The Hepatitis Virus

Leading the Fight Against Hepatitis

The University of Alberta is recognized as a global leader in viral hepatitis research, making discoveries that change lives. The Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology is leading the world in virology discoveries and cures.

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Learn more about how you can support virology and immunology research at the Li Ka Shing Institutes of Virology and Applied Virology.

The Team at the Hobman Lab

Zeroing in on the Zika Virus

Dr. Tom Hobman (featured with his team) has elucidated how the Zika virus changes host cells during infection, with the goal of developing antiviral therapies that can be used against the pathogen.

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The research interests of the Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology members encompass viral pathogenesis, vaccine development, correlates of immunity, enhancement of vaccine efficacy, oncolysis, and development of novel antivirals. Our members have made, and continue to make, a significant impact on human health around world.

Leading the world in virology discoveries and cures.
"Through leadership in scientific excellence and international collaboration, the Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology will invest in virology and immunology research to discover new methods to prevent, treat and cure virus-related disease to reduce the burden of viral disease around the world."

InScope

InScope, an art installation in front of the Li Ka Shing Institute.

InScope, the second tallest sculpture on the University of Alberta campus, is located outside the Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research Innovation.

InScope located in front of the Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research Innovation, was unveiled on October 21, 2015. It was commissioned as part of a transformative gift from the Li Ka Shing (Canada) Foundation to the University of Alberta.

The figurative elements are a reminder that “health is for the people” and that “knowledge bestowed is a great gift”, meant to echo the magnitude of the gift of Mr. Li Ka Shing.

InScope details:

  • Comprised of two figures, one at 22 feet tall, and one at just over 6 feet;
  • Vibrant red hue on the inside edge of the geometric space focuses on the human body as a canvas of medical research and discovery;
  • The life-size human figure gazing upward accentuates the vastness of this exploration;
  • The sculpture contains a programmed light feature that includes the entire colour spectrum

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