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.

What do researchers do when stuck abroad? Work on a COVID-19 vaccine

When Gurudeeban Selvaraj and Satyavani Kaliamurthi came to Canada in 2019, they had no idea they would be creating both a preventative vaccine and a curing drug to address the millennium’s biggest pandemic.

Agreement with University of Ottawa provides new international research exchanges

Ottawa, ON — The signing of today’s agreement between University of Ottawa and Mitacs creates the opportunity for 450 students to conduct international research. With $2.7 million in funding from the Globalink Research Awards, 300 senior undergraduate, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows from University of Ottawa will be able to pursue research exchanges abroad, while 150 international students will be able to conduct research at the university.

Research mobilization success leads to continued Canada-France partnership

Vancouver, BC — Capitalizing on five years of research-collaboration success, Mitacs and Inria renewed their partnership originally signed in 2014. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) supports two-way international research opportunities for graduate researchers at Canadian universities and at eight Inria Research Centres in France.

New agreement with Lakehead University increases Canadian student mobility with Latin American countries

Thunder Bay, ON - The three-year funding agreement creates a special Mitacs Globalink Research Award for members of the Canada and Latin America Research & Exchange Opportunities (CALAREO) Consortium.

New partnership with École Polytechnique furthers global research

Paris, France — Mitacs Chief Business Development and Partnerships Officer Eric Bosco and École Polytechnique Vice-President, Marketing and International Relations, Rachel Maguer signed a partnership agreement today that increases research collaboration between Canada and one of the top academic institutions in France.

Sublethal effects of neurotoxic pesticides on bats: from cells to behavior

Pesticide application in crops has been considered a potential cause of bat population declines in Europe. However, no research on this topic has been conducted in tropical agrosystems, where the use of pesticides is extensive and bat diversity is higher. Considering that insectivorous bats can eat more than 90% of their body mass every night, species that hunt preferentially in crops could be highly exposed to pesticides through their prey. This study seeks to determine the sublethal effects of pesticides on bat species foraging in or near crops.

Mechanisms of the relationship between ageing and dementia.

As our population ages, the burden of dementia is growing. Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia; currently we do not have any disease-modifying treatments for AD. There is motivation to better understand the mechanisms of AD development and expression to control the burden of disease.

Frailty is related to neuropathological features of AD (i.e. plaques and tangles) and clinical dementia. Frailty and AD-type dementia share many risk factors and clinical features.

Study of multiphase flow in a bearing cavity of an aeroengine

Aeroengines operate at very high speed and high temperatures. Therefore, the transmission system of an aeroengine becomes a critical design process because of its proximity to the combustion chamber. As a result, engineers must understand very well the fluid mechanics phenomena involved in the lubrication and cooling of the transmission components such as the bearing cavities. Such cavities isolate the oil and air mixture used to lubricate and cool a bearing from the rest of the air system.

Prince George Daily News: Fatimat Shidi first UNBC student to win Mitacs Globalink Research Award

Fatimat Almentina Ramos Shidi travelled from Prince George to France to discover answers to some complex questions.

A recent Master of Science – Biochemistry graduate from the University of Northern British Columbia, Shidi pursued the opportunity to study abroad due to the Mitacs Globalink Research Award. She is the first UNBC student to receive this award.

The award provides $6,000 in funding for senior undergraduate and graduate students in Canada to conduct 12-24 week research studies at universities abroad.