Qualitative assessment of breast asymmetry using 3-Dimensional modeling, with Computer Vision and Deep Learning

Breast asymmetry is a condition affecting over 50% of all women and often not a cause for significant concern, but asymmetry due to life-saving invasive surgeries like mastectomy are severe and known to have a profound impact on a breast cancer survivor’s emotional well-being and quality of life. Despite the growing demand for aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgeries in recent times, there is a lack of reliable tools for assessing patients’ breast morphology perioperatively.

Development of artificial intelligence algorithms for microbiome-based classification of disease

The goal of this project is to help build artificial intelligence algorithms for the diagnosis of disease using data derived from the human microbiome. This project will be focused on implementing new statistical methods to reduce “noise” found in data from different sources, allowing for us to improve the training of artificial intelligence algorithms. Another focus of this project will be to implement new types of models that are better suited for microbiome data, allowing for more accurate predictions.

Homelessness Prevention at Covenant House Toronto

The proposed research project to be undertaken by the intern is concerning the use of preventative measures to combat youth homelessness and trafficking in Toronto through Covenant House Toronto. Youth homelessness and trafficking are on the rise and researching how prevention for this vulnerable population can be utilized has the potential to significantly reduce rates of youth homelessness and trafficking in Toronto.

Development of Signal processing techniques for blood sample transport

This research project involves the development of signal processing techniques in order to analyze the integrity of blood specimen during blood sample transport in hospitals using the pneumatic tube system.

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

Using simplified language understandable to a layperson; provide a general, one-paragraph description of the proposed research project to be undertaken by the intern(s) as well as the expected benefit to the partner organization. (100 - 150 words)
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.

Evaluating the impact of training on dysfunctional exercise management on the knowledge and self-efficacy of eating disorder clinicians

Between 22-81% of individuals with eating disorders (ED) engage in dysfunctional exercise (DEX). Engagement in DEX predicts relapse, illness chronicity, and length of hospital stay, as well as increases cardiovascular and metabolic risk. Conversely, healthy exercise engagement and education during treatment has been linked to improved ED outcomes. Ultimately leading to lower rates of relapse, time spend in hospital, and illness chronicity. The Safe Exercise at Every Stage (SEES) guideline has been developed to support the safe prescription of exercise in ED populations.

Learning from the Experiences of Recovery College Stakeholders to Inform the Implementation and Evaluation of an Innovative Model of Mental Health and Substance Use Care in Vancouver

The overarching objective of the RC project is to generate evidence to support the successful development, implementation, and evaluation of the Recovery College model in the Vancouver Coastal Health region of British Columbia. Research conducted by interns on this project will include incorporating lessons learned from current and previous Recovery Colleges in other areas of Canada and internationally, laying the groundwork for the development of implementation and evaluation frameworks for two (2) pilot programs of the Recovery College model.

Examining access to and use of internet and risk of social isolation during COVID-19 pandemic among both younger and older adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Manitoba

The use of technology is considered as a potential solution to cope with social isolation particularly during the strict restrictions of a pandemic (Government of Canada, 2020). The proposed study is aimed at examining access to and use of internet and risk of social isolation during COVID-19 pandemic among both younger and older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We will conduct an online survey to collect the required data. All Manitoba adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities will be invited to participate in the study.

Research and Development of Urinary Metabolome-based Personalized Health Assessment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Autism and Environmental Exposure - Year Two

Despite the growing interests and publications in metabolomics, there is a significant gap between what have been found through scientific studies and what have actually been applied in clinical practice and preventative healthcare. This proposed project aims to fill this gap by addressing two major causes; 1) lack of utilization in existing metabolomics data and published findings, and 2) lack of an accessible tool to collect samples for metabolomics data at home. The first issue is addressed by text mining of published studies and online databases using machine learning techniques.

Hope 24/7: A community based evaluation of clinical services for diverse women who have experienced violence

Violence against women is a widespread public health issue and a human rights violation, adversely affecting women’s physical, psychological, social, and economic well-being. The proposed research, by centering on the post-traumatic mental health outcomes of violence on women, will evaluate the therapeutic effectiveness of two evidence-based interventions, cognitive processing therapy (CPT) and eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), in reducing women’s experiences of traumatic stress and related difficulties.

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