Keeping Our Members Informed and Connected
April 2021

Join us for our first virtual networking event!
Join us on April 29th for the opportunity to connect and get to know the research community. Our goal is to bring members of diverse backgrounds together to facilitate engaging and meaningful conversations...and have fun! Register here.
Member Highlights and Successes
Letting us know about the accomplishments of you and your colleagues allows us to celebrate the great work being done in our region and further build collaborations. Here are just a few of your latest successes.

Funded Projects

Anthony Glanz (Site PI), Caroline Hamm, Ian Mazzetti, Nikesh Adnuri (Site Co-PIs), Cathy Vilag, Nancy McFarland (Research Coordinators), Nikola Malic, Grace Park (Office of Research), Kelly McNorton (Pharmacy Services), Windsor Regional Hospital. (Clinical Trial) Anti-Coronavirus Therapies to Prevent Progression of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Trial (ACTCOVID19).  

Kenneth Ng, University of Windsor. ($416,000), CIHR COVID-19 Rapid Research Funding Operating Grant, Design and evaluation of novel inhibitors targeting SARS-CoV-2 polymerase to create lead compounds to develop more effective treatments of COVID-19.
Antonio Pascual-Leone, University of Windsor. ($25,000), SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant, COVID-19: Identifying moment-by-moment signatures of emotional resilience: Predicting personal development during shortages in care; (2021-2022). 

John Trant, University of Windsor. ($30,000), NSERC Alliance, Development of Lateral Flow Assays to detect neutralizing antibodies to monitor immunity status of Canadians; (2021-2022). 

Publications / Articles

Scharoun Benson S. (2021) The influence of object size on second-order planning in an overturned cup task. Psychological Research. 
Woodruff S, Coyne P, St-Pierre E. (2021) Stress, physical activity, and screen‐related sedentary behaviour within the first month of the COVID‐19 pandemicApplied Psychology: Health and Well-Being. 
Zhang S, Alesadi A, Mason GT, Chen K, Freychet G, Galuska L, Cheng YH, P. St. Onge J, Ocheje M, Ma G, Qian Z, Dhakal S, Ahmad Z, Wang C, Chiu YC, Rondeau‐Gagné S, Wenjie X, Gu X. (2021) Molecular Origin of Strain‐Induced Chain Alignment in PDPP‐Based Semiconducting Polymeric Thin Films. Advanced Functional Materials. 

Appointments & Awards

Dora Cavallo-Medved (University of Windsor, Faculty of Science) University of Windsor, 2021 Faculty of Science Student Mentoring Award 
Nicole Crozier (Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare) Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare Presidents Awards – Outstanding Excellence in Leadership Award 
Aiyireti (Dina) Dilinaer (University of Windsor, Student) 2021 Studentship Award funded by the Jack Nichol Family Fund, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.  
Marcus Drover (University of Windsor, Faculty of Science) University of Windsor, 2021 Faculty of Science Outreach and Engagement Award 
Marcus Drover (University of Windsor, Faculty of Science) John Charles Polanyi Prize in Chemistry, Council of Ontario Universities 
Jane MacArthur (University of Windsor, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) PhD Awarded 
Dana Menard (University of Windsor, Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences) 2021 Society for Sex Therapy Consumer Book Award for Magnificent Sex: Lessons from Extraordinary Lovers 
Lisa Porter (University of Windsor, Faculty of Science) University of Windsor, 2021 Faculty of Science Student Engagement Award 
Jill Urbanic (University of Windsor, Faculty of Engineering) 2021 Tech Researcher of the Year, WE-TECH 

Dan Xiao (University of Windsor, Faculty of Science) University of Windsor, 2021 Faculty of Science Student Mentoring Award (Faculty).
Laurie Freeman, Adrian Guta, Phillip Karpowicz, Cheri McGowan, Kathryn Pfaff (University of Windsor), Marc Frey (Windsor Essex County Health Unit), Marla Jackson, Jennifer Voth (Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare), Karen Metcalfe (WE-SPARK Health Institute), Krista Naccarato (Windsor Regional Hospital) 2020 Celebration of Excellence in Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity for Contributions to Research Ethics 

Congratulations everyone!
Be sure to submit any news items as they happen and we will include them.
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Researcher Toolkit
Navigating Research can be a time consuming task at any institution. When conducing research across organizations, the complexity seems that much more overwhelming. WE-SPARK Health Institute is always looking for ways to support our researchers. Here are a few of the tools that you may find useful.
WE-SPARK can provide you and your team with access to REDCap, workshops and one-on-one consultations.
WE-SPARK is active on social media and youtube. Following us is an easy way to stay up to date on the health research activities in our region.
Teams benefit from diverse backgrounds. A challenge can often be the different acronyms used – check out this tool to help your team speak the same language.
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