The Research Nova Scotia Podcast brings research to you. Listen along as we speak with talented researchers from across Nova Scotia and learn how their work is impacting our communities and beyond.
Research Nova Scotia is an independent, not-for-profit corporation with the mandate to support, organize and co-ordinate the funding of research in Nova Scotia. RNS was established to enhance research capacity, as well as align research funding, with provincial priorities and promotes a mission-oriented research ecosystem to help solve Nova Scotia’s biggest challenges.
Post-Industrial Communities: Researching Our Past to Better Our Future
Cape Breton Island, now recognized for its natural landscapes and golf resorts, was once the industrial Heartland of Atlantic Canada. By 2000, its coal and steel industries shut down resulting in a host of social and economic difficulties for the region.
Listen as Dr. Lachlan MacKinnon, Assistant Professor of History and Tier II Canada Research Chair in Post-Industrial Communities at Cape Breton University, explains why preserving the history of Cape Breton's economic decline could help create a better future for postindustrial communities in Nova Scotia, Canada and beyond.
Aquatic Animal Tracking: The North Atlantic Right Whale
Coastal communities are increasingly having to better understand the marine environment, including balancing prosperous fisheries and endangered aquatic species. It's estimated that more than 90% of large oceanic fish have disappeared since the 1950s due to over exploitation, habitat destruction, and a changing climate.
Listen as Dr. Sara Iverson, Scientific Director of the Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) headquartered at Dalhousie University, explains how the Nova Scotia based network has become the world's aquatic animal tracking network, deploying state-of-the-art ocean monitoring equipment around the world to inform conservation initiatives, including the protection of the North Atlantic Right Whale.
Retraining the Brain: Neuroscience & Stroke Rehabilitation
More than 50,000 Canadians suffer a stroke each year. Of those who survive, more than half will require ongoing assistance with daily activities due to cognitive deficits.
Listen as Dr. Anne Sophie Champod, an assistant professor of psychology at Acadia University, explains how her research team is working to develop more effective cognitive rehabilitation interventions, including a game called Peg-the-Mole, to improve recovery, independence, and quality of life for stroke patients.
Coding COVID-19: Computer Scientists Create Vaccination Strategies Using A.I.
Throughout the pandemic, front-line healthcare workers and public health officials have been taxed with making difficult decisions about where to expend their finite resources, like beds, test-kits, and eventually, vaccines. Dr. James Hughes is an assistant professor in St. Francis Xavier University’s department of computer science. Listen as he explains how his research team is using artificial intelligence help public health officials answer the question “Who should we vaccinate first?”
Testing the Wastewaters: Researchers Develop a Fast and Effective Method for Detecting SARS-CoV-2
Since the on-set of the pandemic, researchers around the world in diverse fields of study have pivoted their work to support the fight against COVID19. Dr. Amina Stoddart, an assistant professor in Dalhousie University’s department of civil and resource engineering and researcher at the Centre for Water Resources Studies, is no different. Listen as she explains how her research team is using their expertise in water treatment to design an ingenious method to detect the COVID-19 virus. This research supports front-line healthcare workers and may be a critical piece in controlling the spread of the virus.
Fighting COVID-19: How Public Health Measures Support Vaccine Research
As the Director of the Canadian Center for Vaccinology and Primary Investigator of the Canadian Immunization Research Network, Dr. Scott Halperin is at the forefront of efforts to provide Canada with the national capacity to undertake vaccine and infectious disease research. In this episode of the Research Nova Scotia podcast, you'll hear how Scott and his team of over 130 investigators at 50 institutions are working on important COVID-19 research urgently needed by Canadians.
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Great conversation with amazing scientists and researchers. It may be focused in Nova Scotia but the reach of the work is relevant globally.