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Associate Health Minister visits TMS lab at Alberta Children's Hospital

Alberta's Associate Health Minister Brandy Payne visited the transcranial magnetic stimulation lab (TMS) at Alberta Children's Hospital on April 7. Frank MacMaster, scientific director of the AMH-SCN, runs clinical trials of TMS as a treatment of depression for teens. Biomedical engineer Ephrem Zewdie and research coordinator Rose Swansburg demonstrate the equipment. Improving the care of Albertans is the result of partnerships with the AHS Addiction and Mental Health Strategic Clinical Network (AMH SCN), Alberta Children’s Hospital, and the University of Calgary.

Personalizing approaches to treating childhood arthritis

An international research network aimed at personalizing medicine for children with arthritis has received a multi-million dollar boost. Drs. Susanne Benseler, Alberta Children's Hospital, and Rae Yeung, The Hospital for Sick Children, and co-lead Dr. Nico Wulffraat from University Medical Center Utrecht are receiving $8 million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and ZonMw (the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research) and Reumafonds (the Dutch Arthritis Foundation). The network will use the investment to develop genomic tests and to determine individualized therapy for children living with arthritis in an attempt to treat children quicker, more efficiently and with fewer side effects.

Gene therapy used to treat Fabry disease - a world first

A team of Canadian physicians and researchers is believed to be the first in the world to have used gene therapy to treat a patient with Fabry disease, a rare inherited enzyme deficiency that can damage major organs and shorten lifespan.
Dr. Aneal Khan, the Alberta Health Services medical geneticist and member of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, Cumming School of Medicine is leading the experimental trial in Calgary.

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