3Cardiac database is treasure trove of information Not only is Dr. Merrill Knudtson a pioneer in life-saving cardiology procedures, but he also launched a database to capture detailed information on every cardiac procedure performed in Alberta and track those patients over time. His brainchild, the Alberta Provincial Project for Outcome Assessment in Coronary Heart Disease (APPROACH), is now one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive cardiac registries. It’s used to reveal important insights intooutcomes and costs, and show the way to betterpatient care.
A better way to fix hip
and knee problems
Orthopedic surgeons may not feel their patients’ physicalpain, but they often share their frustration with long waittimes and varying care. That feeling led them to lookinto the reasons for long wait times for joint replacementsurgery—a life-changing treatment for severe osteoarthritisin the hip and knee. Their work led to wide-rangingchanges in the care of patients needing this surgery. Theresult? Higher quality and improved access. The impactgoes beyond provincial borders; their work helped sparkthe creation of the Canada-wide Hip and Knee KnowledgeTranslation Network.
Workhorse of the Human
A tool developed at the University of Alberta in the
1990s became the workhorse of the Human GenomeProject—an international research effort to map all of ourgenes, which paved the way for new understanding ofgenetic factors in disease. Developed by analytical chemistsDrs. Norman Dovichi and Jianzhong Zhang, the instrumentanalyzed DNA 10 times faster than earlier technology.
Life-saving wound dressing
pioneered in Alberta
With his invention of the Acticoat™ technology,Dr. Robert Burrell revolutionized wound care and helpedsave the lives and limbs of thousands of patients aroundthe world. Working as a biomedical engineer at Alberta’sWestaim Technologies Inc., Burrell developed tiny silvernanocrystals that kill microbes and stop inflammation.
Acticoat™ dressings are used worldwide to prevent life-threatening infections and promote healing in burns,ulcers and other wounds.