British Columbia – A History

British Columbia - A History is a 4-part documentary television series and an interactive online historical timeline of the past 150+ years of BC history that will be comprised of interviews, archives and news research that will explore methods of historical recreation and knowledge production by incorporating an inclusive and multi-narrative approach to major historical events in the recent past and during the formation of the province, for Knowledge Network.

Through purposeful, deep archival and historical news research interns will learn how to scrutinize materials for an inclusive and plu

Performative Construction: Configuring a Computer-controlled Robotic Manufacturing Setting for Composite Wood Buildings

This research project will explore and devise a digital simulation platform for architects with which custom-designed buildings can be manufactured by robotics from composite wood paneling systems. In a practice-based approach, the intern will develop a simulation tool for a unique manufacturing setting by linking and modifying computer software. The digital platform supports architects in decision-making through a visual representation of the production process and by providing useful information regarding manufacturing lines, i.e., time, cost, equipment, and materials used.

Optimization of Biodistribution and Efficacy of Fusogenix Nanoparticles in Mouse Model

Cancer cells can spread to the different parts of the body and form new tumors, in a process called metastasis. Individual cancer cells obtain the ability to metastasize by changing their genome and activating several genes required for cancer cell detachment from the tumor cluster, traveling to the new site, and growing in the new site. The Lewis Lab has recently identified a panel of genes necessary for cancer cell metastasis, and they have been designing a gene therapy-based treatment to turn off these genes in order to stop cancer cell spreading from where it starts.

A Novel Treatment for Emphysema by Radiofrequency in Rodents and Large Animals

Emphysema, a lung disease that millions of Canadians currently suffer from, has few safe and non-invasive options available. One of the features of emphysema is the lack of proper blood flow in the diseased lungs and this results in poor gas exchange. IKOMED Technologies Inc. has been developing a new technology that has the potential to remove diseased lungs non-surgically. The initial proof-of-concept experiments have already been tested and validated using mouse and rat models with Dr. Don Sin.

Development and application of a field method that evaluates propulsive force generation and transfer in Canoe Kayak Sprint

Canoe Kayak Sprint is a highly technical sport, where small changes in athlete stroke technique and/or boat movement can have large implications on race performance. Due to the complexity of these movements it has been difficult in the past to obtain equipment that is precise enough to measure kayak sprint technique accurately. With continual advancements in kinematics and kinetics measurement equipment/technology this problem can now be solved. The objective of this project is to create an instrumented kayak system (i.e.

Evaluation of self-sovereign identity and ethics of data in public safety

Three in five persons with dementia will wander. This statistic however was derived from the USA, and it is unknown as to how this number was generated and what it specifically entails. The collection of Canadian-based data involving missing persons with dementia in Canada is limited.’s initiative of collecting missing persons data generated from partners such as Project Lifesaver, could assist in filling this gap.

Genetic mapping and characterization of loci controlling resistance to powdery mildew (Golovinomyces cichoracearum) in Cannabis sativa

High quality Cannabis sativa varieties are needed in Canada since the legalization of recreational Cannabis in fall of 2018. Unfortunately, powdery mildew, caused by the fungi Golovinomyces cichoracearum is a major disease of cultivated cannabis. We propose using high-throughput genotyping tools to map new resistance genes to this pathogen. Our approach will include genome wide association (GWA) mapping and map-based cloning strategies, involving phenotyping hundreds of individuals at reproductive maturity and through an in vitro approach.

Best Practice Framework for Healthcare Innovation Infrastructure, Implementation and Learning Campus

This study focuses on identifying best practices to guide the development of the PHC healthcare innovation and learning campus. PHC and the UBC research team seeks to build a design structure matrix (DSM) to inform the PHC about governance, key process, organizing structures, operating practices, intellectual property (IP), partnering approaches, partnership agreements, and implementation plans for developing an innovation hub ecosystem.

Investigation of the therapeutic benefit of phytocannabinoids and Cannabis extracts in Alzheimer’s disease using a novel 3D in vitro model.

By the legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada in 2018 and continuing the legal use of medicinal cannabis, there is an emerging need for investigating the health aspect of cannabis products. Despite the memory difficulties that may cause by the long-term use of cannabis some research indicated the benefit of cannabinoids, the bioactive components of the cannabis plant, to manage agitation and aggregation in some people with dementia. However, there is no solid evidence for the therapeutic or toxicity of cannabis products for Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

Decolonization, engagement and multi-sectoral collaboration from an urban Indigenous perspective.

The research project will look at how EndPoverty Edmonton has engaged with the diverse Indigenous population that lives in Edmonton on their interests and perspectives on eliminating poverty. Indigenous peoples and communities continue to experience social and economic inequality as compared to other Canadians. Their social and economic inequality can be linked to the impacts colonization which has marginalized Indigenous peoples and require them to conform to the cultural values of mainstream society.