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Research to predict spread of pandemic a month in advance among five projects aimed at stemming spread, developing better tests and improving patient care.

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September
2020

A researcher at the University of Alberta who developed an algorithm that can predict a mountain pine beetle outbreak seven years in advance is co-leading a team now homing in on the algorithm that can predict how COVID-19 spreads in a population.

“Of course, the mountain pine beetle is very different from COVID-19, but in terms of the dynamics and what you would put in a model, it's not that different,” said Mark Lewis, professor in the Faculty of Science.

“We're building on that tradition of quantitative modelling of disease, but we're using this new set of methods—machine learning—where the U of A is really a world leader.”

Lewis and fellow mathematical biologist Hao Wang, computing science professor and machine learning expert Russ Greiner, biologist and data science expert David Wishart, post-doctoral researcher Pouria Ra...

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30
September
2020
| 11:35 America/Tegucigalpa

Lack of online access a barrier for athletes with disabilities: study

Vast majority of athletics websites make it hard for people with disabilities to see themselves participating in sport, U of A researcher finds.

  Despite overtures to the contrary, para-athletes remain largely invisible within the vast
29
September
2020
| 12:32 America/Tegucigalpa

2020 Nutrition Report Card evaluates influences on children’s healthy food choices

Poor diet right behind tobacco consumption as leading cause of premature death for Canadians, says public health expert.

Everything from advertising to school cafeteria menus can affect whether children develop lifelong
29
September
2020
| 08:00 America/Tegucigalpa

New research sheds light on why tumour cells become resistant to chemotherapy

U of A team discovers new mechanism that could lead to better treatments for breast cancer patients.

A team of University of Alberta researchers has identified a new mechanism through which tumour
25
September
2020
| 08:00 America/Tegucigalpa

Exercise bloggers offer dubious advice, study suggests

Popular but unqualified ‘fitness professionals’ could be promoting misinformation and unhealthy behaviour, says U of A researcher.

The vast majority of exercise bloggers are not qualified to give the advice they’re giving,