February 2017

WCRG Matters
A newsletter to keep members and partners informed.
Let's Talk Cancer a Big Success!

WCRG, in partnership with Let's Talk Science, University of Windsor Alumni Association, Department of Biology Graduate Students Association, Katelyn Bedard Bone Marrow Association, Canadian Blood Services, and UWindsor Science Society held the first Let's Talk Cancer symposium for over 130 high school student. WCRG's activities were lead by Youshaa El-Abed, Yucca Albano and Jonathan O'Beid.
Thank you to all our volunteers who contributed to such a valuable learning experience for all participants. Read more about this event.
Conducting Cancer Research at Windsor Regional Hospital
Windsor Regional Hospital has a newly formed Research Council that serves as the first point of contact for researchers wishing to conduct research at the Windsor Regional Hospital Cancer Program.  The Council's purpose is to ensure the institution is aware and supportive of all research being conducted with this vulnerable population of patients.  They will provide direction to researchers on how to move forward on their projects and advise them on necessary next steps. Application forms and new information will be made available soon on the WCRG website 
Get Connected at the Next Cancer Research Think Tank
On January 20th, WCRG kicked off 2017 with it's 4th Think Tank. The objective of the Think Tank series is to bring people together and share research ideas in an effort to build collaborative projects and increase the number of cancer research grant submissions. Summaries of the past sessions can be found on  our website.

Everyone is welcome to our next Think Tank! 

Friday April 7, 2017 from 1:00-3:00pm 
WHERE: UWindsor, Joyce Entrepreneurship Centre   

RSVP to Karen Metcalfe at karenmet@uwindsor.ca 

Member Accomplishments
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 a few of your latest successes.

Bakht MK, Oh SW, Hwang DW, Lee YS, Youn H, Porter LA, Cheon GJ, Kwak C, Lee DS, Kang KW. (2017) . The potential roles of radionanomedicine and radioexosomic in prostate cancer research and treatment. Curr Pharm Des. Feb 16. [Epub ahead of print]

Bazzi ZA, Balun J, Cavallo-Medved D, Porter LA, Boffa MB. (2017). Activated thrombin-activatable fibrinolysis inhibitor attenuates the angiogenic potential of endothelial cells: potential relevance to the breast tumour microenvironment. Clin Exp Metastasis. Jan 25. [Epub ahead of print]

Ferraiuolo, RM., Tubman, J., Sinha, I., Hamm, C., Porter, LA. (2017). The cyclin-like protein, SPY1, regulates the ERĪ± and ERK1/2 pathways promoting tamoxifen resistance. Oncotarget, 5.

Gorey, K M., Hamm, C., Luginaah, IN., Zou, G., Holowaty, E. (2017). Breast Cancer Care in California and Ontario: Primary Care Protections Greatest Among the Most Socioeconomically Vulnerable Women Living in the Most Underserved Places. J Prim Care Community Health. [Epub ahead of print]

Conference Presentations     

Ryan Chan (Student, University of Toronto) and Caroline Hamm. Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma: A single institution experience of patient outcomes. ARCC Conference. May 2017, Toronto, Ontario. Also presented at ASCO Quality of Care Conference in San Fransisco.

Jennifer Cox (MD Candidate, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry) and Caroline Hamm. Quality of care improvements resulting from a model of care that incorporates the primary clerk into the care team. ARCC Conference. May 2017, Toronto, Ontario. Also presented at ASCO Quality of Care Conference in San Fransisco.

Josh Kosta (MD Candidate, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry) and Caroline Hamm. Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and other lifetime primary malignancy in the Windsor-Essex region. ARCC Conference. May 2017, Toronto, Ontario.

Youshaa El-Abed (WCRG Volunteer, Undergraduate Student, Faculty of Science), received the 2016 UWindsor, D. Garner Green Shield Canada Foundation Leadership Scholarship.

Ingrid Qemo (WCRG Volunteer, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Science), 5th Annual Tumor Biology and Microenvironment Retreat, Karmanos Cancer Institute and Wayne State University.
Be sure to submit any news items as they happen and we will include them. Pictures and links to details are welcome!
Remember, we can't share it if we don't know it!
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Funding Opportunities


Go to  our website to see a complete list of funding opportunities for cancer researchers. We invite you to use the resource as a tool to plan your grant submissions over the next year. Please contact us if we can help facilitate collaborations or provide feedback to strengthen submissions.