Pelvic Floor Health and Sexual Well-Being in Women Across the Lifespan

The promotion and maintenance of women’s pelvic floor health is a growing concern as pelvic disorders affect a substantial number of women and their prevalence is expected to increase as a result of Canada’s aging population. Pelvic floor disorders go beyond their physical consequences as they can negatively impact women’s psychological, sexual, and social quality of life. Evidence strongly suggests pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT) can contribute to the promotion and maintenance of pelvic floor health and to the treatment of symptoms associated to pelvic floor disorders.

Mining of population-based routinely collected health data to determine risk factors associated with pediatric morbidity in Ontario, Canada

ICES is a non-profit organization tasked with housing and conducting research of Ontario’s health administrative data. Data is available on all legal residents of Ontario, Canada most populous province. In addition, these health administrative data are being supplemented with data from other sources, such as maternal and newborn clinical data, newborn screening data, and immigration data. The rate of immune-mediated disease (such as Type 1 diabetes and inflammatory bowel disease) is increasing rapidly in Ontario children.

Physical Modeling of Debris Load in Extreme Hydrodynamic Conditions

Recent natural disasters, such as the 2005 Hurricane Katrina and the 2011 Tohoku Tsunami, have increased focus on the resilient design of coastal communities to these devastating large-scale hydraulic events. The loads from these events can be separated into hydraulic and debris loads. Debris loads, in particular, are difficult to evaluate in the field and numerically, therefore generally are evaluated in an experimental setting. To this point, the focus of debris load research has been on single debris impacts on structures.

UOttawa team sheds light on quantum physics

And for undergraduate Saudi Arabian student Abdulkarim Hariri, a Mitacs Globalink Research Internship this summer at the University of Ottawa meant the chance of a lifetime to contribute to an important part of quantum computing research.  

Modeling and Analysis of access-control policies (SELinux and/or SMACK)

Access-control policy management is an increasingly hard problem from both the security point of view (is the policy “safe”?) and the functionality point of view (does the system still work as expected?). Even when a policy is considered both safe and functional, each addition, deletion or modification of the policy has the potential to break the baseline. Using existing tools and mechanisms to model and analyze policies to answer specific safety and functionality questions would be very useful to organizations using access-control policies.

Training in Virtual Environments on Mobile Devices

New emerging Virtual Reality (VR) technologies and mobile devices are changing the way that we are interacting with computing technology. The partner organization has a multimedia product that is used to train technicians to perform various maintenance tasks or introduce them to the interconnected components of a machine. The goal of this project is to research and develop software designs to port this multimedia training framework to mobile platforms. The specific challenges include conducting multimedia training on standalone mobile devices.

Smart technology use with Public Safety and first responders

This project aims at identifying, analyzing, and documenting the operational requirements for a technological solution that will replace the currently used, time consuming, paper-based, building safety plans. Upon arriving at an incident scene, first responders rush to these on-site safety plans to know the ins and outs and the safety details of the incident scene. The few minutes spent doing this can be the difference between life and death and can be used to significantly reduce losses.

Evaluation of viral sensitizer technology for improving influenza vaccine in an egg-basedmanufacturing process Year Two

Vaccination remains the most effective preventative measure for influenza infection. Seasonal influenza epidemics and the emergence of pandemic strains have increased the global demand for influenza vaccines, putting significant pressure on vaccine manufacturers. However, current vaccine manufacturing strategies rely primarily upon production in eggs, an age-old method that needs to be significantly improved. Recently, research from our lab identified a panel of novel compounds termed viral sensitizers (VSes) that increased virus production up to 1000 fold in cultured cells.

Development of a Quantitative Lab and Field-Based Microbial Tool to Determine Arsenic Speciation in Seawater

Arsenic (As) is a contaminant found in ecosystems and drinking water throughout the world; it is a potent human carcinogen. Arsenic levels and speciation are controlled by a series of abiotic and microbial processes. Arsenic toxicity depends on its speciation and proper risk management is linked to predicting As speciation in various environmental matrices. Laboratory speciation of arsenic is expensive and requires tedious collection methods to preserve in-situ conditions. Marine ecosystems are affected by As contamination but few tools are adapted to its detection.

Taking a close look at familiar faces

Ottawa’s branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), in partnership with the Champlain Local Health Integration Network, has launched a unique program called “Familiar Faces” to overcome this problem.

Since 2014, the initiative has increased communication between hospitals and community-based mental health organizations to identify the ER’s familiar faces, pinpoint where they need more support, and direct them to agencies that can help. In partnership with Mitacs Accelerate, the project has been able to take another important step: research and evaluation.