RBC-Toronto Quantum Key Distribution Network Development

The interns will develop a quantum communication network built on RBC’s optical fiber infrastructure and perform secure commercial transactions using quantum-generated secure keys in the integrated classical communication network. The quantum communication network will be based on the measurement-device-independent quantum key distribution technology, which is developed by Prof. Hoi-Kwong Lo’s and Prof. Li Qian’s groups at the University of Toronto. It will be an important milestone towards cybersecurity in the financial sector in Canada.

Discovery of Novel E3 Ligands for PROTAC Development

Protein degradation induced by PROTACs (PROteolysis TArgeting Chimeras) constitutes a novel modality of drug discovery, with advantages over the traditional approach. This approach is still at infancy and there is a lot to learn in this field. The trainees will work under academic supervisors at University of Toronto, who are experts in chemical tool development in collaboration with Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC), Toronto to expand the number of chemical tools and technologies, which will enhance the scope and understanding of PROTAC drug development.

The Muskrat Hut

Also known as Wachusko weesti, the Muskrat Hut project aims to design a sustainable, locally sourced four-season prototype unit that comprises a composting toilet, shower/sauna, heat source, energy source (solar and wind), and a kitchen area.

‘Lone wolf’ terrorism could face extinction thanks to new computer software

Karthik, an undergraduate student at National Institute of Technology in Hamirpur in India, has joined Associate Professor Andrew Park this summer for a 12-week Mitacs Globalink research internship. He’s helping to develop an algorithm that can accurately and precisely identify the most likely location of a potential sniper attack on a public gathering.

Brain Drain got you down? Try Brain Retain

With one in four recent Canadian STEM graduates leaving the country, citing better job opportunities abroad*, talent migration affects us all. A shortage of talent in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math constrains Canada’s potential for economic diversity, development, and innovation.

The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) may have found a solution to Canadian brain drain. Its research and development unit, Borealis AI, supports innovation through scientific study and exploration in machine learning and artificial intelligence.

BoneTape: A Novel Craniomaxillofacial Fixation Technology

Craniofacial fractures require stabilization to restore appearance, facilitate healing and improve patient’s outcomes. The current standard of care is rigid titanium plates, which require drilling, screws and bending of titanium plates with plyers during surgery to conform to the complex geometry of the face. This is an over engineered solution that is not only difficult to use, but also results in complications including pain and discomfort which require follow-up surgeries in as many as 50% of facial fracture fixation procedures.

Implementation and advancement of image analysis for multiplexed microarrays

Microarray testing allows high-volume analysis. This work will compare open-source software to in-house analysis methods within SQI Diagnostics. The goal is to enhance the performance of current assay designs and to inform and guide the next-generation of assay designs (ie 384 well plates) which will support SQI’s technology leadership position. After implementing a print run and analysis using the current quality control protocols, data will be compared with existing SQI results.

A modular re-configurable robot for real time MR image guided applications

Minimally invasive techniques are used for a wide variety of procedures in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Many procedures require insertion of a needle along a straight-line path to the site of the disease. Real-time magnetic resonance (MR) imaging offers the means to visualize the needle relative to a small target lesion and avoid sensitive anatomical structures throughout the procedure. However, operating within the tight space of the MR machine remains very challenging.

Technologically Assisted Mindfulness Meditation for Older Adults

Mindfulness meditation has recently received considerable interest in clinical and in broader contexts for its mental health and cognitive benefits. It has been proposed that giving people feedback about their meditation relevant brain activity during or after meditation can help people learn this difficult skill, and initial work looks promising, but there are a number of unanswered questions. Additionally, it may be difficult for older adults to learn it due to age-related cognitive changes.

Development of an Auxetics Smart Textile for Applications in Healthcare Products

Smart wearable biomedical technology has a wide range of application in health monitoring during life activities or in traumatic situations. This technology can provide a practical and convenient solution for continuous health monitoring of elderlies, and patients suffering from different types of dementia like Alzheimer’s Disease. Additionally, the technology can facilitate trauma medicine by providing compact, portable, and easy to use devices to monitor patients in traumatic situations and can help emergency management by real-time data transfer.