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McCaig Institute team wins $97K in TENET i2c competition

Researchers, surgeons and students presented ideas from blood tests to detect cancer in people and Lyme disease in dogs, to devices to help dry noses and stroke victims at the Tenet i2c competition at the Cumming School of Medicine on April 11. About 200 people, including doctors in scrubs, students with backpacks and plenty of people in business suits, turned out to the University of Calgary Foothills Campus to see teams present for 10 minutes and take tough questions from a panel of judges.

In the end, the winner was Vivametrica for its data analysis that helps insurance companies and health and wellness providers understand the health of clients. “The barrier to insurance products is really the amount of information people need to volunteer,” says Dr. Rick Hu, a spine surgeon and CEO and founder of Vivametrica. “Our analysis process is able to accurately estimate various chronic illnesses based on a small amount of information — seven days of a wearable device, age, gender, height, weight, and waist circumference.”  

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A new link between psoriasis and depression, and the subsequent development of psoriatic arthritis calls for better mental health assessment

Nearly one million Canadians live with psoriasis. Characterized by red, scaly patches (called plaques) on the skin, psoriasis is often itchy and painful; it can also lead to low self-esteem. People with psoriasis have an increased risk for many major medical disorders, including psoriatic arthritis, an inflammation of the joints that can lead to irreversible joint damage.  In fact, between 10 to 30 per cent of patients with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis. 

For years, the rheumatology and dermatology communities have been trying to understand why some patients with psoriasis go on to develop psoriatic arthritis. A team of UCalgary researchers believe they have found a link.

Productivity loss from osteoarthritis will cost Canadian economy $17.5 billion a year by 2031

Rising rates of osteoarthritis (OA) will cost the Canadian economy an estimated $17.5 billion a year in lost productivity by 2031 as the disease forces greater numbers of people to stop working or work less, a study has found. The upsurge in work time loss comes just as Canadian productivity comes up against a momentous challenge: finding enough workers to replace retiring baby boomers after decades of low birth rates.



Date & Time:
May 24, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Academia and startups: polar opposites or two sides of the coin?

Open to staff, faculty and trainees.

Date & Time:
May 31, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Open to staff, faculty and trainees.

Date & Time:
June 4, 2017 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Walk together to create a future without arthritis

Date & Time:
June 5, 2017 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Dr. Timothy Griffin:  "Stressed Out Joints?  The Role of Fat in Osteoarthritis Pathology and Pain"

Open to staff, faculty and trainees.

Date & Time:
September 15, 2017 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

OTTAWA - CAHS meeting

2017 Legacy Lecture Speaker: Dr. Tom Noseworthy, Professsor of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine

Clinical & Research Innovation:  Squeezing the Juice From the Orange

The Dr. Cy Frank Legacy Lectureship honours and commemorates Dr. Cy Frank.  Dr.  Frank was internationally known and acclaimed for his visionary efforts to lead and champion the application of research to create solutions for patients.  The lectureship showcases individuals who reflect the passion of Dr. Frank.