Momentum 2019

Building a Better Surgeon

The Surgical Simulation Research Lab is using AR, VR and eye tracking to create more-precise training for tomorrow’s doctors.

Close up of person using an AR/VR Headset

Change Champions

Some are providing dental care to those living in poverty; some leading the charge on cutting edge women’s health research or advocating for LGBTQ-inclusive health care. Here are some of our most recent alumni plus current undergraduate students, resident physicians and graduate students. All are change champions carving out new directions in health care, education, research and public policy.

Portrait collage of all the Change Champions

$5-million gift enhances children’s health research in Alberta

Top pediatric researchers named as Distinguished Researchers within the Stollery Science Lab to act as advocates for children’s health.

Portrait of Grace Fisher

Meet the Momentum Drivers of 2019

From diverse research groups targeting breast cancer to those tackling MS from every angle and experts promoting healthy aging: here are the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry’s Momentum Drivers of the year.


Discovery boosts chemo while protecting heart

University of Alberta medical research may bolster chemotherapy potency while protecting heart from side-effects.

Household disinfectants could be making kids overweight

Infants in households where household cleaners are used frequently showed higher levels of certain gut bacteria.

Stopping cancer from spreading

University of Alberta researchers find 11 genes responsible for the spread of cancer.

Precision cancer cures a step closer

New technique developed by UAlberta researchers brings gene-editing medicine closer to patient applications.

Surgical mesh implants may cause autoimmune disorders

U of A doctor says more research is needed to confirm mesh-implanted patient symptoms are linked with autoimmune disorder.


Alberta positioned to become an international leader in lymphatic-disorder research thanks to $7 million in gifts

Commitment unites Dianne and Irving Kipnes Foundation, University Hospital Foundation and the Cancer Research Institute of Northern Alberta at the U of A.

New health research centre opens at Lois Hole Hospital for Women

A newly opened research centre at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women provides a place where clinicians, researchers and patients can work together to improve patient outcomes.

U of A researchers identify possible new pathway to treat anxiety

U of A pharmacology professor William Colmers’ research focuses on hormones that regulate fight-or-flight response.

U of A lab discovers game-changing disease process in MS

Researchers discover role of programmed cell death, previously only associated with inflammation, in multiple sclerosis.

U of A scientists first to pinpoint a cause of pigmentary glaucoma

Discovery identifies gene that causes common form of blindness worldwide, potentially leading to new treatment for glaucoma.

Six simple positive ways to engage with someone with autism

U of A autism expert gives advice to help you interact in a supportive way with children and adults on the spectrum—and check your own biases.

How patient stories can improve intensive care

Talking about their health-care experiences can build empathy between patients and health professionals.

Meet two PhDs who are breaking new ground in their fields

Brad Necyk, Psychiatry PhD candidate and Stephanie Lunn, Pharmacology, ’18 PhD

Rhodes Scholar combines medicine and dance in creative approach to public health

Dance, med school and community work in Africa taught latest U of A Rhodes Scholar value of understanding how people experience life, illness and the world.

Enduring friendship inspires cancer-research fund

Dianne and Irving Kipnes remember Rachel Mandel with matched gift

Gift helps UAlberta research delve further into the mysteries of neurodegenerative diseases

Alberta family’s contribution in the form of mineral rights propels U of A researchers’ understanding of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Richard Fedorak: Builder of excellence in service of the people

Throughout his time as dean, Richard Fedorak would often share how the faculty was built “upon the shoulders of giants.” Now that company of giants has grown by one.

2019 Alumni Award Recipients

Jayan Nagendran, Darren Freed, Donald Enarson, Gary Lobay, Tony Mok, Steven Knudsen

From powerful ideas to life-saving products

The University of Alberta’s Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry propels health science discoveries beyond the labs into life-changing solutions.

Then and Now

30 years since Jean Vance's discovery about the building blocks inside cells & A 25-year battle against cancer... and closer to winning.

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