Research

For collaboration, donations, or finding a research project supervisor for an MSc or PhD project please contact the research team leads to see if there are opportunities.

Surgical Simulation Research

Combines IT with healthcare to develop training technology for surgeons of the future.

Team Lead/Principle Investigator Dr. Bin Zheng.


Type 1 Diabetes Therapy by Pancreatic Islet Cell Transplantation

Tissue engineering

Team Lead/Principle Investigator Dr. James Shapiro

Preserving the number of islet cells available for transplantation

Team Lead/Principle Investigator Dr.Gina Rayat

Attenuate the immunological and organ donor limitations associated with beta cell transplantation

Team Lead/Principle Investigator Dr. Greg Korbutt

Immune tolerance

Helping to design new ways to prevent autoimmunity and organ/tissue transplant rejection

Team Lead/Principle Investigator Colin Anderson

Developmental Skeletal Malformations

To delineate the molecular mechanisms that regulate growth and patterning of the skeleton in order to understand how developmental skeletal malformations arise and to identify avenues of therapeutic intervention.

Team Lead/Principle Investigator Fred Berry


Anatomy

The division is actively involved in educational and discipline-based research, including in the anatomy-related disciplines, educational methods and novel educational software.

Team Lead/Principle Investigator


Cardiac Surgery

Ex-Vivo Organ Support System (EVOSS) technology

a portable organ transportation device that keeps lungs breathing and hearts pumping

Team Lead/Principle Investigator Drs. Darren Freed and Jayan Nagendran.


General Surgery

Bariatrics

Team Lead/Principle Investigator

Elder-Friendly Surgery Approach

Team Lead/Principle Investigator Rachel Khadaroo

Global Surgery

Team Lead/Principle Investigator Dr. Abdullah Saleh

Hepatitis C

Team Lead/Principle Investigator


Surgical Oncology

Breast

Team Lead/Principle Investigator

Colorectal

Team Lead/Principle Investigator

Gastric

Team Lead/Principle Investigator

Liver

Team Lead/Principle Investigator Norm Kneteman

Pancreas

Team Lead/Principle Investigator


Transplantation Surgery

Cardiac

Team Lead/Principle Investigator Drs. Darren Freed & Jayan Nagendran

Thoracic

Team Lead/Principle Investigator

Urology

Team Lead/Principle Investigator Dr. Ron Moore

Pancreas

Team Lead/Principle Investigator

Clinical trials of immunosuppression in solid organ transplantation and in studies of the genomics of transplantation.

Team Lead/Principle Investigator

Lung

Team Lead/Principle Investigator Drs. Darren Freed & Jayan Nagendran

Clinical studies a new selection criterion for liver transplant patients with hepatocellular carcinoma

Team Lead/Principle Investigator Dr. Norm Kneteman.

Liver

Team Lead/Principle Investigator Dr. Norm Kneteman

Ex-vivo perfusion for organ preservation and repair

Team Lead/Principle Investigator Drs. Darren Freed & Jayan Nagendran

Pancreatic islet cell

Our transplant team leads globally in clinical and scientific studies and is accelerating its push in the field of tissue engineering

Team Lead/Principle Investigator Dr. James Shapiro


Neurosurgery

perioperative imaging

Team Lead/Principle Investigator

functional neurosurgery

Team Lead/Principle Investigator

Epilepsy

Team Lead/Principle Investigator

Degenerative spinal conditions

Team Lead/Principle Investigator

Reversing the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

Team Lead/Principle Investigator Dr. Tejas Sankar

Neurovascular clinical trials

Team Lead/Principle Investigator

Developing novel applications of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in neurosurgery

Team Lead/Principle Investigator Dr. Tejas Sankar

Developing innovative clinical trials in the field of neurovascular surgery

Team Lead/Principle Investigator Dr. Tim Darsaut

The multi-disciplinary neurovascular team continues to be involved in many multi-centre trials.

Team Lead/Principle Investigator

The Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, are national leaders in imaging in epilepsy

Team Lead/Principle Investigator

The spinal neurosurgery group continues to publish clinical research

Team Lead/Principle Investigator

The pediatric neurosurgery group continues to publish in the field of quality in shunt surgery and leads the country in minimally invasive craniosynostosis surgery

Team Lead/Principle Investigator


Surgical Oncology

Researchers have started an investigator-initiated trial (IIT) of the drug Imatinib to target thyroid cancer cells.

Team Lead/Principle Investigator

Clinical trials gynecologic, endocrine, urologic, and gastrointestinal tumours, thyroid cancer and for bladder cancer.

Team Lead/Principle Investigator

Investigations into advances in surgical care and into adjuvant therapies.

The Division of Surgical Oncology published more than 30 research papers a year, describing innovative approaches to care in terms of surgical techniques, patient investigations, and improved models for healthcare systems. surgical oncology research and the development of innovations in clinical care, including advances in diagnostics,

Team Lead/Principle Investigator

Wound dressings

Team Lead/Principle Investigator

Wound imaging

Team Lead/Principle Investigator


Orthopedic Surgery

Tissue engineering strategies to repair cartilage and meniscus defects

Team Lead/Principle Investigator Dr. Adetola Adesida

Cryopreservation of articular cartilage

Team Lead/Principle Investigator Dr. Nadr Jomha

Collaborative Orthopedic Research (CORe)

Champions clinical research its focus is on improving the recovery of patients with bone, joint and muscle conditions and injuries.

Team Lead/Principle Investigator Dr. Lauren Beaupre


Otolaryngology

head and neck cancer treatment

Team Lead/Principle Investigator

cancer genetics

Team Lead/Principle Investigator

cancer proteomics

Team Lead/Principle Investigator

microvascular reconstruction

Team Lead/Principle Investigator

surgical design and simulation for mandible and maxillary reconstruction

Team Lead/Principle Investigator

occlusal rehabilitation of head and neck cancer patients

Team Lead/Principle Investigator

submandibular gland transfer

Team Lead/Principle Investigator

thyroid gland transfer

Team Lead/Principle Investigator

sleep disordered breathing in children

Team Lead/Principle Investigator

laryngeal paralysis

Team Lead/Principle Investigator
impaired salivary control
Team Lead/Principle Investigator
bone anchored hearing aids
Team Lead/Principle Investigator
middle ear implants
Team Lead/Principle Investigator
reactive upper airway diseases
Team Lead/Principle Investigator
facial nerve regeneration
Team Lead/Principle Investigator
nasal cartilage regeneration and functional outcomes
Team Lead/Principle Investigator


Pediatric Surgery

complex congenital heart surgery
Team Lead/Principle Investigator
surgical management of craniosynostosis
Team Lead/Principle Investigator
brachial plexus reconstruction
Team Lead/Principle Investigator
complex tracheal reconstruction
Team Lead/Principle Investigator
inflammatory bowel disease and sleep disordered breathing in children
Team Lead/Principle Investigator
surgical oncology
Team Lead/Principle Investigator


Plastic Surgery

international collaboration includes the Tsinghua University in China, whose stem cell biologists work with University of Alberta surgeons on bioengineering skin to control burn scarring. This replacement skin can grow hair and the team aims to create working sweat glands.

Team Lead/Principle Investigator Dr. Edward Tredget
the burn unit’s clinical and research teams - Team Lead/Principle Investigator Drs. Peter Kwan and Josh Wong have
nerve reconstruction
Team Lead/Principle Investigators Dr. Michael Morhart, Dr. Ming Chan and Dr. Jaret Olson.


Thoracic Surgery
Stigma in Lung Cancer and its impact on patient care. - Team Lead/Principle Investigator Dr. Eric Bédard and Dr. Simon Turner
the Alberta Lung Cancer Program Study - Team Lead/Principle Investigator Dr. Bédard, local PI clinical research
The division has increased its commitment to clinical research with summer students and residents working on various clinical and translational science projects.


Division of Urology
Basic science research is focused on
Oncology
- Team Lead/Principle Investigator
photodynamic therapy
- Team Lead/Principle Investigator
laser technology
- Team Lead/Principle Investigator
clinical trials in:
bladder cancer
- Team Lead/Principle Investigator
prostate cancer
- Team Lead/Principle Investigator
renal cancer
- Team Lead/Principle Investigator
endo-urology, transplantation and reconstruction
- Team Lead/Principle Investigator
biomarker development for the improvement of prostate cancer diagnosis
- Team Lead/Principle Investigator


Vascular Surgery
curcumin (a turmeric ingredient) treatment research
- Team Lead/Principle Investigator
arteriovenous access creation and maturation
- Team Lead/Principle Investigator;
post-operative outcomes following endovascular aortic surgery
- Team Lead/Principle Investigator.
Analy


sis based on North America’s Vascular Quality Initiative – a database tool where the division can compare its results across the continent – creates a massive potential for clinical research.