Psilocybin dosing and adult neurogenesis

Psilocybin is a psychedelic compound that alters states of consciousness to allow free imagination and insightful creativity. Its ability to induce complex behavioral and psychological changes has led to its resurgence in psychedelic-enhanced psychotherapy. Despite positive clinical efficacy from ahandful of trials, an optimal (or even variable) treatment paradigm has yet to be established.

Carbon Sequestration and Decarbonization Technologies for Sustainable Cement and Concrete

In the global effort to combat climate change, the cement and concrete industry has been identified as a key decarbonization target owing to accounting for approximately 8% of CO2 emissions. Avenues for decarbonizing this sector include energy efficiency improvements, reuse/recycling, and carbon capture utilization and storage. This project consists of two sub-projects focused on different avenues to decarbonization.

Targeting Peritoneal Adhesions

In about 4% of patients that have had an abdominal surgery ranging from a C-section, to appendectomy, to removal of the gall bladder, they will develop bands of scar tissue that can cause extreme pain and/or life-threatening complications such as bowel obstruction which requires emergency operation. The only temporary cure is a second operation which usually only provides temporary relief. No therapeutic is available to prevent adhesion formation. We have the technology to look inside the belly and see these adhesions form and we discovered how this happens.

Environmental assessment of MgO innovative cinder block product with sustainable additives

The proposed research will involve studying the carbon footprint (i.e. the carbon emissions) involved in the preparation of magnesium oxychloride (MOC) cement materials. MOC cement has been proposed as a more environmentally friendly alternative to traditionally used Portland cement (PC), however many discrepancies arise as there is no work directly comparing their carbon footprints. In addition, the work will determine the lifecycle assessment of MOC cement and PC.

Advancing Post-Secondary Opportunity for Autistic Students

Using simplified language understandable to a layperson, provide a general, one-paragraph description of the proposed research project to be undertaken by the intern(s) as well as the expected benefit to the partner organization. (100-150 words)The project has been developed in concurrence with the Sinneave Foundation’s aim to improve outcomes in education, employment and housing for autistic youth and adults. Post-secondary educational supports and access have been identified as key areas to develop to support the autistic population in their goals.

Braiding Sweetgrass: Supporting Indigenous Staff in Non-Indigenous Organizations

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) Calls to Action stipulates a call for all levels of government to increase the number and retention of Indigenous people working in health care (TRC, 2015). Many organizations grapple with the retention of and encounter challenges with the retention of Indigenous staff. Indigenous staff face high rates of stress, burnout, dual accountability, face multiple roles, and lack culturally supportive work environments. This project aims to understand how non-Indigenous organizations can best support Indigenous liaison workers.

Scrutability of the “black box”: machine learning & social justice in educational measurement

Canada relies heavily on the role of language proficiency tests in determining suitability for high-stakes decisions such as admission to study programs, employment, residency, and citizenship. Increasingly, such tests are administered by automated scoring systems, employing machine learning models, which have been criticized for “black box” elements leading to inscrutable and unexplainable models of assessment.

Low carbon footprint carbon nanofiber admixture for cementitious materials applications

To reduce carbon footprints, the development of new materials with enhanced properties is of great importance. The construction industry, with a record of 9.95 Gt of CO2 production in 2019, is the 3rd largest sector contributing to climate change31. One way of reducing the amount of carbon in their manufacturing process is by adding materials in their concrete that can replace traditional commodities and are produced sustainably.

Correctional Education: Technology Assisted Literacy and Language Learning Research Project

The rehabilitative measures in place within Canadian Correctional centres include opportunities for incarcerated individuals to change and grow through educational interventions specifically designed to increase skills sets and overall self-confidence. Given the challenging environment of correctional facilities, opportunities to provide efficient and enhanced processes for learning with the potential are sought as they are considered to equip incarcerated persons for life after incarceration and reduce recidivism.

The use of thermographic imaging in the detection, identification and characterization of Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT)

The project will investigate the relationship between Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and temperature. The intern will use researched knowledge and thermal metrics to design a simulated trial to gather data (acquiring and processing several images), analyze (reviewing data and performing analytics), model (create specific DVT data models) and validate the simulated data with real data (human trial phase) for the thermal imaging of DVT. The intern will carry out this experiment using a novel 3d thermal imaginer.