Monday, August 28, 2017

Wettig lab develops novel compounds that can improve drug delivery

Shawn Wettig and the Wettig lab are building new types of surfactants with the aim of improving how drugs are delivered into human bodies. By exploring the different ways that molecular structures can be altered to improve effectiveness of gemini surfactants, the researchers are developing and refining methods that have many applications. Surfactants are relied on by industry for thousands of products, but the Wettig lab is particularly interested in surfactants as a mode of delivering gene therapy.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Artificial intelligence tool promises earlier detection of deadly form of skin cancer

New technology being developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo and the Sunnybrook Research Institute is using artificial intelligence (AI) to help detect melanoma skin cancer earlier.

“This could be a very powerful tool for skin cancer clinical decision support,” said Alexander Wong, a professor of systems design engineering at Waterloo. “The more interpretable information there is, the better the decisions are.”

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Edith Law and John Wen awarded CFI funding

CBB researchers were awarded funding through the John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).  Funding provides researchers with the foundational research infrastructure necessary to lead in their field.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Jesse Hoey and team working on an emotionally supportive virtual assistant that could help people with Alzheimer’s disease

Computer scientists at the University of Waterloo are creating a prototype of a virtual assistant to help people living with Alzheimer’s disease. It will prompt them to complete day-to-day tasks by taking the person’s personality and current state of mind into consideration. The technology could also one day help people with Down Syndrome, various types of dementia and traumatic brain injury.

Known as ACT@Home, the emotionally intelligent assistant is a research project to develop a home-based technology that combines artificial intelligence with social psychological models.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Brian Dixon is working in a $4.4 million collaboration to help salmon farmers adapt to climate change

With sea surface temperatures in the North Atlantic Ocean already climbing, scientists are predicting Atlantic Canada’s $400 million salmon aquaculture industry could be wiped out within the next 25 years.

But a $4.4M collaboration between biologists at University of Waterloo, Memorial University and the Universities of Guelph and Prince Edward Island could be the key to helping the industry adapt with a superior salmon stock that can survive in higher water temperatures.

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