Tech innovation and health-care advancements earn funding, recognition for York researchers

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Welcome to the March 2024 issue of Aspire, a special issue of YFile highlighting research and innovation at York University.

Aspire is produced by the Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation in partnership with the Communications & Public Affairs Division.

Renowned for its high-profile, research-intensive environment, York University fosters a community of forward-thinking scholars and changemakers dedicated to creating positive, global change.

In this issue:

Lassonde research boosts accuracy of GPS positioning in smartphones
Using precise satellite tracking data currently unavailable to smartphone processors, York University engineers have developed a new technique that significantly improves the accuracy of global positioning system (GPS) tracking in Android smartphones.

Faculty of Health study explores pros and cons of preschoolers in sports
Research Associate Meghan Harlow and Associate Professor Jessica Fraser-Thomas in York University’s School of Kinesiology & Health Science are investigating the benefits and risks of organized sports programming for children aged six and under.

Five York-led research projects receive over $3M in new CIHR funding
York researchers Mark Bayfield, Elham Dolatabadi, Skye Fitzpatrick, Anthony Scimè and Jeffrey Wardell are leading five projects that have been awarded a combined total of more than $3 million in new funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

York immunologist’s work recognized as standout achievement in arthritis research
York University Professor Ali Abdul-Sater‘s work on blocking inflammation in gout has been named one of the most significant advancements in arthritis research in 2023 by Arthritis Society Canada.

YSpace startup receives $2M to develop health-care technologies for space travel
Phyxable, a virtual physical therapy platform supported by York’s YSpace entrepreneurship hub, was selected by the Canadian Space Agency for its Health Beyond Initiative, which aims to develop innovative and sustainable solutions for remote health-care delivery.

Osgoode prof named Woman of the Year by Canadian Italian business community
Pina D’Agostino, the new scientific director of York-led research program Connected Minds, has been named Woman of the Year by the Canadian Italian Business & Professional Association of Toronto.