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Posted on Wednesday, 7 October 2009

 In this week’s edition: UPEI researchers helped smooth the transition from elementary to high school, and decreased dairy farmers’ dependence on antibiotics in their herds by half.

Posted on Tuesday, 29 September 2009

“Imagine walking around with your own DNA sequence saved as a file in your Blackberry,” explains Dr. Stephen Scherer. “We’re not far from that right now. This is a remarkable time in the history of genetic research. It would be a new paradigm in medicine — personalized genomics.”

Dr. Scherer is the Director of the Centre for Applied Genomics at the University of Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children. He’s coming to Charlottetown this Thursday, October 1, to deliver the 2009 Gairdner Lecture at UPEI.

Posted on Thursday, 24 September 2009

“We know generally what happens inside the brain when a human or animal with Epilepsy experiences a seizure,” explains Dr. Andy Tasker, Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Director of the Atlantic Centre for Comparative Biomedical Research at the Atlantic Veterinary College.

“We also know it’s often caused by an earlier trauma that happens at about the time of birth. What we don’t really know much about is what happens during the period between the initial trauma and the first noticeable symptoms of Epilepsy.”

Posted on Wednesday, 23 September 2009

UPEI researchers have helped our world understand a range of phenomena over the years, from how singing can be beneficial to our health and well-being, to how light and sound can help detect and treat cancer. Last week, we reassured the world that Kanye West’s outburst at the MTV Music Video Awards isn’t evidence of a breakdown in global civility.

Posted on Monday, 21 September 2009

There’s a Kids in the Hall comedy sketch from the mid-1990s that begins with a police officer leaning against his cruiser. He’s approached by a second officer.

“Partner, you want to see a picture of my trip to Europe?”

It turns out to be the only photo he has of the trip (he took another, but it didn’t turn out). It seems absurd to let one photograph tell the story of an entire vacation. But then again, what’s a postcard? A single image tasked with summing up the experience of a certain place.

Posted on Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Kate Tilliczek drops a printed report on her desk with a thud.  It's three centimetres thick, and covers the first two years of a three-year research project she's working on for the Ontario Ministry of Education

Posted on Friday, 11 September 2009

A regular feature is born? Let’s say we do one of these every week.

Posted on Friday, 11 September 2009

The Centre for Education Research at UPEI launched its new website this week at upei.ca/cer. The new design pushes their research projects to the front, and features a blog to keep you up-to- date on education research at UPEI.

Posted on Friday, 4 September 2009

Most of the non-computer space on Maria Forzan’s desk is taken up by a large, white microscope; perched atop the microscope is a small, plush frog — the kind you might find at an international fair-trade craft sale. Hanging in the corner of her office at AVC is a long string of decorative toy turtles. But don’t let the playful decorations fool you. Forzan’s research is serious stuff. She and her team have found a fungus on PEI that’s responsible for the extreme decline or extinction of more than 200 species of amphibians around the world.

Posted on Wednesday, 2 September 2009

A few weeks back, the ORD Blog wrote about Dr. Greg Keefe’s work to help farmers save a bit of money, and prevent the problem of antibiotic resistance in cows. He’s developed an inexpensive, on-farm test to determine if a cow infected with mastitis requires antibiotics, or can fight the infection with its own antibodies. Now, one of his students is using the same test to help decrease antibiotic use at another stage of the cow’s production cycle.