COVID-19 restrictions may be harder in assisted living than in long-term care

U of A nursing researcher’s new study seeks input from family members and facilities to understand impact, plan for next pandemic

COVID-19 restrictions may be harder in assisted living than in long-term careCOVID-19 visitor restrictions may be even harder on residents of assisted living homes than on those in long-term care because of the vital role family caregivers play in helping with essential care tasks, according to Matthias Hoben, an assistant professor in the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Nursing. “In assisted living, the residents are more independent and…

Landmark research could lead to better understanding of diseases

Answer to a fundamental question that has eluded scientists since the discovery of DNA

Landmark research could lead to better understanding of diseasesUniversity of Alberta researchers have found an answer to a fundamental question in genomic biology that has eluded scientists since the discovery of DNA: Within the nucleus of our cells, is the complex package of DNA and proteins called chromatin a solid or a liquid? In a study published in the journal Cell, the research team, led…

Twenty stories that defined the University of Alberta in 2020

In a year of unprecedented challenges, the people of the U of A gave us plenty of reasons to expect a brighter future

Twenty stories that defined the University of Alberta in 2020Let’s be honest: 2020 has been a tough year. Amid a global pandemic whose rising tide continues to take an enormous human and economic toll every day, it’s been hard to hold out hope for whatever the “new normal” might look like once COVID-19 finally ebbs for good. But through everything – including academic and…

Stem cell therapy research for Type 1 diabetes receives funding

Three U of A researchers will help lead projects to advance treatments for patients

Stem cell therapy research for Type 1 diabetes receives fundingUniversity of Alberta researchers are among two Canadian research teams chosen for significant new funding from the government of Canada and JDRF Canada to develop new stem cell-based therapies for treating Type 1 diabetes. The projects will each receive $1.5 million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (CIHR-INMD), along with…

Women less likely to die from COVID-19 than men

Hormones, chromosomes contribute to stronger immune response and better outcomes for female COVID-19 patients

Women less likely to die from COVID-19 than menFemale COVID-19 patients face less severe disease complications and a lower risk of dying than male patients thanks to hormones and chromosomes that contribute to a stronger immune response, according to new research from a University of Alberta-led team. “The highlight of our study is how the sex differences in COVID-19 are linked to ACE2,” said senior…

How baby’s first breath triggers life-saving changes in the brain

Discovery may help explain cases of sudden infant death syndrome

How baby’s first breath triggers life-saving changes in the brainAt the moment of birth, the essential role of delivering life-saving oxygen to the baby switches from mom and her placenta to the baby’s lungs and brain. That the timing of this happens so precisely is miraculous, but how it happens remains largely a mystery. New research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, in…

Diamond expertise unearths discoveries, economic opportunities

Researchers and employers are teaming up to train the next generation of diamond explorers

Diamond expertise unearths discoveries, economic opportunitiesThe interesting facet in searching for diamonds, according to University of Alberta expert Graham Pearson, is you don’t actually look for diamonds, you look for indicator materials that suggest they might be present. The same could be said for how mineral exploration and mining companies use the U of A to top up their workforce.…

Diabetes research closer than ever to possible cure

As close to a cure for diabetes as we’re ever going to see

Diabetes research closer than ever to possible cureAs the world prepares to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin next year, researchers at the University of Alberta are hard at work on what they hope will become the next big diabetes breakthrough. The project is led by James Shapiro, professor of surgery in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry and Canada Research…

Recreational sport helps people cope with adversity, study shows

Social support in rec leagues builds confidence and offers a reprieve from negative emotions, researcher finds

Recreational sport helps people cope with adversity, study showsBesides the physical fitness and social benefits of sport, recreational athletes use their sport participation as a way to cope with adverse life events, according to a University of Alberta study. The study could help adult sport associations better market and reshape their leagues to combat shrinking participation rates. “It’s not surprising that these recreational…

Heart transplant expert explores link between blood group, COVID-19

U of A pediatric cardiologist Lori West one of six researchers receiving $2.8 million in federal funding in fight against pandemic

Heart transplant expert explores link between blood group, COVID-19University of Alberta-made tools built to study ABO blood group issues in organ transplant patients have been brought into the COVID-19 fight to determine why people with different blood types react differently to COVID-19. “The tools allow us to look at these pieces of the ABO-COVID-19 connection,” said Lori West, Canada Research Chair in Cardiac Transplantation…
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