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.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Successful Health Canada regulatory insights workshop 2019 hosted by CBB

Health Canada Regulatory Insights Workshop audience

The Health Canada Regulatory Insights Workshop 2019 was held on November 15, 2019 and was attended by 120+ researchers, industry professionals and students. Hosted by the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology, this unique event was in response to a pressing need for clarity and information regarding Health Canada regulatory processes and evaluations. The event featured two guest speakers from Health Canada, a panel moderated by CBB member George Shaker, and networking opportunities with leading health industry professionals.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

George Shaker's team develop radars and AI for vital sign monitoring in cars

George Shaker and his team's work using radars and AI for vital sign monitoring in cars to save children and pets from hot car deaths was featured on CNN.

[read the full article]. 

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Advancing Healthcare through Innovative Technology

Health Canada Regulatory Insights Workshop logo image

Advancing healthcare through innovative technology

Monday, October 7, 2019

CBB members Jennifer Boger and Mathieu Doucet design new framework that aims to avoid unintentional consequences of technology

We have an intimate relationship with technology. It is infused in our daily life, from our home and car to our finances and health care. As we welcome new technologies into our most personal spaces, there is a growing recognition that design-based thinking needs to consider ethics and the users it serves.

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