Daily Media Digest April 14, 2023

Robotic nano-surgery shown effective at treating aggressive brain cancer in mice
UofT Engineering News – University of Toronto
“Researchers at the University of Toronto Robotics Institute and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) have teamed up to develop a new …”
TAGS: brain cancer, innovative research, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Queen’s University

Bringing cellular immunotherapy to solid tumours: made-in-Canada approach to be pioneered in biliary tract cancers thanks to $7.4M grant
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
“This therapy involves extracting immune cells (called lymphocytes) from a patient’s tumour, purifying and expanding them in the lab and then injecting them back into the same patient along with immune-stimulating drugs.”
TAGS: immunotherapy, cancer research, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Canadian Cancer Society, Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM)

How the NYAP shaped a study about youth mental health during COVID-19
CTV News Montreal
“To do so, the study team conducted interviews with youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their mental health and their experiences accessing services during the pandemic.”
TAGS: mental health, National Youth Advisory Panel (NYAP), Kids Brain Health Network, University of Calgary

Northern Zone’s virtual crisis liaison nurse pilot program supports Emergency Departments
Nova Scotia Health
“When asked about how virtual crisis mental health support came to be, Ferguson explains that in rural areas, especially on weekends, it can be challenging for ED doctors to access mental health supports.”
TAGS: virtual health care services, mental health, nursing, Nova Scotia Health

MedicAlert and University of Waterloo Research Shows Promise for Dementia Wandering
MedicAlert Foundation Canada
“In fact, MedicAlert’s research shows that for every $1 invested in the National Wandering Registry and the Safe & Found program, the charity is able to return a phenomenal $9.03 of social impact.”
TAGS: dementia, MedicAlert Foundation Canada, University of Waterloo