Finger prick test exhibits early detection of heart disease

In collaboration with University of Waterloo-Mitacs researcher, Yael Zilberman-Simakov, LeNano's portable device tests blood for a specific biomarker, a type of protein, elevated by the onset of heart failure. “If a patient has a higher-than-usual concentration of the biomarker, they are at an increased risk of having heart failure,” says Yael. “Similar to how glucose levels should be monitored among diabetic patients, this type of protein needs to be checked every day.Compared to a lab test, personal test devices like LeNano's are faster, simpler, and more convenient.

Anomaly Detection in Event Data

The proposed research project targets anomaly detection of event data. The project has a duration of six months and aims to achieve two objectives: (1) to evaluate the effectiveness of a novel approach for real-world data, and (2) compare it to alternative methods. The intern will use existing research resources, and will apply them to real-world data provided by the partner, Acerta Analytics Solutions, Inc. to evaluate the different methods.

Development and validation of analysis tools and interfaces for automated rehabilitation systems

Automated physiotherapy motion tracking system may improve clinical outcomes by providing subjective measures and continuous monitoring. A study into different metrics that PTs may find useful for diagnosis and a user interface study assessing the current usability of the Automated Rehabilitation System, a system being developed by Cardon rehabilitation, will be conducted. A method to model the central nervous system using controls will be investigated to see if fatigue can be detected, which is a useful metric to provide both patients and physiotherapists.

AChT Green Methanol Plant

Advanced Chemical Technologies has developed a unique combination of existing processes to create a new method of making methanol. This proposed method actually consumes the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, or CO2, meaning it could help reduce the environmental impact of Ontario’s manufacturing. This internship would involve the simulation of this proposed process using advanced chemical engineering software.

Innovative Financing for Energy Access – The Role of Finance and Energy Service Companies in Promoting Energy Development

The proposed postdoctoral research focuses on addressing the challenges associated with energy access in developing countries as well as promoting energy-independent communities in Canada in a bid to promote sustainable development. The study would investigate a consortium-like financing model for small and medium scale renewable energy projects in which energy service companies are financed by a number of investors to in order to reduce the investment risks.

Evaluation of performance characteristics and applications for foam concrete materials

Foamed concrete is a low-density product, created by blending a cement paste with a foaming agent. The foam is stable during the set-up of the concrete, resulting in fine, evenly distributed voids within the concrete matrix.
In addition to its low density, properties of foam concrete include pumpability as a fresh concrete mix; and sound absorption and thermal resistance (relative to standard concrete) when cast.

Accelerate development of new technologies and applications for advanced water treatment

Global population growth, urbanization and changing climate patterns have increased the demand for potable water, wastewater reuse and value recovery from wastewater, and treatment of industrial process water. Population growth also results in increased demand for the shipping of goods by ocean freight, with the associated risk of the transport of unwanted marine life from one location to another by the discharge of ballast water.

Development and Optimization of Industrial Lubricants for Powder Metallurgy

Powder Metallurgy (PM) is a production method suitable for accurately fabricating complex shapes to a desired size and shape, thus minimizing the need for machining. This makes it cost effective in comparison to other manufacturing technologies.
In order to facilitate the production of PM parts, a lubricant is added to the iron based powder during mixing. The lubricant affects the internal friction between the particles during compaction as well as reduces the total energy needed to eject the part from the die after compaction.

Linking microbiome to eco-industrial function: the in silico and metagenomic exploration of microbial dark matter and taxonomic blind spots - Year two

The collection of bacteria and archaea in an ecosystem is termed the microbiome. This microbiome is critically important to the structure and function of essentially any ecosystem, providing many ecosystem services, such as growth promotion, nutrient turnover, and impacts on organismal health. The vast majority of these organisms, however, are unknown to science for a variety of reasons. Recent advances in high-throughput DNA and RNA sequencing of environmental samples provide a significant data resource to help understand these organisms.

Farming Diversity: Women’s Past, Present, and Future in Canadian Egg Farming

In 2011, Statistics Canada reported that women comprised only 25% of total farmer numbers. At the same time, an aging male farmer population is causing concern that if the farming sector does not broaden its appeal among women, there will be significant economic implications for its future development. The Egg Farmers of Canada wants to encourage more women to take up egg farming and support existing female producers in their leadership goals, but more knowledge about the systemic reasons for women’s limited participation in the industry is needed.

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