June 2019

WCRG Matters
A newsletter to keep members and partners informed.
WCRG Solution Launched Nationally
The Clinical Trials Navigator pilot project, under the leadership of Dr. Caroline Hamm, is underway at Windsor Regional Hospital. In partnership with the Canadian Cancer Clinical Trials Network (3CTN), Youshaa El-Abed, the Clinical Trials Navigator helps cancer patients search and connect to clinical trials they may be eligible for.  This initiative is in honour of Ron Truant, an advocate for patient access to clinical trials and a co-developer of the Clinical Trials Navigator. Ron was a member of the WCRG Executive and a pancreatic cancer survivor of four years through clinical trials. He passed away on February 17, 2016. Ron was a valued mentor and friend and his inspiration and impact continue to move us forward.  
2018 Impact Report Launched
WCRG has released its 2018 Impact Report showcasing our progress over the past year. It highlights the exciting ways that cancer research activities, community support, outreach and education opportunities are growing in our community and the importance of having strong local research.  

Thank you for contributing to WCRG's success!
Caesars Windsor and The Tea Party Give Back!
Thank you to hometown rock band The Tea Party and Caesars Windsor for donating a portion of their ticket sales to WCRG. Community investment in research can have tremendous impact and Caesars Windsor continues to step up. Their support has added new cancer research infrastructure and has brought together multidisciplinary research teams, elevating the academic environment and supporting the training of the next generation of researchers. WCRG is grateful to Caesars Windsor and The Tea Party for their generosity and commitment to the health of our community.
Snapd Windsor Continues Supporting Local Researchers
Jeff Casey, Dora Cavallo-Medved, Minister Duncan, Lisa Porter 
Snapd Windsor continues to support the WCRG Researcher snapdshot to raise awareness about the cancer research conducted in Windsor-Essex. This month snapd Windsor was there to celebrate the grand opening of our latest state-of-the-art cancer research labs in the new Essex Centre for Research in the Faculty of Science at the University of Windsor. Thank you snapd Windsor for contributing to our cancer smart community!   
Connecting with the Community
Luna Emogene, CURES Team 
The last 2 months have been busy for WCRG! Thanks to our CURES Team and R.I.O.T., we participated in the following events:
  • Relay for Life - University of Windsor
  • Science Rendezvous
  • Go Grey in May
  • Windsor Regional Cancer Program Community Open House
  • Relay for Life Impact Tent
  • Windsor Brain Tumour Walk
New public educational activities were developed and the community loved them!
Hope to See you at the July 19th Think Tank!
WCRG is teaming up with the Windsor Health Institute (WHI) to host a Think Tank on Friday July 19 at Windsor Regional Hospital, Met Campus. 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: 
Sport-related Concussion 
Presenter: Christopher Abeare 
Clinical Neuropsychology, University of Windsor 
Inorganic Biodegradable Materials for the Controlled Release of Therapeutic Agents
Presenter: Nicholas Vukotic 
Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Windsor
Transforming the Face of Glioma 
Presenter: Representative from Cures4Glioma
To RSVP 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      
John Trant (Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Windsor). ($250,000). New Frontiers in Research Fund - Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Targeting the root cause of rheumatoid arthritis with new peptide drugs with low side-effect profiles.
Lisa Porter and Martin Bakht (Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Windsor). Ride for Dad Program ($10,000). Novel Target Validation for Treatment and Imaging of Drug Resistant Prostate Cancer.  
Alkhateeb A, Rezaeian I, Singireddy S, Cavallo-Medved D, Porter LA, Rueda L. 2019. Transcriptomics Signature from Next-Generation Sequencing Data Reveals New Transcriptomic Biomarkers Related to Prostate Cancer. Cancer Inform, 13; 18.
Jackie Fong, University of Windsor, Biological Sciences. ($800 US). Vicky H. Whittemore Travel Award to support travel to the 2019 International Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Conference and Loaring Memorial Award-Breast Cancer Research ($2,000).
Swati Kulkarni, Windsor Regional Hospital. Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Department of Oncology's Excellence in Academic and Teaching Awards, Division of Windsor Oncology. June 2019.  
Brayden LaBute, University of Windsor, Biological Sci-Neur/Behavr. ($5,000). Gail Rosenblum Mem Schol-Breast Cancer Research. 
Jane E. McArthur. Sociologists for Women in Society 2019 Barbara Rosenblum Cancer Dissertation Scholarship. ($2500) 
Adam Pillon, Biological Sciences, Gail Rosenblum Memorial Scholarship-Breast Cancer Research ($5,000)
Mathew Stover, Biological Sciences,Windsor Prostate Cancer Scholarship ($1,000)
Janice Tubman, Biological Sci-Neur/Behavr, Loaring Memorial Award-Breast Cancer Research ($2,000)
Be sure to submit any news items as they happen and we will include them. Pictures and links to details are welcome!