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Atlantic Canada is a hub for innovative and exciting research and we want to share it with you! Each month, we will be highlighting some of the weird and wonderful research happening at the region’s 16 universities. From biology and climate change to psychology, culture, and the human condition, you never know what you might discover. So join us on a brief exploration each month, and open your eyes to the amazing work being done right here in Atlantic Canada.
Collaboration for the common good
Acadia’s Dr. Colin King, along with partners from St. FX, Mount Allison, Acadia, Bishop’s and York are taking a collaborative approach to research by combining their knowledge on concussive injuries. The team is working to develop an interactive online tool to enrich student learning across multiple institutions. Authentic concussion scenarios will be developed so that students can participate in experiential learning and prepare for situations they may encounter in the field. Students will learn to effectively recognize, assess, and manage concussions.
Though the tool is being developed with athletic therapy students in mind, researchers believe the findings will benefit multiple professions such as sport medicine physicians and sport physiotherapists.
Saint Mary’s racks up research awards
Dr. Sam Veres, Associate Dean of Science at Saint Mary’s University has been awarded the prestigious ISSLS Prize from the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine. Dr. Veres collaborated with Dalhousie student Tyler Herod to write the winning paper, which focuses on intervertebral discs. Despite their importance to everyday life, allowing humans to bend and twist, intervertebral discs are not fully understood. Dr. Veres’s research plays a key role in the research community’s search to understand function and failure within the discs, to inform better care practices for the future.
Saint Mary’s student, Ross Arsenault, has been awarded a $10,000 first prize at the Canadian finals of the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards. The Masters of Technology student and co-founder and COO at Ashored Innovations, represented the Atlantic region with pride in Toronto this January and will head to the finals in South Africa in April. Arsenault is no stranger to success, as Ashored was the only Canadian company accepted into the MassChallenge accelerator in Boston last summer and was presented with a $98,000 platinum award in October.
We certainly have much to be proud of in Atlantic Canadian Research this month. What will March bring? Stay tuned to find out.
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Jill Ellsworth is a writer and a life-long learner who lives in Dominion, N.S. Working as CBU’s digital communications specialist has opened her eyes to the groundbreaking research happening at Atlantic Canada’s universities, and now she’s here to share it with you each month. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.