Welcome to the April 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 April 2022 issue

Researcher seeks to shed light on age-related visual brain diseases
A York University researcher is advancing the use of biophotonics to gain a better understanding of age-related disorders of the eye and brain. Biophotonics uses light technology, including lasers, and is a burgeoning field of research and discovery.

Interdisciplinary digital currencies research explores Bitcoin from a variety of perspectives
Professors Joann Jasiak and Henry Kim will be leading an interdisciplinary team exploring the broad topic of digital currencies as part of York University’s new Catalyzing Interdisciplinary Research Clusters initiative.

York researcher investigates the ways we unconsciously categorize others and implications
Faculty of Health Professor Kerry Kawakami’s lab examines how we perceive people from different social groups, how we react to intergroup bias, and what strategies reduce prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination.

Major research project supports Inuit culture, art and ways of life
A multimedia, multi-platform collaborative research and creation project based at York University has ignited a dialogue within the arts and research communities about the role of colonialism in disrupting Inuit cultural conditions.

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-Clark, YFile editor, Ashley Goodfellow Craig, YFile deputy editor, and Alysia Burdi, YFile communications officer.