Enhanced Remote Viewing Capabilities from a Camera Array

The project will entail one or more of the following activities, depending in part by which elements are completed in the summer of 2014.

- adding "last mile support" for rendering 3D stereoscopic display from the dual-interpolated views we're able to generate
- implementing a dynamic camera-swapping selection mechanism based on the current set of requested viewpoints to achieve maximum quality and smoothness as users move between views
- evaluating the limits of scalability of competing rendering architectures, in which interpolation is carried out client-side rather than server-side

Structural Investigation of an antibiotic-producing NRPS

Pacidamycins are group of peptide antibiotics which act against the Pseudomonas human pathogens by inhibiting cell wall biosynthesis. Pacidamycins are produced in Streptomyces coeruleorubidus by proteins of a nonribosomal peptide synthetase (NRPS) gene cluster. NRPS are a class of modular proteins that synthesize small peptide products with a wide variety of chemical and biological properties.

Genetic factors underlying the survival of Legionella in water

One of the best-studied water-borne bacterial pathogens, in term of its interaction with phagocytic protozoans, is Legionella pneumophila. This species is an important, but often underestimated, cause of community-acquired and nosocomial pneumonia. Transmission occurs primarily by inhalation of contaminated water droplets, but the exact mechanism and other factors influencing virulence remain unclear. Once in the lungs, Legionella infects and replicates inside alveolar macrophages and causes widespread tissue damage.

2015 Mitacs Industry Award for Exceptional Leadership: TandemLaunch

Montreal-based start-up incubator TandemLaunch is the recipient of the Mitacs Industry Award for Exceptional Leadership for its contributions in creating opportunities for Canada’s next generation of entrepreneurs.

The Autism Family Navigator

Autism is a growing public health challenge in Canada and internationally. Despite major scientific advances in autism research and improvements in practice, families still experience serious delays and complications in diagnosis and access to care. Moreover, community capacity, e.g., treatment and support programs, remains very limited relative to the needs of those affected. In turn, this situation increases the burden of suffering on families and ultimately the long-term costs to health systems and society.

Giving Canadian companies a real-world advantage

Han Chen, a Mechanical Engineering Masters student at McGill University, has created what amounts to a virtual factory, where new tools and equipment can be designed and tested, significantly reducing their real-world production time and creating a lot of opportunities.

Injectable Chitosan Sponges as Viable Carriers for Cell encapsulation and Delivery

Cell encapsulation has a great potential in the field of regenerative medicine. In addition, this cell-based technology is gaining more attention due to its therapeutic potential in many other fields. The innovative nature of this work lies in utilisation of cells in a 3D environment and used them as providers of proteins and growth factors, which can be a potential alternative for delivery of biological therapeutics.

Development and application of Additive Manufacturing component strategies

Additive manufacturing is an innovative and promising technology that has potential to provide the aerospace industry with many benefits in the design and fabrication of aerospace components. Advantages to the additive manufacturing process include: the ability to fabricate complex designs not easily obtained through traditional manufacturing, a substantial reduction in materials waste in processing and a reduction in the total manufacturing time for multi-part assemblies.

Development of novel MRI quantitative measures to correlate degenerative changes in the cervical spine with neurological dysfunction

Patients with cervical spine degeneration are difficult to diagnose and treat. Some patients will not benefit from surgical intervention while others require immediate surgical management to avoid permanent neurological deficits. Distinguishing between these patient groups is very difficult, and not effectively done with current protocols. Medical imaging is part of the current diagnostic protocol for these patients but the interpretation of the images and their contribution to patient diagnosis is unreliable and not consistent across radiologists.

Determining Optimal Strategies to operate Not-For Profit Health Organizations

The goal of this project is to devise a strategy for improving the operations of Canadians for Health Research (CHR) to achieve long-term prosperity. CHR is a non-profit organization (NPO) and its mission is to provide Canadians with a comprehensive understanding of the importance of health research so that they may develop an informed perspective on a very complicated social issue. This extremely challenging task has major impacts upon its success or failure because public opinion votes to change government policies that shape the economics of our society.