Why Research Matters.

Some people think university research is somehow removed from day-to-day life. They couldn’t be more wrong. Ontario university researchers touch every aspect of life through their work. We invite you to explore the stories below (and we’re always adding more). While you’ll just be scratching the surface – there are tens of thousands of researchers on campuses across the province – we think you’ll be fascinated by what’s happening in the world of university research. And, if you happen to live here in Ontario, we also hope you might feel a little proud.

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Can nanotechnology help feed the world?

More than 12.5 percent of the world's population or around 868 million people are chronically undernourished, according to the UN. While poverty, food systems, and access education undoubtedly contribute to these numbers, ...

Maria deRosa
Maria DeRosa
Carleton University
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How good can hybrid cars be?

Like many young boys, Ali Emadi loved playing with cars. He would line them up and make them zoom around the room for hours. But Emadi wasn’t just playing ...

Ali Emadi
Ali Emadi
McMaster University
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How can a community be a force for social innovation?

Our communities are where we work, play, learn, and grow – but they are often seen as only obliquely related to success in life. Obliquely related? Algoma University researcher Gayle Broad, ...

Gayle Broad
Gayle Broad
Algoma University
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Can we eradicate infectious diseases?

Imagine living in a world where anytime someone was infected by parasites it would make headline news – globally. This was the case for a member of the British royal family; ...

Ana Sanchez
Ana Sanchez
Brock University
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Are we missing the forest for the wood?

Professor Mathew Leitch isn’t a big fan of suits. In fact, whenever required to wear a tie, the only one he’ll wear is his own creation: a tie ...

Mathew Leitch
Mathew Leitch
Lakehead University
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What is the way forward for Aboriginal peoples and natural resources?

“Will aboriginal knowledge and values change the way we look after our forests?  What can we learn from First Nations about how to become better stewards of the land?” These ...

Research Matters
Peggy Smith
Lakehead University
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