A Sustainability Evaluation of Post-harvest Fisheries Opportunities for First Nations in Nova Scotia

Many First Nation communities are now exploring and developing post-harvest livelihood activities related to the purchase, transformation, and sale of catch from band harvesters. This research will assess post-harvest businesses currently operating within NS Mi’kmaq communities, and new livelihood opportunities currently being considered by Mi’kmaq Band Councils and entrepreneurs. This assessment will focus on the overall sustainability of the fishery operations, including social, economic, environmental, and cultural factors, among others.

Beyond Covid-19: infusing interactive multi-sensory physical movements to a new model of children’s adaptation for the new normal

The Mental Health Commission of Canada indicates that approximately 1.2 million children and youth in Canada are suffering with mental illness; however, only 20% receive proper treatment. Studies have shown that the pandemic impacts children’s physical and mental health, and children are now experiencing increased mental health and physical challenges as a result of COVID-19. Do we — as parents and early childhood educators — have plans to protect, recast, and reinvigorate children’s physical and mental health in the new normal?

Coronavirus adhesion to contact lenses

A large proportion of people require vision correction, and about 10% of them prefer using contact lenses. However, one of the key questions that has arisen is whether wearing contact lenses is safe during this pandemic. Currently this question remains highly debated and further scientific studies are required to adequately answer this question. Two important factors that may help removal of the viruses from contact lenses are the use of cleaning solutions and the human blinking reflex.

Novel image processing techniques of standard DXA scans to better predict hip fracture risk

Osteoporosis is a generalized skeletal disorder common in older adults, in which a reduction in Bone Mineral Density (BMD) decreases bone’s strength and can result in an increased risk of fragility fractures. One of the sites commonly affected by osteoporosis is the proximal femur (“hip”), the fracture of which greatly decreases mobility and function, as well as being responsible for high health care costs for society (estimated at $619M annually)1,2.

We have developed novel image processing techniques to extract much more information from each clinical DXA scan than simply a BMD measure.

Demystifying Maritime Governance:Analysis of the frameworks and emerging issues for the governance of shipping in Canada

This project will undertake research on the governance of shipping Canada (a) to explain its global and domestic structures, frameworks, actors, interconnections, and processes in the simplest terms possible and (b) to analyse contemporary major drivers of change in the system. Four transformative issue areas will be addressed, namely the interface between shipping and Indigenous rights, the significance of marine spatial planning for shipping, the growing role of risk governance and self- regulation, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the occupational health and safety of seafarers.

MRI Estimates of Repeated Demyelination and Tissue Injury as Markers of Progressive Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) can be divided into three clinical phenotypes: relapsing remitting (RRMS), secondary progressive (SPMS) and primary progressive (PPMS). RRMS is characterized by episodic worsening followed by full or partial recovery, whereas SPMS and PPMS are characterized by steady accrual of disability.Progressive MS remains poorly understood and generally fails to respond to therapies that are effective in RRMS. This may be related to fundamental differences in the biology that underlies relapsing vs.

Placentia Bay Atlantic Salmon Aquaculture Project

The Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University is partnering with Grieg Seafood Newfoundland to provide 9 internships to students from the Advanced Diploma in Sustainable Aquaculture graduating class of 2021. The proposed project seeks to provide HQPs to assist Grieg in optimizing the novel equipment and systems that will be installed in their land-based hatchery as well as their marine sea cage sites.

The use of aquatic therapy to manage musculoskeletal pain in Canadian military veterans

The proposed research project has two aims: 1) to understand the experiences of Canadian Military Veterans with lower extremity pain when participating in aquatic therapy; 2) To determine the effectiveness of aquatic therapy versus land-based therapy on Canadian military veterans with chronic lower-extremity pain.

Development and Testing of an Augmented Reality First Aid Training Program

The objective of this project is to develop and test a first aid training program using Augmented Reality (AR), a technology that superimposes computer-generated animations on a user’s view of the real world, in the context of lifesaving education. Education is an industry that is currently being transformed using the latest technologies. In the advancing healthcare industry, the uses of such technologies as AR, medical animation, online learning, and simulation are quickly becoming the standard for delivering accessible, interactive, and high-quality training. PULSE Lifesaving Inc.

Characterizing the Neural Network Method of Solving Differential Equations on Low-Dimensional Parametrized Problems from Biophysics

The neural network method (NNM) is a relatively new way of solving mathematical problems called partial differential equations (PDEs). PDEs are used as mathematical models for a wide range of phenomena in science, engineering, finance, and elsewhere. Recently, the NNM is receiving attention because several studies have shown that it can solve certain PDE problems that are impossible to solve using most traditional methods.

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