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October 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.


New Projects


Beckie Berlasty, Kyle Jackson, Elizabeth Strutt-Macleod, Colleen Mitchell, St. Clair College. ($360,000). NSERC College and Community Social Innovation Fund. Identifying and Developing Homelessness Prevention Strategies Through Respondent-Driven Sampling.


Beckie Berlasty, Kathryn Markham-Petro, Alexandra Frabotta, Anna Maria Lopez, St. Clair College. ($360,000). NSERC College and Community Social Innovation Fund. Collaboratively Addressing Food Insecurity: co-developing a sustainable and equitable school nutrition.


Anna-Sophie Brazeau (Co-PI/PA), Meranda Nakhla (Co-PI/PA), Deborah Da Costa, Elham Rahme, McGill University. Mariève Dupont (Co-PI/PA), Ministère de la Santé et des Services Sociaux. Judith Simoneau-Roy, Université de Sherbrook. Jessica Kichler, University of Windsor. ($238,961). CIHR Team Grant: Transitions in Care. SUPPORT-T, an online training and peer support platform to accompany youth living with type 1 diabetes transitioning to adult healthcare


Edward Cruz (PI/PA), Kristoffer Romero, University of Windsor. ($64,190). SSHRC Insight Development Grant. Employment Trajectory of Philippine-Educated Nurses in Ontario, Canada.


Caroline Hamm (PI/PA), Renee Nassar, Windsor Regional Hospital. Kayla Touma, Rhonda Abdel-Nabi University of Windsor. ($80,000). Mitacs Business Strategy Internship. CURating Clinical Trials: Helping patients find hope by exploring clinical trials opportunities


Lisa Porter (PI/PA), Dorota Lubasnka (Co-PI/PA), University of Windsor. Swati Kulkarni, Abdalla Shamisa, Mohammad Soliman, Windsor Regional Hospital. ($25,000). Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada - Mackenzie Rigg Brain Tumour Research Grant- supported by Vikes Kicks Cancer. Exploring the Role of the Cancer Activated Microenvironment in the Progression of Glioblastoma: Potential Novel Avenues for Therapeutic Intervention.

Sara Santarossa (PI), Andrea Cassidy-Bushrow, Albert Levin, Henry Ford Health System. Paula M. van Wyk, University of Windsor. ($962,500). Henry Ford Health System Internal Mentored Scientist Grant. Using an objective measure of physical activity among a cohort of pregnant women.

Charlene Senn (Co-PI/PA), University of Windsor. Sarah Peitzmeier (Co-PI/PA), University of Michigan. Paula Barata, University of Guelph. Katie Edwards, University of New Hampshire. Misha Eliasziw, Tufts University. ($2,490,050). CIHR Project Grant. A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Efficacy of IDEA3 -- An evidence-based sexual assault resistance intervention for undergraduate women adapted for internet delivery.


Kendall Soucie (PI/PA), Patti Fritz, Jessica Kichler, Nicole Markotic, University of Windsor. Heather Lawford, Bishop’s University. Jen Rinaldi, Ontario Tech University. Stacey Williams, East Tennessee State University. ($64,808). SSHRC Insight Development Grant. Building an inclusive, resiliency-based framework to support women with polycystic ovary syndrome across the lifespan. 

Yufeng Tong, Cody Caba, University of Windsor. ($25,000). Regulation of ubiquitin specific protease 8 by AMPK-mediated phosphorylation.



Publications / Articles / Presentations



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


Crozier M, Tubman J, Fifield B, Ferraiuolo RM, Ritchie J, Zuccato K, Mailloux E, Sinha I, Hamm C, Porter LA. (2022). Frequently used antiemetic agent dexamethasone enhances the metastatic behaviour of select breast cancer cells. PLOS One.


DiPasquale M, Nguyen MH, Pabst G, Marquardt D. (2022) Partial Volumes of Phosphatidylcholines and Vitamin E: α-Tocopherol Prefers Disordered Membranes. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B.


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


Ferraiuolo RM, Fifield B, Hamm C, Porter LA. (2022). Stabilization of c-Myc by the atypical cell cycle regulator, Spy1, decreases efficacy of breast cancer treatments. Breast Cancer Res Treat.


Hamm C, Cavallo-Medved D, Moudgil D, McGrath L, Huang K, Li Y, Stratton TW, Robinson T, Naccarato K, Sundquist S, Dancey J. (2022). Addressing the Barriers to Clinical Trials Accrual in Community Cancer Centres Using a National Clinical Trials Navigator:A Cross-Sectional Analysis. Cancer Control.


Pillon A, Dare-Shih J, Fong J, Fidalgo da Silva E, Porter LA. (2022). Dissecting the roles of the Tuberin protein in the subcellular localization of the G2/M Cyclin, Cyclin B1. PLOS One.


Tahir MN, Salloum S, Rondeau-Gagné S, Eichhorn SH. (2022). Amide assisted polymerization of 1,3-butadiyne containing thiolate ligands on small gold nanoparticles. Langmuir.


Yousefi N, Caba C, Hu A, Mooney M, Zhang S, Agostinis A, Mirhassani M, Ahamed J, Tong Y, Rondeau-Gagné S. (2022). Building a Versatile Platform for the Detection of Protein-Protein Interactions Based on Organic Field-Effect Transistors. Applied Electronic Materials.


Appointments and Awards


Appointments to Professor of Practice, University of Windsor, Department of Biomedical Sciences: DJ MacNeil and Sarah Mushtaq.


Appointments to Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Windsor, Department of Biomedical Sciences: Dr. Anne Marie Beaudet, Dr. Robert McKay, Dr. Abdullah Nasser and Dr. Junaid Yousuf.

Caroline Hamm. Awarded Honorary Doctor of Laws degree. University of Windsor 2022 Convocation.

Mitchell DiPasquale successfully defended his doctoral dissertation.

Lisa Porter. Conferred the title of Distinguished University Professor. University of Windsor 2022 Convocation.

WE-SPARK Cancer Research Group. 2022 Inspiration 100 Community Investment Award ($5,000). Windsor-Essex Community Foundation. 

Congratulations everyone!

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