Label-free Multiphoton Microscopy Imaging for Guiding the Surgery of Skin Basal Cell Carcinomas

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common cancer type. Although it can be surgically removed, to confirm the clean removal by histology is time-consuming, which complicates the treatment and results in many incomplete removals. We propose to develop a special microscopy imaging platform that can image the skin tissue directly without sectioning and staining. This will enable detection of residual tumor cells by examining the excised fresh tissue samples on site during the surgery, providing immediate guidance for improving the treatment procedures.

Endoscopic Laser Raman Spectroscopy for Colorectal Cancer Detection in IBD Patients

Inflammatory Bowel disease (IBD) affects over 200,000 Canadians. Individuals with IBD have significantly greater risk of developing colorectal cancer. Unfortunately, the screening for colorectal cancer that is currently provided to the general population is inadequate for this group. White light colonoscopy is currently the gold standard but is challenging, as lesions are sometimes difficult to identify. Thus, random biopsies, in addition to targeted biopsies of abnormalities visualized by white light, are often performed.

AI-powered Wearable Health Patch for Non-Invasive Respiratory Illness and Infection Symptom Detection

XCO is a local company that specializes in wearable devices designed to improve health and human performance. The influenza, COVID-19, and other respiratory illnesses such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease require a unique need for constant monitoring of patient symptoms temperature while reserving hospital space for critically ill patients. XCO will design and produce a wearable health patch capable of detecting changes in symptoms associated with respiratory illness and infection including oxygen saturation and temperature that can be monitored remotely by health care professionals.

Enriching firefighter training through the development of a novel virtual reality training simulation

Virtual reality simulation is increasingly becoming a valuable tool in the training of highly-skilled and dangerous professions. Firefighting requires individuals to work in extreme environments that can be difficult or impossible to adequately train for due to cost and safety considerations. This project, in collaboration with the Oshawa Fire Services and City of Oshawa, will develop a virtual reality simulation for firefighters to train within a building collapse scenario.

Building sustainable midwifery associations: Application of an evidence-informed framework for midwifery professional association strengthening

There is a severe shortage of midwives in Canada and globally. As a result, there is a large unmet need for sexual and reproductive healthcare in communities. Midwifery associations are an example of largely women led civil society organizations that play a critical role in improving the profession and supporting sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Exploring the Reconciliatory Potential of Marketing Processes in the Book Publishing Industry

There is a growing recognition in the publishing industry that standard supply chain marketing strategies have not been effective in promoting Indigenous materials and reaching Indigenous audiences. This problem has prompted us to explore how marketing processes can be amended or augmented to ensure that Indigenous organizations and educators are introduced to the resources that are being created to support their objectives of cultural revitalization. The question we are posing is (how) can marketing be a strategy that contributes to the national project of reconciliation?

Inspiring mass stakeholder groups to self-alter their normative patterns and thrive through self-interest and self-direction

This research project seeks to explore/determine if mass-stakeholder-groups can be purposefully, and directionally, influenced to self-alter their respective normative patterns of behavior, and to then further self-sustain their new normative behaviors through their self-interests and self-direction. In other words, if we increase their awareness of tools and supports available, could we encourage those who are considered under-performing to self-identify and then divest from their potentially detrimental normative behaviors to ultimately thrive through self-interest and self-direction?

An Environmental Management System for the Town of Georgina’s Wastewater Collection System

This study will identify a practical approach to bring a standard mid-size municipality into adherence with the ISO 14001, Environmental Management System standard, for its municipal wastewater system. This will increase the levels of government regulatory compliance, resilience on municipal infrastructure and reduction of risks for basement flooding, spills and overflows of raw sewage to the environment.

The role of internationally transferred mitigation outcomes in reducing global carbon emissions: Developing theoretical foundations and overcoming implementation challenges

The Paris Agreement, which was signed in December 2015 and went into effect in November 2016, outlines a framework for a new market mechanism that could incentivize countries to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions: internationally transferred mitigation outcomes (ITMOs). ITMOs enable countries to transfer emissions reduction credits between countries to efficiently find those areas where emissions could be reduced most efficiently and cost-effectively, thus resulting in greater net reductions globally.

A Framework for Assessing an Innovation Nexus on Social Inclusion

This research project is part of a broader initiative to establish an “Innovation Nexus on Social Inclusion”, a center for collaborative action-oriented learning to initiate and evaluate innovative strategies for social inclusion. It is being hosted by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Ontario in partnership with the Centre for Community Based Research (CCBR) and Conrad Grebel University College.

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