About the Canada Foundation for Innovation.
Since 1997, the Canada Foundation for Innovation has invested in infrastructure that researchers need to think big, innovate and push the boundaries of knowledge. State-of-the-art research facilities and equipment increase the capability of Canada’s universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research organizations to carry out high-quality research. This, in turn, helps them to attract and retain the world’s top talent, train the next generation of researchers and support world-class research that strengthens the economy and improves the quality of life for all Canadians. Website: https://www.innovation.ca
10,000 ways | How using sound to treat disease is music to one researcher’s ears
(This podcast is available only in French)Simone Dalla Bella of Montréal’s International Laboratory for BRAin, Music and Sound Research asks “How can music help us in our daily tasks? And how can it slow down the deleterious effects of diseases such as Parkinson’s?”Why is it that some people who are perfectly capable of hearing a beat still can’t dance? Researchers at the International Laboratory for Brain, Music, and Sound Research are trying to establish a correlation between music and cognitive skills such as speech, memory, attention span and a host of other executive functions. Their research findings could lead to major breakthroughs for people with cognitive impairments.Want to know more about Simone Dalla Bella?Psychology Department of the Faculty of Arts and Science at the Université de Montréal (French only)International Laboratory for BRAin, Music and Sound Research (BRAMS) Want to know more about Isabelle Peretz ?Read “Musique et dopamine ”, an interview (French only) with the acclaimed researcher conducted by Acfas Magazine editor-in-chief, Johanne Lebel (March 11, 2021).Listen to this beautiful rendition of Brahms’s Waltz Op. 39, No. 15 performed by The Canadian Brass (album Brahms on Brass).
10,000 ways | Rapid diagnostics: Nano discoveries and mega results
Leyla Soleymani is Canada’s Research Chair in Miniaturized Biomedical Devices. Her passion for the miniature world of nanotech and her commitment to collaboration have led her and her colleagues at McMaster University (https://www.mcmaster.ca/) to inventions ranging from rapid tests that use pig saliva to disease detection to a plastic wrap that repels pathogens like rain drops off a lotus leaf.Want to know more about Leyla Soleymani? Read her McMaster University bio (https://www.eng.mcmaster.ca/msbe/people/faculty/leyla-soleymani#biography)Learn how rapid tests developed at McMaster are fighting infection in Canadian livestock (https://brighterworld.mcmaster.ca/articles/stopping-the-spread-mcmaster-researchers-create-rapid-test-for-deadly-infections-in-livestock-starting-with-pigs/)Find out how the next iteration of rapid tests will use chip readers and smartphones (https://vimeo.com/558103571)RepelWrap works using a self-cleaning surface design microscopically “tuned” to shed everything that comes into contact with it, down to the scale of viruses and bacteria. Read how the design mimics the water-shedding properties of the lotus leaf (https://brighterworld.mcmaster.ca/articles/mcmaster-inventors-repellent-wrap-shown-to-shed-all-viruses-and-bacteria/)Read the Tech Briefs story about award winning RepelWrap (https://www.techbriefs.com/component/content/article/tb/stories/blog/38102)
10, 000 ways | Vaccination consteRNAtion
Ce balado est uniquement disponible en anglais.For many, RNA vaccines seem to have appeared out of nowhere. The curious and the hesitant have wondered how a vaccine to fight COVID-19 could have been brought to market so quickly. In fact, messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines have been in development for over three decades. Here is the story about a persistent RNA vaccine pioneer and her socially connected admirer, University of British Columbia researcher, Anna Blakney. Want to know more about Anna Blakney? Read her University of British Columbia bio (https://www.bme.ubc.ca/person/anna-blakney/)Find her at the Michael Smith Laboratories (https://www.msl.ubc.ca/people/dr-anna-blakney/)Check out her TikTok page (https://firstname.lastname@example.org?lang=en)Curious about Team Halo?teamhalo.org (https://teamhalo.org/)Looking for a more detailed account of Kati Karikó’s journey of persistence and discovery?Listen to The New York Times' The Daily (https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-unlikely-pioneer-behind-mrna-vaccines/id1200361736?i=1000524932973) podcast.CFI-funded researcher Pieter Cullis is considered the “Godfather of RNA delivery”Read his University of British Columbia bio (https://biochem.ubc.ca/person/pieter-cullis/)Saanich News story on Anna, Pieter and TikTok (https://www.saanichnews.com/news/video-ubc-prof-finds-tiktok-fame-debunking-1-covid-19-lie-at-a-time/)Curious to know more about the VinFuture Award?Read the UBC press release: “Dr. Pieter Cullis and colleagues win VinFuture Foundation’s first global sci-tech award (https://www.med.ubc.ca/news/dr-pieter-cullis-and-colleagues-win-vinfuture-foundations-first-global-sci-tech-award/)”What is Poliomyelitis?Connaught Labs, Polio Research & Conquering “The Crippler” (https://connaught.research.utoronto.ca/history/article7/)
Julie Carrier: Taking on sleep medicine
This podcast is only available in French.Une chercheuse à l’Université de Montréal se concentre sur le sommeil des femmes.Julie Carrier (http://www.ceams-carsm.ca/en/julie.html) of the Université de Montréal (http://www.umontreal.ca/english/index.html) has devoted her academic career to the fascinating world of sleep, using equipment she received from the CFI to monitor the slumber patterns and sleep disorders of her test subjects. When she began her studies more than 20 years ago, little was known about women and sleep. Now, an aging population and the effects of menopause on sleep make Carrier’s research more relevant than ever. In celebration of International Women’s Day, Carrier has pledged to focus her research more on women and sleep. She begins this podcast by telling us why women weren’t considered ideal candidates for these kinds of studies when she first started her research.This podcast is part of an International Women’s Day podcast series called Groundbreakers (https://www.innovation.ca/story/groundbreakers-podcast-series).
Stéphane Laporte: Using genetics to eliminate the side effects of drugs
This podcast is only available in French.A researcher at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre explores ways to improve drugsStéphane Laporte (https://www.mcgill.ca/endocrinology/facultydir/laportestephane), a researcher at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (https://muhc.ca/research/dashboard), became interested in pharmacological research when he noticed just how often drugs were associated with harmful side effects. In his lab at the Centre for Translational Biology, Laporte and his team are working to understand how pharmaceutical drugs work on the body in order to find ways to minimize unwanted side effects.READ: Research institute puts Canada at the forefront of health care (https://www.innovation.ca/story/research-institute-puts-canada-forefront-health-care)
Tigran Galstian: Creating molecular lenses
This podcast is only available in French.One of the co-founders of LensVector talks about the origins of their molecular lens.Tigran Galstian (http://www.copl.ulaval.ca/no_cache/en/members/member/professeur/13/45/), professor in the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Optics at Université Laval (http://www2.ulaval.ca/en.html) and co-founder of LensVector (http://lensvector.com/), explains the invention of a molecular lens that could, among other things, improve our cellphones.Tigran Galstian received the David E. Mitchell Award of Distinction at the Ernest C. Manning Innovation Awards ceremony on October 22, 2014.