Drug Administration Modeler

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In the past pharmacokinetic principles were taught by a combination of lectures and hands-on experiments.  Drugs were administered to laboratory animals or to student volunteers, then blood or urine samples were collected and analyzed over a specified time period.  With progressing ethical standards the use of animals or student volunteers for the purpose of pharmacological […]

Fish on a Chip

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Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) detects numerical and/or structural changes in chromosomes that occur in many types of genetic diseases, including cancer. The test involves permeabilizing cells, adding fluorescent tagged probes that attach to specific chromosomes and visualization of the probe-annealed chromosomes. Results are interpreted either by visual inspection and fluorescence microscopy, or a proprietary […]

Surrogate Spinal Cord

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A surrogate spinal cord simulates both the mechanical and surface properties of an actual spinal cord for laboratory testing of spinal implants. In the construction of this surrogate spinal cord, the modulus of the cord was chosen to match that of a human spinal cord, while the interfacial properties (which control the stress that develops […]

Hyperspectral Imaging for Ore Froth Processing

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Closed loop assessment of mineral froth is typically not possible using conventional ore processing technology, because the assessment of product quality and prediction of product recovery require laboratory analysis. However, researchers at the University of Alberta have developed a novel technique for assessing ore froth quality in closed-loop mineral flotation systems using features of the […]

Flexible-Base Electrode Array and Method of Manufacture

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University of Alberta researchers have developed an electrode array supported by a flexible base that can be used for both stimulation and recording of neurons in the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system), and in the peripheral nervous system. The design incorporates a silicon elastomer base with ultra-fine microwires which are coiled within the […]

What’s in the Box?™

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In an effort to determine how “engineering types” learn, over 120 students of a University of Alberta materials engineering class were surveyed, and the majority classified themselves as visual learners. Visual learners tend to organize information into diagrams, recall information through visual cues or images, and discover meaning through manipulation of visual information. “What’s in […]