Momentum Magazine

Spring, 2020

Momentum Magazine

Meet the Dean

Brenda Hemmelgarn, MD/PhD

An international reputation for excellence in research, a passion for teaching and a deep well of frontline experience are just a few of the assets Brenda Hemmelgarn, MD/PhD, brings to her new role as dean of the University of Alberta's Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry.

Portrait of Brenda Hemmelgarn

Top News

Don't take aspirin to prevent first heart attack, stroke

If you've never had a heart attack or stroke, you should not be taking aspirin to prevent them, according to new research.

Illustration: Amanda Schutz

Micro implants could restore standing and walking

Thanks to work in mapping the spinal cord, and an electrical spinal implant pioneered in the laboratory of University of Alberta professor Vivian Mushahwar, PhD, the dream of helping patients with paralysis walk again could be reality within a decade.

Vivian Mushahwar, PhD

Study links preschool screen time to behavioural problems

A University of Alberta study published in the journal PLOS ONE suggests that preschoolers who engage in two hours or more of screen time per day are five times more likely than those who watch less than 30 minutes to exhibit clinically significant behavioural problems such as inattention, acting out, hyperactivity and being oppositional.

Illustration: Amanda Schutz


Passionate preceptors reflect on why they love to teach

The relationship between preceptors and learners can bring lifelong benefits to both.

Why I teach; (L to R) May Mrochuk, Christopher Fung, Trevor Day

Innovative programming hits the mark

Three MD communities offer outside-the-box education, taking care of students so they can take care of future patients.

MD students

Expert Commentary

U of A experts caution against cannabis vaping 'experiment'

A lack of evidence combined with lung problems linked to vaping leads to questions about the product's safety.

Featured Stories

History of a diabetes breakthrough

Twenty years ago, U of A scientists transformed Edmonton into the world's leading light in the quest to cure Type 1 diabetes. Now they're at it again.

History of a diabetes breakthrough

3D heart model advances patient education

U of A project helps families, patients and medical trainees visualize congenital heart defects.

3D heart model advances patient education

Integrating technology and medical education

The future is here. All we have to do is reach out and take it.

Integrating technology and medical education

A closer look at COVID-19

The U of A's Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology is responding to the COVID-19 crisis

The University of Alberta's Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology was set up in 2010 to be ready for a moment just like the COVID-19 pandemic.

The U of A's Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology is responding to the COVID-19 crisis

Campus dentistry clinics offer emergency care

After the province of Alberta declared a state of public health emergency on March 17, two campus dental clinics stepped up to offer emergency care, with a mandate to help prevent anyone with dental emergencies from ending up in potentially overcrowded hospital emergency departments.

U of A boosts province's COVID-19 testing with shared supplies

As of mid-April, Alberta laboratories had tested 77,316 people for COVID-19-about 20 per cent of the 422,200 tests carried out across Canada to that point.

MD program, learners showcase adaptability, generosity during uncertain times

Fourth-year MD student Jillian Schneider organized an initiative in early March to pair MD student volunteers with front-line health-care providers for child care, after the province announced an indefinite closure of Alberta schools to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

In the face of adversity, a home-grown hero shines

Deena Hinshaw, BSc '97, MD '04, MPH '08.

We have come far in transplant research and innovation

The University of Alberta was recently ranked sixth in the world in transplantation, but the medical expertise required to save lives with organ, tissue and cell transplants did not develop overnight-it is the result of decades of close collaboration, generosity and teamwork.


It takes a village

Pediatric researchers at the University of Alberta are collaborating at the highest levels to design user-friendly resources for parents struggling to support their children through a wide range of common childhood illnesses and diagnoses. Here are three recent innovations designed to make life a bit easier for families.

New piece of Alzheimer's puzzle found

University of Alberta Distinguished University Professor and neurologist Jack Jhamandas, '74 BSc, '76 MSc, PhD, has found a new piece of the Alzheimer's puzzle, bringing him closer to a treatment for the disease.

Jack Jhamandas, BSc/MSc/PhD

Innovation app could 'democratize' medical imaging

Handheld portable ultrasound device takes the hospital to the patient.

Dornoosh Zonoobi, PhD, and Jacob Jaremko, MD/PhD

U of A family doctor offers evidence-based mom blog

There is some very serious misinformation on mom blogs that can cause harm to mom and baby if not rooted in evidence-based science," says Stephanie Liu, '13 MD.

Life of Dr. Mom

New partnership aims to unlock the future of medical cannabis for the treatment of neurological conditions

U of A and Atlas Biotechnologies to explore use of medical cannabis for treating MS, Alzheimer's and Huntington's diseases.

Play ball!

World's Longest Baseball Game swings for the fences in the fight against cancer.

Learners as Leaders
Widower's search for cancer cure takes surprising turn

When his wife died of a rare ovarian cancer 10 years ago, Powel Crosley, '19 MSc, vowed to find a cure.

Embracing a leadership role

Fourth-year medical student Victor Do describes himself as "a regular guy," a humble young man who has wrestled with insecurity, even while being draw to advocacy and leadership roles.