Control of Line Complications with KiteLock (CLiCK) in the Intensive Care Unit

A central venous catheter (CVC) is a thin, silicone tube that a doctor may insert into the vein of a patient to deliver medications directly into their bloodstream. If the patient does not need constant medication, nurses fill the CVC with salt water to keep the tube open. This is called ‘locking’ the CVC.
Because a CVC is a foreign object introduced into the body, it may put already vulnerable patients at risk of developing complications such as infection and blood clots. Although locking with salt water keeps the CVC open, it offers little protection from CVC complications.

Modelling Potential Impacts of Sea-Level Rise on Fish Habitat Offsets

A computer model will be used to simulate the impacts of sea-level rise on a tidal wetland in the Fraser River that is yet to be constructed. This research will provide project stakeholders with a better understanding of how resilient the proposed tidal wetland may be, given different possible sea-level rise scenarios. Results will be used to develop an adaptive framework that will lay out a course of action to best maintain the tidal wetland given different future sea-level rise scenarios.

Ongoing Development of Energy-Economy Climate Policy Models

The overall objective for this project is to support the research of two master’s students who would help advance the methods for modelling energy-climate policies, a field in which EMRG in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at SFU is one of the leading research units in the country and in which Navius Research Incorporated is the leading Canadian consulting firm, providing support to governments and other stakeholders in the development and assessment of energy and climate policy.

Benefits and Challenges of using a Digital Health Platform for Remote Delivery of Allied Health Provider Services

The research project aims to discover the experience of two user groups interacting with a prototype developed by HealthQb. The user groups are patients suffering from anxiety, chronic pain and/or infertility, and their allied health practitioners, such as chiropractors, kinesiologists, naturopaths, osteopaths and physiotherapists.

Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on quality of life in families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in British Columbia

The purpose of this research project is to understand how families of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in British Columbia can be best supported during COVID-19 and in similar pandemics. This will be accomplished by surveying parents and assessing how their child/ren and family have functioned during the current or Phase 1 of the COVID-19 pandemic, including their access to government services and supports. Their degree of satisfaction with government policies, specific to families affected by ASD, in the midst of the pandemic, will be assessed.

Design Analytics Interface for Generative Design

Generative design involves creating a large number of design alternatives. It is emerging as a frequently used computational design paradigm in exploring alternative designs. The practical use of generative design demands evaluating the alternatives generated using their form and performance data. We propose to further develop DesignSense, a design (data) analytics tool from the Computational Design Lab and experiment with its use during generative design workflows at Perkins and Will.

Creating Safer Cities for Salmon: A case study of how Indigenous, Federal, Provincial, and Municipal policies align with standards and objectives of the Salmon-Safe eco-certification in Vancouver, BC

This proposed research project will undertake a review of Indigenous, federal, provincial and local government policy in order to identify areas of alignment with Salmon-Safe BC’s Urban Standards and overall program goals. The Salmon-Safe Standards are designed to help mitigate the impacts of urban development to watersheds through the application of five core standards and two context-specific standards at the site level. Currently, little is known how an eco-certification specific to salmon habitat and watershed protection aligns with governmental policy.

Experiences and perceptions of newcomer women navigating sexual and reproductive health in Metro Vancouver: Facilitators and barriers to access for screening, treatment and care of HIV & STI

As the number of im/migrant women in British Columbia (BC) continues to grow - the majority of whom are of reproductive age- there is a need to ensure that im/migrant women have adequate access to healthcare, including sexual health services. While BC is one of Canada’s top destinations for im/migrants, robust evidence regarding im/migrant women's access to sexual health screenings (e.g., HIV, sexually transmitted infections) is particularly lacking.

Simulating consumer demand and automaker compliance under climate regulation: Developing the Automaker-consumer Model

The overall objective for this project is to support the research of one PhD student to advance the methods for modelling energy-climate policies, a field in which START in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at SFU is one of the leading research units in the country and in which Navius Research Incorporated is the leading Canadian consulting firm. The project focuses on developing a novel technology adoption model (AUM) and demonstrating its applicability by using it to model a Zero-Emissions Vehicle sales mandate in Canada.

Field Review: Covid-19, Arts and Wellness in BC

The relationship between the arts and wellness has been well established in research. This research project evaluates whether residents of British Columbia look to the arts to improve their wellbeing before and during the Covid-19 pandemic. The research will inform the creation of new programs and policies in support of arts and wellness initiatives in British Columbia.

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