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  • More lung transplants may be possible

    For the first time, scientists in the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University Health Network, have successfully used gene therapy to repair human donor lungs, making them potentially suitable for transplantation. This technique could significantly expand the number of donor lungs by repairing organs that are currently discarded and...

  • Leishmania is a deadly parasitic disease that affects over 12 million people worldwide. More than 2 million new cases are reported every year. Until recently, scientists were unsure exactly how the parasite survives inside human cells. That mystery has now been solved, according to a new study published in Science Signaling by a team led by Dr. Martin Olivier – a scientist at the...

  • Alberta scientists have invented a revolutionary new system that improves the quality of life for people paralysed by stroke or spinal cord injury. Led by Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) Scientist Arthur Prochazka, PhD, the University of Alberta (U of A) team has designed a system known as ReJoyce and completed a successful clinical trial with participants from across...

  • When the University of Alberta’s diabetes research team first announced a revolutionary procedure to transplant pancreatic islet cells into insulin- depended diabetics, so many hopeful patients called in that the hospital’s switchboard crashed for three days.

    A decade later, the procedure- known around the world as the Edmonton Protocol-has been improved and refined, and funding for...

  • Omega-3s ease psychological distress and depressive symptoms often suffered by menopausal and perimenopausal women, according to researchers at Université Laval’s Faculty of Medicine. Their study, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, presents the first evidence that omega-3 supplements are effective for treating common menopause-related mental health problems....

  • In a new study, researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), McGill University, and the Université de Montréal have discovered an essential mechanism for the maintenance of the normal structure of myelin, the protective covering that insulates and supports nerve cells (neurons).

    Until this discovery, very little was known about how myelin is maintained. The new information...

  • Researchers at Robarts Research Institute at The University of Western Ontario have found clear evidence that increases in the size of the brain ventricles are directly associated with cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease.

    Ventricles are fluid-filled cavities in the brain. The research, led by Robarts scientist Robert Bartha, shows the volume of the brain ventricles expands as...

  • The Public Health Agency of Canada’s Chief Science Advisor has been variously referred to as “Canada’s leading virus hunter, AIDS vaccine crusader and guardian of public health.” Dr. Frank Plummer is certainly dedicated to infectious disease research – and much more. Francis Allen Plummer began his distinguished career in public health 32 years ago as an eager young medical doctor out of the...

  • The Canadian Child and Youth Health -Coalition (CCYHC) is a collaboration of five major national organizations working together to advance the cause of child and youth health in Canada.

    Over the last few months, the CCYHC asked its members across Canada the following question: “What is the most important Canadian discovery which has had the greatest impact or has the greatest potential...

  • Surgical practices of a century ago were a far cry from the surgical standards seen today in operating rooms in human and veterinary hospitals, and in animal research facilities. Until the successful demonstration of the use of ether as a general anesthetic by Morton in Boston in 1846, surgery was an unbelievably painful ordeal for the patient. Surgical intervention was regarded as a last...

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