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Keeping Our Members Informed and Connected

February 2023

Member Highlights and Successes

Letting us know about the accomplishments of you and your colleagues let’s us celebrate the great work being done in our region, build further collaborations, and ignite excitement about research in Windsor-Essex! Here are just a few of your latest successes.


New Projects

Lisa Porter, University of Windsor. ($745,875). CIHR Project Grant. Role of Cyclin-Like Proteins in Regulating the Regenerative Balance in the Liver; Implications in Fatty Liver Disease and Hepatocellular Carcinoma.

Tricia Tang (PI-PA), University of British Columbia. Jessica Kichler, University of Windsor. ($300,000). Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) - Canada. The Mental Health and Diabetes Training Program: Preparing a new generation of providers.


Publications / Articles / Presentations

Bain A. (2022). The science of holding your breath: How could Kate Winslet stay underwater for over 7 minutes in Avatar 2?. The Conversation.

Clapson M, Sharma H, Zurakowski JA, Drover MW. (2022). Cooperative Nitrile Coordination Using Nickel and a Boron-Containing Secondary Coordination Sphere. Chemistry - A European Journal.

DaDalt AA, Bonham CA, Lotze GP, Luiso AA, Vacratsis PO. (2022). Src-mediated phosphorylation of the ribosome biogenesis factor hYVH1 affects its localization, promoting partitioning to the 60S ribosomal subunit. Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Demchuk M, Zurakowski JA, Drover MW. (2022). Iridium Diphosphine Complexes Featuring Pendant Lewis Acids: Efforts Toward Selective Heteroarene Borylation. European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry.

Fidalgo da Silva E, Khatir BA, Drouillard C, Hinch I, Davis GO, Sameem M, Patel R, Fong J, Lubanska D, Porter LA. (2022). Tuberin levels during cellular differentiation in brain development. Differentiation.

Michlig JR, Mesec B, Kichler JC, Kaugars A. (2023). Listening to college Students: Examining the psychometric properties of the College Environment Barriers and Facilitators Questionnaires. Accepted as a poster presentation to the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference (SPPAC).

Olabi RA, Hendy AEA, Alkassab MB, Elias M, Ibrahim M, Carlyle JR, Makrigiannis AP, Rahim MMA. (2022). The inhibitory NKR-P1B receptor regulates NK cell-mediated mammary tumour immunosurveillance in mice. OncoImmunology.

Schmidt M, Lu J, Lou W, Cheng L, Lee M, Huang R, Weng Y, Kichler JC, Corathers SD, Jacobson LM, Albanese-O'Neill A, Smith L, Westen S, Gutierrez-Colina AM, Heckman L, Wetter SE, Driscoll KA, Modi A. (2022). Learning Experience Design of an mHealth Self-Management Intervention for Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes. Educational Technology Research and Development.

Tanlaka E, Voth J, Liem N. (2022). Impact of Diabetes, Hypertension and Heart Failure on Stroke Rehabilitation Care. Open Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation.

Voth J, Jaber L, MacDougall L, Ward L, Cordeiro J, Miklas EP. (2022). The presence of psychological distress in healthcare workers across different care settings in Windsor, Ontario, during the COVID-19 pandemic: A cross-sectional study. Frontiers in Psychology.

Appointments and Awards


Appointments to Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Windsor, Department of Biomedical Sciences: Dr. Ross Lepera & Dr. Kiran Tatlay

Appointments to Professor of Practice, University of Windsor, Department of Biomedical Sciences: Ms. Christine Wellington

Congratulations to Dr. Marcus Drover who was appointed as an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Coordination Chemistry and to the Editorial Advisory Board for Organometallics.

Congratulations everyone!

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Research Toolkit
WE-SPARK Health Institute offers support to researchers. Here are a few of the tools that you may find useful.

The 2023 Think Tank schedule is on our website. Register to participate or contact us to be a presenter wesparkhealth@uwindsor.ca.

WE-SPARK has app for members to help people connect and share ideas. A promo video and instructions on how to get started can be found on our website.

Submit a request on our new Volunteer Request Platform to have students matched with your projects to provide support in a variety of areas.

We want to hear about your latest projects, grants, publications, awards, and conferences!
Send your great news to wesparkhealth@uwindsor.ca
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