Science & Tech

Institute was designed for rapid response to viral pandemic.

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March
2020

When word started to trickle out of China in early January that a new and deadly virus was spreading fast, Lorne Tyrrell immediately pulled together more than 20 members of the Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology, including some of Canada's top virologists, to brainstorm how they could help.

By the time the Government of Canada announced $26.8 million for research into COVID-19, University of Alberta teams had 17 project proposals ready to go, three of which were immediately funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The others were poised to begin work as soon as more funding became available.

The Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology was set up at the U of A in 2010 to be ready for a moment just like this.

“We support research in emerging diseases,” said Tyrrell, a member of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, GSK...

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March
2020
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Antiviral used to treat cat coronavirus could hold key to COVID-19: U of A researchers

Chemistry, biochemistry and virology labs team up to look for action against deadly human virus.

University of Alberta researchers are racing against the clock to test an antiviral drug that has been proven to cure a cat coronavirus and is hoped to have the same effect on people with
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March
2020
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New drug could potentially offer better treatment for chronic heart failure

Global effort led by U of A’s Canadian VIGOUR Centre leads to potential first-in-class treatment to help reduce negative repercussions in patients with worsening chronic heart failure.

An experimental drug recently concluded a successful third-phase clinical trial and could potentially offer a new treatment for about 300,000 Canadians who have worsening chronic heart
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March
2020
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COMMENTARY || Five key issues facing Canada’s agri-food industry

Recent events show there's no entitlement to the continued prosperity of our agri-food value chain, which should spur Canadian agri-food to think differently about new and old problems in the sector.

“Agriculture is a legacy industry.” “We need to feed nine billion people by 2050.” “Food security isn’t a production issue, it is a distribution problem.” “We need to invest in the
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March
2020
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Edmonton company Entos developing DNA vaccine against COVID-19

U of A cancer researcher John Lewis’s health-care biotechnology company is working on a vaccine to be delivered directly into patients’ cells, driving a protective immune response.

An Edmonton company headed by a University of Alberta cancer researcher is developing a DNA vaccine for SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and has currently infected nearly 400,000
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March
2020
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Public health study among 11 U of A research projects sharing $5.8 million in federal funding for rapid response to COVID-19

Researchers looking at how pandemic affects well-being of new mothers, newborns and health-care professionals.

University of Alberta researchers previously looking at an intervention for depression in pre- and post-natal women in China received a funding boost to include how COVID-19 is affecting the
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March
2020
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COMMENTARY || Now more than ever, we must fight misinformation. Trust in science is essential

Public health measures against COVID-19 depend on trust in medical science that is being eroded by an "infodemic," argues Timothy Caulfield.

What is driving the novel coronavirus infodemic? Fear, uncertainty and opportunistic marketing are all playing a role. But it is also a legacy of our growing distrust of science, experts and
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March
2020
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Mental health apps can promote resilience: study

Occupational therapist provides five tips for finding the best online mental health tools.

Mobile health apps can be a vital tool for military members and first responders seeking mental health support, according to new University of Alberta research. “These apps should not be seen as a
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March
2020
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Researchers working on mastitis test that could save milk producers millions

Accurate, handheld test could help dairy farmers predict which cows are susceptible and reduce antibiotic use, say U of A scientists.

University of Alberta researchers are developing an easy pen-side test that can predict a common and costly disease in dairy cattle. Aimed at identifying cows that are susceptible to developing
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March
2020
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U of A researchers working on faster, more accurate test for COVID-19

Diagnostic tool one of four U of A research projects receiving $2.4 million in federal funding for rapid response against new coronavirus.

A point-of-care diagnostic tool that provides accurate, fast and inexpensive screening tests in support of the global effort to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak will save lives, said a
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February
2020
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Study reveals how drug meant for Ebola may also work against coronaviruses

Understanding how drugs work is an important step in developing new treatments for COVID-19, says U of A virologist.

A group of University of Alberta researchers who have discovered why the drug remdesivir is effective in treating the coronaviruses that cause Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and severe acute
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February
2020
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Distant star and planet get new Cree names following national contest

Winning Canadian entry renames star and exoplanet Nikâwiy and Awasis, translated as “my mother” and “child” in Cree.

A giant planet 344 light-years from Earth and the star it orbits have new names in the Cree language, thanks to a national contest. The star HD136418 and its exoplanet HD136418b were renamed