Diagnostic and Monitoring Tool for Amputee Patients Wearing a Prosthesis

In this project, we propose a universal internet of things (IoT) device that connects between the residual limb of an amputee patient and the prosthesis to measure the patient’s comfort levels. This device's novelty lies in its ability to physically connect to most of the currently available prosthetic devices to provide the user with insightful and relevant data such as the pressure points, the wear time per day, or feedback on movement efficiency.

Influence of Chemical Dyes on Polyethylene Terephthalate Polymerization

This project seeks to examine how impurities affect the polymerization kinetics of recycled polyester monomers. The textile industry used over 50 million tons of polyester fibers made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) annually.1 Because polyester fibers are slow to degrade, waste textiles have accumulated in landfill and natural environments, causing near-permanent land contamination.2 The ability to recycle polyester fibers is, therefore, essential to the responsible use of textiles and environment stewardship.

Design, Sensing and Control of Novel Modular and Adjustable Prosthetics

Amputations of the upper limb are devastating injuries which can significantly affect the capability of performingdaily living, working and social activities. The current challenges of prosthetic solutions exist due to the lack ofmodular design, comfort, immediate response to user intention, interfaces and tactile feedback. The long-termobjective of Awenza Health is aiming at building the next generation of prosthetics to improve the lives of hundredsof thousands of amputees who suffer from discomfort and desensitization from their existing prosthetics.

Determining Biomarkers of Addiction Disorders and Mental Health using Electroencephalography

There is a health crisis in Canada where substance abuse and addiction disorders have been growing out of control, resulting in the death of 19,355 Canadians from 2016 to 2020. Researchers describe the crisis to be getting worse in that opioid-related deaths tripled from 2000 to 2015 in Ontario, Canada and increased by 120% since the onset of COVID-19. Consequently, therapies are struggling to keep up.

The impact of leader modeling fallibility on learning and failure correction in health-science sector

Innovation in health-science companies goes hand in hand with uncertainties that may lead to product failures. Failures may offer opportunities to learn valuable lessons to improve organizational practices. However, firms may fail to learn because business leaders may regard these failures as threats to their personal reputation and professional image and try to justify these failures or blame them on others.

Factors that Encourage and Impede Missing Middle housing on Vancouver Island

Missing Middle Housing (MMH) encompasses several moderate density housing types which offer similar features to a single detached home, while reducing costs to the buyer, reducing the environmental footprint and reducing the amount of land used. Although many Municipalities on Vancouver Island are beginning to encourage MMH, there are still relatively few of these homes being built. The proposed research will identify factors that encourage and impeded the development of MMH on Vancouver Island.

Type 2 Diabetes Management using mobile health technology among South Asian Communities: A Feasibility Study

Gini Health has designed a personalized mHealth and eCounseling intervention for the management of Type 2 diabetes in the South Asian community. For this project, the intern will analyze and interpret secondary, anonymized data that have been collected by the Gini Health team in the implementation of their T2DM management program. Gini Health will benefit by having an experienced post-doctoral fellow leading and overseeing the evaluation team to ensure the research is following best standards.

Direct CO2 Capture with Amine-Functionalized Metal–Organic Frameworks (MOFs) – Experimental and Modeling

This project supports a carbon management project involving Advanced CERT Canada active in Energy and Environment. The project aims to remove obstacle to cost effective developments of carbon emission reduction in Canada. This will be through developing strategies and techniques to capture CO2 using Amine-Functionalized MOFs. The MITACS support will be used to hire a research assistant to support the activities envisaged in the project. The researcher will be supporting computational modelling and design and operations of tests systems at Memorial University (MUN).

Efficacy of mental well-being interventions provided by CheckingIn, a smart device application

Smart device applications show great promise as a means to improve the mental health and well-beingof users. CheckingIn is one such app. CheckingIn monitors self-reported daily mood states of users andsuggests exercises to improve user’s mental health and well-being. Although the app’s well-being programs arescientifically informed, there is a general lack of research investigating how effective such apps are in improvingmental health. Therefore, CheckingIn requires more research to examine the effectiveness of their app’s mentalhealth programs.

Engineered Nanoparticles for siRNA Therapy of Blood Cancer

Nucleic acids such as DNA and RNA offer exceptional opportunities to fight against infectious and genetic diseases. To use nucleic acids effectively in a clinical setting, one needs to use effective delivery vehicles that can deliver the nucleic acids into the diseased cells. This project will develop effective delivery systems for this purpose. The delivery systems will be used to deliver RNA and DNA based therapeutic agents in 2 diseases, namely Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and hematological cancers.