February 24, 2020

​Pilot program uses robotics, internet to deliver rehab care to rural Albertan

CBC News — A pilot program hopes to use telehealth technology to deliver rehabilitation care to rural Albertans who live in communities without such services nearby.

The University of Alberta trial will focus on patients dealing with shoulder pain, hip and knee replacements, vertigo and balance issues or in need of wheelchair seating services...

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February 24 / 2020
Tech designed to address lack of access to rehab specialists in rural Alberta

CTV Edmonton — The robotics lab at the University of Alberta has developed technology to connect rural patients with rehabilitation specialists hundreds of kilometres away.  

Tele-Rehab 2.0 uses what’s called virtual rehabilitation platform, or VRP...

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August 18, 2020

Researchers aim to use machine learning to improve diagnosis, treatment of mental illness

University of Alberta, Folio—Improving the diagnosis of mental disorders and enabling experts to better personalize treatment is at the heart of a federal investment in machine learning and precision health at the University of Alberta.

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August 3 / 2021
New laser equipment at U of A gives medical technology developers a boost

University of Alberta, Folio — In the world of precision medicine, really, really small is a really big deal.

That’s certainly the case for western Canadian entrepreneurs who have big ideas for tiny medical devices, thanks to a new investment from Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) in a University of Alberta facility...

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September 1, 2018

Dr. Bo Cao Harnesses the Power of Machine Learning In Bid to Predict and Treat Schizophrenia at an Early Stage

University of Alberta, Folio —  Dr. Bo Cao's self-chosen nickname is Cloud, reflecting his love for an animated character bearing that name in the popular 1990s videogame, Final Fantasy VII.

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August 9, 2021

Sensor can help detect when firefighters’ protective clothing is no longer safe

​University of Alberta, Folio— Firefighters risk their lives battling blazes, and aging protective gear can put them at even greater risk...

Read the full Folio story here.

November 23, 2021​
Invention is designed to switch thoughts into action

University of Alberta, Folio— Imagine children with severe mobility issues being able to move their wheelchairs with their minds. That’s the idea behind a new brain-computer interface being developed by researchers at the University of Alberta and University of Calgary.... 

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Summer  / 2020

Telemedicine for epilepsy care is more popular than ever. It has many advantages—but can it sustain itself into the future? 

The pandemic pushed many aspects of life online – including health care. Telemedicine has taken hold in many countries as clinics shut down, with non-emergency visits prohibited for weeks...

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May 25 / 2021
Dr. Bo (Cloud) Cao to Head New Study on Impact of Cannabis-Based Medications on Opioid Use Outcomes

A new study headed by Dr. Bo (Cloud) Cao, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Canada Research Chair in Computational Psychiatry, will assess the risks of prescription opioid use disorder and overdose in patients who are also using cannabis-based medications.​..

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August, 3, 2021

New laser microfabrication suite at
​U of A offers researchers sharper lab equipment​

CTV Edmonton — New microfabrication tools will give medical technology developers at the University of Alberta a boost...

Read the full CTV Edmonton story here.

Telemedicine: Current Practice and Future Prospects (SMART Talk)

March 23, 2017

World-leading artificial intelligence program at University of Alberta gets major boost

Global Edmonton —It may not be an obvious place for Hollywood’s next Matrix movie, but the University of Alberta has quietly become a global leader in the artificial intelligence industry...

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August 3 / 2021
Laser-based microfabrication equipment at U of A gives medical device developers a boost

Edmonton Journal — Three new devices complete the U of A-based ST Innovation’s laser microfabrication suite. These include a femtosecond laser making ultra-fine, clean and precise cuts as small as 5 microns, a fibre laser micro-welder to put small devices together, and an optical profiler that creates high-resolution 3D images...

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July / 2021
Going the distance: Graduate reimagines the future of health care

“The limited access to health care in some of Alberta’s rural regions can be a bit shocking if you haven’t experienced it before,” says Talwinder Punni (’16 BSc), co-founder and CFO at Naiad Lab Inc. “I remember asking myself, how is this happening in Alberta, or in Canada? This fuelled us to charge forward.”...

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August 3 / 2021

Closer look at microfabrication lasers

Global News Edmonton — Su-Ling Goh tells us about how Alberta researchers say micro-fabrication lasers will be a big boost for the province’s health technology sector.

January 30, 2017

Virtual reality changing game for medical training

Global Edmonton — Virtual reality systems are becoming more accessible and affordable. As Su-Ling Goh tells us, they’re now being seen as a game changer for medical training...

August 27, 2019

First-of-their-kind wearable sensors to help UofA athletes perform better, avoid injury

CTV Edmonton —A computer science researcher from China is working with the University of Alberta to develop wearable sensors that will help athletes perform better and reduce injuries...

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March 23, 2017

Artificial intelligence program at U of A gets major boost

Global Edmonton —The University of Alberta is a leader in artificial intelligence research. In Wednesday’s federal budget, a big funding boost was announced for that work. Vinesh Pratap takes a look at what’s being done on campus and what it could mean when it comes to jobs of the future...

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Telemedicine: Current Practice and Future Prospects (SMART Talk)

December 4, 2019

​U of A-developed micro-implant could restore spinal function in patients dealing with paralysis

Global News Edmonton — The research involves extensive mapping of the spinal cord and using a wire thinner than a human hair which can reach deep inside the spine and send electrical signals.

“We’re super excited about this because it’s giving hope,” said Dr. Vivian Mushahwar, who specializes in biomedical engineering...

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January 13, 2017

Innovations for amputees at forefront of SMART Network

Edmonton Journal— The only thing more powerful than Edgar Jackson’s story during the official opening Thursday of a new technology lab at the University of Alberta was what he did just before speaking: he stood up...

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September 1, 2021

Neurorobotic fusion of prosthetic touch, kinesthesia, and movement in bionic upper limbs promotes intrinsic brain behaviors

Science Robotics— Bionic prostheses have restorative potential. However, the complex interplay between intuitive motor control, proprioception, and touch that represents the hallmark of human upper limb function has not been revealed... 

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December 2, 2019

University of Alberta research could restore spinal function

CTV Edmonton— A University of Alberta scientist says her research could restore standing and walking functions to those with damaged spinal cords. 

Vivian Mushahwar helped develop an electrical spinal implant as well as an improved map of the spinal cord. ...

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