Posted: Apr 3, 2019

A Novel Method to Produce Pitched Kefir for Reducing Cholesterol

Description Researchers at the University of Alberta and TEAGASC have jointly developed a pitched-based method to produce kefir (a fermented milk beverage) that when consumed reduces blood cholesterol levels. The......


Posted: Nov 5, 2018

Novel F-18 Beta-Hydroxybutyric Acid Radiotracers for PET Imaging

Description Researchers at the University of Alberta have synthesized novel beta-hydroxybutyric acid radiotracers for PET imaging using a 3 step radiosynthetic process. The compounds are designed to serve as radiofluorinated......


Posted: Oct 19, 2018

New Topical Therapy for Melanoma

Description Dr. Afsaneh Lavasanifar and collaborators have developed a PCBCL–b-PEG-b-PCBCL (PolyGelTM) hydrogel formulation of silibinin which provides enhanced skin permeabiity and delayed release of silibinin under physiological conditions. In vitro......


Posted: Mar 29, 2018

Hand-Held Device and Computer-Implemented Steering of a Percutaneously Inserted Needle

Description Dr. Mahdi Tavakoli and his team at the University of Alberta have developed a novel hand-held device and methods to enable real-time assisted steering of percutaneously inserted needles, such as......


Posted: Mar 13, 2018

Flow Cytometry Sensing Using Diffracted Orders of a Grating

Description Flow cytometry is a useful tool that employed in diagnoses of various blood diseases, basic research, clinical trials or even as a “cell sorter” instrument. Currently, flow cytometry involves......


Posted: Jan 16, 2018

Prosthetic Device For Replacing A Mitral Valve

Description A University of Alberta researcher has developed a novel design for a percutaneous mitral valve stent that can be deployed using a minimally invasive technique. Minimally invasive surgery (for......


Posted: Jan 3, 2018

Howard Covering: Novel device to prevent accumulation of biofilm in endotracheal tubes

  Description A University of Alberta researcher has developed a novel device to remove accumulated biofilm and prevent further formation of biofilm in endotracheal tubes thereby improving healing rate and......


Posted: Aug 30, 2017

High-Quality, Fast 3D Ultrasound Imaging

Description 3D ultrasound imaging has become of tremendous value in obstetrics, gynaecology, radiology, cardiology, and image-guided surgery and therapy. The increasing use of 3D ultrasound has been due to the......


Posted: Aug 30, 2017

New Dehydropiperidine Compounds for Treatment of Glioblastoma

Description Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most aggressive form of brain cancer. Typically treatment involves surgery after which chemotherapy and radiation therapies are used. The medication temozolomide is frequently used......


Posted: Mar 30, 2017

Automatic Measurement of Melanoma Breslow Depth

Description Researchers at the University of Alberta have developed a method for rapid and accurate measurement of the melanoma Depth-of-Invasion (DoI), also known as Breslow Depth, from MART1 stained skin......


Posted: Feb 16, 2017

New Cross-Calibration Ion Chamber and Calibration Method for Radionuclide Activity Meters

Direct quality assurance with short-lived clinical isotopes Description A portable ion chamber system has been designed for direct calibration of radionuclide activity meters in nuclear medicine and research. The cylindrical......


Posted: Jan 19, 2017

Novel Therapy for Diabetes, Dyslipidemia and Obesity

Description Researchers at the University of Alberta have discovered a potential therapy to prevent dyslipidemia, obesity, diabetes and atherosclerosis. The study shows that depletion of an enzyme inhibits phosphatidylcholine synthesis......