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Ryan Tennant, a PhD student from the Department of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo, hosted a hands-on workshop for staff and students on August 27, 2023, where participants learned how to build their own affordable air purifier with performance comparable to commercial models.

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Wahweenga Study Tour

In the Fall term of 2022, students from the Master’s programs, Biomedical Engineering and Technical Medicine, at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, visited the University of Waterloo. The Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology (CBB) was honoured to host this amazing group of students who also visited leading universities in Canada and the U.S.A., on a study tour that they called ‘Wahweenga’. Wahweenga translates to ‘perfection' in the native Ojibwe language, an Algonk language spoken by indigenous people of Canada and the central north of the U.S.A. This tour was focused on answering one question: ‘How do the technical (bio)medical sectors of Canada and the U.S.A. strive towards perfection?

Stanford University recently published a comprehensive list identifying the top 2% of scientists worldwide. The list provides a ranking of 100,000 top scientists using citation metrics to determine the relevance and importance of a given research topic. Congratulations to the 36 CBB members who have been recognized as part of these top scientists:

Catherine Burns

Melanie Campbell

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.

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.

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.

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.