April 2019

WCRG Matters
A newsletter to keep members and partners informed.
Play for a Cure a Huge Success!
Harvey and Elaine Snaden & Jeff and Diletta Casey
WCRG Ambassador of Hope and Pro Am Tournament event chair, Jeff Casey, led a group of dedicated individuals to host Play for a Cure, a hockey event that raised $262,000 to support collaborative cancer research initiatives in Windsor-Essex! Thank you to the Organizing Committee and the many volunteers that made this event such a huge success! For details on how the funds will be used go to the official Play for a Cure website. And be sure to check out the official picture gallery.
Seeds4Hope Competition Announced
Open House at Windsor Regional Cancer Centre

The inaugural kind Windsor Regional Cancer Centre Open House is being held on:
 
Sat.May 4, 2019
  10:00 am-2:00 pm
 
This event is open to  the public and is a wonderful opportunity for the cancer research community to get a behind-the-scenes look at the patient experience.  
 
WCRG will have a table at the event so be sure to visit us!
 
No registration is required.  
 
For more information call 519-253-5253

Let's Talk Cancer Provides Unique Outreach Experience
Ryan (workshop lead), Zaneb, Luna (workshop lead) 
RIOT Windsor organized the 3rd Annual Let's Talk Cancer symposium for local high school students. Held at the University of Windsor, students learned about cancer biology, oncology and the patient perspective. This year, WCRG launched a new workshop highlighting the Cancer Undergraduate Research Education (CURE) course only available at the University of Windsor. CURE students showcased their projects and provided direction on how to combat cancer myths. See event pictures.  
Wonder Broads Donate to Cancer Research
 
 
On February 26th WonderBroad members, Sandi Shoust, Adriana Dutka, and Ruth Wass presented a cheque to WCRG to support local breast cancer research. The WonderBroads are breast cancer survivors from Windsor-Essex who celebrate life and maximize wellness through dragon boat paddling. We thank them for their generosity!
Hope to See You at the April 26th Think Tank
We are kicking off our 2019 Think Tank series on Friday April 26 at the Joyce Entrepreneurship Centre, University of Windsor. Think Tanks bring people together to share research ideas in an effort to build collaborative projects and successful grant submissions. Everyone is welcome, so please join us!  Topics and speakers are: 
  
 
Exploiting Machine Learning Technology to Facilitate Biomedical Research Success   
Presenters: Caroline Hamm & Youshaa El-Abed
Windsor Regional Hospital Cancer Program
 
Apps Apps and more Apps: What is the potential to research and use them in Cancer Patient Care?
Presenter: Laurie Freeman
Faculty of Nursing, University of Windsor
 
Innate Immunity Against Cytomegalovirus Infection in Immunocompromised Transplant Patients
Presenter: Munir Rahim
Biological Sciences, University of Windsor
 

 
And if you are would like to find out what CIHR researchers should know about the U.S. National Institutes of Health - attend the workshop before the Think Tank.
Click here to find out more.
 
To RSVP contact Karen Metcalfe at [email protected]  
Last Chance to Get Tickets!


If you love music and love research, this is the event for you!  In a unique collaboration between The Tea Party and Caesars Windsor, a portion of the ticket sales from the Tea Party Concert on Thursday April 18 at the Colosseum at Caesars Windsor will be donated to the WCRG. Buy Tickets Now! 
Snapd Windsor Continues Supporting Local Researchers
Snapd Windsor has committed to the WCRG Researcher snapdshot for 2019! Interviews are found in the print edition of snapd Windsor and shared through various newsletters and announcements. The goal of these "Snapd Shots" is to raise awareness about the cancer research conducted in Windsor-Essex and stimulate new research collaborations. To see previous snapd shots click here. Thank you snapd Windsor for contributing to our cancer smart community!   
Member Highlights
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      
 
John Trant (Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Windsor). ($165,000). MITACS. Odd Society Spirits: Distillation under reduced pressure: Producing less bitter herbal liquors.
 
 
Publications
    
Dignard, N., Jarry, J.L. 2019. The Body Appreciation Scale-2: Item interpretation and sensitivity to priming. Body Image: An International Journal of Research, 28, 16-24.
 
Pan, F., Dashti, M., Reynolds, M.R., Rissanen, K., Trant, J.F., Beyeh, N.K. 2019. Halogen bonding and host-guest chemistry between  N-alkyl ammonium resorcinarene halides, diiodoperfluorobutane and neutral guests. Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry. Accepted April 3, 2019.
 
Paudel, P., Zhang, Q., Leung, C., Greenberg, H.C., Guo, Y., Chern, Y., Dong, A., Li, Y., Vedadi, M., Zhuang, Z., and Tong, Y. 2019. Crystal structure and activity-based labeling reveal the mechanisms for linkage-specific substrate recognition by deubiquitinase USP9X . PNAS, 116, 7288-7297.
 
Rahdar, S., Rahdar, A., Ahmadi, S., Trant, J.F.  2019. Adsorption of bovine serum albumin (BSA) by bare magnetite nanoparticles with surface oxidative impurities that prevent aggregationCanadian Journal of Chemistry.
   
 
 
Presentations
 
John Agapito and Ming Pan. Can We Use Hounsfield Unit Ranges as Surrogates for Functional Lung Avoidance in 4-dimentional Computerized Tomography Simulation Datasets: A Pilot Study. Accepted for the CARO Annual Scientific Meeting in Halifax in October 2019
 
Jarry, J.L., Chang, F.M., Howard, A.P., McGowan, C., Soucie, K., Hamm, C., Kulkarni, S. 2019. Mind-body interventions for depression and anxiety: Ashtanga yoga's effectiveness for clinical and non-clinical populations. Paper to be presented at the 50th International Society for Psychotherapy Research Meeting, Buenos Ares, Argentina.
 
Katharine Mclaughlin, Amanda Stojcevski and Caroline Hamm. Trends in Vital Signs in Relation to Patient Outcomes During Induction Phase in Treatment of Acute Leukemia. Accepted for the Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control Conference. Halifax, Nova Scotia. May 27-28. 
 
Elise Quint and Caroline Hamm. Barriers to timely stem cell transplantation for patients with acute leukemia: Experience from the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre. Accepted for the Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control Conference. Halifax, Nova Scotia. May 27-28.
 
 
Awards
 
Jake Frank, University of Windsor, Biological Sciences. NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award  
 
Natalie Gosselin, Graduate Student, University of Windsor, Biological Sciences. Faculty of Science GA Excellence Award.
 
Rasna Gupta, Oncologist, Windsor Regional Cancer Centre. Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Associate Dean Award of Excellence in Medical Education   
 
Phil Karpowicz, University of Windsor, Biological Sciences. Emerging Scholars/Researchers Award at the University of Windsor's Celebration of Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity.
 
Jane McArthur, University of Windsor, PhD Candidate, Sociology. Awarded $3,000 and one of 25 finalists for the next round of competition in the Storytellers contest sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
 
Fatima Nadeem, Undergraduate Student, Biological Sciences, University of Windsor. Received the Ontario Biology Day Best Cellular and Molecular oral presentation. March, 2019
 
Lisa Porter, University of Windsor, Biological Sciences. Faculty of Science Research Impact Award.   
 
Bre-Anne Fifield, Adam Pillon, Natalie Gosselin, Brayden Labute, Kyle Stokes, Jackie Fong, Robert Gombar  (Canadian Cancer Society Research Information Outreach Team - RIOT). Canadian Cancer Society 2018 Ontario Impact Award. 
 
   
     
Be sure to submit any news items as they happen and we will include them. Pictures and links to details are welcome!