Eliminating weight stigma in prenatal health care: Development of sensitivity training modules for prenatal care providers

As obesity (body mass index [BMI] >=30.0kg/m2) increases, there is also an increased risk for experiencing weight stigma (WS). WS is defined as having negative attitudes towards individuals because of weight. WS experienced in health care settings may cause poor communication with physicians, and negative health outcomes. A population that may experience WS are pregnant women who have a BMI >=40.0kg/m2 (high level of obesity). To prevent WS during pregnancy, health care providers may need sensitivity training.

Characterization and regulation of new proteins in COVID-19/SARS CoV-2 by cannabinoids

Presently, there are almost 100,000 people in Canada with COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS CoV-2 virus, and almost 7000 have died. Although an effective vaccine is the ultimate goal, it is a long way off. To slow the spread and reduce the medical, social, and economic burdens, new treatments are needed. To find those, we need to know how the SARS CoV-2 virus works. In the proposed research, we will study two new proteins that SARS CoV-2 makes, which haven’t been seen in viruses before, to find out how they harm cells.

Leveraging a social learning space for disability sport to mitigate the impact of Covid-19

The project aims to understand and support Canadian wheelchair curling leaders (i.e., coaches, athletes, and sport administrators) to return to sport and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 pandemic. Bringing coaches together virtually and educating them to provide athlete support remotely can have a positive effect on the sport landscape post-pandemic. The intern will identify the sport gaps and strengths and align Curling Canada's resources and goals with provincial return to play guidelines.

Agroecology and Food Security: The role of Community Seed Banks

This research represents the evolution of an existing partnership between SeedChange and Food: Globally Embedded, Locally Engaged (FLEdGE), a SSHRC Partnership Grant project conducting community-based research on sustainable food systems. The intern will work with these partners to explore the role of community seed banks in contributing to seed security and thus result in increased understanding of agroecology and food sovereignty.

Validation of a Computer Vision-Based Basketball Training Application

The proposed research project aims to advance the development of a novel basketball training application catered to youth basketball players. The prototype application designed by Pipeline Studios Ltd. uses machine learning to record and track youth basketball performance in a fun and entertaining atmosphere. The research project is designed to pair experts in human movement and mobile technologies with experts in computer science and youth content (Pipeline Studios Ltd.) to expand the development of this innovative system.

Mitigating the social consequences of COVID-19 in a retirement residence

Part of the foundation of retirement residences is that older adults can benefit from living close to each other and the services they desire. Under social distancing rules, this assumption is challenged. Finlandia Village, like many other organisations needs to study this situation to work out how to adapt marketing, strategy, and new developments. In this project we will have two interns working at Finlandia Village. They will talk with residents about how their connections with friends and family have been affected by COVID-19 and social distancing measures.

Experiences and perceptions of newcomer women navigating sexual and reproductive health in Metro Vancouver: Facilitators and barriers to access for screening, treatment and care of HIV & STI

As the number of im/migrant women in British Columbia (BC) continues to grow - the majority of whom are of reproductive age- there is a need to ensure that im/migrant women have adequate access to healthcare, including sexual health services. While BC is one of Canada’s top destinations for im/migrants, robust evidence regarding im/migrant women's access to sexual health screenings (e.g., HIV, sexually transmitted infections) is particularly lacking.

Designing and developing a real-time medical data transfer system for space health usage

In recent years there has been a rapid increase in companies providing rocket launch services for private space travel (SpaceX, Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic to name a few). Access to space by private citizens means that companies will need to collect health information from the private astronauts as well monitor their health while in space. This information will have to be transmitted from space to the ground in a secure manner so that individual health information remains private.

Athletes Embodied: Developing and disseminating a sport-specific body image program

The goal of the project is to develop relationships between academic and non-academic partners to gain insight and knowledge that can be used to inform the Athletes Embodied program. This initial partnership is the first step in establishing an effective and feasible program to reduce body image concerns in girls’ sport, enhance sport experiences, and contribute to retaining female adolescents in sport. The Canadian Eating Disorder Strategy, informed by NEDIC, has identified sport as a significant area of concern among female body image and disordered eating.

Exploratory pharmacokinetic and preliminary efficacy modelling of select orally administered antiviral compounds following DehydraTECH formulation enhancement

Researchers around the world are racing to find treatment solutions to combat COVID-19, the disease cause by infection of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). The use of antiretroviral therapy has recently shown preliminary promise. However, a barrier relates to bioavailability challenges, i.e., poor uptake, of these drugs. Poor bioavailability limits drug utility which could be paramount in combating rapid health declines in COVID-19.

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