Heather Bruce

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Recent Research Projects

NSERC CREATE for the Canadian Meat Education and Training Network (MEaTnet) for Assuring Meat Safety and Quality

2014/15-2019/20 • $1,650,000 • PI,CO
The proposed NSERC CREATE for a Meat Education and Training Network (MEaTnet) for Assuring Meat Safety and Quality in the Industrial Stream is within the "Manufacturing" priority of the NSERC CREATE program. At present, no post-graduate meat science degree or specialization exists in Canada...

Alteration of collagen synthesis and cross-link profile by beta-adrenergic agonists

2014/15-2018/19 • $150,000 • PI
The use of beta-adrenergic agonists (ß-AA) such as clenbuterol as bronchial dilators in human medicine to control the symptoms of asthma and chronic pulmonary obstructive disease is widespread. Long-term (greater than or equal to one day) use is associated with increased accumulation of collagen...

Pyrosequencer for genomics and epigenomics research

2016/17 • $103,234 • PI,CO
A multi-user core facility, Agricultural Genomics and Proteomics Unit (AGP Unit), in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, provides key capacity for researchers employing genomics technologies for technological innovation in food and the bio-economy. These internationally...

Whole genome association analysis for pork quality in both cross- and pure-bred populations.

2011/12-2013/14 • $953,074 • PI,CO
Understanding the genes involved in variation in complex traits in human diseases is one of the most exciting areas of biological research. This area is termed genomics. Genomics technology also offers tremendous opportunities for animal breeders, as it can provide new tools that can be used to...

Characterization of collagen cross-links that influence meat quality

2010/11-2012/13 • $50,000 • PI
Consumer acceptability of meat is governed by how tough the meat is perceived to be. The toughness of meat is determined by the amount of connective tissue or 'gristle' that is in the meat, with tough meat having large amounts of connective tissue. Connective tissue in meat consists primarily of...

Microplate reader, a necessary tool for functional genomics and proteomics studies in animal, microbial and plant systems

2011/12 • $38,755 • PI,CO
High throughput functional genomics and proteomics studies are the major focus of the research conducted in a multi-user Agricultural Genomics and Proteomics Unit (AGP Unit) in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science. Various researchers from The Livestock Genomics Group,...

Hybridization of computer tomography scanning with modelling of bovine physiology for derivation of meat yield

2011/12 • $24,940 • PI
Revenue from beef carcasses is determined using a yield grade, which is calculated from an equation approved by the Government of Canada that uses the size of the rib eye muscle and the thickness of subcutaneous fat over the rib eye muscle to estimate percentage saleable yield. There are 3...