Finalists announced for Yukon Innovation Prize from Cold Climate Innovation Centre at Yukon College

Yukon College

from CBC news:

Four projects from low-tech to high-tech, but all related to health and well-being, are the finalists for this year’s Yukon Innovation Prize.

The annual award is geared each year to a specific area of innovation. Last year, it was northern food security; this year it was wellness.

Sharon Katz, one of this year’s finalists, is working on a theory that could lead to early detection of lung cancer caused by radon. Yukoners are among the Canadians most likely to be exposed to radon in their homes, she said.

Katz has been trained in biochemistry and biophysics and believes existing scientific methods can be modified to detect radon in a person, using blood or urine samples.

“What I’m suggesting is that we can in fact develop such a tool, that will be based on chemical measurements of certain nuclei and a mathematical model,” said Katz.

“And the innovation I’m proposing to do in the Yukon is to get a team together and develop the mathematical model to do that computation,” she said.

Read the full story here.