University of Calgary

Large donation to fund lymphedema research

Alberta researchers will be able to explore the lymphatic system thanks to a private donation.

Lymphedema is a chronic infection often associated with excessive swelling because the lymphatic system fails to drain fluid, cells and proteins away from tissues within the body. It is often a complication arising from the treatment of various cancers and melanoma.

Lymphedema is a common, yet disabling, condition affecting about four to five million people in North America. If left untreated, there is a risk of loss of limb function as well as the onset of chronic infections.

WHAT:     News Conference.                                                  
          Tuesday September 24, 2013. News conference starts at 10:15 a.m.  
WHEN:     in the atrium.                                                    
          University of Calgary Foothills campus. Health Sciences Building.
WHERE:    3330 Hospital Dr. NW.                                             
          Media can park in lot 6.                                          
WHO:      University of Calgary President Elizabeth Cannon.                 
          Dr. Jon Meddings, Dean Faculty of Medicine.                       
          Lymphedema patient and donor.                                     
          Pierre-Yves von der Weid, researcher.
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