Building the Durham Region Food System Report Card: Assessing the opportunities and gaps in attaining a sustainable and just regional food system (Phase 2)

To address local food system issues like loss of farmland, people without enough food, or climate change impacts, it is important to see such issues as all related. This project will assess Durham Region food system resources, like local research and policy documents, to find strengths, areas to be addressed, and areas to be studied more. It will develop a more comprehensive picture of the local food system.

Evaluation of the accuracy of the office-based virtual surgical planning for Orthognathic and Implant surgery

Orthognathic surgery is a procedure used to correct facial deformities and is a mainstay treatment in the oraland maxillofacial surgery field. Another common procedure in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery is dentalimplant surgery that is used to replace missing teeth. Currently, dental implants are one of the most preferredtreatment options for recreating tooth form and function.The surgical procedure is complex and requires extensive planning and accuracy to obtain a successfuloutcome.

Preventing Sexual and Dating-Based Violence on GSNAs

Sexual assault support centres and services across Canada are working to adapt their resources to the reality that an increasing number of young Canadians are meeting romantic and sexual partners through geo-social networking apps (GSNAs): dating and hook-up apps like Tinder and Bumble. Combined, the world’s top four GSNAs have over 90 million users. While recent research has focused on the misogyny, sexism, and harassment that users endure on social media, there is little research into understanding what roles GSNAs are playing in sexual and gender-based violence online.

Inclusive Mentorship for the Career Success of Persons with Disabilities

Persons with disabilities encounter many barriers to workplace inclusion. Prior research on strategies to mitigate such barriers has primarily been focused on recruitment and access to entry-level positions, with limited consideration given to career success. However, mentorship has been identified as an important element of career success for persons with disabilities—even though we know little about the design and implementation of disability inclusive mentorship programs, or how successful mentor-mentee relationships are fostered and sustained for persons with disabilities.

Validating an automated speech assessment pipeline for use with individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating disease that affects many parts of patients’ lives, such as the abilities to think, move, and speak. Speech problems in ALS can have a substantial effect on patients’ quality of life. They are also related to faster disease progression and shorter survival time. It may be possible to detect the onset of ALS head and neck muscle problems early using speech recordings, which could improve planning of care for ALS patients. Speech recordings may also be useful measures for ALS clinical trials.

Inclusive Mentorship for the Career Success of Persons with Disabilities: A Pilot Study

Persons with disabilities encounter many barriers to workplace inclusion. Prior research on strategies to mitigate such barriers has primarily been focused on recruitment and access to entry-level positions, with limited consideration given to career success. However, mentorship has been identified as an important element of career success for persons with disabilities—even though we know little about the design and implementation of disability inclusive mentorship programs, or how successful mentor-mentee relationships are fostered and sustained for persons with disabilities.

Promoting BEST (BEtter, Faster, Longer, STronger) Walking for People with Parkinsons

This project aims to improve how people with Parkinson Disease (PD) walk. Typically, people with PD develop a shuffling gait and limits walking for health and fitness and can also lead to falls and fractures. This project is based on a SMART sensor, Heel2ToeTM, that attaches to the outside of the shoe and gives a “beep” when the wearer makes a good step, one in which the heel is the first point of contact with the surface. Starting a step with a strong heel strike, changes a stooped shuffling gait to one that is upright and striding.

Computer Game-Based Rehabilitation Platform Targeting Manual Dexterity: Transitioning Clinical Programs to Community

This study will develop a novel smart rehabilitation device and gaming software that is versatile and will provide highly effective, individualized exercise programs with embedded electronic records, timely feedback, and support for safe independent use in community centers and private homes. Through this study we will further gain deeper insights into the type of person who will find “therapeutic” games compelling, fun, and effective, and why this works.

Optimizing precision oncology at BC Children’s Hospital

Precision medicine, where treatment is tailored to the individual patient, offers much potential to improve outcomes for children with cancer. However, selecting the right drug for each child remains challenging and new approaches to identify the most effective therapy are needed. In this project, interns will work directly with staff at BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH) and UBC researchers to establish preclinical screening of patients’ cancer cells with specific drugs to see which one works best.

Innovations in Research & Service Design: Developing a “Youth Collaboration Framework '' with homeless and at-risk youth at Operation Come Home

This research study will allow PhD candidate Charlotte Smith, mentored by Dr. Malenfant and Dr. Spencer, to engage a team of at-risk and homeless youth in a collaborative study by working closely with the community partner, Operation Come Home. Charlotte and Malenfant will provide 5 youth with research training including methods, ethics and more. The research team will then work collaboratively to collect and analyze data during weekly meetings.

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