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May 2014

Nano solutions

Oncologists and surgeons will soon have a new tool at their disposal to locate cancerous tumours, thanks to a newly patented process developed by a UVic chemist. The nanoparticle technology, granted a US patent earlier this year, involves synthesizing a rare earth metal for use with MRIs to increase the image contrast between a malignant tumour and surrounding tissue. More

Supported by NSERC, CFI and BCKDF

Getting smart

Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) is partnering with Western Economic Diversification Canada and IBM on Smart Oceans, a three-year, $21M-project to develop and install a series of small-scale underwater observatories and high-frequency radar along the BC coast to monitor ocean conditions, help predict tsunamis and earthquakes, and improve marine safety. ONC is a UVic initiative that operates the world-leading NEPTUNE and VENUS subsea observatories. More
 
Supported by WED, IBM Canada, CECR, CFI, BCKDF, CANARIE and NSERC

Greening the grid

The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS), led by UVic, is exploring the costs and benefits of electrical grid integration options, initially between BC and Alberta, but eventually Canada-wide and into western North America. Grid integration is seen as an effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The project will involve engineers, economists, hydrologists, climate experts, utility planners, regulators and policy-makers.  More
 
PICS is supported by funds from the Government of British Columbia

Reducing harm

A new study of managed alcohol programs—which provide housing, food and alcohol to previously homeless people with severe and chronic alcohol dependencies—shows health and safety benefits for participants, as well as economic savings for local communities due to a decrease in police and hospital incidents. The study was led by UVic’s Centre for Addictions Research of BC.  More
 
Supported by CIHR, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Vancouver Coastal Health, and Shelter House, Ontario

The changing North

Changes to Arctic ecosystems will have a significant impact on the livelihoods of northern Indigenous peoples. To document the causes, rate and consequences of these changes, a project led by a UVic researcher is working with northern communities to gather traditional knowledge—in the form of interviews, photos and videos—from local land users. More
 
Supported by the NWT Cumulative Impacts Monitoring Program, NSERC, CFI, BCKDF, Polar Continental Shelf Project, Northern Science Training Program, Garfield Weston Trust, Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies, and MITACS

Definitions:

BCKDF = BC Knowledge Development Fund
CECR = Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research
CIHR = Canadian Institutes for Health Research
CFI = Canada Foundation for Innovation
NSERC = Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
WED = Western Economic Diversification Canada

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