Analysis of Business-to-Consumer (B2C) Text Conversations collected during a pandemic and the adaptation of TxtSquad’s Technology Platform for Community-based organizations and small businesses

Txt Squad’s mission is to help medium-to-large companies sell and service their products through text messaging which results in saved time, improved customer experience and increased sales. A company can manage their customer service communications with TxtSquad using a team-based approach with rich cell phone text functionality that connects them directly to customers, bypassing emails and telephone calls.

Development and Commercialization of Photoresponsive Red-Shifted Gene-Silencing Agents

We have a technology that can potentially inactivate a class of pharmaceuticals. Pharmaceutical side-effects can have a detrimental effect on the health and wellbeing of individuals. Pharmaceutical companies can suffer significant monetary loss when drug candidates do not pass clinical trials. Given that the pharmaceutical industry is a multibillion-dollar industry, we believe there is significant interest in utilizing a technology that can control the activity of a pharmaceutical.

Targeting Semaphorin 3C in Castrate Resistant Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common malignancy in men and a major cause of cancer deaths. Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) is the first-line therapy for metastatic prostate cancer but invariable the cancer regrows despite the androgen deprivation – this regrowth is termed castrate resistant prostate cancer. We have discovered that expression of a specific gene (Semaphorin 3C) is associated with the emergence of castrate resistant prostate cancer.

Development of a Methane Flux Sensor

This project supports development of a laser-based sensor capable of accurately measuring methane releases from oil and gas wells, an important source of greenhouse gas emissions. This sensor will lead to a more accurate understanding of greenhouse gas emissions and enable mitigation actions in the upstream oil and gas industry. This is a critical step in developing effective climate change policy which affects all Canadians. By supporting this project, INO wants to ensure the technological and commercial viability of this important new sensor.

Development of AI-enabled Tools for Advanced Clinical PET/CT Imaging of Cancer Patients

Over 200,000 new cancer cases are diagnosed in Canada each year. With imaging using an appropriate modality, many types of cancer that manifest as solid tumors can be detected, treated or managed effectively. Positron emission tomography (PET) combined with computed tomography (CT) is the primary imaging modality in a range of cancer types. Scientific studies have determined that measuring the size, shape, and texture of tumors from PET/CT images can help identify patients at high risk of early cancer recurrence, or for whom the standard treatment may fail.

Capturing change: Understanding the physical and psychosocial impacts of adaptive bikes

Biking is a common physical activity enjoyed by children and adults around the world. Children with disabilities may not be able to use a standard bike but can participate using bikes that are customized based on their individual needs. There is some indication that adaptive biking has physical and psychosocial benefits. However, there is a need to examine these benefits using a systematic measurement approach. In this study we will partner with Freedom Concepts Inc.

The Short- and Long-Term Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Ontario Manufacturers, Manufacturing Employees, and Supply Chains

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on Canada’s economy. More specifically, it has:
1) exposed deficiencies in supply chains, causing manufacturers to pivot production in order to improve the supply of essential goods (e.g.

Designing and Evaluating Information Visualization Techniques to Increase Privacy Policy Comprehension in Multi-Device Environments

As Canadians use an increasingly wide variety of applications and digital devices for personal and business use, it becomes difficult to understand, remain up to date, and decide which data they should share with an application or on a website. Most often, users are unaware of what information a website or application uses, how or when their data will be shared, and who it will be shared with.

Work, Family, Life of Police Offices and Their Families During and After a Pandemic – Examination of an Extreme Case

The COVID-19 pandemic is an on-going health crisis which is having a dramatic impact on how people in Canada and around the world live their lives. In response to the rapid spread of the virus, provincial and federal governments have enacted a number of ‘physical distancing’ measures, including closures of publicly-funded schools and all non-essential businesses. This has resulted in unprecedent work/life situations for thousands of Canadians. Police, as an essential frontline service, face particular challenges during this pandemic.

How do people labelled with intellectual disabilities experiencing care in the developmental services sector define person-centered care?

The purpose of this project is to understand what person-centered planning and care means to people labelled with intellectual disabilities experiencing care in the developmental services sector. If we are able to question labels of intellectual disability, celebrate body-mind difference; desire disability, neurodivergence, and disabled/neurodiverse futures, how will the western industrial complex of care exist (or cease to exist)? What can replace it?

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