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Monday, October 15, 2018

Abnormal vision in childhood can affect brain functions

A research team has discovered that abnormal vision in childhood can affect the development of higher-level brain areas responsible for things such as attention.

The researchers from the University of Waterloo, University of British Columbia, and the University of Auckland uncovered differences in how the brain processes visual information in patients with various types of lazy eye. In doing so, they are the first to demonstrate that the brain can divert attention away from a lazy eye when both eyes are open.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Canadian smokers support bold new approaches to end tobacco use

Most Canadian smokers are in favour of novel policies to reduce tobacco use, according to a national survey by the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (ITC) at the University of Waterloo.

Responding to the Canadian government’s commitment to reduce tobacco use to less than five per cent of the population by 2035, the ITC study assessed baseline levels of support among Canadian smokers for potential endgame policies. The researchers found that most smokers in Canada support new and radical tobacco endgame strategies. 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Antidepressants can help treat Alzheimer’s

Scientists at the University of Waterloo have discovered that antidepressant medications can be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease.

The study, recently published in ACS Chemical Neuroscience, found that selective serotonin uptake inhibitors (SSRI medication) can delay the development and growth of amyloid-beta proteins, which can clump together and form a plaque, contributing to disease symptoms.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Expert Advisory - Cannabis Legalization

The Cannabis Act will come into effect October 17, making cannabis possession, growth, and purchase for recreational purposes legal across Canada. The University of Waterloo has experts available to speak with the media about the impact of cannabis legalization on Canadians.

Michael Beazely, Chair of the Waterloo Region Integrated Drug Steering (WRIDS) Prevention Coordinating Committee and vice-chair of the WRIDS Steering Committee. 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

University of Waterloo to hold 117th convocation

More than 2,000 students will receive their degrees at Waterloo’s 117th convocation, and the University will install a new chancellor and award four honorary doctorates.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Expert Advisory - Canada and US reach trade deal

Canada and the United States have announced an agreement in principle on a new US-Mexico-Canada free trade agreement (USMCA). The University of Waterloo has experts available to speak with the media today on the proposed agreement and what it could mean for Canada.

Bruce Muirhead – Agriculture and dairy systems and supply management

Prof. Muirhead specializes in the areas of trade with a specific focus on supply management in the areas of dairy and eggs.

Friday, September 28, 2018

University of Waterloo to have first virtual reality optometry lab in Canada

A new virtual reality (VR) training lab at the University of Waterloo’s School of  Optometry and Vision Science, will help Canada’s next generation of optometrists learn how to diagnose vision problems and eye diseases more quickly and accurately.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute launched at University of Waterloo

The University of Waterloo launched its Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute today. 

The interdisciplinary Institute has the mandate to uncover new approaches to security and privacy and educating Canada’s future leaders to be able to understand and respond to emerging online threats. 

The Institute will also work closely with corporations and government to advance their cybersecurity and privacy protection capabilities.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Researchers help to bridge the gap between psychology and gamification

A multi-disciplinary research team is bridging the gap between psychology and gamification that could significantly impact learning efforts in user experience design, healthcare, and government.

The research, conducted by researchers at the University of Waterloo and the University of Minnesota, has integrated models from psychology with human-computer interaction, which allows for a more deliberate, interactive connection between the two disciplines in the understanding of gameful experiences.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Virtual reality motion sickness may be predicted and counteracted

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have made progress towards predicting who is likely to feel sick from virtual reality technology.

In a recent study, the researchers found they could predict whether an individual will experience cybersickness (motion sickness caused by virtual reality) by how much they sway in response to a moving visual field. The researchers think that this knowledge will help them to develop counteractions to cybersickness.

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