Research opens new path for diagnosing and treating diabetes

Only a “proof of concept” at this stage, but validates the need for further research

Research opens new path for diagnosing and treating diabetesA team of researchers led by a University of Alberta pharmacology professor has mapped the function and gene expression of individual insulin-producing cells within the human pancreas, opening new paths of research for diagnosing and treating diabetes. “There’s been a lot of excitement the last few years about understanding how pancreatic beta cells make insulin,” said Patrick MacDonald,…

Study provides proof of concept for synthesizing carbyne

Study provides proof of concept for synthesizing carbyneThe properties of an incredibly light and ultra-strong material called carbyne have only been theoretically predicted – until now. Synthesis of the material may actually be possible, according to new research from University of Alberta chemists. “Carbyne has been predicted by theoretical studies to be stiffer and stronger than any currently known material – for…

Heart transplant expert explores link between blood group, COVID-19

U of A pediatric cardiologist Lori West one of six researchers receiving $2.8 million in federal funding in fight against pandemic

Heart transplant expert explores link between blood group, COVID-19University of Alberta-made tools built to study ABO blood group issues in organ transplant patients have been brought into the COVID-19 fight to determine why people with different blood types react differently to COVID-19. “The tools allow us to look at these pieces of the ABO-COVID-19 connection,” said Lori West, Canada Research Chair in Cardiac Transplantation…

How stigma makes pandemics worse for marginalized groups

COVID-19 isn’t affecting everyone equally, says U of A diversity expert who recommends ways to help overcome harmful biases

How stigma makes pandemics worse for marginalized groupsThe assumption that pandemics affect everyone equally is wrong and is helping to unnecessarily stigmatize socio-economically disadvantaged groups, according to a University of Alberta diversity expert. “If we are focusing on the aspect of stigma and bias alone, viruses or bacteria might have an address,” said Helly Goez, a pediatric neurologist in the Faculty of Medicine &…

Who will be getting Covid-19 vaccination first?

A national survey will ask Canadians their opinions of a just unveiled list of priority recipients

Who will be getting Covid-19 vaccination first?Canadians will get their say on who they think should get any COVID-19 vaccine first, thanks to a research team led by the University of Alberta’s Shannon MacDonald, assistant professor in the Faculty of Nursing. Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has just unveiled its list of priority recipients (click Recommendations). Priority groups include health-care workers, people…

As domestic abuse victims move online for support, abusers can follow

Social services providing online help amid pandemic need to be aware of how technology can be used and misused, argues U of A researcher

As domestic abuse victims move online for support, abusers can followSocial service providers must be more alert to the role of social media and communications technology in domestic abuse, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new commentary co-written by a University of Alberta graduate student. Since the pandemic began, social service providers have been aiding their clients online as some shelters and other…

Lorne Cardinal wins August Schellenberg Award

Best known for his role as the Sgt. Davis Quinton on Corner Gas, he has more than 100 film, television and stage credits on his resume

Lorne Cardinal wins August Schellenberg AwardLorne Cardinal turned down a role in the popular television series North of 60 to attend theatre school. His agent thought he was crazy to pass on such a marquee opportunity. But Cardinal’s acting coach in Kamloops, Dave Edwards, told him nothing was more important than training if he wanted to make a career of it. So…

National framework built for computer science curriculum

Teaching guide aims to give students across Canada an earlier introduction to essential concepts and skills

National framework built for computer science curriculumAt a time when reliance on digital technology and online interaction is a daily fact of life, fewer than half of Canada’s provinces and territories include computing science in their elementary and middle-school curricula. A University of Alberta secondary education expert is working with a national network of teachers, computing scientists and other educational stakeholders…

Dinosaur fossil fingers reveal new species

U of A alumnus leads study uncovering a new species of oviraptorid

Dinosaur fossil fingers reveal new speciesA collection of three fossilized bird-like dinosaurs with surprising fingers has resulted in the discovery of an entirely new species by a team led by a University of Alberta alumnus. “This study focuses on a spectacular fossil – a block of three bird-like dinosaurs preserved together,” said Greg Funston, lead author of the study. Funston completed…
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