Molly Shoichet: Saving lives with material science

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Molly Shoichet: Saving lives with material science

Molly Shoichet’s University of Toronto lab is working to identify drugs that will be more efficacious in treating cancer, promote functional repair in blindness through cell transplantation and decrease society’s dependence on opioids for post-surgical pain.

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Dissecting Genetic Variability in the COVID-19 Virus

Julie Hussin wasn’t thinking about taking on COVID-19 when she started looking at the data coming out of affected countries back in January. But this assistant professor of bioinformatics at the University of Montreal and Montreal Heart Institute couldn’t resist feeding her computers the data coming out on the virus’s...

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Jamming the Lock to Close the Door on COVID-19

Enzymes are long and elaborate molecules that fold in on themselves to create specific shapes. Those shapes have slots—or keyholes—that attach to other molecules, activating the enzymes’ functions. Professor Nicolas Moitessier describes his task as “finding a key that fits the lock,” except he wants to block the keyhole. His...

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Pivoting to pitch in on covid-19 science

Spotlight On: Ian Lewis, Assistant Professor University of Calgary Department of Biological Sciences Ian Lewis has always worked to develop better ways to diagnose infectious diseases. His work always involves leveraging microbial traits and biochemical traits to help determine whether people live or die from infectious diseases and in COVID-19,...

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COVID-19: Opening Up the Data

As a high performance computation specialist, Quirion essentially programs really big computers. He connects the super-computational capabilities of Calcul Québec and the Compute Canada Federation, the viral samples coming from test clinics and genomic labs, and the phylogenetic scientists who make coronavirus family trees. Pierre-Olivier Quirion is the switchboard operator...

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Supercool Findings Published in Science

The discovery of how supercooled water switches from a high-density to a low-density liquid is “basic science” at this point, but it has wide-ranging implications for studies in a variety of fields — from cell biology to astronomy. “Water plays a fundamental role in a vast range of science, technology,...

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Improving the flow of covid-19 screening with x-rays and AI

Professor Moulay Akhloufi didn’t expect to join the effort against COVID-19. And while it may be difficult to imagine X-rays and artificial intelligence helping in the face of a world-paralyzing virus, that’s exactly what Akhloufi and his computer science lab—PRIME—at the Université de Moncton are hoping to do. Akhloufi and...

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Improving Life For People With Spinal Cord Injury

UCalgary led study discovers a link between sleep and brain health after spinal cord injury by Kelly Johnston, Cumming School of Medicine A new study led by a University of Calgary researcher at the Cumming School of Medicine (CSM) finds that fatigue and sleep may need more attention in order...

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