Archive | October 2018

The Arts & Humanities in Health & Medicine (AHHM) program at the University of Alberta, together with many other supportive sponsors, would like to invite you to experience  Belonging: Exploring Healthcare Needs of New Canadians Through Theatre. The event focuses on improving healthcare for immigrants and refugees by providing a space for collectively exploring and navigating issues of language and cultural barriers between healthcare providers and new Canadians.
Directed by David Diamond and performed by a cast of immigrants, refugees, and healthcare providers, the event will be a forum theatre performance where audience members will have the opportunity to come up and engage in the live play to navigate real issues in stories curated by the community.
Date: Monday, November 5th, 2018
Time: 6-8 pm
Place: Arts-based Research Studio
4-104 Education North
University of Alberta
Admission: Pay-what-you-can at the door.

ATI Director Dr. Lori West part of Canadian Glycomics Network panel

ATI Director Dr. Lori West will be part of a panel discussion on the study of sugars in biological processes, and its impact on human health in Alberta and Canada. Author and former Discovery Channel host Jay Ingram will lead a panel discussion with Dr. Mona Nemer, Canada Chief Science Advisor, on why sugars are important in treating diseases, including infectious diseases and cancers. The panel will also discuss current Alberta and national success stories and what the Canadian Glycomics Network is doing to solve human health issues. This interactive session will be followed by a networking opportunity with visual displays depicting how the study of sugars impacts people’s quality of life.

Date: Thursday, November 1, 2018
Time: 5–7 p.m.
Place: Oborowsky Degner Seminar Hall and Foyer (Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research Innovation)
Reception to follow

Organ Donation in Canada: Report of the Standing Committee on Health

In September, the Standing Committee on Health tabled a comprehensive Report on “Organ Donation in Canada” that arose from discussions with a number of key and influential groups, including CNTRP, CBS, TGLN, BC Transplant, and the Kidney Foundation. Collectively, these groups made a strong push for the Federal government to provide continued and sustained support for both a national clinical coordinating program and a strong national research program in donation and transplantation.

The recommendations from the report are very encouraging. The main recommendations are:

  • supporting the adoption of best practices in organ donation and transplantation across all jurisdictions;

  • investing in national public education and awareness campaigns to promote conversations among family members regarding organ donation;

  • creating more opportunities for Canadians to register their decisions regarding organ donation; and

  • providing sustained funding for research and data collection to ensure that organ transplantation results in improved health outcomes for Canadians.

Click here to read the full Report.

Gairdner Research Symposium: Precision Health (November 15-16, 2018)

The annual Gairdner Research Symposium features cutting-edge themes in fundamental research impacting human health and attracts world-renowned scientists to discuss relevant global-health challenges. In partnership with the Gairdner Foundation, the University of Alberta is hosting a two-day symposium titled “Precision Health—From Data to Wellness that will take place on Thursday, November 15 and Friday, November 16, 2018 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

This year’s event will highlight recent discoveries and developments that are transforming current treatment paradigms into a more data-centred and patient-specific approach. Learn about exciting achievements in precision diagnostics, therapeutics, public health and digital analytics. Click here for the full list of confirmed speakers or for the link for free registration.

2018 CDTRP Research Innovation Grant Competition (up to 17 new catalyst grants available)

The Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program (CDTRP), in partnership with Astellas Pharma Canada, Inc. (Astellas), the Alberta Transplant Innovation Fund (ATIF), the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, the Big Gifts for Little Lives Fund, the Addison Fund and the UHN Multi-Organ Transplant Program, would like to encourage you to apply for the 2018 CDTRP Research Innovation Grant Competition. Now in its 5th year, this competition provides funding to seed new and innovative pilot projects in the hematopoietic cell transplant, solid organ transplant and critical care / donation fields that will be integrated and supported by the national research structure of the CDTRP.

“This grant competition has had a transformative impact on Canadian transplant investigators, and is an invaluable component of our national research program,” said Dr. Lori West, Scientific Director of the CDTRP.  “Our partner-driven collaborations allow investigators from across Canada to integrate their research into the CDTRP structure, enabling them to leverage the full resources of the network to translate their research into clinical practice.  We are very grateful for the ongoing support from all our partners who help the CDTRP achieve its goal of addressing the critical gaps and barriers to effective organ transplantation for Canadians.”

Seventeen grants of $30,000 each will be available to fund peer-reviewed pilot projects at the national and regional level in 2018. For the first time in the competition, we are working with partners who bring funding to support specific targeted research areas within the scope of the competition, so please pay special attention to the partner requirements in the terms of reference.  Click here for full details.

Deadline: February 13, 2019

Congratulations to ATI member Dr. Norman Kneteman

ATI congratulates Dr. Kneteman for his recent AMA Medal for Distinguished Service presented by the Alberta Medical Association. The Medal is awarded for outstanding personal contributions to the medical profession and to Albertans that have contributed to the art and science of medicine and raised the standards of medical practice. Click here for the full announcement and list of 2018 honorees.

France-Canada Research Fund: New Collaborations Programs

This Scientific Collaboration Support Program, financed by the France-Canada Research Fund (FCRF), aims to support developing new expert partnerships between France and Canada by promoting researcher mobility, particularly for young researchers, and students. This program provides financing for new scientific projects jointly developed by French and Canadian teams that have never worked together before.  Click here for more details and the Call for Applications.

Deadline: November 16, 2018.

Mitacs Accelerate Special Call for Proposals: Funding for Postdoctoral Fellows working with Industry

Postdoctoral fellow must be willing to work directly with industry partner (on-site) towards research project’s goals. Opportunity is open to all postdocs regardless of nationality. Funding is for 1, 2, or 3 years at $55,000/year ($25,000 from industry and $30,000 from Mitacs. Note: postdoc is paid $50,000 and the remaining $5,000 is flex funding). Industry can be from anywhere in the world as long as the postdoc can work directly with them. Canadian not-for-profit companies are also eligible. Please note this opportunity is not found online.
Please inquire directly with Eric Loo (

Deadline: January 18, 2019

Dr. Lori West: Transplant rejection research (video)

ATI Director Dr. Lori West is redefining the future of transplants for children, as well as finding new and improved ways to treat type 1 diabetes. Click here to learn about Dr. Lori West’s inspiring research thanks to the support of WCHRI, the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Alberta Diabetes Institute and the Alberta Diabetes Foundation.