February 2019

WCRG Matters
A newsletter to keep members and partners informed.
WCRG Ambassador of Hope Leading Play for a Cure

WCRG Ambassador of Hope and Pro Am Tournament event chair, Jeff Casey, is leading a group of dedicated individuals to host a hockey experience that will raise money for cancer research. This is an event you won't want to miss! Donate to a player or buy tickets to the game. Click here to find out more about Play for a Cure.
Concert to Benefit WCRG

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.
CURE Class Projects Moving Foward
In the Fall of 2018, Dr. Lisa Porter taught a third year Cancer Undergrad Research Education (CURE) course. At the end of the term, students submitted their final projects that are now beginning to be rolled out in the following ways: 
  • Publishing the children's book The C-word
  • Implementation of a WCRG Youtube Channel - Be sure to subscribe!
  • 2 Service Learning Course Projects
  • New logo and banner design
  • Think Tank Re-boot, including a new virtual App
  • Collaboration with Windsor Regional Hospital Cancer Program to create new patient materials, including an information book for pediatrics
  • Development of a new CURE workshop for upcoming Let's Talk Cancer event
The first snapdshot of 2019 features Dr. Arezoo Emadi. WCRG Researcher snapdshots are found in the print edition of snapd Windsor and shared through various newsletters and announcements. The goal of these "Snapdshots" is to raise awareness about the cancer research conducted in Windsor-Essex and stimulate new research collaborations. To see previous snapdshots click here. Thank you snapd Windsor for contributing to our cancer smart community!
2019 Think Tank Series
Coming this spring, Think Tanks will have a new look, new format and new collaborations but they will still be focused on bringing people together to elevate research ideas and grant submissions.  
Think Tanks will run from 1:30 - 4:00 pm and alternate between the University of Windsor and Windsor Regional Hospital.
Mark your calendars and don't miss them!
  • April 26 at University of Windsor
  • July 19 at Windsor Regional Hospital
  • October 18 at University of Windsor

 Everyone is welcome! 

To find our more or to present at a Think Tank, contact Karen Metcalfe at karenmet@uwindsor.ca  
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      
Porter, L. and deCarvalho, A. (Collaborators: Eran Andrechek, Abdulkadir Hussein, Swati Kulkarni, Daniel Schramek, Abdalla Shamisa, John Trant, Otis Vacratsis) Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) ($1,044,225 over 5 years). Targeting Cell Cycle Checkpoints in Glioma.   
Porter, L. and Trant, J. Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) ($100,000). Unique and Selective Targeting of Cdk Activity in Aggressive Carcinomas 
Askari, F.; Rahdar, A.;  Trant, J.F. (2019). Cysteine-functionalized quantum dots are fluorescent sensors able to discriminate between the enantiomers of tryptophanSensing and Bio-Sensing Research,  22 .  
Fidalgo da Silva E, Botsford S, Dare-Shih J, Hanna MA, Porter LA (2019). The Tuberin and Cyclin B1 complex functions as a novel G2/M sensor of serum conditions and Akt signaling. PLoS ONE 14: e0210612.
Meister, D.; Taimoory, S.M.; Trant, J.F. (2018).Synthetic amino acids for the treatment of MHC Type II diseases history and perspectives. Peptide Science, 111, e24058. Special issue celebrating 150 years of Canadian peptide science. (Invited). **cover picture done by SMArt student, Madison Trozzi! 
Shakourian-Fard, M.; Taimoory, S. M.; Semeniuchenko, V.; Kamath, G.; Trant, J.F. (2018). The Effect of Ionic Liquid Adsorption on the Electronic and Optical Properties of Fluorographene NanosheetsJournal of Molecular Liquids, 268, 206-214.    
In the News
Windsor Regional Hospital Cancer Program and Centre for Human Performance and Health partnership to benefit cancer patients (see Daily News). Expanded Exercise Program Launched for Cancer Patients. Windsor Star, January 17, 2019  
Be sure to submit any news items as they happen and we will include them. Pictures and links to details are welcome!