Validation of food allergen analytical methods and their incorporation in food process control practices – aiming for more predictable, risk-based quality management systems for processed foods

The planned research aims to validate food allergen and gluten testing tools, and their incorporation in novel quality-management systems used in food production. It will leverage existing methodologies developed by r-Biopharm Canada (r-BPC), over the past decade through its parent company.

Stochastic optimization of a hydroelectric production system for the aluminium industry

Rio Tinto operates aluminium plants in Saguenay that are powered by their hydroelectric system. An efficient management of water available in the system is primordial to ensure energy supply to the aluminium smelters. This quantity is uncertain since the exact inflows in the reservoirs are unknown when decisions are taken. Stochastic optimization is used to make decisions under uncertainty. Mid-term optimization models determine reservoir volumes while short-term models dispatch the available water as efficiently as possible between the power plants and turbines in the system.

Novel Approaches for Practical Machine Learning

Machine learning is a subfield of artificial intelligence that aims at producing computing models from observations (data), with no explicit coding made by humans. Recent advances have illustrated a strong potential of machine learning, with the potential of being a disruptive technology in many domains. For the current project, we are investigating techniques for making practical machine learning.

Songs in the key of brain health

Led by Professor Pascale Tremblay in the university’s Department of Rehabilitation, the project has provided a unique research opportunity for Anne-Christine Bricaud, who travelled from France to spend the summer as a Mitacs Globalink research intern. She’s working with a team at Laval to determine the effects of group singing on communication and brain health, especially among senior citizens.

Biotechnology partnership transforms safety in blood donation processing

From there, new protocols for screening and handling blood products were enacted to prevent the spread of these diseases through blood donation programs.

Over 30 years later, infectious diseases such as Zika and West Nile virus pose new challenges for the safety of blood donation around the world; however, a partnership between a multidisciplinary team of researchers at Université Laval, Quebec-based Phytronix, and international biotechnology firm Waters Corporation could revolutionize screening technology for donated blood products.

Accords de Partenariat Trans Pacifique et libéralisation du marché laitier: impacts économiques sur le secteur laitier canadien

Avec les derniers accords, en matière de politique commerciale canadienne, il devenait nécessaire d’analyser l’impact économique de ces accords sur l’industrie laitière en prenant compte les résultats des travaux déjà entrepris sur ce sujet. L’objectif général de notre étude est d’analyser l’impact des réformes commerciales suite à l’AECG (Accord Économique Commerciale Globale) et au PTP (Partenariat Trans Pacifique).

Catalysts for natural products epoxidation

The present project consists of developing new catalysts for the epoxidation of natural products. Those catalysts will be titanium and molybdenum, two well known metals for this reaction, on well defined porous silica supports. Solid catalysts are favoured in industries because they are easy to produce at low cost and easy to separate from the reaction medium. Finally, they can be reused several times. The current project consists of developing an easy strategy to prepare titanium and molybdenum catalysts by direct wet impregnation of the support with the metal precursor.

The study of action mechanism of indoles in Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer

The indole subunit is a near-ubiquitous component of biologically active natural has become an important building block or intermediate in the synthesis of many pharmaceutical agents. Such as indole-3-carbinol, found in cruciferous vegetables has been shown to inhibit carcinogenesis. In this project I will focus on studying of action mechanism (cell apoptosis, angiogenesis inhibition and inhibiting microtubule formation) of indoles in breast cancer and prostate cancer. Establishment of models for the screening of indoles resources for resistance to breast and prostate cancer.

Mise à l’échelle numérique de modèles hydrologiques pour les modèles de climat à grande échelle

La résolution spatiale horizontale des modèles climatiques régionaux est à l’heure actuelle encore assez grossière, de l’ordre de la dizaine de kilomètres. Cette résolution engendre une sous discrétisation spatiale du cycle hydrologique continental, et donc une estimation approximative des échanges d’eau et d’énergie entre l’atmosphère et la surface continentale.

Mitacs Entrepreneur Awards: Guillaume Brault, Inova Source

Mitacs thanks the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec for their support of the Accelerate research internship in this story. Across Canada, the Accelerate program also receives support from Alberta Innovates, the Government of British Columbia, the Government of New Brunswick, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Ontario, the Government of Prince Edward Island, the Government of Saskatchewan, and Research Manitoba.

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