Federal government supports Queen's University research projects
Fifteen Queen’s University researchers received a boost thanks to support from FedDev Ontario’s Applied Research and Commercialization (ARC) pilot program. The program encourages collaboration between universities, colleges and small and medium-sized businesses in southern Ontario.
Each researcher involved received $47,500 in funding from FedDev Ontario with appropriate matching funds provided by the participating company.
“Working with businesses can help foster research innovation,” says Steven Liss, Vice-Principal, (Research). “It’s an opportunity to engage a wide community of resources all working to further research with the shared goal of more readily tackling real-world problems.”
Three highlights from the Queen’s projects include:
Michael Birk (Mechanical and Materials Engineering) worked with W.R. Davis Engineering Ltd. to develop a combined heat and power unit for the residential market. This sustainable energy project has the potential to lower electrical grid demand and improve home heating efficiencies. It could allow homes to be self-sufficient in both heating and electricity.
Isabella Irrcher (Ophthalmology) worked with Lab-2-Clinic Solutions Inc. to develop a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory therapy to treat eye ailments. Steroids are often the chosen method to deal with ocular inflammation in children, which isn’t always the best course of treatment due to long-term side effects.
Keyvan Hashtrudi-Zaad (Electrical and Computer Engineering) has worked with Invenium Technologies Corp. to improve the reliability of muscle movement detection for improved sports medicine and prosthetic device applications. Collecting reliable data is often challenging. Dr. Hashtrudi-Zaad developed a wearable cuff to collect and process biosignal and kinetic data for upper arm muscles. With this improvement to signal detection, this new technology could be applied in areas ranging from rehabilitation medicine to human-computer interface.
A description of the other FedDev Ontario pilot projects supporting Queen’s-led collaborations is available at Queen's FedDev Ontario Projects. Researchers involved with these projects included: Richard Oleschuk (AB Sciex), Michael Adams (Altitudetech Inc.), Vladimir Krstic (Deloro Stellite), Stephen Brown (Endetec), John Peacey (Kingston Process Metallurgy), John Allingham (Norton Scientific), Mark Harrison (OAISYS), David Rappaport (Research Castings International), Steven Liss (SanEcoTec), Darko Matovic (Therma Vault Systems Inc.), Michael Greenspan (Transformix Engineering) and Harriet Feilotter (YM Biosciences).
The FedDev Ontario funding was a catalyst for many of these projects, which are continuing through other support programs to drive innovation and economic development within Ontario, and leverage extensive expertise at Queen’s University.