Feasibility Evaluation Study of LifeguardMobile (designed for supported self-management of patients with chronic and complex conditions)

"Lifeguard Health Networks Inc. (LHN) has developed a secure Virtual Health Assistant application (app), to enhance supported self-management for patients with chronic and complex conditions, by leveraging their network of trusted family and friends, under the direction and guidance of health practitioners.We are conducting a study to evaluate the feasibility of the app and the level of user engagement with this form of supported self-management. This is a non-randomized, interventional study having both objective and self-reported outcome measures.

Dreamcatcher Informatics: A Web-based/Mobile Information System for Aboriginal Land Management, Consultation, and Preservation of History, Culture, and Traditional Ecological Knowledge

The role of this internship is to assist in reaching the SSHRC goal for the Dreamcatcher system of capturing cultural data, traditional ecological knowledge, and traditional land use, creating as full a historical, cultural, and economic record as possible, as well as strong land use management/consultation, water and asset management, and public health systems. This information will inform cultural research, treaty negotiations, and community development.

Automatic 3D reconstruction of Indoor Environments from Consumer-graded Cameras

With the increase demand of 3D models in urban environment, automatic indoor modeling has attracted more attention for human trajectory identification, facility management and indoor navigation. To reconstruct indoor models quickly and reliably, this project will propose a new indoor reconstruction method to automatically generate indoor semantic building models through building ground maps and images from consumer-graded cameras. The image of building ground maps will be over-segmented and later semantically classified as ceilings, walls and other indoor elements.

Social sciences research helps digital marketing firm transcend click rates and page views

Treefrog, based in Newmarket, Ontario, knows all about social media for businesses. It provides a variety of marketing services to clients, including ‘traditional’ social media strategy. But a series of ongoing conversations between Sean Stephens, Treefrog CEO, and Laurie Baker, then an anthropology PhD candidate at York University, sparked a shift in how the company approaches social media.

Beyond Climate Justice: Competing Narratives and Ambitious Climate Action in India - implications for Canadian policy makers

My collaborative research project with Nicolette Little will examine the role of climate justice in India’s climate change policy, discourse and action. Embedding the notion of “climate justice” at the core of climate change discourse results in a political frame around risk (Indian) and responsibility (Global North’s). The project seeks to delineate how a focus on climate justice obscures the need for more ambitious national and global action on climate change.

Biomolecular Structure Analysis to Accelerate Develoment of New Vaccines and Monoclonal Antibodies

Manufacturing of consistently high quality products is the commitment of the pharmaceutical industry. To achieve this, new products must be thoroughly tested and the results meet government-approved product specifications. Improving existing and adopting improved analytical technologies for product testing ensure the production of safe and effective products. This is particularly critical for the manufacturing of biologic products which, relative to small molecular drugs, have a larger size, are more complex in structure and are thus more difficult to characterize.

Understanding the Mechanisms of Serotype Replacement in Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

Diseases, there are a number of different serotypes that can cause infection. The vaccine is often targeted towards one or some of the serotypes. There is accumulating evidence that when serotype-specific vaccines are used, other non-vaccine serotypes may gain a competitive advantage and spread in larger magnitudes. This has raised the concern of serotype replacement when vaccination is used against a single or several serotypes of a disease. In other words, serotypes that not targeted by the vaccine are able to able to fill the ecological niche left open by the vaccine-targeted serotypes.

Achieving Climate ‘Justice:’ Indian climate justice narratives, and who’s being ‘left out in the cold’

My collaborative research project with Tyrone Hall will examine the concept of "justice" in India’s climate change policy, discourse and action. Embedding the notion of “climate justice” at the core of climate change discourse results in a political frame around risk (Indian) and responsibility (Global North’s). The study examines how the needs and risks of marginalized and vulnerable communities (women, farmers, rural and coastal areas) are accounted for in the climate discourse (policy, media, and activism).

Youth Bullying and Cyberbullying in a Canadian and Indian context

This comparative research explores the subject of bullying among youths in two major cities of New Delhi, India and Toronto, Canada. This research aims to compare the resources available to youths in India and Canada in regard to bullying awareness, cyberbullying, and its prevention methods. This research will compare the experiences of two socially and culturally distinct populations with the issue of bullying among high school youths.

Mathematical Modeling of Fetal Cardiovascular, Neurovascular, and Metabolic Response to Umbilical Cord Occlusions

Acidification of fetal blood presents one of the greatest risks to the fetus during childbirth. Current monitoring technologies focusing on recording fetal heart rate are poor indicators of fetal stress levels, and provide minimal assistance in clinical decision-making. This is due to a lack of understanding about which features of fetal heart rate best represent blood acid levels.

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