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Research Partnership: India

MoU document exchange

Dr. Malcolm Campbell, UofG Vice-President (Research), exchanges MoU documents with Dr. Gurdial Singh, Vice Chancellor and Dr. Parveen Goel, Director of Research, LUVAS. 

 

University of Guelph strengthens and grows partnerships in veterinary medicine and one health with top Indian institutions

University of Guelph has strengthened its role as a global leader in veterinary medicine and one health by reinforcing and expanding formal partnerships in research, education, and outreach with premier veterinary universities in India.

U of G renewed its formal relationship with Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), which was originally established by President Vaccarino in...

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Record registration for plant-based product innovations -- Project SOY Plus

Project SOY Plus Coordinator meets with undergraduate student group to discuss their project idea

Project SOY Plus Coordinator, Sean Mitchell, meets with undergraduate student group to discuss their project idea - athletic tape that uses food inedibles to create a flexible biofilm that functions as an alternative for taping and icing.

 

Nineteen student groups have registered to participate in Project SOY Plus, a record for this plant-based product innovation competition.

Three diploma, 11 undergraduate and five graduate student groups have registered, the most ever in the contest’s 24-year history.

This year’s project entries range from herbal treatments and biodegradable menstrual pads to athletic tape that uses food inedible to create a flexible biofilm, an alternative for taping and icing. 

New this year is the opportunity for students to develop innovations using...

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Muscular blood flow restriction: A new frontier in human health and performance

Prof Jamie Burr

 

By Dianne Priamo

The human body adapts in response to stress, which is why exercising causes changes to our physique. But the idea that heavy weightlifting is required to increase muscle mass may soon be history, thanks to new U of G research.

Prof. Jamie Burr and his team at the Human Performance and Health Research Lab are experimenting with blood flow restriction (BFR) as a means of increasing muscle size and strength – and are succeeding in doing so. They’ve found the results of BFR versus heavy weights are almost the same.

Burr...

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Turning research knowledge into action

Research innovation workshops

 

By Samantha McReavy

Research can improve life for our community, our country and the world. But, for research to be impactful, it needs to be accessible. Knowledge mobilization (KMb) programs can help with this pursuit.

Developing these programs takes time and research. That’s why the Research Innovation Office (RIO) at the University of Guelph created Advantage Workshops, to help researchers create, collaborate and commercialize their research innovations.

The University continues to deliver on innovation with an impressive 190...

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Forgotten Figure: Thomas Tegg

book on desk

Uncovering the influence of a controversial publisher

By Zoe Pierce

What can a publisher of cheap satirical prints in England in the early 19th century teach us about the relationship between art and commerce and how graphic satire influenced early modern aesthetics?

This is what Prof. Christina Smylitopoulos of the School of Fine Arts and Music is looking to uncover with her investigation into the life work of publisher Thomas Tegg (1776-1845). A figure often dismissed by art historians because of his business-driven role in the world of...

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Celebrating five years of accomplishments for the Guelph Family Health Study

 

By Dianne Priamo

University of Guelph researchers from a wide range of disciplines are immersed in one of the longest-term studies ever undertaken by the institution – the 20-year Guelph Family Health Study. It’s designed to help families improve their health through better food, activity, leisure and sleep, with the ultimate goal of decreasing chronic disease risk, now and in the future.

The team is working with over 300 Guelph area families, and hoping to recruit more, to track lifestyle habits, body composition and genetics. The study...

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Finding new pathways to understand Alzheimer’s disease

PhD studen, Abdalla, working on an electrode array. 

 

By Ariana Longley

Connections within your brain help to shape who you are. Deterioration of these connections affects your memories and cognitive abilities, which is what happens with Alzheimer’s disease.

Despite how debilitating and emotionally devastating Alzheimer’s is, treatments remain ineffective to halt or slow disease progression. That’s why University of Guelph researchers are investigating new molecular targets to address this common disorder.

Prof. Melissa Perreault, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, is working...

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Quality assurance standards could improve service dog industry

lady standing on the left with service dog sitting at her feet. both appear on a stage

Photo provided by: Anne Wilcock

 

By Mya Kidson

Consensus standards exist in many fields – but not for service dogs. They’re trained to meet the needs of their handlers, but universal standards about what constitutes an effective service dog are vague or non-existent. A student research team at the University of Guelph says the efficiency and effectiveness of producing such dogs could be greatly enhanced if such standards were implemented.

University of Guelph B. Comm. students Kayla McLaren and Andrew Forgeron from the Department of Marketing and Consumer Studies, found that...

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Retirees feel guilty about food waste in their communities

older male eating at a restaurant

Photo credit: Dianne Priamo

 

By Ariana Longley

Food waste weighs heavily on the minds of retirement community residents who have experienced food insecurity at some point in their lives, according to University of Guelph researchers.

Prof. Bruce McAdams in the Department of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management and his team at the University of Guelph interviewed elderly people in two Ontario facilities to determine attitudes toward food waste. They wanted to help develop creative ways to help alleviate potentially negative emotions about food waste.

They found...

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Dairy consumption in kids. Study encourages preschoolers to consume calcium-rich foods.

two kids sharing a glass of milk

Photo courtesy of Milk Producer, April 2019 edition

 

Study encourages preschoolers to consume calcium-rich foods 

By Mya Kidson

Dairy is a staple food group in a child’s daily diet. However, despite attempts to increase kids’ consumption, dairy may be lacking in their everyday routine. Since the new Canada’s Food Guide further steers consumers toward a more plant-based diet, new concerns are being raised that children might lack key nutrients dairy offers.

Master’s student Victoria Srbely and undergraduate student Imtisal Janjua, along with professors Andrea Buchholz from the department...

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