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Thien Thanh Dang-Vu

Researching brain waves to better treat insomnia

Thien Thanh Dang-Vu, MD, and Associate Professor at Concordia University, researches sleep at the PERFORM Centre Sleep lab. By studying the brain waves produced during sleep alongside patient’s responses to cognitive behavioral therapy, Dang-Vu has identified a pattern that helps identify those who are more receptive to this type of treatment.

Following the publication of the preliminary findings of this research, Dang-Vu has worked with the media promoting both the results, and the Sleep Center’s ongoing need for study participants.

This has resulted in extensive coverage in Le Devoir, and several segments on Radio Canada’s Première Chaîne network, broadcast across the country and throughout Quebec.   

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The scholarly work of Concordia faculty and researchers informs and improves society on many issues that affect our daily lives. Read the most recent media coverage here:

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  • Jason Edward Lewis, Professor of computation arts, director of the Initiative for Indigenous Futures (IIF) and Concordia University Research Chair in Computational Media and the Indigenous Future Imaginary, is quoted in a news release announcing the Symposium on the Future Imaginary, Thursday, November 30 to Saturday, December 2 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery: Nation Talk.
  • A report on CBC's The National about "Islamic Jihadism" mentions Concordia's SOMEONE (SOcial Media EducatiON Every day) initiative and includes an off-camera appearance by SOMEONE initiator Vivek Venkatesh, associate professor of education in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Venkatesh is heard at the 11:40 mark.
  • The Winnipeg Art Gallery announces a screening of the TimeTraveller multiplatform media project, created by artist Skawennati Fragnito, coordinator of the Milieux Indigenous Futures research cluster at Concordia. The screening, next Thursday, November 28 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, will be followed by a panel discussion with Skawennati and Concordia's Jason Edward Lewis, referenced in the item above.
  • Lien Multimédia (behind a paywall) talks to filmmaker Julien Cadieux about his film, Sheldrake, documenting the 19th century leper colony on Sheldrake Island, at the mouth of New Brunswick's Miramichi River. The film was produced as part of the Lost Stories project, headed by Ronald Rudin, history professor in the Faculty of Arts and Science.
  • Tourisme Express references the  Centre for Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence (CENPARMI) at Concordia in a news release announcing that the International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV) will be held in Montreal in October, 2021. The release lists CENPARMI among Montreal's biggest draws for leading expertise in artificial intelligence and information technology.

Concordia faculty and researchers are regularly asked to offer expert, informed opinions on many of today's most pressing problems. Read some of the latest news items featuring Concordia experts:

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  • Scroll reprises an article from The Conversation Canada by doctoral candidate Chaim Kuhnreich (marketing), who writes about the Tinder application and what your profile pic on the mobile dating application says about you.

Current students at Concordia do outstanding academic work and get involved in community projects that improve our quality of life. See what they've been up to:  

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  • Concordia PhD candidate James Watts (BEd, Teaching English as a Second Language) writes an opinion piece in the Montreal Gazette (reprised in The Province), where he offers a course of action for parents, educators and employers concerned about preventing sexual harassment and violence. Watts, founder and principal of Education Plus High School in Saint-Laurent., is working on his PhD in education at Concordia.
  • writes that four Stingers football players, Jean-Guy Rimpel, Maurice Simba, Mickael Côté and Khadeem Pierre have been named to the second all-star team of the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ).

Our alumni are featured in the media locally and around the world. Vist the Alumni News section to access an archive of stories or read the latest list of stories: 

Featured alumni
  • reprises a piece from Le Devoir featuring Philip Barrar (BComm 12, management), founder of Montreal-based Mylo Financial Technologies. The online article includes a video clip of Barrar talking about the launch of his start-up in 2015.

Concordia University is often mentioned in various types of news stories. Vist the university affairs section to access our archives or read the latest list of articles below: 

Featured university affairs
  • CBC Books reports that the Concordia University First Book Prize at this week's Quebec Writers' Federation (QWF) Literary Awards went to  Jocelyn Parr for Uncertain Weights and Measures (Goose Lane Editions, 2017).
  • Eventbrite announces an Idea Café, today, from 9:30 am to 11:30 am at the Grey Nun's Residence. The event is part of a review by the university of  practices and services in support of student health and well-being .
  • Les affaires, writing about information technology training among aspiring business owners and managers, quotes Anne-Marie Croteau, dean of the John Molson School of Business and professor in the Department of Supply Chain and Business Technology Management, who says the JMSB has had to hire more professors to meat the demand for IT minors in its management programs.
  • The Siasat Daily reprises an article from The Economic Times of India, reporting that there has been an increase of roughly 30 percent in the number of applications from India to attend the John Molson School of Business. It ascribes the increasing, in part, to the tightening of visa requirements for students in the UK and heightened protectionism in the wake of the election of U.S. president Donald Trump.
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