Classification of radiological observation through image-sentence association

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Quality Assessment and Enhancement of Retinal Images – Part 2

Babies who are born prematurely are at risk of developing a condition called Retinopathy of Prematurity (RoP), which if left untreated, can lead to permanent blindness. RoP causes characteristic changes in the retinal vascu-lature, which can be seen when looking into the eye. Because the infants need to be monitored regularly for this condition, and certain traits need to be carefully identified, a special camera is used to take a picture of the retina. These pictures can then be studied for signs of RoP by an ophthalmologist.

Cannabis, Mindfulness and Yoga

Cannabis-enhanced yoga known as “Ganja Yoga” is an ancient practice that is burgeoning in North America, providing opportunities for both the cannabis industry and the yoga industry. While there is an accumulation of anecdotal reports regarding Ganja Yoga, there is yet to be research conducted on this topic. Delineating the prevalence, motives, mechanisms, risks, and benefits of Ganja Yoga can inform health practitioners, the yoga industry, and the cannabis industry as this practice continues to proliferate amidst permissive changes to the legal landscape.

Factors influencing overwintering survival in the tick Ixodes scapularis, including the effect of infection with Borrelia spp.

The plan is to research the physiology and behaviour of Ixodes scapularis, and Dermacentor variabilis ticks with and without the presence of Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium, Rickettsia bacterium, Francisella bacterium, and Bartonella bacterium to answer the overarching question: Are tick-borne bacteria that are pathogenic to humans also harmful to the tick vectors in Nova Scotia? Cold hardiness and fat content, and temperature preference will be used as measures of physiology and behaviour respectively.

Development of a High Power Picosecond Infrared Laser for Medical Applications - Year two

This project will focus on furthering the development of a compact picosecond infrared laser (PIRL) system for use in surgical applications. This laser system, which represents a new paradigm for laser surgery, is unique in its ability to provide high-speed cutting of biological tissue without the collateral damage to surrounding tissues inherent in current surgical laser technologies. Furthermore, this laser allows for the possibility of real-time diagnostics, as molecular fragments of the ablated tissue are left intact and can be analyzed through mass spectrometry.

Development of deep learning pipeline for automatic segmentation and classification of cardiac magnetic resonance images

Heart disease is the main reason of death worldwide. One way to understand better and detect heart diseases without need for biopsy via surgery is by using medical imaging such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Cardiac magnetic resonance is a specific kind of MRI which allows great visualization of inner parts of the heart and can be used for measuring the size of the heart and its chambers, which can be very useful for understanding blood flow and other potential markers of disease.

Tracing the Historical Plays of Power in Alberta’s Recreation System

When we research the knowledge of the past, we also research the conditions of possibility for different futures (Foucault, 2003; Peers, 2015). Therefore, the purpose of this research project is to use the traces of the past to question the practices that have come to be naturalized within Alberta’s recreation system (e.g., providing pay-per-use recreation opportunities in big box facilities). Using an intensive archival research process, as well as a series of ongoing community conversations, we hope to uncover what is problematic and dangerous in recreation’s practices and discourses.

A reinforcement learning approach to establishing a Q&A symptom checker to evolve the performance of the visual diagnosis system for dermatological diseases

The partner is creating artificial intelligence which can help diagnose over 1,300 skin conditions with dermatologist-level accuracy. They are focused on building the functionality that is to be deployed through their app and web-interface that makes it possible to snap a photo, ask questions, and get an instant diagnosis. The partner is very focused on the project given its critical need as part of the overall system/solution. The main objective of the project is to enhance and finalize Triage’s diagnostic system to the point where it is ready to be launched.

Establishment of a Pressure Ulcer Biobank from Spinal Cord Injury Patients

Pressure ulcers (PUs) are a major health problem in people with spinal cord injuries (SCIs). PUs increase hospital admissions, with 25% of SCI treatment cost linked to PU management. Currently, treatment is limited and new therapeutic options are required. Wound fluid from PUs is invaluable for researchers as it allows a detailed study of the disease. However, no system is in place to systematically collect and store SCI PU wound fluid in British Columbia. In response, the aim of this proposal is to collaborate with the Rick Hansen Institute (RHI) to establish a PU biobank.

Automatic Delineation of Seismocardiogram and Gyrocardiogram Signals

The project aims at accomplishing the real-time delineation of both Seismocardiogram and Gyrocardiogram signals (which are associated with different stages of the cardiovascular cycle) and effectively extracting cardiac performance metrics (fiducial points) for use in a non-invasive portable diagnostic tool as the deviations of the either timing or amplitude can be indicative of abnormality in heart performance.