Indirect effects of predator control: Examining predator habitat selection and competitive interactions following wolf control in northeastern Alberta

Global demand for natural resources is resulting in unprecedented landscape change. In northeastern Alberta, woodland caribou persistence is threatened by habitat loss associated with natural resource extraction, and increased predaiion by grey wolves as a result, due to their ability to capitalize upon landscape disturbance via increased movement on linear features. Wolf control via culling is a common wildlife management strategy to conserve woodland caribou.

Using wearable sensor-based technologies to detect changes in health status for prevention of adverse health events and to improve overall quality of life - Year two

The project goal is to determine the clinical utility of Orpyx LogR technology to detect gait changes and their efficacy to predict and monitor fall risk. Project I will use existing data to determine sensitivity and specificity for prospective classification of fallers and non-fallers for a composite measure drawn from an extensive battery including single and/or dual-task IMU-derived gait metrics as well as from force plate gait initiation data.

British Columbia__University of Victoria

No additional funding contribution is required from the academic supervisor or university.
Fellowships will be awarded competitively.

Exploring Small Vessel Interactions with Cetaceans in the Salish Sea

Small vessel interactions with cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) in the Salish Sea is poorly understood. This is of concern as vessel impacts, such as acoustic impacts and behavioural disturbances, have been categorized as a key threat to the recovery of various cetacean species. To minimize vessel impacts on cetacean species, the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and American National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have drafted and updated over the years mandatory marine mammal viewing distance regulations around cetaceans.

UAV-assisted wireless communication system in remote areas

In Canada, less than 30% of the geography is covered by cellular systems. There are lots of human activities in these uncovered remote areas for either gaining nature resources or outdoor experience. In this scenario, the walkie talkie is the only and vital method helping people to build connection between each other, which can ensures their safety. Nevertheless, the signal of walkie talkie devices can be easily attenuated and/or blocked by complicated terrains such as the forest, large rock messes, and mountains.

Understanding the impact of changes to blood donation deferral screening and criteria for men who have sex with men

Available evidence suggests that up to 71% of individuals will require blood or blood products at some point in their lives. To meet this demand, Canadian Blood Services estimates that approximately 100,000 new donors are required annually. However, current blood donation guidelines in Canada require a 3-month deferral period for men who have sex with men (MSM) due to the elevated incidence of HIV in this population, guidelines many see as discriminatory. Given the the improvement in HIV testing technology in recent years, re-evaluation of these guidelines would optimize donor eligibility.

Development of an Extensible Framework for Assessing Digital Health Innovation Hubs (DHI-HUB)

New information technologies are becoming an important part of the health care system. A priority both provincially and nationally is the establishment of an enhanced network of general practitioners using the latest information technologies to acquire, store and use patient information. This will involve deployment of person-centred digitally-enabled information technologies in a new structure known as Digital Health Innovation HUBs (DHI-HUBs). The hubs will provide an opportunity to test innovative health technologies in health care.

Childhood Healthy Weights Early Intervention Program: Scale-up

The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a family-based intervention targeting families of children who are off the healthy weight trajectory. The EIP is a 10-week program offered at community centers across BC where children and their families meet once a week for 90 minutes as well as online. Parents will be provided with healthy lifestyle content and will engage in discussions on how to engage in health behaviours, and children will participate in physical activities aiming to enhance their motor skills.

Quantifying the contribution of physical contact to athlete training load and performance in women's rugby sevens

The combination of high-speed running and contact in a rugby sevens (sevens) match is tiring and potentially harmful to athletes. Closely monitoring athlete training loads improves in-game performance and protects from injury. Non-contact injuries, including those from sprinting, account for 10.0% of women's sevens injuries, making contact-related injuries, including those from tackles, far more common. The velocities and forces of collisions have been studied in men's rugby union, league, and sevens using wearable technology like GPS units.

Developing Leadership Competencies Through Elite Sport

Sport participants offer a source for community leadership potential that could be more fully and intentionally leveraged for maximum social impact. Currently, leadership development occurring through sport is haphazard and may be a product of chance rather than intent. This research explores elite athletes’ perspectives of leadership competencies developed through sport and aims to gain greater understanding of how these competencies can be intentionally incorporated in long-term athlete development models.