Promising chemotherapy treatment for bladder cancer enters human trials

A rejected patent application nearly derailed years of research, but support from experts saved the day

Promising chemotherapy treatment for bladder cancer enters human trialsIn 2015, University of Alberta cancer researcher Jack Tuszynski learned that his patent application for a promising chemotherapy treatment for people suffering from metastatic bladder cancer had been rejected by the U.S. Patent Office. “That was it. I thought, ‘We can’t proceed, we’re done, we spent almost a decade working on this and it’s a no go,’”…

Smart sound system could relieve anxiety for ICU patients

Researchers are using AI to create customized soundscapes that could help patients relax and sleep

Smart sound system could relieve anxiety for ICU patientsA music professor and his interdisciplinary research team are aiming to reduce stress in intensive care patients with soothing soundscapes. Based on machine learning, the “smart” sound system would read physiological feedback such as heart rate, breathing and sweat gland response to customize calming sounds for individual patients, said principal investigator Michael Frishkopf, professor in…

Artificial intelligence predicts new illegal drugs before they hit the streets

Staying one step ahead of illicit drug makers

Artificial intelligence predicts new illegal drugs before they hit the streetsAn international team of researchers is using artificial intelligence to predict new illegal drugs before they hit the streets – which could help save lives and fight crime. “We are anticipating what street drugs, or novel psychoactive substances, will appear before they are made or before they enter communities,” said team member David Wishart, University…

Researchers using AI to project COVID-19 cases further into the future

Computing scientists developing AI to combat pandemic by taking advantage of health data

Researchers using AI to project COVID-19 cases further into the futureHow many new COVID-19 cases will be in the ICU three weeks from today? University of Alberta scientists are using the wealth of public health data on COVID-19 to build AI-powered tools to help project and combat the pandemic. “Our team is using ideas from epidemiology and machine learning to develop tools to forecast the…

‘Armchair rancher’ app helps beef producers get ahead of trends

Mixes agriculture with AI to help ranchers make better business decisions

‘Armchair rancher’ app helps beef producers get ahead of trendsNew University of Alberta research is mixing artificial intelligence with agriculture to help cattle ranchers. An analytic “armchair rancher” mobile app is being developed to help beef producers better manage various aspects of their herds. The smart device application will aid them – by leveraging the masses of data they already collect daily on factors…

Materials harvest electricity from wasted heat

New materials could harness energy from cellphones or body heat, and improve solar power, geothermal

Materials harvest electricity from wasted heatExtra heat is generated from any form of energy conversion – even with something as green as solar panels. But with up to 72 per cent of it left unused, there’s also great potential to harvest electricity from that waste. A University of Alberta researcher has successfully developed a way to figure out the chemistry…

Simulated, anonymized data could be key to health-care innovations

Synthetic data based on records ensures confidentiality

Simulated, anonymized data could be key to health-care innovationsA University of Alberta researcher is developing an inventive solution to a problem plaguing health-care research around the world: how to make data-driven decisions without compromising the privacy of personal medical records. Dean Eurich, professor in the School of Public Health, is academic lead on a project that has successfully created a “synthetic data” set that…

AI used to help patients with respiratory issues

Wearable technology could get ahead of hospital admissions by predicting respiratory flare-ups

AI used to help patients with respiratory issuesA new University of Alberta feasibility study involving 40 patients could help those dealing with long-term chronic respiratory issues by using new wearable technology and artificial intelligence to monitor symptoms and warn of coming exacerbation episodes. ADAMM-RSM is a wearable device developed in the U.S. for patients with asthma, with the goal of expanding its…

Robotics, AI key to faster cardiac ultrasound system under development

U of A cardiologist teams up with computer scientists, engineers to create 3-D heart imaging device

Robotics, AI key to faster cardiac ultrasound system under developmentA University of Alberta-based team is developing a system to improve the way heart conditions are diagnosed by blending robotics and artificial intelligence with existing cardiac ultrasound technology. “Current echocardiography (heart ultrasound) is used for virtually all patients with cardiac symptoms, but it has limitations. For example, it doesn’t typically capture the entire heart in…

The future of farming is smarter

In the drive to become more efficient and adaptive, farms are becoming innovation incubators

The future of farming is smarterThe future of farming might bring tiny drone pollinators or a fishy foray into conserving water in greenhouses. It might bring an app that diagnoses plant disease, artificial intelligence that reduces a farmer’s driving time, or robotics that lend some extra hands. Future farming might bring some, all or none of those. What it will…

‘Molecule libraries’ help speed the search for new drugs

Alberta-based 48Hour Discovery works with some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies to streamline the process

‘Molecule libraries’ help speed the search for new drugsWith the cost of drug development beginning to skyrocket in the 1990s, pharmaceutical giants thought the path to better economics lay in high-throughput screening facilities that would test libraries that ranged in size from a few thousand up to million compounds at a time. “Separate shelves, many rooms, with the emphasis on robotics and automation…

AI innovation will make thyroid ultrasounds faster and easier

FDA approves MEDO’s tool offering simpler, more reliable diagnostic scans for thousands of patients

AI innovation will make thyroid ultrasounds faster and easierA University of Alberta spinoff company has received FDA approval for an artificial intelligence tool that could revolutionize thyroid ultrasounds, making the procedure faster and easier for thousands of Canadians who undergo it each year. MEDO.ai, with offices in Edmonton and Singapore, received approval last month from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its…

New AI-powered deep learning model supports medical diagnostics

Computing scientist lost in Flight PS752 contributed to the study

New AI-powered deep learning model supports medical diagnosticsA new deep learning model can learn to identify diseases from medical scans faster and more accurately, according to new research by a team of University of Alberta computing scientists and the U of A spinoff company MEDO. The breakthrough model is the work of a team of researchers in the Faculty of Science – including Pouneh…

Artificial intelligence innovator named to Royal Society

U of A computing scientist Rich Sutton honoured by world’s oldest national scientific institution

Artificial intelligence innovator named to Royal SocietyRich Sutton, a University of Alberta computing science professor, a fellow and Canada CIFAR AI Chair at the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii), and one of the founders of modern computational reinforcement learning, has been elected as a fellow of the venerable Royal Society, the world’s oldest national scientific institution. Sutton, who joined the U of A’s Faculty…

Artificial intelligence may help diagnose depression more accurately

Artificial intelligence may help diagnose depression more accuratelyA new University of Alberta project aims to develop an artificial intelligence-based screening tool to help doctors diagnose depression more precisely. Depression affects millions of Canadians. It can affect quality of life, damage relationships, lower productivity and lead to suicide. A proper diagnosis is key to effective treatment, but making a precise diagnosis can be…
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