Virtual Reality At The Maz

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With heart disease as the second leading cause of death in Canada, the importance of multidisciplinary research laboratories like the Servier Virtual Cardiac Centre (SVCC) cannot be understated.

The only centre of its kind in Canada, the SVCC allows healthcare professionals at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute to view 3D imaging of the heart. This critical information opens a world of treatment possibilities, including allowing doctors to predict surgical and interventional outcomes for diseases of the heart.


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Past Virtual Expeditions

November 16, 2022

Virtual Expedition: Never Say Never

Neurological illness and injuries are a leading cause of disability in Alberta and around the world. Currently, neurologic patients admitted to the University of Alberta Hospital can have up to a 25 day wait before they can be transferred to an inpatient rehabilitation facility.
September 22, 2022

Virtual Expedition: To Walk Again

Listen as Dr. Vivian Mushahwar and her team have developed an implant to restore the ability to walk for those who suffer from spinal cord injury (SCI)
June 8, 2022

Virtual Expedition: The Rise and Fall of Diabetes

Listen as Dr. James Shapiro, the lead on the research team that resulted in the Edmonton Protocol, speaks about the history of diabetes, where we have come and the next stage of diabetes treatment and cure.
April 26, 2022

Virtual Expedition: Back to the Future of Organ Transplants

Join Dr. Evangelos Michelakis on a journey "Back to the Future of Organ Transplants".
“Is it possible to induce hibernation in human organs? Of course it is.”
Dr. Michelakis and his team of researchers believe there is a way to activate that hibernation machinery that would enable the organs to “live” longer outside the body, giving transplant programs the ability to create organ banks similar to blood banks.
February 3, 2022

Virtual Expedition: The Medical Research Team that Could

Our popular Virtual Expedition series takes our audience to places in the Maz they’ve never been before.
Through progressive innovation, Dr. Welsh and his team have revolutionized the delivery of care to heart attack patients. “It’s the Edmonton Advantage. People say this is the best place in Canada to have a heart attack and our outcomes show they’re right.”
Watch an informative talk about the Vital Heart Response (VHR) program featuring Dr. Robert Welsh.
June 24, 2021

Virtual Expedition: Unlocking the Mystery of ALS

Learn more about ALS, a devastating neurodegenerative disease.
Hear directly from two University Hospital Foundation funded researchers, Dr. Wendy Johnston and Dr. Sanjay Kalra as they share their expertise and highlight the latest ALS research. There is currently no known cause or cure, and the path to diagnosis can be prolonged and difficult. These experts are dedicated to improving the quality of life of those living with ALS.

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