Effects of antibiotics on colonic neurons of the myenteric plexus in wild Peromyscus mice

Jessica Williams Vergara Abstract A community of trillions of commensal bacteria inhabit the gastrointestinal tract, collectively known as the intestinal microbiota. The gut microbes are essential for the development and functioning of the enteric nervous system. Approximately two-thirds of the cell bodies of all enteric neurons are gathered in the myenteric plexus, an intricate network …

ApoA-I deficiency enhances acute inflammatory responses after experimental Traumatic Brain Injury

Honor Cheung Abstract Cerebral vascular injury is a common phenomenon after traumatic brain injury (TBI), with complications including vascular inflammation, decreased cerebral blood flow, and increased vessel tortuosity. Promoting cerebrovascular health may therefore be a useful therapeutic intervention after TBI. ApoA-I, the major protein constituent of circulating high-density lipoproteins (HDL) are an attractive target due …

Diatom analysis: Reviewing the strengths, weaknesses, and impact of modern research

Jacob Caine Abstract The purpose of this paper is to review the theoretical and laboratory techniques which underpin diatom analysis and its ability to help determine death by drowning in a forensic context. Diatom analysis involves the recovery of diatoms (unicellular algae present in most natural bodies of water) which may be inhaled as part …

Historical perspectives on neurodevelopmental disorders: the merging of us and them

Gillian Shoychet Abstract Attitudes towards neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) have transformed and fluctuated throughout history, often reflecting the societal culture of the time. Although individuals with NDDs are presently more valued than they have ever been, there are historic and current perspectives and events which have propelled the study of NDDs in both positive and negative …

Adolescent cancer patient referral patterns in British Columbia

Avril LiDownload PDF Abstract Recent studies have suggested that adolescent cancer may have better survival outcomes when treated at paediatric centres, which better emphasize enrolment in clinical trials and have more capacity to support the social and emotional needs of adolescents. This study investigated 616 cancer cases in adolescents aged 15-18 from 1995 to 2010 …

Nanomedicine: the use of nanoparticles to treat acute traumatic spinal cord injuries

Peola EllisDownload PDF Abstract Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) are difficult to treat without using traditional invasive methods that are not always precise or efficient. Traditional methods used to treat SCIs often involve targeting a broad area in close proximity to the specific locality of the injury as opposed to direct targeting. Recent studies suggest the …

The good and bad in humanity

In a bleak world with no hope or morals, mankind loses touch with its humanity. An understandingwhat it is to be human becomes blurred, and defining humanity to a child who has only known such a world is difficult. Cormac McCarthy explores these ideas in The Road, a post-apocalyptic novel that tells the story of …

Variation in the efficacy of remote cameras used to monitor wildlife

Rachel PizanteDownload PDF Abstract Wildlife cameras allow conservation scientists to monitor wildlife. However, there are performance limitations associated with wildlife cameras that must be understood prior to their use. This study compared two wildlife camera models, the Spypoint Solar Trail and the Reconyx Hyperfire 2, on behalf of Calgary Captured, a collaborative project between the …

Body dysmorphic disorder and face processing

Jacqueline Carhoun, Madeleine TopferDownload PDF Abstract Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a mental disorder where an individual becomes so fixated on an exaggerated flaw in their image that it interferes with their daily lives. Current research shows that patients with BDD have deficits in visually processing faces and bodies, such that they rely on local …

Identifying perceived loudness in audio signals

Bill S Lin, Wesley Fisher CJUR (2017) | Download PDF Abstract In processing audio, it can be helpful to have algorithms that can extract volume and loudness information. One application of this would be find-ing speech in long intervals of silence. Digital au-dio files, which contain raw information, may not represent how a human can …