Daily Media Digest September 22, 2022

Waypoint expands access to ECT to help more people with severe mental illnesses
HRI Portal
“More patients now have access to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) as Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care expands the availability of this highly effective therapy from three days to five.”
TAGS: mental health, electroconvulsive therapy, Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care

Government of Canada announces appointments to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Governing Council
“Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, announced three appointments and one reappointment to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Governing Council.”
TAGS: Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Université de Montréal, Simon Fraser University

Lakehead University researchers are not sleeping on the importance of rest
Lakehead News
“Dr. Deborah Scharf from Lakehead University is working on a component of a $1.37 million research study examining sleep.”
TAGS: sleep health, insomnia, clinical psychology, Lakehead University

AI cell analytics app could supercharge biotechnology research
“The artificial intelligence (AI)-driven smartphone app SnapCyte produces data used in cell growth medical research at a fraction of the cost and in a more timely manner than current technology.”
TAGS: cancer cells, artificial intelligence, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute

Single-patient gene therapy clinical trial at SickKids carves a path for Precision Child Health
“A SickKids team of doctors and researchers conducted a gene therapy clinical trial for a child with SPG50, one of the first examples of individualized genetic medicine.”
TAGS: pediatric health, clinical trial, genome sequencing, SickKids

It’s time for Canada to learn its lesson about university research
The Hill Times
“Canada’s overall share of economic activity dedicated to research and development has continued to decline over the last 10 years, sitting well below the OECD average of 2.4 per cent.”
TAGS: Canadian research, pandemic, grants, Universities Canada