In 1991, microbiologist Lorne Tyrrell discovered the first antiviral therapy for hepatitis B, leading to treatments that save many lives every day. In 2010, Tyrrell became the inaugural director of the Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology. The institute was made possible by a $25-million gift from the Li Ka Shing (Canada) Foundation—the single largest cash donation ever made to the University of Alberta—and $52.5 million from the Government of Alberta.
The National Institute for Nanotechnology, the U of A’s partnership with the National Research Council and the Government of Alberta, is the centre of nanotechnology research in Canada. The 20,000-square-metre building is one of the world’s most technologically advanced research facilities.
Campus Saint-Jean —“The U of A en français"—is a gem in the heart of Edmonton’s francophone community a short shuttle ride from the North Campus.
The School of Public Health is Canada’s first fully accredited, stand-alone faculty dedicated to public health with a focus on safety, wellness, and disease prevention.
The Faculty of Native Studies, Canada’s only such faculty, provides undergraduate programs specializing in the study of Aboriginal experiences, and issues of language, culture, land, and resources.
The University of Alberta Libraries ranks 11th among research libraries in North America, comprises Canada’s second-largest research library system, ranks first in volumes per student thanks to a library consortium that arranges access to 10.6 million items, and provides access to more than one million electronic books and more than 1,500 electronic databases.
The U of A has long been considered a hotbed of paleontology research thanks in large part to the work of world-renowned dinosaur expert Phil Currie. Beginning in Fall 2013, dinosaur enthusiasts around the world have the opportunity to learn from Currie himself thanks to the launch of Dino 101, the university’s first foray into the world of massive open online courses, or MOOCs.
Timms Centre for the Arts is regarded as the finest theatre teaching facility in the country. A spacious rehearsal hall and a flexible Second Performance Space complement the 321-seat theatre.
University of Alberta Museums is a distributed network of 29 diverse collections, totalling more than 17 million objects housed in 120 locations within departments across campus, from art and archeology to paleontology and zoology.
The Helmholtz-Alberta Initiative (HAI) is an independent research partnership between the U of A and the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres. The U of A’s largest international collaboration merges scientific and technical expertise to jointly develop innovative solutions for today’s key challenges in energy and the environment, terrestrial ecosystem and resource informatics, and health. Currently in its fourth year, the initiative is expanding into infectious disease research. Committed to sustainability and research excellence, HAI facilitates training of the next generation of scientists.