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Rooms with a view: Opening doors to new health care approaches

Research stories highlighted in Rooms with a view: Opening doors to new health care approaches include:

  • “Reducing harm through innovation”, featuring research by Alex Boukin and Ari Forman.
    By creating a device that can analyze the chemical makeup of unregulated drugs, TMU alumnus Alex Boukin and business partner Ari Forman are developing technology that supports harm reduction efforts.
  • “Increasing vaccination rates among older adults”, featuring research from the National Institute on Ageing (NIA).
    More than 90 per cent of Canadians aged 60-plus rolled up their sleeves for a COVID-19 vaccine. Can the lessons from COVID-19 be applied to protecting older adults from other preventable diseases?
  • “Improving the odds for cancer treatment”, featuring research by Kathleen Wilkie.
    Why do cancer treatments work for some patients and not others? Researchers use mathematical modelling and computer-aided simulations to help find the answer and guide patients to personalized treatment options.
  • “An online tool to improve the health-care experiences of the LGBTQ2S population”, featuring research by Erin Ziegler.
    Members of the queer community often experience discrimination when accessing health care. A new nursing toolkit helps health-care workers examine biases, evaluate their knowledge and better understand patient needs.
  • “New psychology research shows how music therapy reduces anxiety”, featuring research by Frank Russo.
    A mission to turn music into medicine led to the development of AI-powered digital music therapy. Clinical trials show music helps reduce anxiety after just one session.
  • “Sole Expression: A trauma-informed dance intervention program”, featuring research by Jennifer Lapum and Jennifer Martin.
    Movement, like dance, can help the body release stress and emotion. Combining dance programs with clinical therapy services for youth enables them to access support services in new ways while reducing symptoms of trauma.