September 2017

WCRG Matters
A newsletter to keep members and partners informed.
Did You Know?
  • WCRG produces a yearly Impact Report that can be found on our website - be sure to check it out!
  • Windsor Regional Hospital Cancer Program hosts Cancer Education Days every Friday the 13th. This program targets Primary Care Physicians and other healthcare providers.

WCRG Has Two Official Locations!
WCRG has had a presence at the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre (Room 2029) for over a year and thanks to the University of Windsor's Faculty of Science, we now have a second home in Essex Hall Room 148!
We have great things planned so stay tuned for our upcoming door decorating event and open house!


Getting to Know Our Local Cancer Researchers
WCRG continues to partner with snapd Windsor to highlight WCRG cancer researchers. 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 the latest edition featuring Krista Naccarato click here.  
Join Us at the Next Cancer Research Think Tank
On July 14th, WCRG held it's 6th 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! 

Friday October 27 from 12:30-3:30pm 
WHERE: UWindsor, Joyce Entrepreneurship Centre    

RSVP to Karen Metcalfe at  
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.


Dhesy-Thind S, Fletcher GG, Blanchette PS, Clemons MJ, Dillmon MS, Frank ES, Gandhi S, Gupta R, Mates M, Moy B, Vandenberg T, Van Poznak CH. (2017). Use of Adjuvant Bisphosphonates and Other Bone-Modifying Agents in Breast Cancer: A Cancer Care Ontario and American Society of Clinical Oncology Clinical Practice Guideline. J Clin Oncol. 20;35(18):2062-2081.
Firoozbakht F, Rezaeian I, D'agnillo M, Porter L, Rueda L, Ngom A. (2017). An Integrative Approach for Identifying Network Biomarkers of Breast Cancer Subtypes Using Genomic, Interactomic, and Transcriptomic Data. J Comput Biol . 24(8):756-766.

Members in the News

Congratulations to Dr. Sindu Kanjeekal for being honoured by the India-Canada Association. The evening was enjoyed by many - delicious Indian food, live Bollywood style entertainment, inspiration, socializing and fundraising.
Picture courtesy of snapd Windsor
WCRG Volunteer, Youshaa El-Abed (University of Windsor, Faculty of Science, Biological Sciences) traveled to Bangkok, Thailand this summer to participate in the University Scholars Leadership Symposium. WCRG will definitely benefit from what he has learned!
Read more about his experience.
WCRG Volunteer, Alex Rodzinka (University of Windsor, Faculty of Science, Biological Sciences) and recipient of the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada's studentship shares his research story with the Windsor community. Read about his work and what inspires him. 
Appointments and Promotions   
Congratulations to the following WCRG members for their recent appointments and promotions at Western University, Department of Oncology:
  • Dr. Caroline Hamm, Associate Professor (promotion)
  • Dr. Swati Kulkarni, Assistant Professor (appointment)
  • Dr. Junaid Yousuf, Assistant Professor (appointment)
Be sure to submit any news items as they happen and we will include them. Pictures and links to details are welcome! 
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.