Two-minute videos were part of the current round of applications for grants from Grand Challenges Canada.

Several of these grants are from University Health Network (UHN) researchers. These videos give a brief overview of the big ideas being proposed and outline why it matters on a global scale.

If you like what you see, you can vote for the submission with a 'Like'.

Barry Rosen:
Proposes a "See and LEEP" strategy in rural Kenya to provide a point-of-need service for women with a positive cancer screen. LEEP is highly effective at treating pre-malignant disease, has low morbidity and can be used in a low-resource setting.

Narinder Paul:
Proposes that a modified x-ray could provide accessible and more accurate technology for diagnosing thoracic disease, with much lower costs – potentially replacing the need for the more expensive and less available computed tomography (CT) technology.  

Sindhu Johnson:
Aims to develop a quantitative cancer-risk appraisal tool to promote cancer prevention and screening in scleroderma patients and provide a framework for advancing education on these critical issues at all levels of medical training.  

Laura Hawryluck:
Most Nepalese doctors have smartphones. RAISE Nepal will create apps of algorithms, in view of infrastructure realities, to recognize early warning signs of critical illness and remotely stabilize patients. This very simple approach will save lives.

Kumaraswamy Nanthakumar:
Regular interaction with nature, the so called "forest bathing" can be used as an effective and inexpensive health promotion intervention, which may counter the negative effects of air pollution on cardiac health around the world.

Megan Landes:
Ethiopia understands the urgency of training and retaining doctors. TAAAC-EM engages the world's best teachers to inspire a generation of health providers to remain at home to serve their country without sacrificing their careers.  

Isaac Bogoch:
We have developed an innovative approach to diagnose typhoid and other common infections in settings without electricity, sophisticated equipment or trained laboratory personnel, to enable quality patient care in resource-limited settings.  

Eldad Zacksenhaus:
We developed a prognostic signature (HTICS) for HER2+:ER?- breast cancer patients, which predicts clinical outcome better than other signatures. We propose to use it worldwide (initially China), to guide therapy of HER2+:ER?- breast cancer.  

Zeev Friedman:
Will use techniques similar to the ones used in the aviation industry to solve this problem. We will test the efficacy of this method using simulation and then apply it to the residency curriculum.

Toni Zhong:
Will develop an Actionable Patient Reported Outcome (A-PRO) that will allow patients to be assessed, immediately triaged, and treated by local Community Health Workers (CHWs) using cellular phones in remote and resource poor countries.

Jordan Feld, Peter Rossos and the UHN Telehealth team:
STAR will implement a low-cost telemedicine platform to expand the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration (TAAAC) to deliver high quality medical education through interactive rounds, case conferencing, telementoring and collaborative research.  

Andrea Boggild:
We have developed a novel non-invasive molecular diagnostic and mobile health communications platform to improve diagnosis of tegumentary leishmaniasis in endemic areas of Peru such that appropriate treatment can be administered locally to patients

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