Brainstorm, a special edition of YFile publishing on the first Friday of every month, showcases research and innovation at York University. It offers compelling and accessible, feature-length stories about the world-leading and policy relevant work of York’s academics and researchers across all disciplines and faculties, and encompasses both pure and applied research.

Launched in January 2017, Brainstorm is produced out of the Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation in partnership with Communications & Public Affairs; overseen by Megan Mueller, manager, Research Communications; and edited by Jenny Pitt-Clark, YFile editor.


Current Issue

Scholar’s book offers nonconformist way to look at life… starting with death

York U Prof Alan Blum produces new book in burgeoning field of medical humanities, proposes novel and empowering lens through which to look at life.

Immigrants face identity crises when work qualifications under threat

New research looks at two immigrant populations in Ontario as these newcomers try to reenter their profession; finds roadblocks that fuel identity crises.

New research asks: Should we offer women specialized cardiac rehab programs?

York U researcher studies women-only cardiac rehab programs; suggests we need to do more to engage women to participate.

Virus resistance in plants holds promise for agricultural crops

While researching highly toxic pokeweed, Prof Katalin Hudak’s lab makes an important discovery that could bolster the survival of agricultural crops.

York’s new president shares her insights on research amplification

Rhonda Lenton, York University’s new President and Vice-Chancellor, reflects on the rising profile of research and innovation at the University.