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Blood Test to predict preterm birth

Blood test identifies women at risk of preterm delivery

Researchers in Calgary and Toronto have developed a blood test that detects if a pregnant woman is at risk of delivering her baby prematurely. With an 86 per cent accuracy rate, the new test is more accurate than any existing procedures, according to the lead authors. The study was published this month in PLOS One, a peer-reviewed journal of the Public Library of Science.

Grant supports groundbreaking research into how chemicals affect developing brains

A recipient of the 2016 NSERC grants, this funding supports Deborah Kurrasch's groundbreaking work on how chemicals in consumer plastics affect developing brains.  Kurrasch was one of 118 UCalgary researchers and students to receive federal government funding for fundamental research in the latest round. University of Calgary awarded $14.7 million in NSERC support

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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