Impact Stories | University of Calgary

Low-cost machine can provide personalized oxygen for up to four patients....

The multi-disciplinary team has a technical proof-of-concept. Now they need to do a clinical experiment and fine-tune the technology....

A study at three Calgary hospitals has proven that testing wastewater for COVID-19 can help identify cases and predict outbreaks in individual high-risk facilities....

Understanding and supporting vulnerable children and adolescents.

For young people, the COVID-19 pandemic has been especially challenging. Social distancing measures, the disruption to daily routines, and the transition to distance learning have created an environment of uncertainty and stress – one with the potential to have negative and longstanding effects on their mental health....

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tragic impact on the health and well-being of Canadians living and working in long-term care and retirement homes....

Lab provides unique service to Albertans and policy-makers....

University of Calgary scientists and clinicians will soon have access to a Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) lab to further their research into vaccines and treatments for COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. The highly specialized facility will allow researchers to study the complete life cycle of the virus, starting at the point of infection, and ultimately translate research innovation into commercialization opportunities....

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), commonly referred to as drones, may prove to be a valuable tool in the battle against pandemics like COVID-19. Researchers at the University of Calgary, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Alberta Health Services (AHS), and Alberta Precision Laboratories (APL) are partnering with the Stoney Nakoda Nations (SNN) to deliver medical equipment and test kits for COVID-19 to remote areas, and to connect these communities to laboratories more quickly using these remotely piloted aircraft....

Vaccination is the most effective public health measure to prevent infectious diseases. Vaccines can greatly reduce the risk of infection by working with the body’s natural defences to safely develop immunity to disease. However, the immune system fights infection in many different ways, and in order to be effective, a vaccine must trigger the right type of immune response to recognize and destroy a specific virus, bacteria or parasite....

A recent global report published in The Lancet estimates 75,000 cases of sepsis occur in Canada every year, likely causing 18,000 deaths. For those seriously ill with COVID-19, it is a real threat to their survival, when a person’s immune response becomes out of control and leads to tissue damage, organ failure or death. It can happen at any age, to children and adults....