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Infections, Inflammation and Chronic Diseases in the Changing Environment

Submitted by nnreimer.local on Sun, 03/30/2014 - 11:40am

It is now recognized that inflammation and other unidentified infections may be at the core of a long list of chronic diseases, including cancer, diabetes, asthma, arthritis, inflammatory bowel diseases, hepatitis, nephritis, chronic skin problems and cardiovascular disorders.

Schulich researchers are investigating the complex relationship between human and environmental health and exploring the underlying conditions in our environment that may be contributing to infections, inflammation and chronic disease. From examining air pollution, wastewater treatment and soil remediation techniques, to better understanding structural and mechanical changes to joints and tissues due to inflammation, engineering research is adding to the interdisciplinary body of knowledge that seeks to understand the causes of inflammation and/or chronic infections.

Natural Resources and Environment

Researchers are active in number of areas developing innovative technologies to address challenging issues in pollution, including wastewater treatment, techniques for chemical and biological waste gas treatment, exploring sustainable landfill and greenhouse gas emission technologies, remediating contaminated sites and recycling construction waste.

Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Alex De Visscher, Maen Husein, Anil Mehrotra, Edward (Ted) Roberts

Civil Engineering

Gopal Achari, Angus Chu, Jianxun (Jennifer) He, Patrick Hettiaratchi, Andrew Tay

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Ke Du

Infections and Immunity

By designing and implementing cultivation systems to expose cells to physiological flow to investigate the effects of blood flow and the biochemical environment on arterial endothelial cells, researchers are extending the understanding of cardiovascular disease and factors complicating treatment of occluded coronary arteries.

Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Kristina Rinker

Inflammation

Researchers are studying the mechanical and structural behaviour of ligaments and articular cartilage and how the properties of tissues change with age and other factors, and are improving the healing of damaged and transplanted tissues. They’re exploring cardiac mechanics to further our understanding of the septum and pericardium in disease and developing simulation methods to investigate tissue mechanics in joint diseases.

Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Kristina Rinker

Civil Engineering

Nigel Shrive

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Steven Boyd

Natural Resources and Environment

Researchers are active in number of areas developing innovative technologies to address challenging issues in pollution, including wastewater treatment, techniques for chemical and biological waste gas treatment, exploring sustainable landfill and greenhouse gas emission technologies, remediating contaminated sites and recycling construction waste.

Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Alex De Visscher, Maen Husein, Anil Mehrotra, Edward (Ted) Roberts

Civil Engineering

Gopal Achari, Angus Chu, Jianxun (Jennifer) He, Patrick Hettiaratchi, Andrew Tay

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Ke Du

Infections and Immunity

By designing and implementing cultivation systems to expose cells to physiological flow to investigate the effects of blood flow and the biochemical environment on arterial endothelial cells, researchers are extending the understanding of cardiovascular disease and factors complicating treatment of occluded coronary arteries.

Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Kristina Rinker

Inflammation

Researchers are studying the mechanical and structural behaviour of ligaments and articular cartilage and how the properties of tissues change with age and other factors, and are improving the healing of damaged and transplanted tissues. They’re exploring cardiac mechanics to further our understanding of the septum and pericardium in disease and developing simulation methods to investigate tissue mechanics in joint diseases.

Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Kristina Rinker

Civil Engineering

Nigel Shrive

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Steven Boyd