile scientist

Researchers developing treatment for protective wear that kills virusesNew University of Alberta research aims to make medical gowns and masks even safer for front-line health-care workers. Using a one-year, $50,000 NSERC Alliance COVID-19 grant, textiles scientist Patricia Dolez is leading research on developing a textile treatment that would kill viruses – including COVID-19 – on contact. “We are developing something that will make these fabrics self-decontaminating,”…

FDA approves new cardiovascular drug based on study at U of A

Vericiguat, which was shown to reduce risk of cardiovascular death and heart failure, passes final regulatory hurdle in the United States

FDA approves new cardiovascular drug based on study at U of AThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the drug vericiguat for use in patients with heart failure. The drug – a first-of-its-kind, once-daily oral treatment for patients with worsening chronic heart failure – was approved in part thanks to the VICTORIA (Vericiguat Global Study In Subjects With Heart Failure With Reduced Ejection Fraction) clinical study…

Eating human food could mean trouble for urban coyotes, study shows

New U of A research illustrates link between anthropogenic diet, human-like gut bacteria and poor health

Eating human food could mean trouble for urban coyotes, study showsA diet rich in human food may be wreaking havoc on the health of urban coyotes, according to a new study by University of Alberta biologists. The research team from the Faculty of Science examined the stomach contents, gut microbiome and overall health of nearly 100 coyotes in Edmonton’s capital region. Their results also show coyotes…

Collaboration key to solving medicine’s thorniest problems

A focus on teamwork and patient needs has led to breakthroughs in the search for cancer therapies, antivirals and safer drugs

Collaboration key to solving medicine’s thorniest problemsKhaled Barakat was stars-truck the first time he met Michael Houghton in 2012. He knew the U of A virologist and director of the Li Ka Shing Applied Virology Institute was renowned for discovering the hepatitis C virus and was likely to win a Nobel Prize (which Houghton eventually did in 2020). Barakat, a PhD in biophysics, landed an…

Discovery could lead to more precise way to treat Parkinson’s disease

Potential biomarker could help with optimal electrode placement in deep brain stimulation surgery

Discovery could lead to more precise way to treat Parkinson’s diseaseUniversity of Alberta researchers have discovered a potential biomarker – the response of a particular reflex in the body dubbed the Hoffmann reflex – that would help surgeons deliver deep brain stimulation (DBS) more precisely and effectively to patients with advanced Parkinson’s disease. The work, led by U of A neurosurgeon Tejas Sankar, was recently published in the…

Alberta’s forest industries focus of new U of A research chair

Alberta’s forest industries focus of new U of A research chairThe sustainability of Alberta’s forest industries will be strengthened through a new $4.125-million research chair being established at the University of Alberta. The Endowed Chair in Forest Growth & Yield, being established in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences (ALES), will focus on research that improves understanding of the growth of Alberta’s forests. “The new…

New drug offers hope for breast as well as blood cancers

New drug offers hope for breast as well as blood cancersOne more piece of the puzzle has fallen into place behind a new drug whose anti-cancer potential was developed at the University of Alberta and is set to begin human trials this year, thanks to newly published research. “The results provide more justification and rationale for starting the clinical trial in May,” said first author John Mackey,…

Family-friendly podcast decodes basics of criminal law for children

Each episode explores basic elements of criminal law in ways children can easily grasp

Family-friendly podcast decodes basics of criminal law for childrenWith a charming sidekick and a fun format, University of Alberta Faculty of Law professor Peter Sankoff has created a new podcast to simplify concepts of criminal law for Canadians aged 10 to 100. Translating Criminal Law: Rated G debuted Jan. 11, co-hosted by Sankoff, a professor of criminal law with a part-time appellate practice, and his daughter Penny, a…

Sonic lab will help researchers shape the sound of things to come

Designing soundscapes for everything from music therapy in hospitals to community building

Sonic lab will help researchers shape the sound of things to comeA new, state-of-the-art sound laboratory at the University of Alberta will help advance innovative research in audio design and sonic experience – everything from music therapy for hospital patients to soundscapes in gaming to understanding how sound creates community. Called Sound3 Lab – to denote the three areas of sound art, sound health and sound…
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