The Diagnostic, PCR-based Test to Detect SARS-CoV2 RNA (COVID-19): Solving the Global Shortage of the Key Organic Building Block Using Flow Chemistry

Testing for SARS-CoV2, the virus that caused the condition known as COVID-19, is done using a RT (reverse transcriptase) PCR-based test to detect the target viral RNA. These probes are prepared by conventional solid phase synthesis on controlled pore glass using O-DMT-(2-N-FMOC-4’-aminobutyl)-1,3-propanediol (OFP) as the linker. Approximately 1 kilogram of OFP has been manufactured per year for the last decade to meet all diagnostic and academic research needs; since the pandemic outbreak, the need for this material has increased 20-fold.

VT-19: Continuous Calibration-free SPO2 Monitoring for COVID-19 Using Deep Learning

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses and COVID-19 is a new disease from this family that has not been previously identified in humans [1]. Those who are infected with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms and may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19 [2]. It’s possible to detect this disease early by measuring the heart rate, blood oxygenation (SpO2), body temperature and heart rate variability and isolate the person to prevent the spread of the virus. VitalTracer has developed a medical wrist device that continuously tracks bio-signals in real-time.

Effect of carboxylated cellulose nanocrystals on the mechanical properties oflatex-based pressure sensitive adhesives

This project proposes the use of carboxylated cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) - developed and manufactured by Anomera Inc. from Canadian forests - as nano-inclusions to tailor a set of properties in latex-based PSA nanocomposites towards enhanced performance. Due to their unique properties, CNCs can significantly enhance the mechanical performance of latex-based PSAs.

Eliminating weight stigma in prenatal health care: Development of sensitivity training modules for prenatal care providers

As obesity (body mass index [BMI] >=30.0kg/m2) increases, there is also an increased risk for experiencing weight stigma (WS). WS is defined as having negative attitudes towards individuals because of weight. WS experienced in health care settings may cause poor communication with physicians, and negative health outcomes. A population that may experience WS are pregnant women who have a BMI >=40.0kg/m2 (high level of obesity). To prevent WS during pregnancy, health care providers may need sensitivity training.

Leveraging a social learning space for disability sport to mitigate the impact of Covid-19

The project aims to understand and support Canadian wheelchair curling leaders (i.e., coaches, athletes, and sport administrators) to return to sport and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 pandemic. Bringing coaches together virtually and educating them to provide athlete support remotely can have a positive effect on the sport landscape post-pandemic. The intern will identify the sport gaps and strengths and align Curling Canada's resources and goals with provincial return to play guidelines.

Small and Medium Enterprises in a Covid19 context: Ecosystem business intelligence for increased resilience

Covid 19 has deeply disrupted supply chains. Companies face profoundly changing consumer demand, the elimination of entire subsectors of industries due to forced closures, or individual suppliers due to bankruptcy or temporary plant closures due to COVID19 outbreaks.

Development of an intelligent surveillance solution that supports safe re-opening practices to public and private areas through social distancing enforcement and occupancy detection technology

Our project is part of a “Return to Work” program that allows public and private spheres to begin re-opening without increasing the threat of COVID-19.

Wearable Continuous Health Monitoring Device Capable of Early Detection of COVID-19 in Patients and Tracking Their Health Condition

Continuous monitoring of respiratory rate, blood oxygen level and body temperature is vital for early detection of COVID-19 among patients and monitoring their health condition. Early detection of COVID-19 is crucial for successful treatment of this deadly disease. Unfortunately, most of the COVID-19 patients do not indicate any serious symptom such as breathing problem in early stage of this disease. And by the time they do, they have alarmingly low oxygen levels and moderate-to-severe pneumonia which in many cases does not have any treatment and leads to death.

Optimizing the use of recycled treated fines in eco-efficient concrete mixtures

Concrete is a major construction material used worldwide responsible for the production of roughly 7% of total global carbon dioxide emissions. The extent of its environmental impact relates to the energy embodied in extraction and transportation of concrete aggregates with a direct link to the amount of Portland cement (PC) used to bind the raw materials. Recent advances in design protocols, packing models, and geopolymers are increasingly being used to minimize concrete’s carbon footprint and to produce PC free mixes.

Intelligent physiological monitoring platform to safeguard the health and safety of workers during heat stress and COVID-19

COVID-19 is an unprecedented public health emergency affecting every industry. As we wait to develop treatments and vaccines to protect individuals from COVID-19, we must develop strategies to protect workers in Canada’s vital industries. In the absence of any adaptation strategy, risk of infection will continue to threaten the health and safety of workers. This will cause wealth inequalities for Canada’s industries due to labor loss and place a severe strain on Canada’s health care system.

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