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Keeping Our Members Informed and Connected

December 2022

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.

A special thanks to

Ignite Work Study students


for updating the WE-SPARK website projects section and researcher profiles!

All 2022 Igniting Discovery and Incentive Grants are now on our website.

If you need help updating your profile or projects, let us know!


New Projects

Adrian Guta, University of Windsor. Kourteney King, University of Waterloo. Carol Strike, University of Toronto. ($100,000). CIHR Catalyst Grant.  It takes a village: Developing community-based research capacity for safer opioid supply clients in Kitchener-Waterloo.


Publications / Articles / Presentations


DiPasquale M, Nguyen MH, Castillo SR, Dib IJ, Kelley EG, Marquardt D. (2022). Vitamin E Does Not Disturb Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid Lipid Domains. Biochemistry.

Duquette A, Senia M, van Wyk PM, Baker J, Paquin K, Horton S. (2022). Re-examining the relationship between measures of static and dynamic balance among young adultsCurrent Issues in Sport Science.

Housni A, Katz A, Kichler JC, Kakhla M, Brazueau AS. (2022). Impact of Stigma on Glycemic Management in People with T1D: A Cross-sectional Analysis of the BETTER Registry. Presented e-poster to the Diabetes Canada Annual Conference. Calgary, AB.

Rappaport LM, Mactavish A, Mastronardi C, Babb K, Menna R, Amstadter AB, Battaglia M. (2022). Monthly correlates of longitudinal child mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic according to children and caregivers. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

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, Guiterrez-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.

Scur M, Mahmoud AB, Abdalbarri F, Stylianides I, Luna DM, Gamage G, Woblistin A, WIlson ANM, Zein HM, Stueck S, Wight A, Parsons BD, Rahim MMA, Carlyle JR, Makrigiannis AP. (2022). Programming Via a C-type Lectin Receptor Protects Alveolar Macrophages From Foam Cell Formation and Death by Lipotoxicity. Nature Communications.

Sharma G, Schlosser L, Jones B, Blumberger DM, Gratzer D, Husain O, Mulsant B, Rappaport LM, Stergiopolous V, Husain I. (2022). Brief App-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety Symptoms in Psychiatric Inpatients: Feasibility Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Formative Research.

Shepherd T, Tang T, Kichler JC, Robinson D, Vallis M. (2022). Diabetes and Mental Health. Plenary talk presented at the Diabetes Canada 2022 Professional Conference.

2022 WE-SPARK Health Research Conference Awards

WE-SPARK Leadership Awards

The inaugural WE-SPARK Leadership Awards were launched, recognizing 5 members for their leadership, dedication and commitment to advancing our vision. Congratulations to these WE-SPARK Champions:

Dr. Dora Cavallo-Medved, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Science, University of Windsor.

Dr. Caroline Hamm, Medical Oncologist, Windsor Regional Hospital.

Ryan Palazzolo, Student Network Coordinator, WE-SPARK Health Institute.

Dr. Jennifer Voth, Manager, Research & Project Management. Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare.

Dr. Peter Wawrow, Director of Applied Research & Development. St. Clair College.

Rapid-Fire Oral Presentation Awards sponsored by University of Windsor Faculty of Science

Caitlyn Massad, Beckie Berlasty, Kathryn Markham-Petro, Alexandra Fabrotta, Shamus Caplin, St. Clair College. Addressing Child Literacy Concerns in Windsor-Essex Country Through a Place-And-Equity Based Cradle-to-Career Approach.

Kaitlyn Sheehan, University of Windsor. Nurses' Experience of Patient and Family-Centered Rounds in the Intensive Care Unit.

Zayya Zendo, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. Robert McKay, Caroline Hamm, Windsor Regional Hospital. Emma Mineau, Nainika Venugopal, University of Windsor. Retrospective Chart Review to Identify Baseline Data in Patients Who Are At Risk for Substance Abuse.

Poster Session Awards

Waffa Bakheet, Siri Ravipati, University of Windsor. Rasna Gupta, Indryas Woldie, Sindu Kanjeekal, Mohammad Jarrar, Caroline Hamm, Windsor Regional Hospital. Real World Experience: Stopping Study in Chronic Myeloid Leukemia - Defining a New Paradigm for Ontario CML1. Sponsored by the Cancer Research Collaborative Fund.

Noelle Citron, Carly Biderman, Kendall Soucie, University of Windsor. The Role of Disclosure and Social Support on Quality of Life in Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Sponsored by the University of Windsor Faculty of Arts, Humanities, & Social Science.

Jackie Fong, Brayden Labute, Jesse Scott, Qiudi Geng, Kyle Lago, Ryland Corchis-Scott, Farinaz Ziaee, Ana Maria Podadera Gonzalez, Farzaneh Jouyandeh, Sarvnaz Sadeghi, Maria Badalova, Pooya Moradian Zadeh, Kenneth Ng, Robert Michael McKay, Kendall Soucie, Lisa A. Porter, Yufeng Tong, University of Windsor. Caroline Hamm, Windsor Regional Hospital. Got Spit? Developing a Screening Platform to Monitor COVID-19. Sponsored by the University of Windsor Faculty of Science.

Anita Hu, University of Windsor. From Lab-On-A-Chip to Lab-In-The-Body: Enhancing the Biocompatibility of Biosensors in Point-Of-Care Diagnostics. Sponsored by the University of Windsor Faculty of Science.

Ryan Palazzolo, Aya El-Hashemi, Moneeza Sami, Jesse Scott, Loretta Sbrocca, Jackie Fong, Alexandra St. Louis, Janet MacIsaac, Yufeng Tong, Lisa A. Porter, Sarah J. Woodruff, Kendall Soucie, Dora Cavallo-Medved, University of Windsor. Monica Staley-Liang, St. Clair College. Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 Through Education: University Students' Vaccination Confidence, Perceived Efficacy of Regular, On-Campus Screening Efforts. Sponsored by the St. Clair College Alumni Association.

Adam Pillon, Jessica Dare-Shih, Jackie Fong, Elizabeth Fidalgo da Silva, Lisa A. Porter, University of Windsor. Dissecting the Role of Tuberin in the Subcellular Localization of the G2/M Cyclin, Cyclin B1. People's Choice Sponsored by WE-SPARK Health Institute.

Jesse Scott, Lindsey Jaber, Jennifer Cordeiro, Jesse Myers, Jivan Chandan, University of Windsor. Jennifer Voth, Leslee Ward, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare. "I Told Myself, 'I'll Fix it Later'": Transition-Aged Youth's Storied Experiences of Mental Health and Help-Seeking During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Sponsored by the University of Windsor Faculty of Science.

Alexandra Sorge, Dorota Lubanska, Sami Alrashed, Gage T. Mason, Fatima Nadeem, Angela Awada, Mitchell DiPasquale, Aleena Malik, Monika Kojic, Drew Marquardt, Lisa A. Porter, Simon Rondeau‑Gagné, Univeristy of Windsor. Mohamed A.R. Soliman, Abdalla Shamisa, Swati Kulkarni, Windsor Regional Hospital. Ana C. deCarvalho, Henry Ford Healthcare. Control of Stemness in Glioma via Nanoparticle-Mediated Regulation of CD44 Receptor. Sponsored by the University of Windsor Faculty of Science.

Dora Strelkova, Aya Abu-Libdeh, Matthew Santos, University of Windsor. Design and Development of a Volatile Organic Compound Concentrator Automated Test Apparatus (VOCCATA). Sponsored by the University of Windsor Faculty of Science.

Felicia Varacalli, University of Windsor. Nurse Perspectives on Family-Centred Rounds in Adult Critical Care Units. Sponsored by the St. Clair College Alumni Association.

Leslee Ward, Jennifer Voth, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare. Cayla Wood, Clinton A. Brawner, Melvyn Rubenfire, Neville Suskin, Kevin Milne, Cheri McGowan, University of Windsor. Risks for Re-enrollment to Cardiac Rehabiliation: A Retrospective Study of Ontario-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs. Sponsored by the University of Windsor Faculty of Science.

Appointments and Awards


Appointments to Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Windsor, Department of Biomedical Sciences: Dr. Pamaja Naidu & Dr. Nikesh Adunuri.

Fallon Mitchell. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship ($150,000).

A Special Welcome

On November 16th, 2022, Erie Shores HealthCare joined Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, St. Clair College, the University of Windsor and Windsor Regional Hospital as an official partner of WE-SPARK Health Institute during an MOU signing and celebration.

We would like to welcome our new official partner and invite them to submit any successes to be included in the Spark Member Newsletter going forward.

Congratulations everyone!

Submit your news items to The Spark! (Pictures/links encouraged)
Research Toolkit
WE-SPARK Health Institute offers support to researchers. Here are a few of the tools that you may find useful.

The 2022 Think Tank schedule is on our website. Register to participate or contact us to be a presenter wesparkhealth@uwindsor.ca.
WE-SPARK has just launched an 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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