Vol. #9; Issue 11 | November 20, 2019
Join Michael Hawkes, Stollery Science Lab Distinguished Researcher and associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics, for a one-hour session on infectious diseases and child health.

Infectious diseases are the leading causes of childhood deaths globally, including pneumonia and malaria. They can strike in frightening epidemics, such as the current Ebolavirus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) that has claimed more than 2,000 lives to date. In this talk, Hawkes will share clinical and research experience in the Ebolavirus epidemic currently raging in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, novel adjunctive therapies for malaria that his lab has been working on, and solar powered oxygen delivery, currently being rolled out in Uganda.

Hawkes is a pediatric infectious diseases physician with a translational research program in global childhood infections. He runs a "wet lab" at the University of Alberta focusing on in vitro and in vivo model systems for cerebral malaria, and also runs field studies in Africa related to pediatric pneumonia, and most recently, Ebola.

Date: November 26
Time: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: ECHA 1-490

Refreshments and networking to follow.

Bringing occupational therapy to Maskwacis through student fieldwork placements
The University of Alberta and the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital are addressing the significant need for occupational therapy services within First Nations communities.
If you live in one of the four First Nations communities in Maskwacis, Alberta, the nearest hospital is 20 km away.

With no hospital in the community itself, residents have to travel to Wetaskiwin or Ponoka for many services—emergency room care, dialysis, medical imaging. The lack of a nearby hospital also creates a substantial need in domains such as home care, pain management, mental health care, and education and support around medical equipment.
“These are all areas that can be addressed through occupational therapy (OT), but in First Nations communities, it’s rare to find an occupational therapist as part of the health-care team,” says Randy Littlechild, executive director of Maskwacis Health Services.

Join the Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Student Society (AIMSS)
AIMSS is a newly formed organization run by students representing various departments from the faculties of Engineering, Medicine, Science, as well as others. Our goal is to facilitate discussion and learning with regard to the role artificial intelligence plays in medical research and clinical practice and how one can become more involved in this exciting and emerging field.

We host a monthly talk from experts in the field in a relaxed environment with refreshments and aim to arrange computer science workshops related to the medical field later on in the academic year in addition to a symposium.

Please use the following link to sign up!!

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Wellness at the Library
University of Alberta Library has a number of items and services that can benefit your overall well-being – and help optimize your study routine. Here are some services to take advantage of in the lead-up to the exam season:
  1. Treadmill Desks – Studying and physical activity are no longer mutually exclusive. Hop aboard one of the three treadmill desks at the John W. Scott Library to walk while you work.
  2. Height Adjustable Desks – If walking and working isn’t your thing, but sitting at a table or study carrel is wreaking havoc on your lower back, why not try one of the library’s height adjustable desks? The Scott Library has five desks located on the main floor that can be adjusted for a variety of heights and abilities.
  3. goLite BLU: Energy Lamps – Blue light is a great way to boost energy when you’re feeling drowsy. If you’re finding it difficult waking up in the morning, or concentrating in the middle of the day, a few minutes with one of these lamps might be for you.
  4. Blue Light Blocking Glasses –Electronic devices like cell phones, tablets and laptops all emit blue light. Good news if you’re trying to stay awake; bad news when you want to get a full night’s sleep. These glasses will enable you to work on those term papers right up until bedtime.
  5. Physical Activity Lending Kits – Take an exercise break at your convenience with the portable exercise equipment available in one of these handy kits. Available at all North Campus libraries.
  6. Unwind Your Mind – Staff and volunteers from the Healthy Campus Unit will be visiting campus libraries to hand out healthy snacks between December 10 and 12. There will also be colouring sheets and activities available in the Scott Library’s Wisdom Corner during the final exam period.
Upcoming Events & Workshops
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 12:00-1:00pm
Location: John W. Scott Library
Brighten your day with the help of therapy dogs.
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