In the News

Taking Stock: A report on the quality of mental health and addictions services in Ontario

December 2015

This report by Health Quality Ontario and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES, an HPCVL partner) explores the impact of mental illness and addictions in Ontario and examines the quality of care Ontarians dealing with them are receiving.

SickKids first to remove duplicated gene using CRISPR
December 2015

A new study led by The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) shows how researchers used CRISPR to remove a duplicated gene from a genome. This is the first time this has ever been done.

OBI welcomes new President
November 2015

Tom Mikkelsen, M.D., FRCPC is the new President and Scientific Director of the Ontario Brain Institute.

Dr. Birtwhistle of CPCSSN receives Calian Research Award
November 2015

Calian Technologies Ltd. Health team announced that Dr. Richard Birtwhistle was named the recipient of a Calian Research Award, a commitment of $105,000 over a three year period, at the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) 2015 Forum in Quebec City.

HPCVL Congratulates Dr. Arthur McDonald – 2015 Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics
October 2015

Prof. McDonald from the Department of Physics at Queen’s University shares the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics with Takaaki Kajita of the University of Tokyo. The prize was awarded for work that demonstrates that elementary particles named neutrinos undergo changes in their identity which implies that they have mass.

New Canada-U.S. Partnership Paves the Way for International Collaborations in Autism Research

HPCVL partner Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) links up with U.S. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to promote sharing and drive autism spectrum disorder (ASD) research forward.

Royal Recognition
August 2015

Five Queen's University professors (including two long time HPCVL users) have been elected as fellows to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), one of the highest honours for Canadian academics in the arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences. The five newest fellows from Queen's have a wide variety of research interests including health, chemistry, and computing.

Can we predict health complications in newborns?
July 2015

With the help of IBM technology and personnel, McGregor (HPCVL user) and her team are analyzing enormous streams of data generated by premature infants in neonatal intensive care units. Her Artemis Project gathers a suite of physiological data, including heart rate, respiration rate and blood oxygen saturation.

Don Aldridge to lead research computing laboratory
July 2015

Don Aldridge, a former research executive at IBM Canada, has joined Queen’s University on a full-time basis as the executive director of the High Performance Computing Virtual Laboratory (HPCVL), and senior advisor, advanced computing and data analytics.

Big Data: Transforming Medicine – Two Featured Researchers
July 2015

Richard Birtwhistle is a professor in the Queen’s Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences, the director of the university’s Centre for Studies in Primary Care, and the chair and principal investigator of the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN). Maslove is a clinician scientist in the Queen’s Department of Medicine and Critical Care Program and a critical care physician at Kingston General Hospital.

Volume, Velocity, Variety: Pat Martin and Watson
July 2015

Professor Patrick Martin of the Queen’s School of Computing, and business professor Brent Gallupe, is being given the chance to use IBM’s Watson cognitive computing system as an integral part of the department’s CISC 490 course, Deep Analytics using Watson. Pat Martin was a speaker at the 2014 Complex Data and Analytics in Medical Research symposium, hosted by HPCVL.

HPCVL: Accelerating the pace of research
July, 2015

HPCVL's data centre houses some of Ontario’s most critically important, and highly confidential, computational research data in areas ranging from the nature of human memory to airplane design.

The Ontario Brain Institute: advancing neuroscience through partnerships
July 2015

Launched in 2010, HPCVL partner Ontario Brain Institute was created to build on past investments and existing excellence in Ontario’s neuroscience community, and advance a more integrated approach to brain research that generates both clinical and commercial impact.

Managing the Pain
June 8, 2015

Queen’s professors Elizabeth VanDenKerkhof (Anesthesiology) and HPCVL user, and Rosemary Wilson (School of Nursing) as well as David Goldstein (Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine) recently travelled to Rwanda to learn more about pain management techniques used in hospitals in Kigali and Butare. The project is co-headed by Ana Johnson, who was a speaker at the HPCVL hosted symposium in Ottawa, ON on May 12, 2015.

Positive Reactions
July 2015 from the (e)affect newsletter

Dr. Suning Wang, Queen's Chemistry professor and HPCVL user, has discovered new phenomena and materials with the potential to revolutionize electronics. This in turn supports the various processes involving big data by enabling enhanced technologies, especially for data display and information storage.

October 2015

Dr. Stephen Strother, HPCVL user, sets up neuroinformatics frameworks to speed up the translation of imaging neuroscience for clinical studies of brain disorders.

Scientists search for understanding of dark matter
January 2014

At the bottom of a nickel mine near Sudbury, Ontario, scientists at one of the world's most sophisticated particle physics observatories are investigating one of the biggest mysteries of the cosmos: What is dark matter? Science correspondent Miles O'Brien helps to shed some light on the research at SNOLAB.

Please return to your seats
July 2015

Piomelli holds the Canada Research Chair in Turbulence Simulation and Modelling and HPCVL-Sun Microsystems Chair in Computational Science and Engineering. Beyond clouds and airfoils, turbulence is found everywhere – from the way cream moves through your coffee, to the flow of water over a whale’s flipper, to the turbulent eddies caused by stents in vascular arteries. Each is a specific problem to which Piomelli has applied his understanding and his research tools.

PARTEQ Innovations Forms a Collaboration with ATLAS COPCO
May 2015

HPCVL partner PARTEQ Innovations is a collaborator with Atlas Copco related to an underground mining automation technology. Atlas Copco is a world-leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions serving customers in more than 180 countries with products and service focused on productivity, energy efficiency, safety and ergonomics.

Antipsychotics shown safe for pregnant women and their babies
May 2015

HPCVL partner Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) in Toronto has found newer antipsychotic medications do not put pregnant women and their babies at greater risk for a number of major health concerns, including gestational diabetes, hypertensive (high blood pressure) disorders, blood clots and preterm birth. The study is believed to be the largest to date.

Western Dean Leads Fight Against Brain Disease
January 2015

Dr. Michael Strong of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry is the point person for neurologists Ontario-wide who are building a toolkit of sorts they believe will help them predict who will be afflicted and how to detect disease sooner for more effective treatment of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, frontotemporal lobar degeneration and vascular cognitive impairment. HPCVL partner Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) is investing $19 million in the initiative.

Exploring the Darkness
July 2015

Understanding where the dark matter is located and how much there is allows Queen's professor Stéphane Courteau and his team (including Larry Widrow and Kristine Spekkens of Queen’s, both HPCVL users) to create models for the typical mass distribution in galaxies and clusters of galaxies. These can, in turn, be compared to theories of galaxy formation and evolution to understand how galaxies like our own have emerged, and also test models for predicting the nature of the invisible mass which SNOLAB scientists are also actively chasing.