Detection and prevention of preeclampsia using metabolomics and Vaccinium leaf extract for human trophoblast survival

Blueberry leaves are gynaecological aids and inhibitors of advanced glycation endproducts (AGEs). AGEs cause atherosclerosis, kidney, vascular, and neurological diseases through an oxidative process and correlate with preeclampsia. Preeclampsia affects 2-7% of women and is a leading cause of maternal/perinatal mortality. A woman dies of preeclampsia every eight minutes worldwide. Unfortunately, randomized trials evaluating dietary, vitamin, mineral treatments showed minimal benefit in reducing preeclampsia. AGEs are associated with preeclampsia.

Regulation of T-type calcium channel activity by targeting channel trafficking – a novel approach for pain management

Current therapies to manage pain either result in side effects or are insufficient and the associated medical costs and loss of work days come pose a tremendous socioeconomic burden. We recently showed that T-type channel activity is aberrantly regulated in inflammatory and neuropathic pain by the deubiquitinase USP5, and we have begun to explore this mechanism as a new therapeutic avenue based on interfering TAT peptides. We now plan to test our TATpeptides in diabetic neuropathy and inflammatory bowel pain.

Eye to brain to choice: Neurocognitive mechanisms underlying consumer behaviour

Project Objectives

• The primary objective of this project is to construct and validate an interactive eye-tracking system that can be  deployed at kiosk based automated consumer interfaces. This system will gather real-time idiosyncratic information about attention and current mental state, and use this to target messages to the consumer.

• Secondly, we will use a combination of eye tracking and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods to develop eyegaze behavior algorithms that can be used as an index of true preference in consumers

Understanding the cognitive processes involved in faking behavior

For faking to occur, test takers must be both able and willing/motivated to provide false responses on a given test (Snell, Sydell, & Lueke, 1999). If ability is lacking, then the motivation to do so does not matter. Conversely one might be able to purposely alter their responses to elevate their scores, but may not be motivated to do so. Therefore it is important to understand both the ability (e.g., cognitive processes) and the motivation to fake in order to better understand how to prevent and detect faking behavior.

Predicting job performance through personality testing: Improving the quality of research and practice at a Human Resources Consulting Firm

The Pathfinder Career System is a sophisticated psychological assessment tool that provides a high-definition portrait of an individual’s behavioural profile that focuses on the key attributes required for success in a specific job position. The purpose of this project is for Optimum Talent inc., a Human Resources Consulting firm, to be in a position to make optimal use of the test, by determining how it can be integrated into the current services offered by the firm and by pushing the tool further to respond to very specific client demands.

Development of a gender-sensitive organizational assessment model

The objective of this assignment is to strengthen the institutional and organizational assessment (IOA) model developed by Universalia to identify gender dimensions which affect equity and performance within an organization. To do so, the intern will be asked to proceed to a mapping of existing gender equality tools (as well as their strengths and weaknesses) used in the assessment and capacity-building of international development organizations in order to further develop the IOA model.

Development of a gender-sensitive organizational assessment model

The objective of this assignment is to strengthen the institutional and organizational assessment (IOA) model developed by Universalia to identify gender dimensions which affect equity and performance within an organization. To do so, the intern will be asked to proceed to a mapping of existing gender equality tools (as well as their strengths and weaknesses) used in the assessment and capacity-building of international development organizations in order to further develop the IOA model.

Enabling Geospatial Interoperability to Support UrbanEnergy Efficiency: The HEAT Case Study

Reducing GHG emissions and low-carbon living are two prioritized goals of The City of Calgary, Alberta. HEAT (Heat Energy Assessment Technologies), an award winning GeoWeb platform offers interactive geospatial feedback to tackle these issues by visualizing the amount and location of waste heat escaping from homes and communities, as easily as clicking on a house in Google Maps. To ensure wide-spread utility of HEAT metrics, further testing and refinement are required.

Aboriginal B-Model Canvas

This project will provide the necessary research for the development of a business model for Aboriginal entrepreneurs in Northwestern British Columbia. Nesika Management Ltd. has previously used Alexander Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas to teach First Nations entrepreneurs, but finds that the model lacks cultural specificity and is not ideal for the needs of Aboriginal entrepreneurs.

Strategic Planning for Cumulative Impact Assessment in Metlakatla Territory

The proposed research program is a planning process that will help to enable the Metlakatla Development Corporation to meaningfully participate in regional development. There are 29 major projects proposed in the traditional territory of the Metlakatla First Nation and these projects will have significant costs and benefits. The current project-based cumulative effects assessment as required in environmental assessment legislation is not able to adequately address potentially significant environmental and socioeconomic changes that accumulate from individual projects.

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