A new University Research Chair to help treat vascular diseases

Posted on Thursday, November 28, 2019

Professor Philip Wells, an expert in venous thromboembolism, is the latest recipient of a University Research Chair (URC). The University also renewed six URCs in areas as diverse as photonics, digital culture, quantum science and the history of the French language in North America. 

“The creation of this new chair and the renewal of six others will support our professors in their research efforts while highlighting the excellence, relevance and impact of their work,” said Vice-President, Research Sylvain Charbonneau.  

The latest holder of a University Research Chair is: 

Philip Wells (Faculty of Medicine) – University Research Chair in Thrombosis Research 

Philip Wells is a world-renowned clinical scientist who has dedicated his career to researching venous thromboembolism (VTE), a potentially fatal medical condition that occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein and then breaks away to migrate to the lungs. “VTE is the second-most-common vascular condition and represents a serious socioeconomic burden, costing approximately $600 million in Canada each year,” he stated. Professor Wells will be using artificial intelligence to extract new analytical data that will help assess the risk of developing a VTE, most notably in cancer patients. 

The six renewed University Research Chairs are held by: 

  • Pierre Berini (Faculty of Engineering) – University Research Chair in Surface Plasmon Photonics 

Pierre Berini’s work on plasmonic biosensors will lead to improved medical devices that quickly and inexpensively detect diseases. His research on plasmons, which are free-metal electrons, also has applications in areas ranging from telecommunications to laser-coloured coins. 

  • Anne Broadbent (Faculty of Science) – University Research Chair in Quantum Information and Cryptography 

Quantum computers are poised to revolutionize our digital society, so Anne Broadbent is exploring ways to ensure that information remains both functional and secure. 

  • Colleen M. Flood (Faculty of Law, Common Law Section) – University Research Chair in Health Law and Policy 

Colleen M. Flood will research the optimal set of laws and policies enabling the fair, efficient and rapid adoption of artificial intelligence into the Canadian health care system.

  • Chad Gaffield (Faculty of Arts) – University Research Chair in Digital Scholarship 

Chad Gaffield will study the historical background and current state of university scholarship in the era of artificial intelligence. 

  • Pawel Hawrylak (Faculty of Science) – University Research Chair in Quantum Theory of Materials, Nanostructures and Devices 

Pawel Hawrylak will design computational tools to support the development of new quantum devices and computers, which will address present challenges in information and communication technologies, energy harvesting, security and sensing. 

  • France Martineau (Faculty of Arts) – University Research Chair in Language and Migration in French America 

By exploring current linguistic diversity issues within the Francophonie, France Martineau will shed new light on how linguistic insecurity affects the maintenance of French-language skills, on the social integration of Francophone immigrants, and on Canadian identity. Her studies also explore French-language use in the greater Ottawa-Gatineau region.


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