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2017

Just Press record and away you go
“Just press record and away you go!” Those were the instructions given to me on the day I was ...

Twelve weeks working at CBC Radio Active
As a 2016 recipient of the Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions Media Fellowship, I spent ...

An experience unlike any other
It was an honor to be chosen as the recipient of this year’s AIHS Media Fellowship at CBC Radio ...

Once in a lifetime experience
The Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions (AIHS) Media Fellowship is a once in a lifetime ...


2016

Improving care through e-medicine
By Debby Waldman with files from Jon Hagan (originally appeared in Apple Magazine – Winter ...

Helping people in poverty
By Caitlin Crawshaw (originally appeared in Apple Magazine – Winter 2016) Photograph by Michael ...

On the move with MS
By Caitlin Crawshaw (originally appeared in Apple Magazine – Winter 2016) Illustrated by Jori ...

Using Veterans’ voices to strengthen PTSD research
When Lorraine Smith-MacDonald began her post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) research she ...

Working together means better health for vulnerable people
A ground-breaking collaboration called the IMPACT 5/65 project is providing funding and ...

How do we improve mental health services for Canadians?
In 2009-10, approximately five million Canadians aged one year and older received health ...

Alberta’s Applied Virology Institute
Viruses are a complicated bunch. Much smaller than bacteria, viruses require a host cell to ...

Testing new technologies for better care
Mention “diabetes” and most people think of restricted diets. But for many diabetics, among ...

Accelerating Innovation into Care: ‘AICEing’ it the Alberta way
Accelerating Innovations into Care (AICE) is the newest funding opportunity offered by Alberta ...

Working together to get the best health technologies into our health system
Every Canadian, at one point or another in their lives, will use the health system. For the ...

The future of research in Alberta is in good hands
Each year the Alberta Science and Technology Leadership (ASTech) Foundation celebrates and ...

Making the everyday normal again
For most of us, completing an everyday activity without thinking about it happens many times ...

Ethical Agenda
By Dawn Smith (originally appeared in Leap Magazine, Fall 2017) Hundreds of clinical and ...

The war on viruses
Written by Caitlin Crawshaw, illustrations by Carl Wiens (originally appeared in Apple ...

A new approach to addiction care
Written by Caitlin Crawshaw, photographed by Ian Jackson (originally appeared in Apple ...

Depression during pregnancy
Written by Caitlin Crawshaw (originally appeared in Apple Magazine, Fall 2016) Depression ...

Understanding what makes kids resilient
Written by Caitlin Crawshaw (originally appeared in Apple Magazine, Fall 2016) When fires ...

Erasing stigma
Written by Debby Waldman (originally appeared in Apple Magazine, Fall 2016) As an undergraduate ...

Shining a light on the darkness
Written by Debby Waldman (originally appeared in Apple Magazine, Fall 2016) Childhood is ...

Summer research program continues to enrich high-school students’ scientific curiosity
The Heritage Youth Researcher Summer Program helps grade 11 students broaden their experience ...

Studentships help make patients the focus of care
Marta Shaw always knew that patients should be involved in research and in their own ...

Helping Albertans rebuild in Fort McMurray and beyond
Wildfires like the ones that swept through Fort McMurray and Northern Alberta in May 2016 can ...

New blood test predicts women at risk for pre-term birth
An Alberta-led team of researchers has developed a blood test to identify pregnant women at ...

Levelling the playing field
Dr. Dean Eurich According to a 2011 Public Health Agency of Canada report, rates of diabetes in ...

Can technology silence a silent killer?
Often referred to as a silent killer because it doesn’t exhibit any warning signs, high blood ...

Measuring our “bang for research bucks”
How do we know if our investments in research and innovation are successful? By learning how to ...

Best foot forward
Written by Debby Waldman (originally appeared in Apple Magazine, Summer 2016) Imagine having so ...

The war on zika
Written by Caitlin Crawshaw, illustrations by Carl Wiens (originally appeared in Apple ...

Alberta Innovates is continuing a legacy of innovation in health, energy, environment and technology research
Written by Debby Waldman (originally appeared in Apple Magazine Summer 2016) Alberta Innovates ...

Wiping out the fear
Written by Rob Alexander (originally appeared in Apple Magazine – Summer 2016) Flashbacks, ...

Studentship helps researcher gain a patient perspective
Chelsia Gillis’s main research goal is to get patients feeling better sooner. “My research aims ...

Preventing the preventable
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a medical diagnosis for a range of physical, ...

The RIPPLE effect
According to Canadian statistics, childhood obesity has increased nearly three times over the ...

A test for targeting colonoscopies? Yes please.
This story originally appeared in Health Solutions magazine 2013. By Andrea Anderson; photos by ...

To vaccinate or not?
There are many reasons parents don’t vaccinate. One of the common reasons many parents hesitate ...

National Health Ethics Week, April 4 – 10, 2016
What is National Health Ethics Week? National Health Ethics Week is a time set aside for health ...

Conference explores patient-oriented research
For Sara Davison, a nephrologist and professor in the University of Alberta’s Department of ...

From early birth to old age
By Caitlin Crawshaw (originally appeared in Apple Magazine – Spring 2016) When it comes to ...

Transforming care
By Debby Waldman (originally appeared in Apple Magazine – Spring 2016) It used to be hospital ...

Driving research to health
By Caitlin Crawshaw (originally appeared in Apple Magazine – Spring 2016) As the saying ...

Data Saves Lives
For a health researcher like Dr. Hude Quan, data is like food – you can’t live without it. It ...

Thinking outside the box to help Aboriginal communities fight drug addiction
(Adapted from U of L News Release, Jan. 19, 2016) A recent study led by Dr. Cheryl Currie and ...

Improving the odds for patients with brain cancer
By Debby Waldman (originally appeared in Apple Magazine – Spring 2016) In May 2012, after ...

AIHS researchers are helping to address global concern: Zika virus
Months before the recent Zika outbreak, Dr. Tom Hobman and his team of researchers have been ...

Giving research a patient focus
After many years as a nurse in Calgary, Meredith Brockway knows first-hand how important it is ...

Helping preemies and parents get the best start
Researchers from three Canadian universities are collaborating to figure out how to get preterm ...

Ensuring more Albertans never miss a beat
Luckily, this mother of a two-year-old daughter was resuscitated. She eventually recovered from ...


2015

Removing the hurdles to care
By Caitlin Crawshaw (originally appeared in Apple Magazine – Winter 2015) Even those mindful of ...

Taking the Fight Out of Cancer Cells
Dr. Matthew Benesch, a trainee scientist and third-year medical student, has made a discovery ...

Weight loss and your brain
University of Alberta researcher Dr. Bill Colmers wants to understand why it’s so hard for some ...

Public participation in ethics review – protecting the public
Health research is always underway in Alberta. From experimental cancer drugs and devices that ...

A breakthrough in acute stroke treatment
By Janet Harvey (originally appeared in Apple Magazine – Summer 2015) Basma Kholoussi ...

Eliminating barriers for people with chronic diseases
By Rob Alexander (originally appeared in Apple Magazine – Summer 2015) As a doctor, Marcello ...

Healing the body—with the body
By Debbie Waldman (originally appeared in Apple Magazine – Winter 2015) The skin you’re in ...

In praise of rural life
By Debbie Waldman (originally appeared in Apple Magazine – Winter 2015) Graduate student Marc ...

Using better information to give children better asthma treatment
By Debbie Waldman (originally appeared in Apple Magazine – Winter 2015) Matthew Green was ...

Learning how to recover from disaster
By Rob Alexander (originally appeared in Apple Magazine, Winter 2015) The Alberta Resilient ...

Stomping out infections in hospitals
By Caitlin Crawshaw (originally appeared in Apple Magazine – Winter 2015) Research on how ...

Ensuring Albertans receive the best rectal cancer care
“We need to come up with a map and say, this is the journey patients will take,” says Dr. Todd ...

When routine becomes anything but…
Ten years ago, Tanis Herback had routine surgery to remove a mole the size of quarter from her ...

How do emergency rooms deal with children with mental illness?
Recent projections suggest that this will increase to 50 percent by the year 2020. Many ...

Battling deadly infections
Rachel Sutherland and her daughter know too well the dangers of infections and the need for ...

Shedding light on childhood mental illness
According to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research 70 percent of mental disorders first ...

Finding new homes for great educational programs
Over the last ten years, AIHS has had the privilege of developing educational and outreach ...

AIHS supports highly skilled young people
AIHS is proud to support the development of highly skilled people through our many trainee ...

Swimming in a sea of data with Researchfish
Increasingly these are questions that Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions (AIHS), health ...

Making diabetes a thing of the past
Treating this debilitating condition ranges from daily insulin injections to life-altering ...

Exploring the link between weight gain and fibre
By Caitlyn Crawshaw (originally appeared in Apple Magazine – Fall 2015) An apple a day keeps ...

A brighter future for children with bowel disease
By Debby Waldman (originally appeared in Apple Magazine – Fall 2015) Inflammatory bowel disease ...

A gift of life
By Janet Harvey (originally appeared in Apple Magazine – Fall 2015) We look at how Alberta ...

Researching from a new angle
By Jon Hagan (originally appeared in Apple Magazine – Fall 2015) For Marty Enokson, living with ...

Delivering surgical care sooner, safer and smarter
An Alberta research project has shown great promise at Edmonton and Calgary hospitals.  ...

Matching health care innovations to health system needs
Managing complex diseases such as kidney failure, diabetes or respiratory conditions requires ...

Putting the “P” in research
The phrase “patient-oriented research” seems at first glance like stating the obvious. After ...

Finding strength in community
By Caitlin Crawshaw (originally appeared in Apple Magazine – Summer 2015) Nearly a decade ago, ...

In Memoriam: Cyril (Cy) B. Frank
 By Nancy Whelan (originally appeared in Apple Magazine – Summer 2015) Dr. Frank was a true ...

Aboriginal Students Study Food At The Cellular Level
By Janet Harvey (originally appeared in Apple Magazine – Summer 2015) Protein, fruit and ...

A personal approach to engaging patients
Dr. Vandall–Walker graduated from the BScN program at the University of Windsor in the early ...

CT use in the emergency room
Every day, emergency doctors across Alberta decide which patient urgently needs diagnostic ...

Working towards better outcomes for patients with severe obesity
Obesity researcher Dr. Mary Forhan has a vision of what the care of people with obesity should ...

For the kids
Looking at three projects underway in the province. By Caitlin Crawshaw (originally appeared in ...

Unravelling obesity
By Scott Rollans (originally appeared in Apple Magazine – Spring 2015) Obesity is one of the ...

Focusing on abilities
By Caitlin Crawshaw (originally appeared in Apple Magazine – Spring 2015) When Tamara Germani ...

Taking the bite out of oral cancer
By Janet Harvey (originally appeared in Apple Magazine – Spring 2015) After being diagnosed ...

Busting through an asthma barrier
Written by Janet Harvey (originally appeared in Apple Magazine, Spring 2015) Every year, some ...

Elder-Friendly Approaches to the Surgical Environment
By Connie Bryson and AIHS staff As our population ages, there is a larger number of elderly ...

Cellular CONNECTIONS
By Omar Mouallem (originally appeared in Apple Magazine – Winter 2014) Dr. Lynne Postovit made ...


2014

Removing the hurdles to care
By Caitlin Crawshaw (originally appeared in Apple Magazine – Winter 2015) Even those mindful of ...

My Summer as an AIHS Media Fellow with CBC Radio Calgary
Photo and story by Chelsea Matisz, 2014 recipient of an AIHS Media Fellowship with CBC Radio ...

Eureka moments in research
By Connie Bryson (originally appeared in Apple Magazine – Summer 2014) Eureka is Greek ...

Prevent cancer—with your feet
By Connie Bryson (originally appeared in Apple Magazine – Fall 2014) “The benefit is even ...

Learning to translate scientific knowledge for the public
Photo and story by Alexandra Dixon, 2014 recipient of an AIHS Media Fellowship with CBC Radio ...

A new approach to better back care
SpineAccess Alberta is a three-year project to create and test a new way to care for back pain. ...

Pets can be the perfect therapist
By Greg Harris (originally appeared in Apple Magazine – Summer 2014) One of the top ...

More than purely physical—discovering how chronic illness can change mental health
By Connie Bryson (originally appeared in Apple Magazine – Summer 2014) Sometimes, the ...

Talking science on the Reserve
Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions (AIHS) offers free science workshops to First Nation ...

Extra weight can lead to being extra tired
Most people know that carrying extra weight can lead to diabetes or aching joints. Fewer know ...

Study looks at women’s weight gain during pregnancy
Pregnancy is a time to nourish yourself and your growing baby—but research shows that gaining ...

Generous Albertans help fund health research
Each year, Albertans give millions of dollars to research projects in the province. Their ...

Smoothing the research road in Alberta
By Scott Rollans (originally appeared in Apple Magazine – Spring 2014) For researchers, ...

Why we research
By Caitlin Crawshaw (originally appeared in Apple Magazine – Spring 2014) As Caitlin ...

25 Hotbed of health-care innovation
Connie Bryson looks at 25 groundbreaking innovations developed in our province 1 Cardiac ...

New partnership to enhance brain research in Alberta
An evolving partnership between the University of Lethbridge, Alberta Innovates – Health ...

Out of the darkness
Once he hit his teens, Mark Huyser-Wierenga knew there was something wrong with his eyes. When ...


2013

Avoiding one of the complications of spinal cord injury
It had been a fantastic motorcycle trip through Utah—until that one corner in Goshen Canyon. On ...

On Being a Reporter
Each summer, AIHS offers fellowships to provide students with an opportunity to work in ...

The clot challengers
A University of Alberta team is looking for ways to predict and prevent a serious complication ...

COOL TOOLS: Lab in a box
It’s not a Star Trek tricorder, but it comes close. Aquila Diagnostics Systems Inc. of Edmonton ...

Alberta research sheds light on genetic heart disease
Thirty-seven years ago, 14-year-old Belinda Coffin (now Belinda Osborne), waved goodbye to her ...

Preterm birth
Preterm birth (when babies are born before 37 weeks of pregnancy) is a key health concern ...

Better vaccines
Respiratory diseases are a major cause of illness and death in children, and public health ...

Taking care of our future
Children are our future. The statement may be cliché, but it’s also absolutely true. The health ...

Making their mark in the media
Rachel Singer and Brittany Logan each spent a few months working with CBC Radio, where they ...

A vision for the future
Choroideremia starts innocently enough by hampering a boy’s ability to see in the dark. ...

Cool tools: Walking to the beat
When you think about the equipment a researcher may use, do you think about lab objects like ...

Food for thought
It’s a familiar refrain many health-conscious people take to heart: “You are what you eat.” ...

New training option helps graduate students deal with employment reality
What do you plan to do with your degree? That question, as well-meaning as it may be, can ...

The birth of blood vessels
The latest statistics show that Alberta has the most preterm births in the country. In ...

Mind mapping
The Canadian Dementia Action Network estimates that there are currently 500,000 people in ...

Holding on to hope
When breast cancer survivor Cecile Comeau found out her cancer had returned, she steeled ...


2012

Helping people move again
It was once thought that damage to the nervous system was permanent and irreversible. But the ...

COOL TOOLS: Best foot forward
One of the main problems for people with peripheral neuropathy is numb feet. They often stand ...

The Secret Lives of Chondrocytes
For scientists, the special joy of doing science comes in those rare moments of discovery. ...

The Cure for Everything!
Professor Tim Caulfield’s new book debunks common health myths about diet, exercise, and ...

Timing is everything
On television hospital dramas, even the sickest patient can be saved by a quick-thinking ...

Women’s Health
No one would dispute that men and women are different. But when it comes to health, how ...

The buzz about fruit flies
Mutant flies. It may sound like something straight out of a science fiction movie, but in fact ...

What is peripheral polyneuropathy?
Peripheral nerves act as the body’s communications system. These nerves, which link the spinal ...

Incidence of inflammatory bowel disease is on the rise worldwide
A study by AIHS-funded Dr. Gil Kaplan and his colleagues has shown that the incidence of ...

Canadian “dream team” to tackle deadly brain cancer
(Calgary, Alberta) June 05, 2012…They are a “dream team” composed of some of the ...

New urine test could improve screening programs for colon cancer
(Edmonton, Alberta) May 18, 2012…Dr. Richard Fedorak, one of the team leaders of the ...

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
When pediatric neurologist Dr. Adam Kirton established the Pediatric Transcranial ...

Science and medicine in the media
Last spring, University of Alberta student Kevin Yang was looking for an opportunity to do ...

Unraveling the mystery of germ line stem cells
Stem cells are the body’s version of a blank slate; they are cells that lack distinguishing ...

Researchers in the making:
Last spring, University of Alberta student Kevin Yang was looking for an opportunity to do ...

Opening minds on mental illness and addictions
Calgary psychiatrist Dr. Scott Patten has seen first-hand the devastating effect of negative ...

Understanding the body’s killer cells
Our bodies are under constant threat of invasion and rely on a coordinated system of ...

Smart-e-Pants now being tested in Alberta hospitals
(Edmonton, Alberta) February 01, 2012… When Landon Catt broke his neck during motocross ...

Inflammatory bowel disease on the rise world-wide
(Calgary, Alberta) January 11,2012…Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is on the rise around ...

Child development
Worry: it’s something that parents specialize in. Although worrying never stops, it can be ...

Getting the best bang for our healthcare bucks
In this era of rising healthcare costs, with the spectre of an aging population saddled by an ...

Cool Tools: Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
Dr. Hans Vogel uses nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy to deduce molecular ...

Improving heart surgery outcomes for newborns
Ask a scientist what ignited their interest in research, and you’ll often hear stories ...

Winning the arms race against superbugs
Since Sir Alexander Fleming first isolated penicillin in 1928, the development of antibiotic ...


2011

Restoring balance in the bowel
Some students feel deflated when they experience the daily routine of scientific research for ...

Early help for individuals at risk for psychotic illness
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by disorganized thinking, delusions, or ...

Breathing easier
Trouble breathing. It’s the simplest description of how respiratory diseases affect people, and ...

COOL TOOLS: Stem cell bioreactor
A unique type of stem cell, the pluripotent stem cell, has the potential to become any type of ...

Study shows hip and knee alignment is key
(Calgary, Alberta) March 23, 2011…Reed Ferber is all about how people move. So much so ...

Researchers in the making:
How do science ideas and events become news? That was the question on the minds of Peter Kublik ...