Understanding and designing the female pelvic anatomy, a measuring device and an intravaginal device using 3-dimensional modeling techniques and Artificial Intelligence

Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) is a condition 1 in every 10 women is diagnosed with. The current non-surgical treatment for POP is an intravaginal device called pessary which has a 40% failure rate as its shape is not fitted to the female anatomy. Poor pessary design and performance arises from the limited data that is studied on the pelvic anatomy. The current research project will study available imaging data using Machine Learning algorithms to facilitate and automate the process for assessing and treating POP.

Supporting Evidence-Informed Practice and Policy Making in the British Columbia Community-Based Paediatric Rehabilitation Sector

Community- based Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy for children and youth with support needs is delivered by non-profit agencies across BC that do not have access to resources and supports to ensure they are providing evidence-based practice. This research project will help the partner organization, BCACDI, understand how it can implement a system to effectively support these agencies.

Resili, a case study: An evaluation for improved user experience in DBT skills apps

This project seeks to build the body of academic understanding on how to effectively deliver a mental health skills-based intervention through a mobile app. The analysis will be done through retrospective and live analysis of the Resili app, a publicly available mHealth app which promotes strong mental health through the administration of a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy skills-based, self-taught curriculum. While there has been a recent flood of mental health apps, many have poor engagement rates, or administer interventions without a sound basis of evidence.

Mobile Applications to Facilitate Physician-to-Physicain Consultation

In the Nova Scotia healthcare system (and indeed across Canada), waitlists remain a major problem, particularly with regards to access to specialty care services. Virtual Hallway is a novel telehealth solution to this problem, providing an online platform which allows for rapid doctor-to-doctor communication with the goal of fast-tracking and improving patient care and reducing waitlist times.
The goal of this project is to design and apply the first prototype of a mobile application for the Virtual Hallway platform.

Brainstem Arousal System and Chemosensitivity: Novel measures, Modulations, and Relationships to SUDEP

Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP), the commonest cause of death in epilepsy, is the most feared complication. SUDEP usually occurs following a seizure, most often in patients who are non-responsive to antiepileptic drugs. These patients are typically found dead in bed following respiratory apnea and cardiac arrest. Our group has shown that seizures in the brainstem are associated with cardiorespiratory failure and death. It is not known whether the fatal brainstem seizures impair the brainstem arousal system or if seizure directly impairs brainstem cardio-respiratory centres.

AI powered mobile application to detect plagiocephaly and craniosynostosis in infants

Technology can be a valuable tool to help physicians improve the care they provide for their patients. We set out to determine if an AI powered mobile application could help primary care physicians detect clinically significant positional plagiocephaly and/or craniosynostosis during regular well-baby visits. The intern will directly help in planning, conduction, and statistically analyze the performance of an AI software in addition to gaming hands on experience conducting a clinical pilot study.

Technology for Assessing Neurocognitive Functioning; Validation of Mobile Cognitive Assessment Technology using fMRI

There is growing concern that COVID-19 has neuroinflammatory effects which can have acute or sustained impacts on cognition. Tablet-based games can be used to monitor cognition in medical settings but have not been validated as measures of brain function. The current project will administer a suite of tablet-based measures of cognition as images of the functioning brain are acquired using an MRI scanner.

Novel service delivery models for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families in light of the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 has changed the way we access services in the community. Many services are now being offered online or over the phone instead of in a building. While this works for some families, families who are new to Canada, do not speak English, and don’t have access to technology may not be able to receive services during the pandemic. Children with brain-based disabilities may have difficulty with their behaviour, paying attention, and socializing with other children. This can add extra stress to parents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 and System Responses to Homelessness

This project will build on system mapping that has been started by our partner organization, The Alliance to End Homelessness (Ottawa), to understand the impact that COVID-19 has had on the homeless population in Ottawa, including gaps in services and barriers in accessing services, and innovations that are happening to enable more effective services.

Development of numerical algorithms to customize acoustic treatment

Dymedso, a Canadian-based medical device SME specialized in pulmonary disease therapeutic and treatment equipment is a patented pioneer in using sound (acoustics) to treat patients requiring airway clearance such as Cystic Fibrosis COPD and the coronavirus family, SARS, MERS and naturally the COVID-19.

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