Curbing covid with computers

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COVID-19 / Health Benefits / News

Curbing covid with computers

When one thinks about computer science’s role in tackling COVID-19, it’s hard to imagine what it might be. Yet James Hughes is working on that very thing. The assistant professor at St. Francis Xavier University has been spending the summer of 2020 trying to figure out how authorities can most...

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COVID-19 / Health Benefits / News

covid-19: opening up the data

Pierre-Olivier Quirion is the switchboard operator at the centre of a consortium working to track COVID-19 strains in Quebec. This Rube-Golberg-like operation starts when a sample is swabbed from inside your nose and ends when the government releases its latest recommendations. Quirion was also instrumental in making the data accessible...

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Advancement In Discovery Research / Health Benefits

Régis Pomès

The research group led by Régis Pomès, the largest user of Compute Canada resources, is improving the efficiency of molecular simulations. This work, which has led to multiple high-impact publications that have been presented internationally, has the potential to develop new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s) and a better...

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Health Benefits

Gane Ka-Shu Wong

Gane Ka-Shu Wong is jointly appointed in the department of biological sciences and the Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta. He identifies and develops novel applications made possible by exponential cost reductions in DNA/RNA sequencing. His work is organism specific and many different areas of biological and/or medical...

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Economic Benefits / Health Benefits

Duane Cronin

Duane Cronin has filed a patent for a deformable energy-absorbing utility pole, which aims to make traffic and lighting poles safer and more stable in accidents. He is working with Polefab Inc. to commercialize the invention. https://uwaterloo.ca/engineering/news/12-engineering-projects-benefit-federal-funding [separator size=”small” center=”true” empty=”false” opaque=”false” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=””] [dropcap style=””]T[/dropcap]his research is focused on...

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Economic Benefits / Health Benefits

Nicolas Moitessier

Nicolas Moitessier created a spin-off, Molecular Forecaster Inc., a company that offers highly specialized drug design and discovery computer programs that aim to make several aspects of drug discovery faster and easier. http://www.molecularforecaster.com/products.html [separator size=”small” center=”true” empty=”false” opaque=”false” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=””] [dropcap style=””]T[/dropcap]he results of this research have the potential to...

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Economic Benefits / Health Benefits

Seyed Moghadas

Seyed Moghadas’ research develops evidence-based decision models for protecting vulnerable Canadian populations from emerging infectious diseases. So far, it has yielded modelling software and a smartphone game system. http://abm-lab.yorku.ca/index.html [separator size=”small” center=”true” empty=”false” opaque=”false” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=””] [dropcap style=””]T[/dropcap]his project will develop a practical agent-based modelling-based decision support tool for infectious...

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Economic Benefits / Health Benefits

Steven Hallam

Steven Hallam is the founder of the spinoff MetaMixis, a synthetic biology company that uses its software technology to expedite small molecule production. http://genomics.entrepreneurship.ubc.ca/training/entrepreneurial-education/lean-launch-pad/principal-investigator-steven-hallam-on-entrepreneurship-i-want-to-be-in-charge-of-my-own-destiny/ [separator size=”small” center=”true” empty=”false” opaque=”false” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=””] [dropcap style=””]W[/dropcap]ith RAC support from Compute Canada, we initiated the process of building thousands of environmental pathway genome databases...

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Economic Benefits / Environmental Benefits / Health Benefits

Holger Hoos

Holger Hoos has developed free-to-use, state-of-the-art software that includes ParaILS: a method for parameter tuning that has been used in dozens of academic and industrial applications. http://www.cs.ubc.ca/labs/beta/Projects/ParamILS/index.html [separator size=”small” center=”true” empty=”false” opaque=”false” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=””] [dropcap style=””]T[/dropcap]he results of this research have the potential to impact Canadians by (1) helping Canadian...

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