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Creating solutions for healthy communities

Message from the Vice-President, Research & Innovation

At the intersection of social science, science, and biomedical engineering, Ryerson researchers are providing innovative solutions to today's healthcare challenges through community outreach, leading-edge technologies, and perhaps most importantly, through inclusive, personalized, patient-centered care.

The stories profiled in this latest issue of Innovation are illustrative of the recent research developments and innovation led by Ryerson scholars.

This publication is made possible, in part, with the support of the Research Support Fund.


Making visual - and tangible - sense of scientific data

By creating large-scale visual models of complex datasets, which can be easily manipulated through tangible objects such as dials, professor Ali Mazalek (RTA School of Media) is hoping to inspire conversation and collaboration in novel and innovative ways that will fuel discovery in the healthcare arena.

New clean room to help advance microfabrication at iBEST

This fall, an investment in the Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science and Technology (iBEST) labs will allow professors like Scott Tsai to further their research in microfabrication.

Applying data to predict changes in intracranial pressure

Hospitals are goldmines for healthcare data, but more often than not, that data is not harvested, indexed, or examined to establish patterns or extract useful information.

Partner to Innovate

Ultrasound device to improve pain management for osteoarthritis patients

By packaging the therapeutic value of ultrasound into a small handheld device, medical physics professor Jahan Tavakkoli is developing a tool that could be used to treat osteoarthritis at home.

In Our Community

Facilitating friendships for the social and emotional well-being of children with disabilities

Childhood disability can make the already complex issue of social inclusion even more challenging, impeding children with disabilities from developing and sustaining friendships.

360 Degrees

From precision to empathy, robots bring unique skills to medicine

Robots and artificial intelligence are becoming ubiquitous, taking over various industries through automation, and medicine is no different.

Better Buildings

A room with a view: The architect's guide to better healthcare facilities

Can the architectural design of a healthcare centre promote healing and improve quality of life?

Policy & Perspective

Assessing patient and public involvement in healthcare engagement

Patient and public engagement is occurring in many areas across the healthcare system.

Meet the Expert

Discovering how negative childhood experiences lead to mental health problems in vulnerable populations

Psychology professor Trevor Hart has shown that having strong social supports can mitigate the health risks of being bullied or teased for gender non-conformity.

Student Feature

Ryerson PhD student uses virtual reality to better understand hoarding

Through a unique project that brings together Ryerson's Department of Psychology and the Transmedia Zone, psychology doctoral student Hanna McCabe-Bennett is exploring the reasons behind hoarding disorder.