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

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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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This thesis examines the relationship between fisheries policy, fisheries management, and island community development in Maine and Newfoundland. Three research questions and themes guided this work: 1) what kind of relationship there is between island community development, fisheries policy, and fi...
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Hematodinium is a parasitic dinoflagellate of numerous crustacean species, including the economically important Atlantic snow crab, Chionoecetes opilio. The parasite was isolated from C. opilio in the fall of 2010 and 2011 and cultured in vitro. Several media were tested, with Nephrops medium yieldi...
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Neuropsychiatric disorders affect a significant number of people across the globe and are a serious economic and social burden. As a class of diseases they are often poorly understood, difficult to treat, and can lead to a significant decline in normal function and quality of life. Recent evidence s...
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An in vitro comparison of the osteogenic potential of equine stem cell populations and subpopulations from multiple tissue sources was made to identify the ideal equine donor tissue as a source of MSCs to promote bone healing. Equine muscle tissue– and periosteal tissue–derived cells where chara...
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Measurement of systemic immunoglobulin (Ig) concentrations in horses and camelids is important for early and accurate diagnosis of immunodeficiencies in order to provide proper medical intervention. As a consequence, there is a demand for up-to-date, economic, rapid and precise diagnostic assays for...
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As an alternative to blanket dry cow therapy (BDCT), selective dry cow therapy (SDCT) is considered a more judicious approach to antimicrobial use for the purpose of mastitis control during the non-lactating period. The purpose of this research was to evaluate the utility of a 3M Petrifilm-based on-...
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Lepeophtheirus salmonis is a copepod parasite of salmonid fish, commonly referred to as sea lice, and is particularly pathogenic to Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar). Although endemic on wild salmon, L. salmonis infection intensity rarely reaches clinical disease levels in wild fish. The stationary natu...
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One of the major limitations of the use of optoacoustics (OA) for the imaging of prostate cancer is the relatively low resolution when performed in real time. The work presented in this thesis aims to address this limitation by applying frequency-based analyses, which contribute additional informati...
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The Pacific Island Countries including the Fiji Islands are heavily dependent on imported petroleum fuels for their energy needs. This is a major cause of environmental vulnerability as well as economic vulnerability due to high and volatile crude oil prices. A combination of Demand Side Management ...
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Background: The youth population of Prince Edward Island (PEI) is one of the least active in all of Canada (Colley et al., 2012). The social factors that influence youth physical activity (PA) behaviours are not well understood. There is a body of evidence which suggests there is a relationship betw...
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Natural products and their mimics have a high probability of engaging with biological targets. Hence, natural products have historically been a valuable source of medicines. They continue to inspire the synthesis of biologically relevant compound libraries, useful for drug discovery. Over 50 % of th...
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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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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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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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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 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) contained a specific section for “Archipelagic States” (Part IV) which are given many rights under the archipelagic regime including, if desired, to designate archipelagic sea lanes (ASLs) through their archipelagic waters. While desig...
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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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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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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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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...
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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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In controlled release, each patient’s body displays different pharmacokinetics for the degradation of the drug delivery system affecting the release of the bioactive compound. The proposed research aims to develop polymeric systems based on a host/guest core capable of indicating controlled releas...
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Obesity has become an increasingly common health condition over the last several decades. It has been estimated that this largely preventable disease affects over one billion people worldwide and that its prevalence will have doubled by the year 2030. Currently, obesity is the leading cause of preve...
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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...