Using machine learning to predict viral transmission rates in Halifax

Dr. Yigit Aydede, associate professor of economics, Saint Mary's University Halifax, NS (May 26, 2020) Dr. Yigit Aydede, an associate professor of economics in the School of Business at Saint Mary’s University, is leading a study that will analyze the transmission rate of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia. “Factors that affect the spread of viral infection…

Evidence to assess the impact of COVID-19 on community-based dementia care in Nova Scotia

Dr. Katie Aubrecht, Canada Research Chair Tier II Health Equity and Social Justice, Assistant Professor of Sociology, St. Francis Xavier University Halifax, NS (May 21, 2020) Dr. Katie Aubrecht is an assistant professor in the department of sociology at St. Francis Xavier University and Canada Research Chair Health Equity and Social Justice. A recent grant…

Development of rapid COVID-19 detection system based on surface acoustic wave technology platform

Dr. Martin Mkandawire, professor of chemistry, Cape Breton University Halifax, NS (May 19, 2020) “Our goal is to develop a point-of-care rapid COVID-19 virus detection technology platform,” says Dr. Mkandawire. “It would be an inexpensive, portable, and easy-to-use device, which would eliminate the need for highly technical laboratory equipment or training.” Dr. Martin Mkandawire is…

Using AI to provide direction on deployment of COVID-19 tests and vaccines

Dr. James Hughes, assistant professor of computer science, St. Francis Xavier University Halifax, NS (May 14, 2020) Dr. James Hughes, an assistant professor in Saint Francis Xavier University’s Faculty of Computer Science, is leading a study that will use artificial intelligence (AI) to select best strategies for COVID-19 vaccination, testing, and treatment in Nova Scotian…

Exploring ways to help Nova Scotian pulp mills produce medical-grade pulp for N95 respirator production

Halifax, NS (May 12, 2020) “As a result of COVID-19, there is a massively increased global demand for N95 respirators,” says Dr. Brosseau. “New technologies are urgently needed to help manage impending shortages, ideally with ’home-grown’ solutions.” Dr. Christa Brosseau is a professor in Saint Mary’s University’s Faculty of Science and Canada Research Chair in…

Do the COVID-19 state of emergency measures impact infant feeding in Nova Scotia?

Halifax, NS (May 08, 2020) “The COVID-19 virus outbreak has triggered orders to limit social contact, impacting wages, as well as access to goods and services,” says Dr. Whitfield. “While we know that these emergency measures could change how Nova Scotians feed their babies, we haven’t experienced an emergency like this before.” Dr. Kyly Whitfield…

The ties that bind: interpersonal relationships as a source of risk and resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic

Dr. Karen Blair, assistant professor of psychology, St. Francis Xavier University Halifax, NS (May 7, 2020) Dr. Karen Blair, assistant professor of psychology at St. Francis Xavier University, and Dr. Kathryn Bell, assistant professor of psychology at Acadia University, are co-leading a study that will explore how Nova Scotians are coping during times of physical distancing…

Preventing burnout among front-line care workers to fight covid-19: screen and intervene

Halifax, NS (May 5, 2020) Dr. Debra Gilin, a professor in Saint Mary’s University’s Faculty of Psychology, is leading a study that will rapidly develop tailored screening and intervention tools to support mental health and prevent elevated job burnout or safety risks in COVID-19-responding health care staff in Nova Scotia.“For Nova Scotia to successfully fight…

New Nova Scotia COVID-19 Health Research Coalition announces COVID-19 Funding Recipients

HALIFAX, NS (May 4, 2020) In this unprecedented time of local and global uncertainty, there has never been a greater need to conduct medical and health related research to collect real-time evidence to inform practice, policy and decision making in this new pandemic environment. The Nova Scotia research community has come together to respond to…

Research Nova Scotia commits $600K in match funding to coronavirus research at Dal

Research Nova Scotia commits $600K in match funding to coronavirus research at Dal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ty-QAF9zTKk&t=7s March 18, 2020 – For immediate release. (Halifax, NS) To further contribute to the Government of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia’s efforts to address the COVID-19 outbreak, Research Nova Scotia (RNS) will be contributing $600,000 in rapid response match…