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WesternU: Research team develops clinically-validated 3D printed stethoscope

April 10, 2018

A team of researchers have developed an open-source, clinically validated template for a 3D printed stethoscope for use in areas of the world with limited access to medical supplies – places where a stethoscope could mean the difference between life and death. “As far as we know this is the first open-source medical device that has been clinically validated and is widely available,” said Dr. Tarek Loubani, associate professor at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, associate scientist at Lawson Health Research Instituteand an emergency room physician at London Health Sciences Centre. Loubani spent time working as an ER physician in hospitals in Gaza during wartime when medical supplies were often scarce. “We wanted physicians and allied health care professionals to be able to have something that was high quality. This study found that the acoustic quality was the same in our stethoscope as in a premium brand stethoscope.” Read the full article here.

Toronto Star: McMaster researchers develop transparent patch to detect pathogens like E. coli in packaged foods

April 10, 2018

Researchers at McMaster University have developed a transparent test patch for food packaging that detects the presence of potentially deadly bacteria like E. coli, with the aim of telling consumers and the grocery industry whether a product is safe to eat. Dubbed “Sentinel Wrap,” the patch triggers a molecular signal that a disease-causing agent has contaminated products like meat, bottled water or milk. “Right now, if you want to know if there’s any contamination in a food sample, you need to bring it into a lab ... and it takes at least a day or two to find out if there’s any pathogen present in that food sample,” said mechanical-biomedical engineer Tohid Didar, one of the product’s developers. Read the full article here.

Budget2018: New federal investments in Canadian science and research will create a better future

February 27, 2018

Ontario’s universities welcome the new federal investments in Canadian science and scholarship announced by Finance Minister Bill Morneau in today’s budget, because investing in university research is an investment in a better future. University research leads to the innovations that boost Canadians’ health and quality of life, spurs business activity, boosts jobs, and creates a better future for students, communities and the province. The funding announced today is recognition by the government of Canada that university research is a vital ingredient in the country’s long-term wealth and prosperity. See Ontario's Universities full statement on Budget 2018 here.

EurekAlert!: University of Guelph Study uncovers new insights into the cause of cell death in Parkinson’s

February 27, 2018

A University of Guelph researcher has discovered one of the factors behind nerve cell death in Parkinson's disease, unlocking the potential for treatment to slow the progression of this fatal neurodegenerative disorder. Prof. Scott Ryan has found that cardiolipin, a molecule inside nerve cells, helps ensure that a protein called alpha-synuclein folds properly. Misfolding of this protein leads to protein deposits that are the hallmark of Parkinson's disease. These deposits are toxic to nerve cells that control voluntary movement. When too many of these deposits accumulate, nerve cells die. Read the full article here.

CTV: Study suggests Canadians on prescription drugs cut back on food, electricity

February 27, 2018

A recent study suggests nearly one million Canadians taking prescription drugs are cutting back on food and electricity to afford them. The pan-Canadian review was conducted by researchers at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, McMaster University and the University of Toronto and published today in the online version of the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Read the full article here.

Globe and Mail: Ottawa names winners of $950-million ‘supercluster’ funding

February 15, 2018

The federal government on Thursday announced that five industry consortia will receive $950-million under its flagship innovation funding initiative to create "superclusters" to drive economic growth in high-potential sectors.

The winners are:

An “AI-powered supply chain” supercluster led by Quebec City’s Optel Group and backed by such Quebec Inc. mainstays as BCE Inc, Alimentation Couche-Tard, Montreal’s Institute for Data Valorization and dozens of other companies and research organizations including the University of Waterloo. The bid was one of two from Quebec; another that drew together players from the province’s aerospace industry did not make the cut. An “advanced manufacturing” supercluster, a bid drawing together key players from the Toronto-Hamilton-Waterloo corridor and led by innovation hub organizations Communitech of Waterloo and MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, that aims to help improve manufacturing efficiencies through the use of new technologies. Other backers include auto parts maker Linamar Corp., Maple Leaf Foods Inc., Waterloo smart city technologies starup Miovision Technologies Inc., smart clothing maker Myant inc. and University of Toronto Read the full article here.