Forestry field school gets a makeover for a growing industry

Vital learning experience – a rite of passage for the past 50 years – reimagined for safety and sustainability

Forestry field school gets a makeover for a growing industryBy the time Ben Strelkov started high school, the self-described “city kid” assumed that once he was in the workforce, he’d be confined to an office, doing basically the same thing every workday. His summer job following Grade 10 shattered the illusion. “I spent the whole time in northern Alberta – building trails, helping communities…

Six University of Alberta students to receive the Schulich Leader Scholarship

Schulich Leaders put their love of technology to work solving problems

Six University of Alberta students to receive the Schulich Leader ScholarshipKevin Uzomechine says his fascination with technology began as a youngster transfixed by the brief static blue text on his TV set that read “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.” By the time the large blocks of unabashed yellow text had crawled vertically up through the screen to Star Wars’ signature trumpets, the…

Convalescent plasma doesn’t help severely ill COVID-19 patients: study

Blood transfusions from people who recovered from the disease didn’t help patients improve

Convalescent plasma doesn’t help severely ill COVID-19 patients: studyGiving severely ill COVID-19 patients a blood transfusion from donors who have already recovered from the virus did not help them improve. In some cases, according to a major Canadian-led clinical trial reporting results in Nature Medicine, it made them sicker. “Convalescent plasma had been found to boost immunity in patients infected with some other viral…

Simulated, anonymized data could be key to health-care innovations

Synthetic data based on records ensures confidentiality

Simulated, anonymized data could be key to health-care innovationsA University of Alberta researcher is developing an inventive solution to a problem plaguing health-care research around the world: how to make data-driven decisions without compromising the privacy of personal medical records. Dean Eurich, professor in the School of Public Health, is academic lead on a project that has successfully created a “synthetic data” set that…

Leaders need moral courage now more than ever: Roméo Dallaire

Former UN force commander leading ‘critical conversations’ on mental impact of moral injury

Leaders need moral courage now more than ever: Roméo DallaireThe term “moral injury” is relatively recent in our understanding of trauma. When Canada’s Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire led United Nations peacekeeping troops in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi that took a million lives over 100 days, few Canadians beyond the military were aware of the severe psychological damage witnessing such moral atrocities…

Biomanufacturing partnership boosts Canada’s vaccine capacity

New partnership ensures vaccine makers now have an option to manufacture their products domestically

Biomanufacturing partnership boosts Canada’s vaccine capacityVaccine makers, medical researchers and pharmaceutical companies now have a new full-service option to get their products manufactured in Canada, thanks to a partnership announced this week. The U of A’s Alberta Cell Therapy Manufacturing (ACTM) facility has signed a memorandum of understanding with The Ottawa Hospital’s Biotherapeutics Manufacturing Centre (BMC) and BioCanRx, a Canada-wide research network to develop…

Researcher keen to expand Oxford research on history of sexuality

New Banting postdoctoral fellow will explore the politics of sexual health through a literary lens

Researcher keen to expand Oxford research on history of sexualityAs with many expatriates, it took leaving home for Lloyd (Meadhbh) Houston to see their country with clear eyes. “I wanted to escape,” said Houston of the town of Holywood, in which they grew up, about 15 minutes from Belfast. “One of the things I was fleeing was the justified reputation for social conservatism that haunts Ireland,…

Brain molecule helps ‘wake up’ cells that could help tackle MS: study

Fractalkine molecule showing promise for treating certain neurodegenerative disorders

Brain molecule helps ‘wake up’ cells that could help tackle MS: studyAn immunological molecule called fractalkine can boost the production of brain cells that produce myelin, a key factor in diseases such as multiple sclerosis, according to recent research from the University of Alberta. Myelin is an insulating layer around nerves that is gradually worn away by inflammation in multiple sclerosis and similar diseases. Without this…

Space designers take flight to test bioengineered knee cartilage in low gravity

Device built by U of A team could help researchers learn how osteoarthritis develops

Space designers take flight to test bioengineered knee cartilage in low gravityMembers of a University of Alberta student club are walking on air after testing samples of bioengineered knee cartilage in a reduced-gravity experiment competition. Amira Aissiou and Kirtan Dhunnoo of the University of Alberta Space Design Group strapped themselves in and went for a wild ride in the Canadian Space Agency’s Falcon 20 parabolic aircraft to get a…

Four U of A researchers named to Royal Society of Canada

Innovators in women and children’s health, water safety, nutrition and archeology join ranks

Four U of A researchers named to Royal Society of CanadaWhy some are more susceptible to cardiovascular disease than others, even when taking into account life-modifying factors like smoking and exercise, boils down to developmental aspects that start in the womb, according to a global authority on vascular pathophysiology in the pregnancy complication of pre-eclampsia. “It sets the stage,” said Sandra Davidge, Distinguished University Professor in…