Towards adaptive radiation therapy using real-time USprobe

In radiotherapy, patients receive treatment doses daily, often for many weeks. Every day, the same treatment plan is delivered and the assumption is that the patient anatomy is fixed and always identical to the anatomy at the time of the early planning stages. Adaptive radiation therapy offers a new paradigm by estimating the real daily dose delivered to the patient, taking into account the specific deformation and displacement of the various volumes.

Energy Harvesting and Power Management Techniques for Hybrid-Powered Wearable Devices

igmotion Inc. was created to develop wearable health monitoring sensors and service the ‘at-home’ care segment of the elder care market. This project involves studying of existing literature and development of novel solutions for power management and energy harvesting for the product including tracking and fall detection systems using hybridpower.

A wireless ring pulse oximeter with advanced signal processing

Pulse oximeters are key devices to provide early information on the respiratory and circulatory systems. In addition to be bulky and cumbersome, most commercially available systems lack a wireless connection, which cause numerous inconveniences. This project aims at designing a new wireless ring pulse oximeter which will enable to measure transmitted and reflected light from several locations around the finger to increase the quality of signal and gain more flexibility while improving comfort and ease of use.

Identification of Blood Biomarkers for Diagnosis of Peripheral Arterial Disease

Persons with Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) and healthy individuals will be recruited for a study to identify novel blood biomarkers for the diagnosis of PAD. Participants will be matched for age and sex. They will have their Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) and pulse wave velocity (PWV) measured. They will then be asked to return to the clinic within two days to provide a fasting blood sample. The intern will conduct a literature review regarding potential biomarkers for PAD diagnosis and become familiar with the diagnostic capabilities and equipment developed by Koven Technology Canada.

Effective Early Colorectal Cancer Detection at Endoscopy Using an Adjunct Device Based on Raman Spectroscopy: Translating Technology Advances into Clinical Practices

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common cancer. Tumors in the colon are commonly found as polyps. Polyps are usually benign but adenomatous polyps can grow into cancer. Detection of malignant polyps at an early stage greatly improves CRC prognosis. However, it is difficult to distinguish between pre-cancerous and benign polyps visually using conventional colonoscopy alone. Several techniques adjunct to colonoscopy are devised, but none provides pathology specific information.

Coherent Control of High-Q Devices Year Two

Research into understanding and controlling microscopic quantum mechanical phenomena has led to revolutionary new quantum devices, including quantum sensors and actuators that have unprecedented levels of sensitivity, efficiency, and functionality for a wide variety of tasks. A particularly compelling example is high quality factor (high-Q) superconducting resonators for magnetic resonance. These new devices will be substantially more sensitive than current devices in widespread use.

Salu – Cardiovascular System Monitor Prototyping

The Salu Design Group has developed the PulseWave - a compelling wearable solution that includes a small device and software application that can be used to help people better understand their cardiovascular and circulatory health state, as well as provide some simple feedback on how to improve their state of health. Twenty one percent of US consumers currently own a wearable technology product, yet over half of them do not wear them on a daily basis, including some who have given up on using them all together.

Development of an Intelligent Mobile Personal Emergency Response System for Elderly

Epic Safety Inc. specializes in Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS), Mobile PERS and Tele-Health. Recognizing Dr. Golnaraghi's internationally recognized expertise in this field, Epic will be working with his team of HQP and provide them with practical training with the goal to employ these highly qualified personnel to guarantee the advancement of this technology. The envisioned Mobile PERS includes a fall and vital signs sensory system that uses a combination of sensors to record a user's movement/activities and vital signs (blood pressure, heart rate etc.).

Further investigation of Paced Electrogram Fraction Analysis (PEFA)

The goal of this project is to develop a faster and more accurate way to detect ventricular tachycardia using an algorithm to analyze the signal results from Paced Electrogram Fractionation Analysis (PEFA); ideally real time through use of a basket catheter. St Jude Medical, our research partner, creates medical hardware specifically geared towards detecting and treating heart disease, including arrhythmia. If we are successful in our endeavor, they hope to gain an improved diagnostic system.

Development and testing of canine and human positioning devices for phase contrast CT imaging at the Canadian Light Source Synchrotron

The purpose of this research is to develop improved diagnostic and treatment tools for prostate cancer in humans through the use of a canine (dog) model and a synchrotron-based x-ray source for imaging and therapy at the Canadian Light Source (CLS). Novel techniques in synchrotron x-ray imaging, specifically in-line phase contrast CT (PC-CT), will be explored as a valuable method for research and clinical imaging of spontaneous canine prostatic diseases as a model for human diseases.

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