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A collection of graduate theses by UPEI masters and doctoral students.

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Resistance development to parasiticides has been a problem in both terrestrial and aquatic environments. A major challenge exists in early detection of resistance emergence due to the low frequency at which resistant organisms can occur initially within a population and the difficulty in detecting t...
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Allergic diseases are a major medical concern with increasing prevalence in the world. Inflammation is one of the hallmarks of allergic diseases. Long chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) have been shown to inhibit allergic inflammation, but their direct effect on activation of the mast cel...
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Approximately 60% of human pathogens and emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic. Simulation models are increasingly being used to investigate the spread of diseases, evaluate intervention strategies and guide the decisions of policy makers. In this thesis a systematic review of modeling methods a...
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Following stroke, impairments in arm function are common motor deficits in survivors, affecting thousands of people each year. A useful technique used in clinical rehabilitation of patients with arm impairments is to force use of the impaired arm through constraint of the unaffected (or less affecte...
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Effective control of parasitic sea lice (including Lepeophtheirus salmonis and Caligus elongatus), is a major challenge currently facing sea cage salmon aquaculture. Emamectin benzoate (EMB; SLICE®), a macrocyclic lactone (ML), has been the drug of choice for sea lice treatment over the past decade...
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The American lobster (Homarus americanus) is harvested along the eastern seaboard of North America and forms the economic backbone of many small fishing communities in Atlantic Canada and the northeastern United States. The industry sets minimum size (carapace length) for harvesting American lobster...
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In 2005, trichomonosis emerged as a new cause of substantial mortality in United Kingdom (UK) greenfinch (Carduelis chloris) and chaffinch (Fringella coelebs) populations. Similar to the UK, in the summer and fall of 2007–2009 and 2011, mortalities due to trichomonosis occurred in the Canadian Mar...
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Potato farming and lobster fishing are two important industries on Prince Edward Island. However for both industries to be sustainable, they must be managed responsibly. Recently, agricultural runoff has been suspected to have caused numerous fish kills in rivers throughout the island. Although a pe...
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The Atlantic Canadian aquaculture industry is dominated by Atlantic salmon production. In recent years, infectious disease, parasitic infestations, and price fluctuations from international competition have caused disruptions to the industry. Diversification of the industry away from Atlantic salmon...
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There are currently four invasive tunicate species which are causing significant challenges to the aquaculture industry in Atlantic Canada: Ciona intestinalis, Styela clava, Botryllus schlosseri and Botrylloides violaceus. These tunicates foul mussel socks, aquaculture gear, boat hulls and wharves. ...
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This thesis addresses issues of islandness and island identity in the fiction of Cape Breton's Alistair MacLeod and Newfoundland's Wayne Johnston. Through careful readings of their fiction, with supplementary evidence culled from biographical and secondary sources, the thesis shows that their work i...
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The objectives of this thesis were: 1) to determine which factors and biological samples were associated with the estimated amount of total arsenic (As) consumed from water and food; 2) to determine which factors were associated with the concentration of total and speciated As ([As]) in urine; 3) to...
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The field of fungal taxonomy has been enduring in recent years due to the progress and application of molecular tools used in concert with morphological analysis. The fungal kingdom is extremely diverse and estimated to include 1.5 million species. Only 11% of these fungi are currently described in ...
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Schizophrenia is a devastating neurological disorder that affects approximately 1% of the population and is characterized by positive, negative, and/or cognitive symptoms. Positive symptoms are associated with increased glutamate (Glu) and/or dopamine (DA) signaling in the nucleus accumbens (NAcc) w...
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Alcyonacean octocorals (Order Alcyonacea, amended from Order, Gorgoniidae) are both dominant on Caribbean reefs and prolific sources of bioactive natural products. Although extensive literature has been published with respect to stony coral-associated bacteria, very little is known regarding bacteri...
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This thesis brings together the study of islands, anthropology, and postcolonialism; it discusses (1) how global assemblages, such as colonial interactions and neoliberal economies influence individual well-being and local health care ontologies as practice on islands, and (2) the space and place of...
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The emergence of Caribbean small island states (SIS) through the 'demonstration effect‘ has resulted in even some of the smallest Caribbean islands achieving sovereignty. Past conventional security threats, such as the 1983 coup and intervention in Grenada, have resulted in the US Commonwealth Car...
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Mast cells are crucial effector cells in host defense and immunoregulation. They are equipped with an impressive array of receptor systems which allows them to rapidly respond to pathogen-associated signals. G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) mediate mast cell activation and mediator release in res...
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Sturgeon are harvested worldwide for their meat and eggs, sold as caviar and are among the most economically important fish species worldwide. A generally low physiological response to external stimuli/stressors has been documented in these phylogenetically primitive species. Considering how little ...
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Syndromic surveillance is a tool for continuous, automated extraction of surveillance information from health data sources. The research documented in this dissertation aimed at exploring informatics and data mining tools in order to develop and implement techniques to harvest additional surveillanc...
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The American lobster (Homarus americanus) is the most economically significant commercial fishery species in Canada. The Canadian lobster fishery provides tens of thousands of jobs, and is the economic driver of hundreds of rural communities in Atlantic Canada and Quebec. The adult lobster is suscep...
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Natural products have long been recognized for their medicinal value in traditional medicine and remain an important component of modern drug discovery. Known for their immense structural diversity, natural products are secondary metabolites that often exhibit unique pharmacological properties. In t...
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BACKGROUND Myocardial fibrosis is a hallmark of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Human patients with HCM have high serum concentrations of biomarkers of collagen synthesis, indicating a profibrotic state. This abnormality exists in sarcomere mutation carriers both with and without overt left ventr...
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This thesis reviews the development and use of watermills from antiquity to the present, including the economic, environmental and social significance of milling during this time. More specifically, it explores the rise and fall of water-powered technology on two small islands with quite different w...
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SOXC transcription factors are key transcriptional regulators that have been shown to control self-renewal and differentiation in tissues during development in vivo, but have not been studied in the mammalian kidney. Our lab has previously demonstrated that all three members of the SoxC genes family...