Welcome to the March 2022 issue of Brainstorm

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“Brainstorm,” a special edition of YFile publishing on select Fridays during the academic year, showcases research and innovation at York University. It offers compelling and accessible stories about the world-leading and policy-relevant work of changemakers in all Faculties and professional schools across York and encompasses both discovery and applied research.

In the March 2022 issue

Virtual reality therapy promotes wellness for adults living with Alzheimer’s and dementia
New research out of York University demonstrates virtual reality (VR) therapy could significantly improve mood and even manage symptoms in older adults living with cognitive impairments, helping them age in place longer.

Sound decision-making can benefit from cues
York University researchers in the Faculty of Health are investigating the science behind the reasoning that may affect an individual’s health care decisions, such as whether or not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Justice for refugees is paramount for law professor
Utilizing the power of technology, an associate professor at Osgoode Hall Law School is developing a new online app to assist lawyers in gaining insight into the refugee decision-making process and to ensure fairness.

Anti-Black racism pervades cultural arts curricula in Ontario schools, research finds
Research by a PhD student in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design digs deep into the multifaceted challenges that Canadian Black cultural arts educators encounter in Greater Toronto Area schools.

York University accelerator is helping women entrepreneurs thrive despite pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic presented a series of unprecedented challenges for women entrepreneurs. YSpace ELLA responded with an ambitious goal of reducing the gap in gender equality in entrepreneurship.

Launched in January 2017, “Brainstorm” is produced out of the Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation in partnership with Communications & Public Affairs; overseen by Krista Davidson, senior manager, research communications; and edited by Jenny Pitt-ClarkYFile editor, Ashley Goodfellow CraigYFile deputy editor, and Alysia BurdiYFile communications officer.