AMR News & Our Researchers in the News


U of A lab joins ‘best of the best’ in worldwide effort to prepare for future pandemics

Dr. Matthias Götte

September 15, 2022

Virologist Matthias Götte and colleagues in his lab are working with three new centres funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health to identify drugs to fight viruses with potential to cause global pandemics. “They’re the best of the best who are working together to develop new antivirals,” he says. Click here to read the full article and here to watch on CityNews Edmonton. 


Staying physically and mentally healthy when returning to school

Dr. Cora Constantinescu

September 6, 2022

Most if not all Alberta students are officially back in the classroom. With COVID-19 restrictions eased in various schools, Dr. Cora Constantinescu at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine joins Global News Morning Calgary with tips to keep your kids physically and mentally healthy this school year. Click here to watch the full clip. 


As farmland values soar, young farmers become more vulnerable

August 15, 2022

Dr. Ellen Goddard 

According to Statistics Canada, the average value of farmland and associated buildings across Canada has jumped 22.7% in five years, making it difficult for young farmers to enter the industry. Read the full article here.



Researchers earn RDAR support to find viable solutions to mitigate Bovine Respiratory Disease

July 8, 2020

Drs. Athan Zovoilis and Tim McAllister are working to find viable solutions to mitigate Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) by increasing the precision of antimicrobial use in the provincial cattle industry. BRD is the most prominent feedlot cattle disease in North America, and is responsible for 65-80% of total feedlot morbidities. Read the full article here.

Tracy Raivio

Tracy Raivio appointed Associate Dean (Education)

July 7, 2022

Dr. Tracy Raivio joins the UofA College of Natural and Applied Sciences from the Faculty of Science. She has been a faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences for 22 years, serving as Acting Chair and Associate Chair (Graduate Studies), as well as Associate Dean (Awards and Scholarships) in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. Her research lies at the intersection of microbiology and molecular genetics. Tracy is a champion of Indigenous initiatives and the creation of a culture of equity, diversity and inclusivity on campus. She is also an advocate for experiential learning and academic innovation.

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RCVS Knowledge announces winner of the Plowright Prize

June 22, 2020

Dr. Herman Barkema, AMR - OH Consortium Scientific Director and Professor in Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases from the University of Calgary, has been awarded the prestigious Plowright Prize for his research on Mastitis, Johne’s disease and antimicrobial resistance. Click here to read the press release.

John Conly

COVID patients receiving antibiotics worsened global antimicrobial resistance

May 11, 2022

One Health scholars’ meta-analysis concludes more diagnostics and surveillance needed.

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Resistance to COVID-19 drug detected in lab study

May 4, 2022

Peer-Reviewed Publication

The virus that causes COVID-19 can develop partial resistance to the antiviral drug remdesivir during infection of cultured cells in the laboratory by more than one mechanism. 

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Dr. John Conly

Trailblazers in health care: Celebrating the recipients of the 2022 CMA Awards

April 21, 2022

Dr. John Conly is one of the recipients of the 2022 Canadian Medical Association (CMA) Awards, recognizing individuals who are helping to transform health care and shape future generations of physicians. Dr. Conly received the F.N.G. Starr Award for lifetime achievement, CMA's highest honour. Congratulations Dr. Conly! Click here for more details.

Warning to parents over new Covid complication that affects kids over 5

April 11, 2022

Dr. Joan Robinson

Most children who catch coronavirus will recover with no long-term issues, but a new study has found that older children, and those with high blood markers for inflammation (ferritin), were at highest risk of severe multisystem inflammatory syndrome. Dr. Joan Robinson, pediatrician at the UofA says, "Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children is a new diagnosis, with differing diagnostic criteria that have not been validated." Click here to read the article.

News Archive

  • Firstline - Clinical Decisions Lab, November 2021, Read more
  • Kathy McCoy discusses how the microbiome interacts with the immune system, November 8, 2021, Watch here
  • Beef a bigger challenge than oil and gas when it comes to tackling methane emissions, October 27, 2021, Read the full article here
  • Fertility must come first in cow herd, October 21, 2021, Read more
  • Herman Barkema receives 2021 Killam Research Excellence Award, October 19, 2021, Read more
  • Alberta primary-care physicians get vaccine hesitancy roadmap, July 22, 2021, Read more
  • Microbiome researcher Kathy McCoy awarded Killam Memorial Chair, July 5, 2021, Read more
  • Raised With Care: Stewards of the Land, March 31, 2021, Watch here
  • Precision testing in the palm of your hand, Read more
  • Researchers identify rare fungal lung-infection in central Alberta, March 21, 2021, Read more
  • New study shows microplastics turn into 'hubs' for pathogens, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, March 19, 2021, Read more
  • UCalgary microbiologists develop platform for rapid infection diagnostics, March 16, 2021, Read more
  • RESEARCH, HEALTH AND WELLNESS U of A lab reveals how flu drug works in hopes it can be tweaked enough to outsmart resistant variants, March 04, 2021, Read more
  • Engineered viruses can fight the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, February 24, 2021, Read more
  • Report highlights lack of progress against antimicrobial resistance, February 4, 2021, Read full article
  • COMMENTARY: How antibiotic resistance has an impact on future diseases, January 25, 2021, Watch the news
  • Take the Plunge to Become Water Wise, January 2021, Read the full article here
  • A new frontier: History of Alberta’s Primary Care Networks captures the spirit of the West, January 25, 2021, Read article
  • Oxford research tackles threat of antibiotic resistance, January 19, 2021, ​​​​​​​View Article