medical care
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Creating the future
of health

It may sound lofty, but UCalgary's Cumming School of Medicine exists to better the human condition through improved health care. Today’s Calgarians (and the world) can attest to the impact of its leading-edge research in brain and mental health, inflammation and chronic diseases and cardiovascular health.

A co-operative approach

Scientific inquiry meets real-world needs. Our Faculty of Veterinary Medicine was created to meet Alberta’s need for highly-skilled veterinary graduates supporting rural areas, the production animal and equine industries, animal and human health research and public health.

1952
ANIMAL RESEARCH HAS POSSIBLE HUMAN BENEFITS
Calgary Herald writes about researcher Dr. William F. Allen, a Calgary branch chemist and his work on preventing anemia in cattle and sheep. Dr. Allen's work has possible implications for multiple sclerosis research.

1954
FIRST-YEAR NURSING COURSES BEGIN
The program is available at both University of Alberta campuses in Edmonton and Calgary. The clinical portion of the degree can be completed at University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton or at the Calgary General Hospital. At the Calgary General’s request, the agreement ends in 1959.
1955
HANDS-ON MEDICAL TRAINING PROPOSED
Calgary University Committee recommends medical and nursing schools in coordination with proposed new hospital. The hospital is the Foothills General Hospital, and it eventually opens in 1966.
1960
STUDENT HEALTH SERVICE ESTABLISHED
Situated in two small rooms in the Arts and Education building, the service had a director and one nurse, who provided first aid and health advice to the students.
1964
ALBERTA ASSOCIATION OF REGISTERED NURSES NEGOTIATES DEGREE PROGRAM
These negotiations occur at the same time as the Foothills School of Nursing negotiations with the GFC and result in the recommendation of a nursing degree program in 1968.
1967
MEDICAL SCHOOL CREATED
Created in 1967, the Faculty of Medicine is the youngest medical school in Canada. Primarily conceived as a higher learning institution to train family physicians, at a time when there was a perceived shortage.
1969
SCHOOL OF NURSING ESTABLISHED
The first class of students enter the Bachelor of Nursing program in the School of Nursing.
1973
DEAN RECEIVES CEREMONIAL HEADDRESS
Dr. W.A. Cochrane receives a headdress, as honorary medicine chief of the Stoney Nakoda First Nations, from Chief Ray Baptiste.
FIRST UCALGARY MDS GRADUATE
Health Sciences facility opens simultaneously. Dean Cochrane calls it "a very proud day for us all."
1975
HEALTH SCIENCES BUILDING OPENS
Medical students in the class of 1975 were the first to start their program in the newly constructed Health Sciences Building, built adjacent to the Foothills Hospital.
1985
Prof stays up late in fight against sleep apnea
Breathing and sleep specialist John Remmers invents the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine to help sleep apnea sufferers.
1987
HERITAGE MEDICAL RESEARCH BUILDING IS CONSTRUCTED
In the early '80s the medical faculty aggressively recruited more than 100 well-trained biomedical and health care researchers. In order to house these researchers, the Heritage Medical Research Building was built in November of 1987 with funding made available by the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research.
1992
Groundbreaking discover in neural stem cells
Samuel Weiss, PhD, discovers neural stem cells in the brains of adult mammals. The groundbreaking discovery has led to new approaches for brain cell replacement and repair.
1993
MCCAIG CENTRE FOR JOINT INJURY AND ARTHRITIS RESEARCH OPENS
Research at the McCaig Institute (name changed in 2007) focuses on understanding the basis for loss of bone and joint health and how these chronic diseases and conditions develop, in partnership with several related Alberta Health Services programs.
1995
All-encompassing cardiac data registries established
Dr. Merril Knudtson spearheads the Alberta Provincial Project for Outcome Assessment in Coronary Heart Disease (APPROACH) database — now one of the world’s most all-encompassing cardiac data registries — giving health care providers and patients a clearer picture of how effective certain cardiac procedures or treatments are over time.
1997
PHARMACEUTICALS PRODUCED FROM CANOLA
Biological Sciences professor Maurice Moloney establishes SemBioSys Genetics Inc. (with the help of University Technologies International Inc.) to produce pharmaceuticals from canola.
2003
Study of pregnancy hormone and new brain cells production
Samuel Weiss, PhD, shows how the pregnancy hormone prolactin increases production of new brain cells and that new stem cell-generated brain cells can be redirected to a damaged part of a brain. This has led to experimental therapeutic research in stroke and Multiple Sclerosis.
2007
The potential of acne medicine in MS patients
V. Wee Yong, PhD, and Dr. Luanne Metz lead a clinical study into a common acne medication that has the potential to delay the progress of Multiple Sclerosis. They continue to create new medicines for repairing damage and recovering function in people with progressive MS.
2010
Calgary has lowest death rate from heart attacks
Calgary has the lowest death rate in Canada from heart attacks thanks to the ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction program. It provides the communications link between EMS and the hospital; saving time, streamlining resources and improving patient outcomes.
2011
Bacterial infections and brain injuries
Paul Kubes, PhD, and his team discover how the injured brain suppresses the immune system, which could give doctors a new tool to help fight potentially deadly bacterial invasions in people with brain injuries.
2012
First Vet Med class gets 100%
The first class of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) received a 100 per cent pass rate on their first attempt at the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE).
Clot-busting help for stroke patients discovered
A team of Canadian scientists and physicians led by Dr. Michael Hill conduct a landmark clinical trial showing that a drug can protect the brain from stroke damage. The team pioneers the introduction of clot-busting, transforming clinical care for stroke patients.
2014
Dancing/Parkinson’s: The Calgary Project
The multi-disciplinary dance study, in partnership with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks and Parkinson Alberta, examines both the quantitative and qualitative effects of dancing, integrating a series of tasks usually applied in clinical and research settings.

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