March 2016

WCRG Matters
A newsletter to keep members and partners informed.
WCRG Takes Part in Career Exploration Day
On March 16, 2016 the Windsor Cancer Research Group hosted a cancer biology workshop for forty youth members of Windsor's refugee and immigrant community. Through the local YMCA, the students were taking part in a Career Exploration Day at the University of Windsor's Faculty of Science. Students participated in interactive activities viewing cancer tissue slides and learning about different types of cancer treatments and cancer research. Thank you to our dedicated volunteers for putting together the workshop and interacting with the students. Read more about the event. 
Cancer Research Think Tank
WCRG is hosting a Cancer Research Think Tank that will help teams prepare for upcoming funding opportunities. If you want to lead a project or are interested in joining a team that already has project ideas - don't miss this opportunity!

WHEN: Friday April 15, 2016 from 1-3pm 
WHERE: The Joyce Entrepreneurship Centre, University of Windsor

RSVP to Karen Metcalfe at

Member Accomplishments
In 2016 we would like to focus on learning more about all WCRG members, and to recognize and share accomplishments with each other and the community.

Members in the News

Stem Cell Transplant Patients Coming Home to Windsor Regional to Recover
Windsor Star, March 9, 2016

New Cancer Docs Fill a 'Huge Hole,' Reducing Need for Patients to Travel Out of Town. Windsor Star, February 7, 2016.

Cancer Docs Support New Hospital. Windsor Star, January 28, 2016


Dr. Maher El-Masri appointed Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Journal of Nursing Research 


Rezaeian I, Tavakoli A, Cavallo-Medved D, Porter LA, Rueda L. (2016) A model used to detect differential splice junctions as biomarkers in prostate cancer from RNA-seq data. Journal of Biomedical Informatics (in press JBI-15-694R1) . 
Al Sorkhy M,  Fifield B, Myers D. and Porter LA. (2016) Direct Interactions with both p27 and Cdk2 Regulate Spy1-Mediated Proliferation in vivo and in vitro. Cell Cycle 15(1):128-36. Funded by CCS/CBCRA.

Topic of Editorial review.  Dewhurst and Kaldis. (2016) The Speedy A, Cdk2, p27 Triangle.  Cell Cycle Jan. 13 (epub ahead of print).

Patient Care

Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) is now available to patients in Windsor with the first case having favourable outcomes. Dr. Ming Pan, Radiation Oncologist, Windsor Regional Hospital Cancer Program.

WCRG Student Volunteer Successes

Melanie Grondin, one of our lead WCRG Volunteers, was featured in this month's Alumni View Magazine under the heading "Making Excellence Look Easy." We are fortunate to have Melanie lead many WCRG projects.

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!
Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Events
Be sure to save the following dates!
Save the Date - 3rd Biennial Cancer Research Conference
WCRG will be hosting our 3rd Biennial Cancer Research Conference at Caesars Windsor on Saturday November 19th, 2016.

We look forward to welcoming our two keynote speakers:
Dr. Shoukat Dedhar, PhD
University of British Columbia
British Columbia Cancer Agency
Dr. Elizabeth Eisenhauer, MD FRCPC
Queen's University
Kingston General Hospital
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.