South Africa’s National Research Foundation formalises partnership with Mitacs

Vancouver, BC — Mitacs is pleased to launch a formal partnership with South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF), which will support South African and Canadian doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows at host-country research and industry institutions.

This initiative effectively launches the NRF’s Industry Partnership Strategy which aims to develop highly qualified personnel by fostering collaborative training opportunities with industry, promoting joint research, and encouraging a culture of collaborative networks with industry across the globe.

Brazil-Canada partnership creates opportunities for research and innovation

Vancouver, BC, August 11, 2020 — As the world starts to look to the post-COVID-19 future, Mitacs is pleased to announce an international research mobility agreement with the Araucária Foundation, the Brazilian research support foundation in the State of Paraná.

Mitacs and the Araucária Foundation’s three-year partnership will support 150 undergraduate, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows from both countries. Participants will join academic and industrial research internships under the supervision of faculty members of Canadian and Brazilian universities.

Anticancer activities and drug-drug interaction of extracts from long pepper, rosemary, lemongrass and white tea with chemotherapeutics

Natural extracts have potential as anti-cancer therapeutics. These botanical materials are well tolerated and are safe to be given as supplements over long periods of time. This project aims to provide scientific and clinical validation of these extracts for their anticancer effects and sensitization of cancer cells to standard chemo regiments.

Realizing Large-Scale Production of High-Quality Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells through a Systematic Investigation on the Characterization and Protocol Optimization of Single-Use, Scalable, Vertical-Wheel Bioreactors

For stem cell discoveries to translate into improved health solutions for Canadians, we must use engineering manufacturing practices to grow enough cells safely and efficiently. Pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) have the unique ability to transform into any cell in the body when subjected to specified environmental conditions. They are invaluable in studying disease and gene functions and can be differentiated for potential use in transplantation.

Tungsten carbide-based coatings using recycled powders

Tungsten carbide-based coatings are used to protect oil field equipment from wear and corrosion. The coatings are carbide-metal composites and are applied by a spraying process. By applying the coatings it is possible to extend the lifetimes of critical equipment such as pumps and valves, and avoid unplanned outages. The spraying process used to deposit the coatings produces a substantial amount of waste powder . This project will design a method to recycle the scrap powders to enable them to be used to produce industrial -quality protective coatings.

Development of specific peptide antagonists of muscarinic receptors to repair the nervous system

Drugs that block muscarinic receptors are able to enhance nerve repair in various diseases of the peripheral nervous system. In collaboration with WinSanTor Inc based in San Diego, USA, the laboratory of Dr. Paul Fernyhough at University of Manitoba now plans to develop novel peptide antagonists that also block the muscarinic receptor. These peptides will provide new intellectual property and permit testing of efficacy to prevent disease in animal models of neuropathy.

Development of an Integrated sensor system for automated on-the-spot measurement of physical soil properties

This project focuses on the development of an integrated physical soil properties sensing system as an add-on option for a new electrically powered autonomous off-road platform (e.g., robotic electrical tractor). The system will allow further expansion of the electric tractor's robot functionality when collecting soil samples and or mapping land resources. The sensor system incorporates conventional sensor technologies as well as innovative sensors such as acoustic propagation and air permeability sensors, in order to autonomously collect data and generate soil property maps.

Production Data Analysis From Mechanised Forest Operations

The aim of the study is to look at the available research on forest machinery production data and collect further data on forest machinery working in conditions that have not been studied before. In so doing we hope to determine what value the production data collected in British Columbia provides as a management tool when it is used in the conventional way and compare that to systems around the world that have access to the same or more advanced production data.

Making Stronger and Lighter Wallboard

The ultimate goal of this project is to produce stronger and lighter gypsum wallboards through more sustainable production procedure. The wallboard production plant is divided in three sections: upstream where the raw gypsum is received, midstream where the raw gypsum is processed to produce Calcium Sulfate Hemihydrate (stucco), and downstream where the final wallboard product is produced. The main focus of this internship will be on the downstream section. We will try to improve the wallboards through controlling their chemical composition and physical structure.

Rapid assessment of decision biases using reach-decision tasks in web-based applications

Imagine being asked two questions during a job interview: 1) Are you more collaborative or more individual? 2) Would you prefer working from home or working in the office? Now imagine that you feel strongly that you are collaborative, and slightly prefer working from home. An interviewer might look at those two responses and feel they are contradictory. However, if they knew that you were more indecisive about working at home, it would make more sense. Here, we propose to use movement dynamics recoded via mobile apps to provide this more detailed decision information.

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