Predicting Warfarin Sensitivity after Cardiovascular Surgery

Anticoagulation with Warfarin is indicated and required for post-operative cardiovascular patients. However, it is a high-risk medication with a narrow therapeutic range where sub-optimal dosing can lead to complications and even death. While multiple risk factors have been associated to Warfarin sensitivity, the prediction of optimal Warfarin dosing strategies remains ineffective and requires trial and error and close patient monitoring.

Improving Service Life of Graphite Component Through Advanced Coating

Kelvin Thermal Storage is developing a technology to convert the inexpensive, off-peak/excess or renewable energy into a thermal energy. The technology uses graphite as the heat storage media and carbon composites as heating elements. In order to protect the carbon based components from oxidation by the heat-carrying media (an inert gas containing trace amounts of oxygen), coating of the elements is proposed and being investigated in this work.

Evaluation of novel approaches to improve the medical information consumption experience for physicians

Patients expect doctors to provide them with the best available care, but it can be overwhelming for doctors to stay current on an enormous amount of new medical information. The medical staff of pharmaceutical companies create educational resources that are uniquely useful but not often used by doctors. These resources are valuable because they summarize relevant research papers for specific topics regarding the uses of companies’ medicines and keep them up to date.

Ice Hazard Drift Model Study #4 (IHDM4)

Massive drifting icebergs frequently threaten offshore operations on the Grand Banks because of their massive size, and great mechanical strength. These ice hazards move erratically, which complicates efforts to modify their trajectory or undertake evasive action. This MITACS project aims to further improve security of offshore workers and help protect wildlife and the environment by allowing refined prediction of short-term iceberg drift. The funding partner, ASL Environmental Sciences, will benefit through improved capability to provide world-class services to their clients.

Advancing municipal natural asset management in engineering practice and beyond

Canadian local governments are seeking new strategies to deliver their core services in more financially and environmentally sustainable ways, including turning to infrastructure asset management as a key tool to manage infrastructure. Municipalities are increasingly recognizing that natural assets such as aquifers, forests, streams and foreshores can provide equivalent or better services to many engineered assets.

The virtual fitting of clothing to a custom avatar

The proposed research involves the development of software capable of fitting a piece of clothing to an avatar based upon customer measurements. The development would include the creation of avatar geometry from photographic information and the computer simulation of fabric based on physics. The project would also include interfacing with clothing merchants through the partner organization in order to obtain sample clothing data (material type and dimensions). For this project, the focus would be developing the software for t-shirts.

Exploration of Hybrid Bio-Nanocomposite Materials for Smart Textiles and Wearable Health Technology

Wearable technology is contributing to the movement toward seamless connectivity. In the health industry, applications of wearable technology, and functional ‘smart’ fabrics more generally, are improving lives every day. Merging biotechnology with nanomaterials science is one avenue along which scientists are pursuing advanced materials with enhanced functionalities. From anti-bacterial activity to protection from the sun, the next generation of ‘smart’ textiles will draw upon the synergistic combination of components such as enzymes, nanoparticles and synthetic chemical complexes.

Characterization and Techno-economic Feasibility of Physical Separation of Rare Earth Elements in Coals from East Kootenay Coalfields, British Columbia

Rare Earth Elements (REE) are a group of 17 elements in the periodic table including 15 lanthanides and two transition metals: Scandium and Yttrium. These elements are used in a wide variety of products including light-emitting diodes, wind turbines, fiber optics, lasers, batteries, guidance systems, and superconductors. Due to supply restrictions, the elements are classified as critical elements. Coal deposits with enriched concentrations of valuable trace elements are referred to as metalliferous coals or coal-hosted metal deposits.

A New Way Forward: Using Biocultural Approaches to Conservation in Key Biodiversity

Canada is a signatory to global conservation agreements to increase the number and coverage of protected areas in the country. Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) are a science-based planning tool that can help governments, industry, environmental groups and Indigenous Nations target the right places to protect in terms of habitat for wildlife and to ensure these areas are connected on the landscape.

Advancing municipal natural asset management through monitoring & engagement

Canadian local governments are seeking new strategies to deliver their core services in more financially and environmentally sustainable ways, including turning to infrastructure asset management as a key tool to manage infrastructure. Municipalities are increasingly recognizing that natural assets such as aquifers, forests, streams and foreshores can provide equivalent or better services to many engineered assets.

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