Project aims to make water treatment greener, more efficient

U of A computing scientists working with Edmonton company to find out if applying AI to water treatment is a financial, environmental win-win

Project aims to make water treatment greener, more efficientA pilot project leveraging the University of Alberta’s artificial intelligence expertise to improve the process of making drinking water safe is up and running in Drayton Valley, Alta. The U of A’s Reinforcement Learning and Artificial Intelligence Lab, along with the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute, an Alberta not-for-profit institute with U of A affiliations, Edmonton infrastructure technology…

Wearable tech helps people manage multiple sclerosis

Wearable tech helps people manage multiple sclerosisUniversity of Alberta researchers are teaming up with a precision-health innovator to develop a low-cost wearable sensor to help people suffering from chronic neurologic conditions treat their illness remotely, while reducing the frequency and costs of hospital visits. Hossein Rouhani, an assistant professor in the Faculty of Engineering and primary investigator in the Neuromuscular Control and Biomechanics Laboratory,…

COVID-19 creating new paradigm for developing vaccines

It’s showing us how fast we can develop them when the will is there

COVID-19 creating new paradigm for developing vaccinesEarlier this year, Michael Houghton, University of Alberta virologist and co-recipient of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, mobilized his hepatitis C lab to join the charge to produce a vaccine for COVID-19. His lab was a perfect fit for the endeavour, having created a successful vaccine for the SARS virus in 2004 that…

New drug to treat muscular dystrophy based on U of A research

Created using synthetic DNA, viltolarsen is an excellent example of precision medicine

New drug to treat muscular dystrophy based on U of A researchA University of Alberta researcher’s past work has led to a new drug being approved for use in the United States to treat patients suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). The drug, viltolarsen, was approved for use in Japan earlier this year and passed a significant hurdle in August when the U.S. Food and Drug…

Diamonds found in Far North offer clues to Earth’s early history

Though the diamonds found are quite small the geologic implications are immense

Diamonds found in Far North offer clues to Earth’s early historyThe presence of diamonds in an outcrop atop an unrealized gold deposit in Canada’s Far North mirrors the association found above the world’s richest gold mine, according to University of Alberta research that fills in blanks about the thermal conditions of Earth’s crust three billion years ago. “The diamonds we have found so far are…

U of A virologist awarded Nobel Prize

U of A virologist awarded Nobel PrizeMichael Houghton was awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine today in recognition of his discovery of the hepatitis C (HCV) virus. His discovery with colleagues Qui-Lim Choo and George Kuo in 1989 opened a new field of viral hepatitis research that led to improved blood safety, and hepatitis C treatment to the point where the…

New ‘atlas’ of the heart offers new approach to treating heart disease

Cutting-edge techniques the first step toward understanding heart disease and developing new targeted treatments to stop it

New ‘atlas’ of the heart offers new approach to treating heart diseaseScientists have for the first time documented all of the different cell types and genes expressed in the healthy human heart, in research published recently in the journal Nature. Cardiologists from the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute at the University of Alberta joined teams from Cambridge, Boston and Berlin to use state-of-the-art analytical techniques to sequence the ribonucleic acids (RNA)…

Antiviral drug remdesivir offers second mechanism of attack

Understanding how the conditionally approved COVID-19 drug works is key to improving treatments, says U of A researcher

Antiviral drug remdesivir offers second mechanism of attackResearchers at the University of Alberta have discovered a novel, second mechanism of action by the antiviral drug remdesivir against SARS-CoV-2, according to findings published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. The research team previously demonstrated how remdesivir inhibits the COVID-19 virus’s polymerase or replication machinery in a test tube. Matthias Götte, chair of medical microbiology and immunology…

Little evidence vitamin D prevents severe COVID-19

Getting too much vitamin D can also cause health problems, says U of A pediatric kidney specialist

Little evidence vitamin D prevents severe COVID-19At the beginning of May, a pair of studies emerged suggesting people who are deficient in vitamin D are more likely to experience serious health complications if infected with COVID-19. Sales of the micronutrient soared as a scared public tried to gain any advantage they could over the virus. Unfortunately, University of Alberta pediatrics professor Todd…
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