Development of a simulation model for prediction of performance of a novel positive airway pressure (PAP) machine for treatment of sleep apnea

The gold standard of treatment for patients with sleep apnea are Positive-airway-pressure (PAP) machines. PAPs provide a one-size-fits-all solution of providing the same therapy in terms of airflow to every patient and every breath. This causes frustration and discomfort for patients, therefore patients don’t purchase PAPs or purchase and don’t use them; leading to 4 times higher chances of stroke and 3 times higher chances of heart attacks as well as huge costs on the healthcare system.

First Nation Environmental Review and Analysis

The Government of Canada is in the process of reviewing legislation and procedures related to environmental processes, e.g. the Canadian Environmental Assessment process (CEAA) and the National Energy Board process (NEB). Indigenous groups across Canada have participated in engagement sessions, and made formal written submissions which have been made publically available.

Machine Learning methods for Nova Scotia property value prediction

This project will develop and apply machine learning techniques to predict the valuation of the properties in Nova Scotia. The techniques will help Property Valuation Services Corporation (PVSC) assessors with more efficiently and accurately valuing properties. The ultimate goal is to help PVSC reduce the number of annual appeals – which is a costly undertaking. It will also reduce the need to send assessors directly to the property locations, instead they will use machine learning techniques to more accurately predict property values.

Characterizing topography of signal fidelity in a low-cost fNIRS device

High-performance athletes have learned that even after they have exhausted their bodies during training, they can continue to train their minds for an extra edge. Imagining your sport engages many of the same brain areas used to actually play your sport, and it has been shown that such mental practice can improve sport performance. However, simply sitting and imagining isn’t very engaging and doesn’t provide either the athlete nor their coaches with any information regarding how well they are engaging in mental imagery.

Assessing survival of triploid oysters compared to diploid controls on farms in NS

A parasite present in the Bras d’Ors Lake in Cape Breton, NS has closed the oyster aquaculture and wild fishery in Cape Breton since the initial outbreak in 2002. This parasite has also affected oysters in the Eastern US. The industry in the US has survived and is stable in part due to the production of triploid oysters. Triploid oysters grow to market size faster and this fast growth rate reduces the time the oyster spends in the wild and therefore reduces the timeframe that the oyster may become infected with the parasite.

Novel formulation for the treatment of interstitial cystitis

Interstitial cystitis is an inflammatory disease of the urinary bladder and is recognized as a serious medical condition associated with a profoundly negative impact on patients’ quality of life. Currently, there are no widely acknowledged causes of this disorder and no effective treatments available. Panag is a Halifax based drug company which focuses on development of novel therapeutic treatments which can be used to alleviate both pain and inflammation associated with IC. The goal of our research is to provide IC patients with symptom and pain relief, as well as to improve outcome.

Refinement of a Bioelectric Sensor to achieve real-time quantification of BOD

The necessity of cost-efficient and reliable wastewater treatment processes has increased in order to meet more stringent levels of environmental regulations, increased system reliability requirements and tightening operational budgets. To aid in meeting these operational goals, a strong market for low-cost, high-fidelity sensor technology that can relay real-time information to system operators on all aspects of wastewater treatment system performance has developed.

Using PET/MRI to improve current pre-clinical biomarkers in cancer

Treatments that involve activating a patient’s own immune system, immunotherapies, are becoming important cancer therapies. Unfortunately, doctors don’t always know the best way to combine these therapies to best treat patients and the current tools they have to evaluate treatment success don’t work well for immunotherapies. Molecular imaging, particularly magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or positron emission tomography (PET) can help researchers learn more about how these therapies work and how best to combine them.

Effective use of a variable speed blower fan on a mechanical wild blueberry harvester for increased debris separation and berry quality

Wild blueberries are an important crop to this region as this is the only area that wild blueberries are naturally occurring. The changes in wild blueberry crop conditions caused by improved management practices over the past decade has caused increased plant density and leaf foliage. This extra foliage has made it more difficult for the harvester operator to clean debris (leaf, soil, sticks, etc.) from the blueberries before they are placed in the loading bins.

Tree Inventory and Management Opportunities at Old Ashburn Golf Course

Golf courses represent a unique opportunity for urban foresters to promote an increased quality and quantity of trees in the city environment. Golf course managers focus attention mainly on grass maintenance and less so on trees. The tree canopy at Old Ashburn Golf Course is currently in a degraded state. Taking advantage of a forthcoming major course upgrade project on the greens, the intern will (a) characterize the current state of the trees on the course, and (b) develop management proposals for the long-term improvement of the course’s tree canopy.

Pages