From developing a blood test that will diagnose a stroke in minutes to stopping the spread of prostate cancer and breakthroughs in Alzheimer's studies, researchers today at the University of Alberta Hospital - western Canada's largest academic health centre - are tackling some of the most complex medical issues of our time.

With ongoing financial support from donors to the University Hospital Foundation, our researchers will have the financial means needed to continue their quest to:

Restore memory in the minds of people with Alzheimer’s disease
Give people with the most severe spinal cord injuries the chance to walk again
Unravel the role the gut biome plays in health issues ranging from obesity to depression

Research First, Then Innovation

And just as the Edmonton Protocol, a procedure discovered at the University of Alberta that brought hope to the world for a way for people living with type 1 diabetes to live without insulin injections, their discoveries will transform healthcare of the future.

When you have a big problem, there’s only one solution – research.

The excitement of discovery

Dr. Lorne Tyrell and his team at the University of Alberta spent decades in their quest to find a cure for Hepatitis B. Eventually, they were successful. But not before overcoming years of setbacks large and small and maneuvering around countless roadblocks.

When asked what kept him going, Dr. Tyrell said “The little victories. The excitement of discovery. That’s what keeps all researchers going.”


The Salt Argument

For those with heart disease, is less salt actually better?
Dr. Justin Ezekowtiz, physician at the Heart Function Clinic at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, and the lead researcher of an international study on whether or not it’s necessary for patients with heart disease to consume less sodium, isn’t so sure.
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