Examining Post-Implementation Pass Rates of Canadian Wildland Fire Fighters on their Physical Employment Standard.

Wildland fire fighting is a physically demanding public safety occupation. Front-line wildland fire fighters (WFF) must have an appropriate level of job-related fitness for safe and efficient work performance. Beginning in 2011, it was required that all WFF must demonstrate that they are capable of meeting the rigorous physical demands encountered during an initial attack response to a wildland fire. This decision led to the development of the Canadian Physical Performance Exchange Standard for WFF (WFX-FIT).

The Role of Material Security in Improving Health for People Who Use Drugs

It is well known that an adequate and stable income promotes health. Material security (e.g., housing, food, and service access) may operate distinctly from income security, yet may also be critically important to health. Nevertheless, material security and its relationship with employment is not well understood, an important oversight in research among people who use illicit drugs (PWUD) given that the ongoing need to acquire drugs may disrupt the translation of income security into material security.

Elimination of Emerging Contaminants in Wastewater by Electrical Plasma-Membrane Technologies Hybridization Method

Medication used everyday to help cure various diseases, or even alleviate pain, ends up in the sewage system due to the less than perfect consumption of these medicines in the body and excretion of the unused portion. These compounds eventually find their way to the environment since the current treatment methods in wastewater treatment plants are not capable of complete elimination of pharmaceutical compounds. In the environment, pharmaceutical contaminants can harm aquatic species and potentially have negative effects on humans if they end up in drinking water sources.

Development and validation of analysis tools and interfaces for automated rehabilitation systems

Automated physiotherapy motion tracking system may improve clinical outcomes by providing subjective measures and continuous monitoring. A study into different metrics that PTs may find useful for diagnosis and a user interface study assessing the current usability of the Automated Rehabilitation System, a system being developed by Cardon rehabilitation, will be conducted. A method to model the central nervous system using controls will be investigated to see if fatigue can be detected, which is a useful metric to provide both patients and physiotherapists.

Automated Detection and Classification of Adverse Events in Surgery

During surgeries, it is important to keep track of what is happening with the patient, the steps being taken during the surgery by the operating staff, and unforeseen events that occur. All the previous correspond to the surgical workflow. Keeping track of the workflow is essential to achieving a better and safer surgery. In the past, computational tools have been developed to track each step the surgeon takes during the surgery, and dividing the separate surgical phases. However, the adverse events have not been tracked.

Increasing Patient Engagement and Informing Marketing Decisions through the use of Patient Personas and Patient Journey Mapping

Mobile health (mHealth) apps allow patients to practice self-care and manage their chronic diseases. Common functions in mHealth tools allow users to monitor their symptoms and mood, keep a thought diary, track medication use and trend information; this provides data that can be used to better understand patient behaviour to ensure that patient needs are being met. By using a user-centered design approach for app design, the patient experience is captured through understanding their goals and challenges as well as their journey in living with or recovering from chronic disease(s).

Development and validation of training load metrics and models for predicting athletic performance

This series of projects will provide coaches and sport scientists with a greater understanding of the relationship between training and performance. While there are several methods for monitoring how much and how hard athletes train, how these can be best used to predict future performance is still in question. The sports of rowing and middle-distance running involve similar race demands, that being a full effort over 5-10 minutes.

Automatic Estimation of Walking Speed in Older Adults Using a Smartwatch

Walking speed is a fundamental indicator of health status in older adults that can be used for early detection of several chronic illnesses and smartwatches are promising tools for ambulatory measurement of walking speed. To address the problem of walking speed estimation in older adult using a smartwatch, arm swing motion during walking will be measured from older adults living in a long-term care facility. Mathematical models will be developed to automatically map arm swing motion to walking speed.

Healthy Brains, Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies: Exploration of experiential technology (Xtech) to support physical and mental health in older adults

Canada’s population is aging rapidly and faces several challenges with their physical and mental health. At the same time, portable technology and wireless Internet access stand to revolutionize how Canadians manage their own health and interact with the healthcare system. Here, we will identify ways in which Canadians can use technology to proactively manage and improve their own physical and mental health. We will also identify ways to spur innovative products and services to be developed within Canada.

Learning tools to predict treatment responses for schizophrenia from neuroimaging data

Schizophrenia is a chronic mental disorder associated with a significant health, social and financial burden, not only for patients but also for their families, and society. However, the current treatment methods have been only partially successful, mainly due to the inter-individual differences between patients, which means that a treatment that is successful for one patient, might not work for another.