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ACHRI 2017 Symposium

New consensus published on sport-related concussions

Researchers at the University of Calgary have played an integral role in shaping an international consensus on recognizing and treating concussion in sport. The document, "International Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport," was published on April 26 in two special editions of the prestigious British Journal of Sports Medicine. Kathryn Schneider, PhD and Carolyn Emery, ACHF Chair in Pediatric Rehabilitation, are members of ACHRI.

Personalizing approaches to treating childhood arthritis

An international research network aimed at personalizing medicine for children with arthritis has received a multi-million dollar grant. 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.

Researcher to study how to make kids safer on urban streets

With a $1.9-million grant awarded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Brent Hagel, PhD, and the Built Environment and Transportation Safety team will work with provincial governments, municipalities and national safety professionals to determine the best street environment for kids.

Physical activity may protect kids from onset of depression: study

Sheri Madigan, PhD, has identified exercise as one of the factors that can affect a child’s risk for developing depressive symptoms in a paper, published in the March 17 online edition of PEDIATRICS. The study is the first meta-analysis to examine the potential protective association of childhood physical activity with depression over time.

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