There are many incredible medical breakthroughs that have come out of Canada over the years. Here are five of the most groundbreaking and life-saving discoveries. These innovations will help to improve the quality of life for countless people both in Canada and around the world.
- The world’s first artificial pancreas was developed in Canada
To begin with, in 2016, researchers at the University of Alberta developed the world’s first artificial pancreas. The device is designed to help people with Type 1 diabetes by automatically delivering insulin when needed.
- A treatment for multiple sclerosis was discovered in Canada
In 2017, scientists at the University of British Columbia (UBC) announced they had discovered a new treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS). The treatment, which is currently being tested on mice, involves using a virus to destroy the myelin-producing cells that are responsible for the disease.
- A life-saving cancer drug was developed in Canada
In 2018, a team of researchers from McMaster University and the University of Toronto announced they had developed a new cancer drug that is effective against a wide range of cancers. The drug, which is called Venetoclax, has already been approved for use in the United States and Europe.
- A new way to treat Alzheimer’s disease was discovered in Canada
In 2019, scientists at the University of Calgary announced they had discovered a new way to treat Alzheimer’s disease. The treatment, which is based on a compound found in green tea, targets the build-up of amyloid plaques in the brain that are responsible for the disease.
- A potential cure for HIV was developed in Canada
Lastly, in 2020, researchers at the University of Manitoba announced they had developed a potential cure for HIV. The treatment involves using a modified form of the virus that causes AIDS to destroy the HIV virus. The treatment is currently being tested on animals, and if it is successful, it could be available to humans within the next five years.
These are just a few of the many medical breakthroughs that have come out of Canada over the years. With the continued effort of our scientists and researchers, there is no doubt that even more life-saving innovations will be discovered in the years to come.