Internationally recognized experts to speak at local research conference

WINDSOR, ON, November 8, 2022 - More than 250 people from the Windsor-Essex health research community will be coming together over two days to learn from experts, and to present, share, and discuss health research projects. 

WE-SPARK Health Institute’s first-of-its-kind in-person conference will feature guest speakers and presentations from a diverse group of local, regional and international experts, and a Rapid-Fire session where students and trainees will present their current and completed research projects.

WHAT: WE-SPARK Health Institute International Health Research Conference

WHEN: November 11, 12:00pm - 6:30pm

November 12, 9:00am – 4:00pm

The best time for media to attend, and for interviews:

Friday November 11, 4:30pm-6:30pm

WHERE: St. Clair Centre for the Arts

201 Riverside Dr. Windsor, ON, CA 

WHO: Researchers, clinicians, educators, and students from local institutions including Erie Shores Healthcare, St. Clair College, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, the University of Windsor, and Windsor Regional Hospital, and from other diverse institutions and organizations across Canada.

Guest Speakers

Dr. Steven A Narod is a clinician and scientist at Women’s College Hospital where he has led the Familial Breast Cancer Research Unit for the past 25 years.

Dr. Molly Shoichet is a Michael E Charles Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Toronto. She served as Ontario's first Chief Scientist in 2018, co-founded four companies, and has won numerous awards including the top prize in science in Canada, the Herzberg Gold Medal, and the Margolese National Brain Disorders Prize.

Mary Ann Barber began her nursing career in 1996 and joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1997. After 21 years of service, Barber retired from military service and since then, has worked in clinics around the country. She currently works in remote nursing stations in Nunavut, in the Baffin Island region at the Urgent Primary Care Centre, and remains a passionate advocate for veterans and for PTSD awareness.

Freda Carter was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML). Fortunately, the cancer was caught early enough, and Freda responded well to treatment—her cancer has been undetectable for the past 14 years. She is grateful to her doctor, healthcare team and the treatments available.

Joint Session Presenter: Dr. Catherine Febria 

Dr. Febria draws on diverse ways of knowing – including medical health approaches – to inform local and global work on ecosystem restoration. From meta-analyses to concepts of One Health and “River Doctors”, restoration ecology benefits from medical health research. Likewise, Dr. Febria will share how her team engages local and Indigenous knowledge holders to understand, centre and promote community-based research and practice to overcome societal and ecological barriers as we enter the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030).

Topic: “The Heartbeat of Ecosystems: Connecting Diverse Ways of Knowing and Doing to Heal our Freshwater Ecosystems”. 

Plenary Presenters

Dr. Ibukun Abejirinde, Women’s College Research Institute: “Enhancing cross-border learning on digital health and the Quintuple Aim: The Pan-Canadian Framework for Digital Health Evaluation”.

Neelu Sehgal, Erie Shores HealthCare: “From Uncertainty to Unity: An Innovative approach to delivering health care”.

Dr. Charlene Senn, University of Windsor: “One tool for reducing sexual violence: The evidence-based Flip the Script with EAAATM program”.

Dr. Juliet Daniel, McMaster University: “Dances of the Cure-abbean: Kaiso and breast cancer disparities in Black women”.

The full program can be found here.


Media Contacts:

Cathy Mombourquette


Emily Espinoza-Lewis

WE-SPARK Health Institute


About WE-SPARK Health Institute

WE-SPARK Health Institute is a partnership supported by Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, St. Clair College, the University of Windsor and Windsor Regional Hospital designed to take healthcare to the next level through research.

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