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Next generation of neuroscience tools


UAlberta chemistry professor Robert Campbell is developing new ways to see and manipulate the activity of neurons in the brain, which could revolutionize the way we understand the organ that controls most of the activities of the body. "We want to help other researchers apply these new ...


New device detects bacteria and tests for antibiotic resistance


An interdisciplinary team of engineering and pharmaceutical researchers at the University of Alberta has invented a device that can rapidly identify harmful bacteria and can determine whether it is resistant to antibiotics. The device could save precious hours in patient care and public health, ...


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Prenatal fruit consumption boosts babies' cognitive development


Most people have heard the old adage "an apple a day keeps the doctor away." It's an old truth that encompasses more than just apples--eating fruit in general is well known to reduce risk for a wide variety of health conditions such as heart disease and stroke. But now a new study is showing the ...


Engineering researchers use laser to 'weld' neurons


A research team based in the University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering has developed a method of connecting neurons, using ultrashort laser pulses--a breakthrough technique that opens the door to new medical research and treatment opportunities. The team is the first ever to find a way to bond ...


Finding a way forward in the fight against prion disease


Valerie Sim, an assistant professor in the University of Alberta's Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, and Leonardo Cortez, a research associate in her lab, examining the use of two bile acids as possible therapeutic treatments for prion disease. The research found that ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) ...


UAlberta creates DNA bank to unlock genetic clues about stuttering


Scientists at the University of Alberta's Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research (ISTAR) want Albertans to give a spit - five millilitres to be precise - to help find the cause and a cure for stuttering.Scientists at the University of Alberta's Institute for Stuttering Treatment and ...


Pharmacist-led interventions show high success rates for post-stroke care

Researchers investigate new standard of continuity of care for stroke patients


A new study from the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry is looking at nurse- and pharmacist-led interventions to improve the standard of care for patients who have suffered minor stroke or transient ischemic attack, also known as “mini stoke.” “What we were finding was that six months or 12 months ...


Prion discovery could help keep deadly brain diseases in check


New research from David Westaway, PhD, of the University of Alberta and Jiri Safar, PhD, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has uncovered a quality control mechanism in brain cells that may help keep deadly neurological diseases in check for months or years. The findings, ...


Early detection of cancer


Molecules that bind and illuminate proteins specific to tumor cells are key to detecting cancer as early as possible. The cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) enzyme is just such a protein, as the concentration of COX-2 is greater in cancer cells than in adjacent normal tissues. Therefore, attaching a ...


Detecting bacteria on paper


Scientists in Canada have developed a low-cost, portable, paper-based device for detecting antibiotic-resistant bacteria that could be used in the field in remote areas to characterise infectious diseases and assess food and water quality. The scientists used a paper support to hold wax-patterned ...


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