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A pair of federal grants will help researchers at UOIT in Oshawa in fighting cybercriminals and dealing with chronic pain.

Information Technology and Health Sciences researchers and students at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) will
now have new and updated facilities to conduct their cutting-edge research projects thanks to a $105,896 boost from the Canada Foundation for
Innovation (CFI).

Through support from CFI’s Leaders Opportunity Fund and Infrastructure Operating Fund, Dr. Khalil El-Khatib, Dr. Shahram Heydari, assistant
professors, and Dr. Miguel Vargas Martin, an associate professor, Faculty of Business and Information Technology, will receive $42,110 to establish
a new, leading-edge information technology security testing facility and Dr. Bernadette Murphy, a professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, will receive
$63,786 for equipment that will aid her research in the understanding of how changes in brain processing lead to chronic neck and upper limb pain.

“The investments being announced today at UOIT will further enhance our country’s reputation as a destination of choice for outstanding
researchers,” said Dr. Gilles G. Patry, president and chief financial officer, CFI. “They will make our universities even more competitive when it comes
to attracting the best and brightest researchers from around the world.”

The security testing facility will be used to develop solutions to various IT security problems that have the potential to cause significant personal and
economic harm to Canada and countries around the globe. Using this new facility, Dr. El-Khatib and his research team will study, design, implement
and test new security tools and mechanisms to protect users and help combat cybercrime. It will be installed in UOIT’s Hacker Research Lab, which is
designed to help faculty and research students develop anti-hacking strategies and skills, and will complement existing tools and infrastructure with
state-of-the-art technologies for vulnerability assessment; threat generation and management; and software security analysis. Additionally, it will
enable additional research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and encourage intellectual property development while training
highly qualified personnel to help satisfy the growing demand for IT security experts around the world.

Chronic neck and upper limb pain is a major debilitating health problem for Canadians, half of whom experience neck pain and more than a third arm
pain in any given year. Dr. Murphy’s research has the potential to help identify individuals who have disordered sensorimotor integration, where the
brain alters incoming sensory information and changes the output to muscles of the trunk and limbs, and develop and test rehabilitation protocols
designed to address it. Through the acquisition of new state-of-the-art equipment, her team will be able to increase the scope and number of
experiments conducted. This research has the potential to greatly decrease the number of individuals living with chronic pain, identify the most
effective treatments and reduce the costs to the Canadian health-care system.

“Today’s investments further demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment towards recognizing and cultivating innovative research
projects that will position Canada as world leaders for decades to come,” stated Dr. Colin Carrie, Member of Parliament for Oshawa and
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health. “Through several recent funding grants and infrastructure upgrades, our Government has
recognized the importance of UOIT as an emerging global leader in research.”.

In seven years, UOIT has gained a solid reputation as a research-intensive university; establishing its first spin-off company, filing more than 30
patents in various jurisdictions and receiving seven prestigious Canada Research Chairs and five Industrial Research Chairs. UOIT research is
focused on five primary research themes, all of which emphasize a multidisciplinary approach: Applied Bioscience; Automotive, Materials and
Manufacturing; Community and Social Wellness; Information and Communication; and Sustainable Energy.