Childhood Healthy Weights Early Intervention Program

The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a family-based intervention targeting families of children who are off the healthy weight trajectory. The EIP is a 10-week program offered at community centers across BC where children and their families meet once a week for 90 minutes. Parents will be provided with healthy lifestyle content and will engage in discussions on how to engage in health behaviours, and children will participate in physical activities aiming to enhance their motor skills.

The Genetics of Blood Biomarkers in COPD

COPD is a progressive inflammatory airway disease characterized by persistent and progressive airway inflammation. It is a major cause of global morbidity and mortality and is predicted to become the third leading cause of death by 2020. Biomarkers may be useful for diagnosing disease considering that the usually used lung function measures have poor correlation with both symptoms and other measures of disease progression. However, the relationship between biomarkers and COPD is still elusive.

Predicting recovery from concussion during military cadet training using multimodal MRI data and machine learning

In the military, concussions are common and many occur while non-deployed, including during cadet training exercises. For the majority of those with concussions, symptoms resolve on their own but for a “miserable minority” symptoms persist beyond the typical 3-month recovery period, impacting quality of life. Most concussion research produces group level inferences which cannot be used to make individual predictions. We propose a supervised machine learning approach to build a model to predict symptom recovery from multiple MRI brain measures.

Development of Dielectric Coating for the Next Generation Wearable Heart Monitoring System

Electrocardiography or ECG is a technology that can be used to monitor the electrical activity of the heart over a long period of time. Such signals can be utilized for interpreting both the structure and function of the heart. Traditional ECG designs consist of several electrodes that need to be placed directly in contact with a patient’s skin. These metallic sensory electrodes are usually made into disc-like configuration and one of the major drawbacks is the inconsistency in signal recording due to poor skin contact from the non-flexible nature of the electrode design.

A method to reduce floating ground effect on wearable Electrocardiography (ECG) sensors

Heart’s electrical activities are traditionally collected by employing multiple electrodes that are connected the patient’s body and collected and recorded on an electrocardiogram. The objective of this project is to enhance the patient’s comfort and allow for a continues ECG monitoring with improved flexibility while minimizing the sacrifices of detected and accumulated data. In this proposal an unconventional method is suggested that employs physically separated sensors and circuits to enhance patient comfort and allows for a better flexibility.

Effects of choir participation and musical training on auditory processing in hearing aided older adults.

Hearing loss, which most adults will experience to some degree as they age, has been associated with decreased emotional wellbeing and reduced quality of life in aging adults. Although hearing aids can target aspects of peripheral hearing loss, persistent perceptual deficits are widely reported. One prevalent example is the loss of the ability to perceive speech in a noisy environment, which severely impacts quality of life and goes relatively unremediated by hearing aids.

Classification of radiological observation through image-sentence association

Imagia is an AI-driven personalized healthcare company, enabling collaborative development of predictive biomarkers. Its Evidens platform unites deep learning expertise and clinical insights on federated patient data from partnered hospitals & AI research institutions. Imagia delivers impactful solutions to healthcare providers, pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers.

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.