Vol. 2, No. 1 January 20, 2021
Welcome to the Winter 2021 edition of The Community Connector - a newsletter for everyone interested in health research in our Windsor-Essex region, and beyond.
Research Happening in Windsor-Essex
If COVID has reminded us of anything, it is that research is critical in improving the health of our communities. Vaccine development, understanding mental health and wellness, advancing diagnostics, screening and treatments have all moved forward through research happening in our Windsor-Essex community. Here, we highlight some of the innovations and advancements made by our local research teams.
Funded Projects
Our local researchers are leading many diverse health research projects with funding from both local and national agencies, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canadian Medical Association Foundation, National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canadian Medical Association Foundation, and Compute Canada.

Click on the titles to learn more.
Mir Munir Rahim, Lisa Porter, Michael Crawford, Huiming Zhang, Tahereh Arezoo Emadi, Luis Rueda, Dan Xiao ($150 000)
Designing Drugs: Computational Modelling to Select Target Molecules for Autoimmune Disease and Anti-Cancer Applications
John Trant ($394,503)
Jalal Ahamed, Mitra Mirhassani, Simon Rondeau-Gagné, Yufeng Tong ($50,000)
Mike McKay, Ken Drouillard, Daniel Health, Chris Weisener, Lisa Porter, Nihar Biswas, Rajesh Seth, Steve Wilhelm ($50,000)
The work of our researchers are published in many peer-reviewed health journals. Click on the titles to learn more about some of their recent publications.


Record attendance marks success of cancer research conference
The Windsor Cancer Research Group hosted its 5th Biennial International Cancer Research Conference this past November. Transitioned to a 3 day virtual event, a record 270 registrants participated from 5 different countries. Along with 99 research presentations, the conference also hosted an equity, diversity and inclusivity session, an online social gathering and a research information and outreach team workshop for graduate students and trainees. WCRG would like to thank all its research and community participants and sponsors for making this conference a success! Read more.
WE-SPARK is here for you
A central resource for information
WESPARKHEALTH.COM is a central hub for our community. Whether you're looking for health-related statistics, research tools, COVID resources, or want to participate in a study, there is something for everyone. We update it daily! Visit www.wesparkhealth.com
Answers from experts
We have an amazing network of researchers, scientists, educators, and healthcare providers who are experts in their fields. Have a question about the new COVID vaccines? You'll find answers in our new Ask the Experts section of our website. New content will be added regularly so be sure to check back often.
Quarterly updates
WE-SPARK publishes quarterly reports to keep you up to date on our progress. Included is a 1 page snapshot that highlights key metrics. Check out the Our Impact section of our website for the latest reports.
Engaging the next generation of health researchers is key to WE-SPARK’s future. Whether you are a parent with kids working from home or a teacher looking for local educational resources to add to your teaching toolkit. For students of all ages, young and old!
Social media plays a huge role in how we access information. In a 3rd year biomedical sciences course, taught by Dr. Lisa Porter, students learn to communicate about cancer research to a wide audience. Third year student Tiana Visconti created a video series called Education4Cures to debunk some common myths about cancer. Watch the video here.
Recent health research news
The Windsor-Essex Sewing Force continues to create hospital facemasks, caps and gowns to make up the shortfall of personal protective equipment in our healthcare system. Read more.
St. Clair College is among the top research colleges in Canada. Read more. 
Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, St. Clair College & the University of Windsor research team enters 2nd phase of COVID-19 study on psychological Impact on local healthcare workers. Read more.

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