Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) thermometry

We are creating a powerful tool for improvements in surgeries of the brain and spine. A new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine will be used inside operating rooms so patients undergoing surgery can be imaged in the middle of the surgery for quality control. For instance, surgeons can obtain an MRI to ensure the entire tumor was removed before ending the surgery. Beyond surgery, low field MRI has many exciting applications to improve treatment options. A technique called MR thermometry can map the temperatures of tissues inside the body.

Predicting Hydrological Impacts on Remote Infrastructure Using Satellite Imagery and Machine Learning

After 17 months of closure due to flooding and washouts, Arctic Gateway Group (AGG) took over operation of Hudson Bay Railroad (HBR) in September 2018 and reopened 29 washouts in 54 days. Servicing northern First Nations communities and the Port of Churchill, one of the most important aspects of the HBR is safety. As a result, water monitoring and management remains a critical priority for the company. In particular, the section of rail line known as the ‘Herchimer’ remains an isolated and difficult portion of the track to monitor.

Building a Digital Development Readiness Tool with Indigenous Communities

This project will develop a new tool to identify strengths and needs in communities. This tool will be designed for and designed with Indigenous communities. This project will be a partnership between an Indigenous tech company, Function Four, and a research team at the University of Winnipeg. F4 already has and digital community assessment tool and the team will build on this tool to create the comprehensive assessment tool. This tool will assess areas that include community infrastructure, food production, health, and sovereign wealth development in Indigenous communities.

Assessing Consumer Preferences for By-Catch Fishery Products

This project extends the development of an innovative fishery by-product business of an earlier Mitacs-funded project (McKay, McLachlan, O’Gorman, Oldroyd and Rad-Spice (2020)). The disposal of by-catch fish in Manitoba has been identified by fishers in Misipawistik Cree Nation as not only environmentally wasteful but also a missed opportunity for sustainable and culturally-relevant economic development. The earlier project is developing a restaurant/grocer survey to estimate the market for fish by-catch products in Manitoba.

Walking With Elders: Resistance and Development in Winnipeg’s Inner City 1960-2000

This is the second phase of a oral history project. Interns will assist in coding and analyzing over 100 hours of recorded interviews (transcribed) with more than 30 Indigenous Elder activists. In addition, they will conduct and record additional interviews in areas where knowledge gaps have been determined. They will work with project team to begin produce thematic digital materials for education purposes. The partner organization will benefit from having additional support to complete this research project that has been several years in the making.

Using soil nematodes as indicators of soil health in wet meadow rangelands

Grasslands store carbon, regulate water, recycle nutrients, and conserve biodiversity. In western Canada, seasonally flooded, wet meadow grasslands, also provide habitats for species at risk. Despite their importance to conservation, little is known about the effect of grazing on these ecosystems. This research will help understand how grazing effects plants, soils, and the ecosystem services provided by wet meadow grasslands. Specifically, this project will explore links between grazing, plants, and soil nematodes, small worm-like animals, that recycle carbon and nutrients in soils.

Exploring the Reconciliatory Potential of Marketing Processes in the Book Publishing Industry

There is a growing recognition in the publishing industry that standard supply chain marketing strategies have not been effective in promoting Indigenous materials and reaching Indigenous audiences. This problem has prompted us to explore how marketing processes can be amended or augmented to ensure that Indigenous organizations and educators are introduced to the resources that are being created to support their objectives of cultural revitalization. The question we are posing is (how) can marketing be a strategy that contributes to the national project of reconciliation?

Data - Driving Recovery in the aftermath of COVID-19’s 1st Wave, Steadying for the 2nd

Numerous studies in the application of Machine Learning to mental health have demonstrated a range of benefits in the areas of diagnosis, treatment and support, research, and clinical administration. COVID-19 is an unprecedented health crisis causing a great deal of stress in populations in Canada. In this project, our aim is to apply practical machine learning approaches to study whether the effects of medical cannabis can help address anxiety, depression and sleep challenges exacerbated by COVID-19.

Radiofrequency coil design for intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

We are creating a powerful tool for improvements in surgeries of the brain and spine. A new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine will be used inside operating rooms so patients undergoing surgery can be imaged in the middle of the surgery for quality control. For instance, surgeons can obtain an MRI to ensure the entire tumor was removed before ending the surgery.

In order to collect MR images, special electronics are needed to create and receive signals from the patient. These electronics are called radio-frequency (RF) coils.

Effects of Cattle Grazing Intensity on Soil Nematode Communities in Wet Meadow Rangelands

Rangelands store carbon, regulate water, and conserve biodiversity. This research will study the effect of cattle grazing on wet meadow rangelands and their soils. Specifically, this project will measure the effect of changes in plants on soil nematodes. Soil nematodes are important in the cycling of nutrients and carbon and help sustain soil health. We will use surveys of soil nematodes to measure the changing function of soil food webs following grazing.

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