Our Work

Health & Wellness

UAlberta's health research, education and training integrates multiple aspects of human health: clinical factors and predispositions, socio-political and economic environments and individual characteristics and behaviours.

Hospital partners
Our health partners include: University of Alberta Hospital, Stollery Children's Hospital, Li Ka Shing Center for Health Research Innovation, Katz Centre for Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic, and the Edmonton Clinic Health Academy. The Glenrose Hospital is our primary partner for collaborative work in rehabilitation medicine. The Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute anchors the university's extensive cardiac research and training capacity while the Cross Cancer Institute houses core facilities for advanced imaging research and clinical application. 

Multi-disciplinary collaboration
Our affiliated health institutes Institute for Continuing Care Education & Research,Institute for Reconstructive Sciences in MedicineInstitute of Health Economics are home to collaborative research endeavors while our Health Sciences Council facilitates inter-disciplinary research and training across nine faculties. 

Biomedical Engineering

UAlberta's biomedical engineering strategy has targeted regenerative medicine, wound care, implant devices and biomaterials, and rehabilitation engineering. For example, the Institute for Reconstructive Sciences in Medicine has significantly advanced biomechanical research in the complex area of osseointegration (bone) implanted devices for prosthetic replacement of skull and facial defects resulting from cancer, trauma and congenital conditions.

Cardiovascular Disease

Our cross-disciplinary foundation for integrated studies of heart failure, transplantation and cardiac regenerative medicine's research initiatives are focused on improving the diagnostic potential of biomarkers and the use of cardiac and vascular imaging, identifying key metabolic and structural determinants of heart failure, and investigating novel therapies for heart failure patients.


UAlberta is renowed for its diabetes research, beginning with Dr James Collip's contribution to the 1922 discovery of insulin to the groundbreaking 'Edmonton Protocol' for pancreatic islet transplantation in 2000. The Alberta Diabetes Institute and its supporting core facilities represents our comprehensive capacity in diabetes and other chronic diseases, which includes basic biomedical/discovery research, applied clinical research, population health and health services and health systems.

Cross Cultural Health

Cultural diversity brings rich knowledge and unique challenges to the provision and development of health care. Our Aboriginal health research and training initiatives are empowering indigenous peoples to shape and participate health knowledge translation and services. The CARE program advances our understanding of complementary and alternative medicines, including traditional Chinese medicines, while global health researchers apply the principles of public health to the problems and challenges that affect the poor, vulnerable and under-served populations. The search for good health is universal across cultures and is fundamental to traditional and science-based health providers.

Ethics, Law, and Social Issues

UAlberta researchers are advancing how society navigates through ethical, legal and policy complexities brought about by rapid advances in health innovations. Other research groups examine the social determinants of health as conditions for social advantage or disadvantage and systematic disparities in health.

Healthy Life Spans

Healthy living and healthy aging depends on individual choices about nutrition, exercise, and overall activity. It also depends on how groups, organizations, and communities promote health and ensure safe workplaces and behaviours.

Virology, Immunology, & Infectious Diseases

Our internationally recognized virologists and carbohydrate scientists have propelled UAlberta to the forefront of viral and infectious disease prevention. Our Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology aggregates expertise in viral immunology, viral hepatitis, infections associated with organ transplants, and gastrointestinal immunity; the Alberta Glycomics Centre advances work in carbohydrate chemistry for bacterial vaccine development. Further work on developing more sensitive and accurate methods for diagnosis occurs in Alberta Provincial Laboratory for Public Health, located within the U of A Hospital.


The workings of the human brain and nervous system remain one of the great scientific mysteries with implications beyond biology and health and into the very foundations of human society. Our Centre for Neuroscience assembles the expertise of over 90 investigators from psychiatry, psychology, pharmacy, genetics, neurology, pediatrics, and other disciplines investigating the mechanisms of neurological development and disease in both humans and animals. Further, the Centre for Prions and Protein Folding Diseases focuses on the complexities of protein-folding diseases of the brain that lead to Alzheimer's Disease and other neurological impairments.

Transplant Sciences

The U of A is home to many internationally recognized transplant physicians and scientists who have led major research and developments in this field. New discoveries can translate across transplant disciplines and together they're making a difference - in both the future of transplantation, and the lives of those who will be transformed by transplant procedures. The U of A's innovations here lie in the areas of liver, kidney, heart and cardiac tissues, ad gastrointestinal tissue transplantation, and the application of genomics to understand related immunology issues.

Medical Imaging Sciences

Non-invasive imaging techniques have become an indispensable part of the modern practice of medicine, regardless of the disease or region of the body. The Edmonton PET Centre , the Centre for Biological Imaging and Adaptive Radiotherapy, and the Peter S. Allen MR Research Centre supports a broad range of research on medical imaging and its use in clinical diagnosis and and treatment of neurological disorders, cardiovascular diseases, cancer and other conditions. 

Health Services and Outcomes

U of A partners with Alberta's health service providers and individual practitioners to advance knowledge related to improved health service design and delivery, and the development of health service policy. The university's Innovation in this area is multifaceted and includes advances in interprofessional training, technology assessment and health economics, evidenced-based practice, and the examining health care from a systems perspective.


Through its Water Initiative, the University of Alberta will seek research, technology and policy solutions to local, regional and global water quality, supply and demand challenges. We will harness our vast water expertise and capacity across social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences and engineering to tackle integrated water challenges in energy, food, health and environmental sectors.