Ryan Underwood Mitacs Elevate with General Fusion: Investigation of Novel Photon Detection Devices for Fusion Diagnostic Applications

General Fusion is pursuing a fast, efficient, and collaborative path to practical fusion power. Its vision is a world with clean, limitless energy, and General Fusion’s mission is to deliver it using its proprietary Magnetized Target Fusion technology. General Fusion is building a Fusion Demonstration Plant to prove this technology and will require numerous state-of-the-art fusion fuel measurement tools. TRIUMF has research experience in relevant electronics and measurement tools.

Life Cycle Analysis of Electricity Generation and Battery Technologies for use in Ontario

As Ontario’s electricity grid continues to evolve, all technologies must be evaluated on a life cycle basis. This will ensure that potential environmental impacts and economic costs are understood in advance of installation, and will permit fair and comprehensive comparisons amongst alternatives.
This project seeks to investigate the life cycle environmental and cost performance of utility-scale photovoltaic (PV), wind, small modular reactor (SMR), and battery technologies for use in Ontario.

The Implicit Language of Our Bodies: Developing Immersive Technologies to Transfer Embodied Experiences

While much of how we interact with the world is grounded in the body, embodied forms of knowledge have received little attention in research and practice. The inherent difficulty in communicating embodied experiences, and the paucity of tools to do so, poses a significant barrier to sharing it—a problem which is only exacerbated by our increasingly digital and disembodied world. Here, we will develop immersive technologies to directly transfer embodied experiences.

Evaluate the Long-term effectiveness of a Family-based Childhood Obesity Management Program

Generation Health (GH) is a family-based intervention targeting families of children who are off the healthy weight trajectory. The GH is a 10-week program offered across BC where children and their families meet once a week online. Parents will be provided with healthy lifestyle content and will engage in discussions on how to engage in health behaviours, and children will participate in physical activities aiming to enhance their motor skills. Families will also have access to a web portal with content and suggestions of activities to be completed.

RFSoC readout development for massively scalable kinetic inductance detectors

This project covers the development and validation of electronics designed to operate large arrays of superconducting sensors used for experimental astrophysics experiments. These sensors have strict requirements for signal processing and noise, making them challenging to operate at scale. However, the next generation of astrophysics instruments will require tens-to-hundreds of thousands of such sensors. The research to be carried out in this proposal includes the prototyping and validation of hardware and signal processing algorithms intended to meet these challenges.

Evaluating the efficacy of a 91-day self-talk mental health self-care journal

Self-talk describes our inner monologue, or “inner voice”, that we are often conscious of. This self-talk can be important and helpful, such as when it is encouraging us, calming our fears, or giving us confidence. However, often this self-talk is negative, and can make us feel sad, upset, or worthless. There has been a recent surge in the popularity of health-promotive self-care products, or products aimed at providing individuals with “the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to achieve and maintain good health”.

Evaluating the mental, social, and physical benefits of recreation programming for older adults

Older adults (60+ years) are a growing population in Canada, and recreation provides a valuable opportunity to support and improve the health of older adults. Community recreation centres develop and implement recreation opportunities for older adults, but do not have the tools to track the success of their programs. The purpose of this project is to co-develop an assessment tool for recreation delivery services to evaluate and track the effectiveness of their programs at supporting the mental, physical, and social health of their older adult participants.

A microfluidics approach towards perovskite nanostructures rational design

Metal halide perovskite nanostructures are materials with outstanding photoluminescent properties and very promising in optoelectronic applications. With this project, we seek to explore how several synthesis parameters influence the formation and grow of the nanostructures. We will use a suite of complementary structural characterization techniques that will provide a deep understanding of the near, medium and long-range order, and we will correlate the structural and photoluminescence properties.

Deep Learning Methods for Design of RNA-targeting Small-Molecule Antibiotics

Growing antibiotic resistance is a major threat to global public health. One way to combat this problem is through the development of antibiotics that act against bacteria in new ways. Historically, antibiotics work by interacting with proteins in the bacteria, which are needed for the cells to reproduce. However, recently, it has been shown that molecules that interact with RNA rather than proteins can also inhibit bacterial growth and reproduction.

Cancer treatment using drug-loaded thermosensitive liposomes with non-invasive ultrasound thermal therapy and temperature monitoring and control in an in vivo animal model

Chemotherapy is the most commonly used method for treating different cancer types that involves the delivery of chemotherapeutic drugs, leading to the death of cancer cells. However, the non-uniform distribution of chemotherapeutic drugs within the tumor and systemic toxicity has multiple side effects, and the delivery problem remains unsolved. Drug delivery carriers such as liposomes are used to deliver the drug to the targeted regions. To this end, a controlled and reliable release of the loaded chemotherapeutic drugs from a liposome core has remained a problem to overcome.

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