Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Dr. Vivek Goel, leading public-health researcher, named as next president and vice‑chancellor of the University of Waterloo

Vivek Goel

Dr. Vivek Goel is recognized in Canada and around the world as a leading public-health researcher, health-services evaluation expert, and champion for the use of research evidence in health policy making.

He also currently serves on the boards of the Vector Institute, TRIUMF, the Canadian Institute for Health Information, Canada Health Labs, and the Post Promise.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

World's largest human tissue archive adopts Waterloo search system developed by CBB member Himid Tizhoosh and his team at KIMIA Lab

Hamid Tizhoosh

Technology developed by engineering researchers at the University of Waterloo has been adopted by a major pathology facility in the United States.

The Joint Pathology Center (JPC), which has the world’s largest collection of preserved human tissue samples, will use an artificial intelligence (AI) search engine to index and search its digital archive as part of a modernization effort.

Monday, October 19, 2020

New laser imaging project led by CBB member Parsin Haji Reza could precisely guide doctors during brain surgery

doctor observing brain images

Researchers have taken an important step in the development of a microscope to precisely guide doctors during surgery to remove brain tumors

For the first time, a team led by engineers at the University of Waterloo used laser imaging technology to almost instantly identify cancerous tissue with accuracy comparable to laboratory tests that take up to two weeks.

That means the Photoacoustic Remote Sensing (PARS) imaging system could tell doctors where a tumor ends and healthy tissue begins so they know exactly where to cut.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

KA Imaging achieves Health Canada license and FDA clearance for innovative X-ray technology

KA imaging product picture

Digital X-ray technology developed by a University of Waterloo spinoff company has won approval from Health Canada.

A medical device licence issued for Reveal 35C, a dual-energy X-ray detector created by KA Imaging, follows clearance from the Food and Drug Administration in the United States earlier this month.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

New diabetes device monitors blood using radar and AI, not painful pricks

glucose moderating device

CBB members, George Shaker and Safieddin (Ali) Safavi-Naeini part of team that creates new technology that can quickly and accurately monitor glucose levels in people with diabetes without painful finger pricks to draw blood. 

New technology can quickly and accurately monitor glucose levels in people with diabetes without painful finger pricks to draw blood. 

A palm-sized device developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo uses radar and artificial intelligence (AI) to non-invasively read blood inside the human body.

Friday, June 5, 2020

New Executive Director of CBB Announcement: Congratulations Karim Karim!

Karim S. Karim

The Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology along and the University of Waterloo Office of Research are pleased to announce that Professor Karim S. Karim has accepted the role of Executive Director for a term of five years, ending March 31, 2025.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

CBB members Roderick Slavcev, Emmanuel Ho and Marc Aucoin team up to develop DNA-based COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 molecules

Researchers at the University of Waterloo are developing a DNA-based vaccine that can be delivered through a nasal spray.

The vaccine will work by using bacteriophage, a process that will allow the vaccine to replicate within bacteria already in the body and is being designed to target tissues in the nasal cavity and lower respiratory tract.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

PPE for infectious disease preparedness featured in research paper from 2016 relevant for response to COVID-19

The current COVID-19 pandemic has been putting a strain on healthcare workers around the world. We often forget all the challenges that frontline healthcare professionals have to face, including the use of personal protective equipment. This paper from 2016 describes the evaluation during the ebola crisis, which has excellent recommendations for healthcare workers and managers around the world when dealing with COVID-19.

Friday, March 27, 2020

CBB member Alexander Wong's research uses open-source software to improve COVID-19 screening with AI

chest x-ray showing two patients with COVID-19

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have partnered with an artificial intelligence (AI) startup on a project that aims to use AI to improve COVID-19 screening.

The Waterloo research team publicly released AI software that can better detect infections from chest x-rays and is looking to enlist expertise from around the world to aid in the project.

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