NEWS & ACHIEVEMENTS

CONGRATULATIONS DR. JI HYUN KO!

August 15, 2017 —  Dr. Ji Hyun Ko, neuroscience, is receiving $160,000 to use cutting-edge brain imaging and brain stimulation-related infrastructure that will allow the discovery of innovative treatment and diagnostic strategies for aging-related neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

 


 

2017-18 BANTING POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS

 The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships are Canada's most prestigious and highest valued award for postdoctoral researchers to date.

 

2017-2018 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Competition

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is designed to support world-class postdoctoral researchers. The fellowship provides $70,000 per year for two years. The program is open to both Canadian and international researchers who have recently completed a PhD, PhD- equivalent, or health professional degree. Applications must be completed in full collaboration with the proposed host institution.

The 2017-2018 competition was launched in April 2017 and the application deadline will be September 20, 2017 at 20:00 EDT.   Please note that institutions may have internal deadlines.

For more information on the program and how to apply, visit: http://banting.fellowships-bourses.gc.ca/   

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 Questions can be sent by email to Banting@researchnet-recherchenet.ca.

This program provides an excellent opportunity for young researchers at your institution.

Thank you,

Vanier-Banting Secretariat
Banting@cihr-irsc.gc.ca

 


 

CONGRATULATIONS AHMED MAMDOUH ELWALI !

 Ahmed has been awarded the Emerging Leader Award from the University of Manitoba.

AHMED MAMDOUH ELWALI
Ahmed studied electrical communication and electronics at Ain-Shams University in Egypt before joining the Biomedical Instrumentation and Signal Analysis Lab.  Ahmed is currently pursuing his PhD, under the supervision of Dr. Zahra Moussavi, and is working on using acoustic signals to develop a new technology for assessing obstructive sleep apnea during wakefulness.

THE AWARD
The Emerging Leader Award (ELA) is a way the University of Manitoba recognizes the outstanding contributions that students make to the enhancement of the institution and our community. The award was introduced in 2006 to recognize students who are committed to furthering our educational mission by contributing to the social, cultural or economic well-being of communities on and/or off campus, while encouraging cross cultural understanding and demonstrating sustained leadership and initiative that is worthy of recognition.

Award recipients are invited to and celebrated at the annual Emerging Leaders Dinner (the 2017 Emerging Leaders Dinner will be held on March 16).

http://umanitoba.ca/student/studentlife/leadership/ela.html

 


BIOMEDCON 2015
The Biomedical Engineering symposium is to be held at the University of Manitoba 
http://biomedcon.eng.umanitoba.ca/index.html

 


FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships: Government of Canada – International Fellowship Opportunity

We are pleased to provide you with information on the competition for the 2016-17 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships – Canada’s most prestigious and highest valued award for postdoctoral researchers to-date -- "2016-2017 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Competition"

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is designed to support world-class postdoctoral researchers. The fellowship provides $70,000 per year for two years. The program is open to both Canadian and International Researchers who have recently completed a PhD, PhD- equivalent, or health professional degree. Applications must be completed in full collaboration with the proposed host institution.

The 2016-2017 competition was launched in April 2016 and the application deadline is September 21, 2016 at 20:00 EDT.  Please note that institutions may have internal deadlines.

For more information on the program and how to apply, visit:


Thank you,
Vanier-Banting Secretariat
Banting@cihr-irsc.gc.ca

 

 

 


TEDX PRESENTATIONS

 

 

 

Paul White Wins People's Choice at Three Minute Thesis (3MT) 
-- February 25, 2016

Paul White receives People's Choice Award at 3MT

Paul White, Dr. Zahra Moussavi, Jesslyn Janssen, & Ahmad Byagowi

Congratulations Paul White, who won the People's Choice Award at the 3MT, UofM Finals, Thurs., 25 February 2016!

As the People's Choice winner Mr. White was awarded $1,000 and a mini iPad!

3-Minute Thesis Title:  Immersive Virtual Reality as a Cognitive Treatment tool for Alzheimer’s Disease

BIO
While completing his computer engineering degree, White discovered the joy of research. He has received NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards in diverse fields such as biomedical instrumentation, image processing/sensor fusion and automotive instrumentation. His thesis work uses virtual reality to study the relationship between Alzheimer's disease and spatial navigation

 

 


GAME CHANGER 2016
BME TEAM TAKES SECOND PLACE!

GameChanger2016

Paul White, Ahmad Byagowi, & Jesslyn Janssen

Photo Credit: Kazu Kimura

Game Changer, now an annual competition at the University of Manitoba, challanges students to solve any problems and/or offer ideas which would offer positive change. This year five subject areas  (health, food, medical, climate, or education) were selected idea/problem development. In September, UofM students submitted their problems and/or ideas identifying practical, real-world challenges and which would enact positive change if a solution was found -- 77 problems were submitted.  On February 11, 2016,  teams (which can include one  non-student) offering winning solutions present a 5-minute oral presentation http://umanitoba.ca/research/game_changer/requirements.html.

This year, our BME Team, comprised of Paul White (BME), Ahmad Byagowi (BME), & Jesslyn Janssen (Science), posed an idea regarding Alzheimers Disease. Dr. Moussavi, Prof. Lithgow and Dr. Albensi advised/supervised the research.  The team won $5,000!

 

PROBLEM:  Diagnosing Alzheimer's Disease Before Syptoms Become Severe

SOLUTION:

Our solution is a two-pronged approach to diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). We propose to use a finger-prick blood test in combination with a Virtual Reality (VR) spatial navigation test. The blood test identifies the presence of A-beta protein clusters that are often found in patients with AD. The VR test identifies psychological navigation deficits that are characteristic of AD patients.
The VR test identifies spatial navigation deficits by having users solve a 3D maze. We hypothesize that navigation deficits are caused by degeneration of the hippocampus, deep within the brain. Therefore this test serves as a cross-validation of the blood test, by detecting side-effects of the A-beta proteins. We score people based upon navigation errors they make, and any scores below the ‘normal’ threshold for the person’s age group indicate possible AD. Our test is different from other VR navigation studies because we use a position-tracking wheelchair to translate real-world user motion to motion in a VR environment. This makes VR accessible even to people that have difficulty operating a joystick.

The BME lab at the U of M is in the process of evaluating the Virtual Reality (VR) test in a longitudinal study to identify the ‘normal’ thresholds for different age-groups. We believe that such a threshold exists, since we have evidence suggesting that individuals scoring at the lowest extreme eventually develop neurodegeneration. We conducted a case-study (not yet published) with one individual that was unable to successfully find any targets in the VR maze. This individual later received a diagnosis of “Probable AD” from a physician. As time passes and more of our subjects develop AD, we will be able to identify the ‘normal’ thresholds.

The blood test identifies proteins in general circulation that have recently been shown to be a promising AD biomarker. The user applies a single drop of blood to a special sensor whose characteristics are affected by the presence of A-beta protein in the blood. We have begun mouse trials for the blood tests. The strips were found to be able to differentiate between transgenic mouse models that were genetically mutated to have AD type pathology and control mice. The blood test took only 15 minutes and could give results with just a single drop of blood. The blood test sensors were able to identify AD mice, even at 3 months old. 3-month-old transgenic AD type mice typically do not yet show any symptoms of observable cognitive decline or any A-beta pathology in the brain. This provides evidence that our invention may be a very early method for AD detection.

We believe that our diagnostic tools have commercial applications primarily in care centres, and in hospitals/clinics. We perform our VR experiments in empty banquet halls and common spaces, since the wheelchair works best in a large open area. Since hospitals and day-centres for the elderly usually have these types of spaces, they are appropriate places in which to operate the VR test. Our research indicates that there may be rehabilitative benefits to VR navigation, so VR-based rehabilitation exercises could be made a part of a hospital/day-centre’s regular programming. Session data can be used to track patient progress over time, as well as study human spatial navigation. Immersive VR engages patients on a deeper level than existing cognitive therapies such as Lumosity brain games.
The commercial potential of a finger-prick blood test is almost limitless, especially since no approved AD blood test currently exists. A-beta tests currently exist, however these tests are highly invasive, as they measure A-beta from cerebrospinal fluid samples. These tests are also expensive. Our low-cost solution can be sold directly to concerned individuals from pharmacies, or made available in clinics and doctors’ offices. When combined with the VR test and other standardized testing, we can diagnose people earlier and more accurately than ever before. Modern cloud-computing techniques can be leveraged to create a smart network of devices that become more accurate over time. As greater volumes of data are collected, the diagnostic system learns, and gains more fidelity.

Our proposal is a two-pronged approach to the problem of diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease early on during the disease’s pathology. The first prong is a simple finger-prick based blood test, which can be executed in a similar fashion to a blood-glucose test used by patients with hypo/hyperglycemia. It can be administered in the home or in a clinic, and provides results in less than 30 minutes. The second prong is an immersive Virtual Reality experience that detects deficits in spatial navigation ability that are consistent with individuals developing dementia. The combination of these two approaches leads to a more powerful test than either alone.

 

 

 

 

 


ACADEMIC GUIDELINES/CALENDAR 

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UofM Writing Style: Papers, Thesis, etc.

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Help from other universities

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