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Dr. Brent Scott receives the Alan Ross Award

Dr. Brent Scott (Calgary, Alta.) receives the Alan Ross Award, recognizing lifelong excellence in paediatric research, education, health care and advocacy. The Canadian Paediatric Society will present the award on June 22 at their 93rd Annual Conference, being held this year in Charlottetown, PEI.

ACHRI IBM collaboration on precision medicine

Researchers help family find son's genetic cause of autism

Geoffrey Ondrich was diagnosed with autism when he was a child. But like so many cases of the disorder, his parents never understood what caused his condition. Then Dr. Micheil Innes asked the family to participate in a genetic research study.  Through Innes’ research, the Ondrich family found their answer, ending an 18-year search for a cause of their son’s condition.

Calgary leads stem-cell cure for kids with sickle cell anemia

The Alberta Children’s Hospital is believed to be the only pediatric centre in the world that is successfully using a novel stem cell transplant procedure to cure children of sickle cell anemia. To date, nine children with the genetic blood disorder have been cured through a process that first destroys the existing blood system, then grows a new system from the transplanted stem cells of a family member who is an immune match. Dr. Greg Guilcher, a pediatric oncologist, leads the sickle cell blood and marrow transplant program.

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