Impact Stories

Showcasing the success of Partnership programs and research

Social Media Prove a Reliable Predictor of COVID-19 Waves: U of G Study

A veterinary and computer science research team led by professors Dr. Rozita Dara (School of Computer Science) and Dr. Shayan Sharif (Department of Pathobiology) has developed a system using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to detect outbreak locations and predict infectious diseases’ capacity to spread further.

Originally focused on tracking global outbreaks of avian influenza, the research has recently expanded to use social media to predict waves of COVID-19.

This image shows black beef cattle eating. The accompanying text reads Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance 2019-20 Annual Report. "78 new projects: Research projects awarded operating funding to drive innovation in the agri-food sector."

#BehindtheNumbers: Alliance-funded research contributes to new on-farm pain management protocol to improve calf welfare

Dairy calves are an integral part of Ontario’s $2.2-billion dairy industry. Access to a world-class research and innovation system — including the Ontario Dairy Research Centre and six Alliance-funded projects over 18 years — resulted in better on-farm pain management practices during disbudding (the process of removing the horn bud in young calves for the safety of other cows and farm staff) and the licensing of a new pain management drug in Europe and Canada. Long-term Alliance investment helped identify and promote the new pain management  protocol.

Woman wearing a mask and gloves looking at meat in a grocery store. Accompanying caption: Laboratory Services Division received accreditation for 93 tests by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC)

#BehindtheNumbers: 93 accredited tests for food quality and safety

The Laboratory Services Division is accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and the Canadian Association of Laboratory Accreditation to the International Organization of Standardization standard 17025 (ISO/IEC 17025:2017).

Beat disease, eat your beans: Researchers develop motivators for bean consumption in older adults

Beans and other legumes are vital, affordable, nutrient-dense keys to reducing risk of disease, such as obesity and diabetes. That’s especially true for Ontario’s aging population—in Canada, a quarter of all citizens are 65 years or older and naturally prone to health challenges.

To effectively promote the benefits of beans, researchers set out to benchmark and encourage bean consumption in older adults.

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