Research stories

Three academic units. Three levels of health. One vision.

See how we're igniting solutions to pressing heaIllustration of people eating and being healthy.lth challenges in our report, Health in 3D.

New partnership allows medtech startups to train surgeons

A University of Waterloo teaching lab is helping theSurgeons and others around a table in the Anatomy Lab medtech community in southwestern Ontario make great strides in their medical research. 

New method for public health analysis shows trends in substance use among high schoolers

High-school students who have a largSharing cigarettese weekly allowance, friends who smoke and low levels of physical activity are more likely to use multiple substances over time. Conversely, being older, being black and eating breakfast daily were factors associated with a smaller chance of transitioning to multiple use.

Postdoc advances research and lands professorship, thanks to inaugural AMTD fellowship

Oluwakemi (Kemi) Amodu is dedicated to advancing the reproductive and sexual health of the Hausa women in displacedKemi Amodu persons camps in northern Nigeria. After devoting her doctoral research to revealing the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among this population, she has now built on that research as an inaugural recipient of the AMTD Waterloo Global Talent Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Improving workplace injury compensation requires input from workers

Understanding how workers in precarious employment react to claims processes can Image of Work Injury Claim Formimprove response

Feeling stressed? You’re not alone

Researchers use survey data to uncover pandemic mental health insightsWoman peers through window blinds.

Canada lags in providing school food programs to children in need

Only five per cent of students in Canada participated in a school meal programFood in trays to be served.

New approach to advance care planning preferred by Canadian long-term care residents

Physician holding patient's hands.Researchers develop better way to involve residents in end-of-life care discussions

Higher education and language skills may help reverse mild cognitive impairment

Hands holding pencil with book on the desk.

New research has found that people with mild cognitive impairment may not inevitably develop dementia and, in fact, having higher education and advanced language skills more than doubles their chances of returning to normal.

Making global connections to take on climate change

Simrit Dhillon, Nilusha Rattansi and Philip Zuidema

The University of Waterloo is finishing their participation in an exciting new collaborative program, Climate Connect, which involved 60+ students and over 20 researchers from across the world to gather and discuss climate change.

Research improves equal access to community supports 

DREAM project provides training and resources to support people living with dementiaOlder person with arms stretched out in front of them

Aerobic fitness of elite soccer players linked to player positions

Soccer player heads ball in empty stadium.Ability to make this assessment can help coaches regulate individual training loads

CBD might help prime immune system against COVID

Test tubes with yellow liquid and a person in a white lab coat and blue gloves is in the background.Therapeutic amounts seem to increase the readiness to respond to viral infection

Wearable biosensors can help people with complex health conditions

Two women smiling and looking at one of their watchesStudy examines feasibility of remote monitoring in daily life for those with physical or cognitive diseases

Researchers awarded $10 million U.S. for global tobacco study

Person holding a vape and tobacco cigaretteThe study will examine how policies impact smoking, vaping, and the use of other nicotine products

AI-powered symptom checkers could ease strain on health systems

Father feeling son's forehead with handStudy shows how perceptions of this technology affect its adoption

New tools available to help people with dementia move forward

Two older women laughing, two older men walking behindThe Forward with Dementia launch brings in-depth supports and resources that patients need

Non-emergency control interventions form pattern of care

Hospital bed in roomStudy shows higher rates of restrictive interventions being used on older psychiatric patients

Benefits of consuming fish outweigh the risks

Pile of deceased fishStudy examines the effect of elevated mercury levels in some northern lakes

Small actions can support inclusion

Older man playing golf with his hands in the air while other golfers watch.New tools and resources available for persons living with dementia

How to discourage youth from using cannabis

Person going to pay for a bag of cannabis using credit card.New research shows packaging and health warnings can reduce the appeal for young people

Mobile alert app for missing people with dementia

Community member interacting with older adult in the outdoors.Researchers developing app to engage community to help locate missing people with dementia

The trickle down effects of winning Olympic medals

Competitive swimmer racing in swimming lane.New study examines association with physical activity and participation in hometown communities

Understanding frailty will lead to better care for older adults

Nurse helping older man get up from walkerStudy suggests concept of frailty can guide advance care planning with home care clients and their families

Q and A with the experts: Cancer and exercise during a pandemic

Person doing online exersice class.Exercising safely as a cancer survivor during or after treatment

How international students make decisions about staying in Canada

New study explores timing and factors shaping their decisionYoung man wearing mask.

Tobacco control researchers receive Governor General’s Innovation Award

Lit cigarette with flume of smoke.Award celebrates excellence in innovation that makes a positive impact on quality of life in Canada

Long-term care infrastructure must be re-imagined in a post-pandemic world

Older adult's hands on a walking cane.Protecting residents requires different infrastructure, proper staffing conditions and a culture of quality assurance

Online farmers’ markets valuable when crisis events like COVID occur, study finds

Yellowknife Farmers Market signStudy shows the potential of online marketplaces to contribute to a resilient, sustainable food system

Waterloo researchers lead remote wearable technology program

Persons with neurodegenerative diseases can monitor at homeWearable tech

AI-powered symptom checkers can help health-care systems deal with COVID-19 burden

COVID symptom checkers may reduce the number of people going to in-person clinicsWomen in bed with iPad

Q and A with the experts: Long-term care after a year of COVID-19

Nurse with iPad speaking to older adult.Professor Paul Stolee examines changes to long-term care and lessons learned

Social media helped spread misinformation during pandemic

Study shows need to be active on social media and guard against misinformationiPhone on book with pen and laptop.

Study shows mental health effects of pandemic affected young people most

Scrabble tiles spelling mental health.Younger Canadians reported feeling lonely, depressed or anxious

When you’re a gig worker during a global pandemic and your boss is an app

A rideshare driver looking through the front windshield into traffic.Gig work is transforming our global economy and public health as workers weigh risks every day

Pandemic highlights importance of supports for people with dementia

Older person holding small ball.A new healthy living program and a virtual reality exercise game will support people living with dementia

Long-term care homes must balance risks and benefits to mental health during lockdowns

Nurse with iPad speaking with older adult.Study shows outcomes can be measured and mitigated with thoughtful interventions informed by data

Lab photo of subject's foot wearing flip flop with video markers attached.Flip-flops can come off the foot entirely during slips in dry and wet conditions

Q and A with the experts: One year of COVID-19 in Canada

Nurse wearing mask vaccinates older adult.What we’ve learned about COVID-19 in the past year, and what we still need to learn

Hannah Tait Neufeld named new Canada Research Chair

Hannah Tait NeufeldResearch will explore Indigenous health, wellbeing and food environments

Smart home thermostats help monitor patient health

Older woman sits on couch using television remote.Researchers use data from thermostat to determine user behaviours such as sleep and physical activity

New study examines socially conscious dating apps

Couple walking downtown in evening.Researchers partner with Bumble, a women-first social networking app

Applied Health Sciences welcomes ATMD postdoctoral scholar

Oluwakemi AmoduKemi Amodu receives inaugural fellowship supporting development of exceptional global talent

COVID-19 means we need a “winter strategy”

Three snowboarders walking on wintery path.Professor Troy Glover discusses reasons to bundle up and go outside

Vaping up, cigarette use down, among Canadian youth

Two youth in silhouette, vaping.Study shows vaping increased dramatically, starting before nicotine vapes were legally available in Canada

Documentary showcases that 'Music is Life' in a dementia-care centre

Older gentleman plays guitar.Waterloo researcher collaborates on new documentary airing on World Alzheimer's Awareness Day

Availability of grocery-store alcohol has led some teens to binge-drink regularly

Grocery shelves of beer.A policy change that allowed alcohol to be sold in grocery stores in Ontario has led some teens to go from abstaining from alcohol to binge-drinking multiple times per week, a new study has found.

Q and A with the experts: an update on what we know about the virus

Narveen Jandu.What we know about COVID-19 seems to change daily. We asked Professor Narveen Jandu, an expert in microbiology, to give us an update on the science of the virus

International partnership improves long-term care quality

Older couple smiling outdoors.Study shows resource-strapped long-term care organizations enhanced resident outcomes

Bullying is linked to increased BMI, new study shows

Young adult hangs head in arms.New research shows that while both young men and young women saw an increase in Body Mass Index (BMI) one year after bullying occurred in high school, young men were more affected than young women.

Dementia care study highlights need for caregiver support, quality of care

Caregiver watches older adult colour a picture.People with dementia and their caregivers need to be included when health priorities are determined at the local level, shows a University of Waterloo study

Substance use linked to chronic physical and mental disorders in youth

Woman sits on hill staring out over water.New research shows it is vital to consider pre-existing mental health issues when determining how to treat substance abuse among young people with a chronic physical illness

Q and A with the experts: The psychology of the return of major league sports

Soccer player heads ball in empty stadium.What is the mental toll of asking players and staff in major league sports to risk their lives for our entertainment?

Q and A with the experts: Stage 2, what does it mean?

Stylist cuts client's hair while both wear face masks.Professor Zahid Butt speaks about what’s open, what’s closed and why

Study on gig workers receives COVID-19 Rapid Research funding

Ellen MacEachen.A research team led by Ellen MacEachen has received COVID-19 Rapid Research funding so they can investigate the role of disease transmission in the gig economy, and how to protect these workers

Q and A with the experts: What’s the deal with masks now?

Woman wearing a face mask reaches for groceries.Professor Narveen Jandu clarifies guidelines on wearing masks

Q and A with the experts: Is working from home possible for everyone?

Hands typing on laptop on home desk.Professor Ellen MacEachen answers questions on the implications and future of working from home

Study looks at COVID-19 health perceptions in different age groups

Older adult wearing a face mask sitting on a park benchNew study seeks survey respondents to examine vulnerability, mitigations and perceptions related to COVID-19

Q and A with the experts: Neighbouring in the time of COVID-19

Troy GloverProfessor Troy Glover discusses becoming less socially distant during these physically distant times

Game apps help people make healthy choices

Person wearing mask picks out healthy groceries.Study finds apps can curb impulse purchases and contribute to a healthier lifestyle

COVID-19 screening tool can identify older adults at risk

Elderly man with mask looking out of window.Screener identifies those at high risk of adverse health outcomes due to COVID-19

Bridging local efforts for global supports

Rural area in the PhilippinesHow Waterloo professors are helping adapt health-response guidelines for lower-resource areas

Face masks

Woman wearing a face mask reaches for groceries.Professor Zahid Butt answers common questions about face masks, who should be wearing them, and when

The ins and outs of physical distancing

Illustration of crowd of people spread out from each other.Q and A with Professor Shannon Majowicz

Social media and COVID-19

Young person in pajamas looking at cell phone.Professor Jim Wallace answers questions about social media use during the pandemic

Ergonomics guide helps prevent workplace injuries

Illustrations of various seated and standing positions at office desks.Professor Steven Fischer outlines easy fixes to prevent injury when working from home

Cortisol levels show links between parent and child mental illness

Long-haired mother and daughter in conversation.Impact of mental health conditions passed on from parents varies depending on the child’s sex

Researchers help address healthy aging on The Nature of Things

David Suzuki and film crew in Waterloo Kinesiology lab.David Suzuki visits Waterloo Kinesiology labs for insights on body composition, balance

Puberty responsible for larger airways in males

Pre-teen children running and playing.Sex differences in airway size are not innate, but likely develop because of hormonal changes

Storytelling can reduce VR cybersickness

Person wearing virtual reality headset interacts with game.Enhanced narratives and emotionally evocative details help new users feel immersed

Few consumers understand THC levels in cannabis edibles

David Hammond holding packages of cannabis edibles.More effective THC labelling and packaging could help to reduce accidental over-consumption

Back to the future

CigarettesVaping trends are sweeping the globe, making us revisit the lessons we learned decades ago

A "second heart" to strengthen our golden years

Vital signs including blood pressure on electronic tablet. Innovative research and medical technology can prevent falls

Study identifies way for employers to retain casual workers

Instructor demonstrating swimming to children.Job enrichment may be an important tool for retaining seasonal frontline staff

Research calls for new measures to treat mental illness and opioid use

Pills spilling out of pill bottle.Integrated approach is needed to managing mental illness, pain and substance use

Patterns of youth alcohol use show need for early intervention

Young people clinking beer glasses.Students who drink a few times per month in grade nine are likely to become weekly or even binge drinkers in following years

Perception of risk may lead to more cancer screening

Mammography machine.Screening rates may be increased by better sensitizing women to their risk of getting breast cancer

Weight stigma affects gay men on dating apps

Adult perusing cell phone.Study shows popular dating app had a negative effect on men’s body image

What multilingual nuns can tell us about dementia

Nun wearing a habit writes in old book.Strong ability in languages may help reduce the risk of developing dementia

How students and professors perceive classroom technology

View of a large classroom from the back.Students think it’s professors’ responsibility to engage students away from tech

Kinesiology researchers work with astronauts to study health

Canadian Astronaut David Saint-Jacques performing Waterloo experiment on Space Station.Latest subject in study, Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques, concludes six months in space

Youth in Canada and U.S. vaping more than ever

Hand holding vaping device.New generation of e-cigarettes with higher levels of nicotine could be the reason

Health policies key factor in hospitalization of seniors

Hospital patient uses walker to get out of bed.Study examines the influence of health care policies, infrastructure and professional practices

New research suggests sugar taxes and labelling are effective

Teaspoon of sugar overflowing on to table.Taxes on sugary products and labels on the front of packages can help reduce sugar consumption

The top 25 medical lab tests around the world

Technician in lab surrounded by bottles and lab samples.New study reveals the most common diagnostic lab tests, of use by areas considering universal health coverage

Low-tech footrest can help prevent lower-back pain

Person with one foot on footrest and the other on ground.Study assesses potential interventions for those who stand at work

Voucher programs can help leverage participation in new sport opportunities

Section of track at the Milton velodrome.Free trials could help cities get the best use of sport facilities built to host novel events

Virtual reality games could recalibrate neurological disorders

Child looking through VR goggles while others look on.Could be a key tool in treating disorders such as autism, schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease

Surge in cannabis use among youth preceded legalization in Canada

Person smoking marijuana.Legalization discussions and increased access to medical marijuana may have fueled trend

Anxiety-reducing meditation in university classrooms

Attentive students in large classroomStudy explores whether mindfulness meditation can ease the anxiety around written assignments

How to make the pushup work for you

Adult in athletic wear performing a pushup.Study finds ways to adapt the exercise to help individuals with specific needs

Assessment tools could reduce end-of-life hospital stays

Person holding hands with someone in a hospital bedData helps health providers determine which conditions require hospitalization vs remaining in long-term care setting

Inability to perform basic activities delays mental health patients’ discharge

Medical professionals writing patient information on a clipboard.Study shows these patients are four times more likely to experience discharge delays

Even small delays in school start times can benefit teen health

Alarm clock, book and pencil on desk.Study finds even 10 minutes later can result in significant sleep benefits

Cannabis youth prevention strategy should target mental wellbeing

Sad face on chalkboard, with a man drawing a happy faceStudy shows students with positive mental health are less likely to consume cannabis

ADHD youth no more at risk for traffic violations than non-ADHD youth

Traffic lights show green for go and red for stop.Study dispels previous findings

Truck driver pain and discomfort can be alleviated

Trucker holding the steering wheelStudy examines musculoskeletal pain and discomfort, and associated risk factors

Everything you wanted to know about cannabis legalization in Canada

Cannabis legalization in CanadaMini-series explores various themes from education and advertising to impaired driving

Virtual reality motion sickness may be predicted and counteracted

Research participant wears virtual reality headset in lab.Waterloo researchers advance knowledge of sensorimotor components of cybersickness

Lingering effects of wildfires

Wildfire in forest.Waterloo researcher finds experiences of evacuation and isolation have long-term effects on mental wellbeing

Study shows how the brain controls food cravings

Illustration representing active colourful areas of brain.When activity in a specific part is suppressed, the desire for high-calorie food increases

Majority of teenagers need food safety education

Young person preparing food.Researchers find that the ‘next generation’ of food handlers has a low level of awareness of proper precautions

Dieting associated with risky behaviours in teenage girls

Cigarettes on a dinner plate being cut with knife and fork.Study finds those who diet are more likely to engage in other health-compromising behaviours

"Smart clothing" aims to predict failing health

Tablet showing heart rate and respiration stats on table with stethoscope.Researchers combine wearable technology and AI to predict the onset of health problems

Young hockey players interested in healthy protein, not French fries

Close up of hockey player taking a slap shot.Waterloo study finds greasy food being served isn't what young players want

Standing desks may lead to lower back pain

Person typing at a standing desk.Waterloo study finds people have different levels of standing tolerance

Mandatory nutrition policies may impact sugar consumption

Pouring sugar from a soda can.Study investigates adolescents' purchase and intake of sugar-sweetened drinks

Obesity could be linked to early childhood behaviour

Baby's feet on weigh scale displaying 86 pounds.Unhealthy behaviours among youth could be greatest predictors of issues in adulthood

Aging slows perception of falls

Older person's hand gripping a walker.Seniors need twice as long as young adults to realize they are falling

Vaping linked to cigarette use

Teen vaping in car.Teenagers who try e-cigarettes double their risk for smoking tobacco cigarettes

Beverage industry capitalizing on countries with fewer health regulations

Beverage vending machineHigh school students in Guatemala consume twice as many soft drinks as their Canadian peers

Yoga and meditation improve brain function and energy levels

Person holding yoga pose on mat.Waterloo study finds practising just 25 minutes per day can boost the brain’s executive functions

Chronic illness and mental health

Teen holding head in hands.Waterloo study finds young people with chronic illness more likely to attempt suicide

Urban imagineering brings public spaces to life

Colourful piano in street.When vacant public spaces across the region turn into vibrant hubs of activity this summer, a new website built at Waterloo is ready to track all the action.

Powered stretchers could reduce injuries, keep paramedics on the job

Students lifting stretcher in lab.Moving from manual to powered stretchers could reduce the number of injuries to paramedics by 78 per cent, a University of Waterloo study has found.

Waterloo software improves care for kidney patients

Doctor typing on laptopA new software system is improving patient care and setting the gold-standard in data reporting at Grand River Hospital. One day, it may help patients choose what kind of treatment to receive.

Added sugar found in two-thirds of packaged foods

Grocery cart in shopping aisle.Study finds even baby food and products marketed as healthy alternatives often contain added sugar

Kinesiology brings research to life at Ontario Science Centre

Biomechanics exhibit poster.Biomechanics: The Machine Inside exhibit gives visitors a hands-on look at the marvels of natural engineering that drive human and animal movement

Parkinson's patients are over-prescribed antipsychotics

Prescription pad and medications.More than one-third of people with Parkinson's disease in long-term care homes are given antipsychotic medication. 

What if a simple supplement could prevent childhood asthma?

Ken Stark pipetting blood sample in lab.Findings offer insight into preventative measures

Can two countries host the Olympics Games together?

Aerial view of Rio's Olympic stadium.New regulations will allow multiple cities to share a single bid, but Waterloo research suggests cities will have to find new ways to rally support

Researcher wins prestigious prize for work on osteoporosis

Lora Giangregorio.Professor Lora Giangregorio wins Bloomberg Manulife Prize for Promotion of Active Health

What's the secret behind Jordan Kilganon's epic slam dunks?

Jordan Kilganon making a dunk shot.Kinesiology researcher examines Kilganon in a Waterloo lab to understand how the world’s best slam dunker gets outstanding air

New anonymous online survey aims to protect athletes from doping

Various drugs.

Assessment tool will help coaches and administrators identify gaps in understanding of policies on everything from hazing to harassment and doping

Canadian magazines miss the mark on skin cancer messages

Woman sunbathing and reading magazine.Study shows Canadian magazines are sending women mixed messages about skin cancer and tanning

National Coming Out Day: Being out affects LGBT retirement plans

Rainbow flag.

LGBT adults who are out to family and friends are less uncertain about their retirement years

Daily physical activity policy not working in schools

Children in gym class.Many elementary school students aren’t getting the 20 minutes of daily physical activity mandated by the Ontario government

Canada’s mental health system is failing children in crisis

Child wearing hoodie walks alone into wilderness.The “orphan’s orphan” of Canada’s health-care system: Children at risk of suicide are ending up in adult psychiatric units

Try the Track project brings cycling to recreational athletes

Luke Potwarka at velodrome cycling track.Milton's new velodrome could be a boon to track cycling long after the Pan Am Games are over, says Waterloo researcher

Restraint and confinement still an everyday practice in mental health settings

John HirdesSpecial issue of Healthcare Management Forum features eight new papers on interRAI mental health assessment system

Can science keep MLB pitchers off the disabled list?

baseball pitcherBiomechanical assessments and strength training more effective than restricting innings

How long should you stand - rather than sit - at your work station?

Jack Callaghan prepping a study particpant at standing workstation.Research suggests that you have to stand for at least 30 minutes every hour to get health benefits

Propel research shows more Canadian teens smoking hookah

man blowing smokeOne in four high school seniors are trying tobacco water pipes known as hookah

At what cost? The forgotten needs of young carers

Young woman walks with senior womanMAREP study finds children and youth who help care for family members with special needs have few places to turn for support

Waterloo student designs new clay filter for unsafe drinking water

Timothy Muttoo holds the clay water filter he designedMaster of Public Health student is working with a non-profit group in the Dominican Republic to bring filters to thousands of families

Is your neighbour’s smoking addiction killing you?

Woman on apartment balconey smokes cigaretteResearch shows tobacco smoke can seep through cracks and walls and travel through ventilation systems, exposing you to dangerous toxins and carcinogens

New play challenges dementia stereotypes

An original oil painting by Cracked researcher Gail Mitchell portrays lyrics from Leonard’s Cohen’s song, Anthem.Theatre group works with Waterloo researcher to change the way families and health care practitioners think about dementia

Technophobia may keep older adults from using apps to manage diabetes

Close-up of senoir's hands holding a smartphone.More senior-friendly smartphone and web apps may help people manage glucose levels and track their diet

Each dollar spent on kids' nutrition can yield more than $100 later

Children shopping in a marketGood childhood nutrition produces people who can contribute more and help boost economic growth, says Waterloo professor

Curling helps fight seasonal depression for rural women

Female curler releases rock down the ice.Research shows curling clubs enhance women’s physical, mental and emotional health during long Canadian winters

Research shows Parkinson’s disease linked to riskier driving

Older man driving a carWhen it comes to road safety, Parkinson’s disease is a bigger threat than once thought

Crunched for time? Commuting linked to lower life satisfaction

Margo HilbrechtNew study examines connection between commute time and well-being

Sacred waters run deep

Thelon River winds through green banks covered in evergreens.Researchers are collaborating with Aboriginal communities to cultivate enhanced understanding of relationships to one of Canada's longest rivers

Craving high-calorie snacks? Blame your brain

Woman eyeing up a cupcakeResearch shows that we rely on a specific part of the brain to curb our craving for snacks

Low back pain? Waterloo research reveals best sex positions

Stuart McGillPioneering spine study shows spooning is not always the best sex position for men who want to avoid triggering low back pain

Do low-nicotine cigarettes make you smoke more?

Low nicotine cigarettes scattered on tableLandmark study shows people smoke the same number of cigarettes regardless of nicotine level

Nutrition and aging: Why aren't older adults eating well?

Heather KellerResearcher leads study to find out why residents of long-term care homes aren’t getting proper nutrition

GPS technology may help detect Alzheimer’s disease earlier

Eric RoyGPS tracking shows older adults with mild dementia stay much closer to home than healthy adults, Waterloo study finds

Osteoporosis: How can you prevent falls and fractures?

Lora GiangregorioOlder adults should combine aerobics with strength and balance training to prevent bone loss, says Waterloo researcher who helped draft new guidelines

50 Shades of Grey is not a black and white issue for women

Women looking at laptops near a poolE-readers have liberated women who enjoy erotica but Waterloo researchers are asking: Why are e-heroes still domineering men?

Should menthol cigarettes be banned?

teenage girl smokingTeens who use menthol cigarettes smoke more than youth who smoke unflavoured cigarettes, a new Waterloo study finds

Energy drinks linked to teen depression and drug use

Sunday AzagbaPropel study finds teens prone to depression and those who use drugs and alcohol are more likely to consume energy drinks

Women's health: The link between estrogen and fat

Kristin MarksAward-winning researcher examines the upside of fat in our diets from pregnancy to post-menopause

On the front lines of mental health

police officerNew screening tool developed by interRAI better connects Ontario Provincial Police and clinicians to support those in crisis

Sports increase well-being of gay and lesbian athletes

person holding rainbow flagRecreation and Leisure Studies research finds sport groups for LGBT athletes help heal the negative effects of discrimination.

Finding your way after a stroke

Bill McillroyStroke patients use innovative exercise bikes hooked up to Google Earth’s virtual world to rehabilitate body and mind in Waterloo lab.

More than s'mores

Troy GloverSummer camp is about more than s’mores and sing-alongs. A camp counselor in his youth, professor Troy Glover always suspected that camp changes youth for the better— but now he has the data to prove it.

Biomechanics professor striking the perfect balance

Andrew LaingAndrew Laing doesn’t mind being a fall guy. For the biomechanics professor, the reputation simply comes with the territory.

Using data to treat patients right

Joon LeeJoon Lee is changing the way doctors make decisions and patients receive care. Lee and his team are at the forefront of a field that harnesses the power of information technology to analyze health data and provide doctors with answers that would take years to obtain through clinical trials.

Social networking redefining motherhood

Diana ParryMore than ever women are turning to online social networking sites as a substitute for the support and friendship they used to find in neighbours. Diana Parry investigates the impact of social networking sites on modern-day motherhood.

Nutrition and exercise linked to cancer treatment success

Marina MourtzakisWhat if something as simple as a tailored nutrition and exercise program could influence the outcome of cancer treatment? According to professor Marina Mourtzakis, it’s possible.

Does climate change affect your health?

Susan ElliottWhile researchers have flagged climate change as the biggest global health threat of the 21st century, research by Professor Susan Elliott and her graduate student Francesca Cardwell found that most Canadians just don’t see the link.

Research helps boomers plan for retirement

Roger MannellThe first baby boomers hit retirement age — 65 — in 2011. Research from an innovative partnership between University of Waterloo and RBC shows retirees need to manage potential risks to health and wealth for a satisfying retirement.

Canadian astronaut takes research into orbit

Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield with Richard HughsonFrom the International Space Station, astronaut Chris Hadfield will help Waterloo researcher Richard Hughson understand some of the mysteries of aging.

New website assists those with dementia and their families

""Researchers at the University of Waterloo and McMaster University are leading a project that has resulted in the creation of a new web-based resource that provides valuable information that will help navigate the journey of living with dementia.

Transforming systems for a healthy future

globe sitting on top of puzzle piecesThe School of Public Health and Health Systems is training a new generation to solve major, emerging health issues relevant to Canada and countries around the world.

Keep on moving

older female smilingThe prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia is expected to double over the next thirty years. Laura Middleton, assistant professor of kinesiology, is investigating the impact of exercise and physical activity on slowing cognitive decline.

Festival of food

chef serving foodAlthough many cities are excited about the prospect of creating, or expanding their focus to include, a culinary tourism destination, few know how to go about doing it. Stephen Smith is helping destinations around the world meld gastronomy and culture into a viable industry.

A global approach to curbing smoking

male smoker coughingTobacco is the largest preventable cause of premature death in the world. David Hammond is working with researchers, policy makers, and non-governmental associations around the world to guide and evaluate the use of graphic warning labels on tobacco products.

Rethinking retirement

Steven MockThe days of collecting your gold watch and retiring to cottage country are over, says assistant professor Steven Mock. What retirement looks like is not going to be the same as a one-time transition out of paid work. It’s going to be more complex.

A neighbourhood of good intentions

young couple walking in suburban neighbourhoodEven the most impassioned resolutions and best intentions to get physically fit often go unrealized when challenged by the pressures of daily life. Peter Hall is investigating how a neighbourhood’s built environment may influence physical activity patterns.

Women struggle with stigma of prison

professor Susan Arai in front of Grand Valley Institution signUncertain Futures: Women Leaving Prison and Re-entering Community, a report co-authored by Susan Arai, explores the importance of building relationships to bridge the chasm between women and their community.

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