Brain-computer interface connect people with assistive technologies

Device would allow children with severe mobility issues to control toys or wheelchairs with their minds

Brain-computer interface connect people with assistive technologiesImagine children with severe mobility issues being able to move their wheelchairs with their minds. That’s the idea behind a new brain-computer interface being developed by researchers at the Universities of Alberta and Calgary. Think2Switch is designed to be a simple and nearly universal bridge connecting brain signals to switch-enabled devices such as a wheelchair,…

Flawed breast screening studies may have led to death of thousands

An influential breast cancer screening trial was not randomized properly and should be withdrawn, new evidence shows

Flawed breast screening studies may have led to death of thousandsThousands of Canadian women may have died needlessly of breast cancer because of the fallout from two flawed studies on breast screening, according to a group of prominent researchers. In a commentary published in the Journal of Medical Screening, the researchers say they have new evidence that the Canadian National Breast Screening trials carried out in the 1980s were…

Smart sound system could relieve anxiety for ICU patients

Researchers are using AI to create customized soundscapes that could help patients relax and sleep

Smart sound system could relieve anxiety for ICU patientsA music professor and his interdisciplinary research team are aiming to reduce stress in intensive care patients with soothing soundscapes. Based on machine learning, the “smart” sound system would read physiological feedback such as heart rate, breathing and sweat gland response to customize calming sounds for individual patients, said principal investigator Michael Frishkopf, professor in…

Master’s grad thrives on team atmosphere as scientist and athlete

Liam Buchart's work in climate modelling was what really showed him the power of teamwork

Master’s grad thrives on team atmosphere as scientist and athleteLiam Buchart has always been a team player. He didn’t let academic pursuits get in the way of playing junior B hockey in the Capital Junior Hockey League while stickhandling through his first three years in the Faculty of Science at the University of Alberta. Even after junior, when he joined the U of A’s…

Fossil thought to be missing link between lizards, snakes debunked

The ‘snake with four legs’ is instead a long-bodied marine lizard

Fossil thought to be missing link between lizards, snakes debunkedFilling in the links of the evolutionary chain with a fossil record of a “snake with four legs” connecting lizards and early snakes would be a dream come true for paleontologists. But a specimen formerly thought to fit the bill is not the missing piece of the puzzle, according to a new study led by…

Just stop talking about weight with kids, says public health PhD grad

Research explores the impact of obesity-related stigma on young people – and how to end it

Just stop talking about weight with kids, says public health PhD grad“We should just keep weight out of everyday conversation with our kids.” That’s the conclusion Alexa Ferdinands came to after interviewing young people about their experiences with obesity-related stigma for her PhD in health promotion and socio-behavioural sciences in the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health. “When it comes to nutrition, there are so…

Research bringing us closer to a cure for diabetes

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

Research bringing us closer to a cure for diabetesAs part of the celebrations, we're revisiting five great stories showcasing the breadth of work being done at the University of Alberta in the journey towards a cure. For many of the 465 million people around the world living with diabetes, insulin is a lifeline. Since their bodies don’t produce enough of the hormone naturally…

Nursing grad provides safe support for people affected by violence

The right person to talk to at the right time for people affected by violence

Nursing grad provides safe support for people affected by violenceRoohi Dodd knows that having the right person to talk to at the right time can make all the difference, which is why she is devoting her career to providing support for those affected by violence. Set to graduate with her BScN from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Nursing, Dodd is already working as…

Going back to school re-energized grad’s career

For Margeaux Maron, an MBA was a way to put more of herself into her work – and a pathway to a new career direction

Going back to school re-energized grad’s careerMargeaux Maron was standing in water up to her knees in the cowboy change room under the grandstand on the Calgary Stampede grounds when she noticed old rodeo photos float by. “That’s a really historic space where generations of cowboys have come to compete at the Stampede. I was sad because it was such a…

Artificial intelligence predicts new illegal drugs before they hit the streets

Staying one step ahead of illicit drug makers

Artificial intelligence predicts new illegal drugs before they hit the streetsAn international team of researchers is using artificial intelligence to predict new illegal drugs before they hit the streets – which could help save lives and fight crime. “We are anticipating what street drugs, or novel psychoactive substances, will appear before they are made or before they enter communities,” said team member David Wishart, University…
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