November 2016

WCRG Matters
A newsletter to keep members and partners informed.
Collaborative Conference Enjoyed by Many
On Saturday, November 19, 2016, WCRG hosted its 3rd Biennial International Cancer Research Conference at Caesars Windsor. The conference was attended by over 160 scientists, clinicians, nurses, research associates, administrators and students who came together from Windsor-Essex, our neighbouring communities of London and Michigan and other Canadian research institutions to share their latest research findings.

The conference featured two keynote speakers, Dr. Elizabeth Eisenhauer from Queen's University and Kingston General Hospital (Kingston, ON) and Dr. Shoukat Dedhar from the University of British Columbia and the BC Cancer Agency (Vancouver, BC). The conference also included 14 oral presentations, 40 poster presentations and 15 sponsors.

We'd like to thank all participants, sponsors, student volunteers and the conference committee for making this international cancer research conference a success!!

And congratulations to the Top 3 UWindsor Alumni Association Research Excellence Poster Award winners: Chris Hillman (Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry), Freda Qi (Western University) and Bre-Anne Fifield (University of Windsor).   
Seeds4Hope Awards 2016
Drs. Michael Dufresne, Josee Jarry, Sindu Kanjeekal and John Hudson 
On October 26th, the  Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation, announced the 2016 Seeds4Hope awards. Congratulations to this year's Seeds4Hope recipients, Dr. Josee Jarry, Dr. Sindu Kanjeekal and Dr. John Hudson. Read more about these awards
The  Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation, together with the  University of Windsor,  Windsor Regional Hospital and the Windsor Cancer Research Group also held its 3rd annual 
Seeds4Hope Community Seminar Series. The seminar showcases the cancer research supported by the local Windsor-Essex Seeds4Hope grants. This year's presenters were three previous grant recipients: Dr. Andrew Swan, Dr. Lisa Porter and Dr. John Hudson (co-presented by Dr. Sindu Kanjeekal). Thank you to our presenters and to all who attended!  
Get Connected at the Next Cancer Research Think Tank
WCRG is preparing to host its 4th Think Tank ! The objective of the WCRG 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. 

Hope to see you there! 

WHEN: Friday January 20, 2017 from 1:30-3:30pm 
WHERE: Windsor Regional Hospital Met Campus   

RSVP to Karen Metcalfe at

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

Bourouh, M., Dhaliwal, R., Rana, K., Sinha, S., Guo, Z.,  Swan, A. (2016) Distinct and Overlapping Requirements for Cyclins A, B and B3 in Drosophila Female Meiosis. G3 (Bethesda). 63711-3724

Campbell, D., Gorey, KM., Luginaah, IN., Zou, G.  Hamm, C., Holowaty, E. (2016). Gender differences on the interacting effects of marital status and health insurance on long-term colon cancer survival in California,1995-2014 Public Health, 140: 258-260. 

Gorey, K M., Bartfay, E.,  Kanjeekal, SM., Wright, F. ,  Hamm, C., Luginaah, IN., Zou, G., Holowaty, E. , Richter, N L., Balagurusamy, M. (2016). Palliative chemotherapy among people living in poverty with metastasised colon cancer: Facilitation by primary care and health insurance. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care (Advanced access published)
Lubanska D & Porter LA.  New concepts and emerging challenges in glioma progression and treatment.  Drugs in R&D (in press)

Liu, LJ., Brown, SL., Ewing, JR.,   Ala, BD., Schneider, KM., Schlesinger, M. (2016). Estimation of Tumor Interstitial Fluid Pressure (TIFP) Noninvasively. PLoS One. 11

Trant, JF., Jain, N., Mazzuca, DM., McIntosh, JT., Fan. B., Haeryfar, SM., Lecommandoux, S., Gillies, ER. (2016). Synthesis, self-assembly, and immunological activity of α-galactose-functionalized dendron-lipid amphiphiles. Nanoscale. 8: 17694-17704.


Hudson, J., Kanjeekal, S., Hamm, C., Shum, D., Ciborowski, J. Seeds4Hope Grant ($80,000). Project Title: PLK4 haploinsufficiency as a genetic predisposition for hematological malignancies

Jarry, J., Hamm, C. , McGowan, C., Kulkarni, S., Soucie, K., Wasserlein, G. Seeds4Hope Grant ($70,700). Project Title: Ashtanga yoga for women with breast cancer: A feasibility study.

Kanjeekal, S. Porter, L., Cavallo Medved , D., Govindaraja, A., Rueda, L., EL-Gohary, Y., Sorenson, R., Elsdon, T., Naccarato, K. Seeds4Hope Grant ($77,236). Project Title: Identifying a genetic signature that predicts progression of non-invasive urothelial carcinoma.

Porter. L.
& the Katelyn Bedard Bone Marrow Association. Mitacs Accelerate Grant ($90,000). Project Title: Checkpoint control in the expansion of hematopoietic stem cells.


Dora Cavallo-Medved - Faculty of Science Student Engagement Award 

Youshaa El-Abed - Science Society Award, awarded to a student who demonstrates leadership through extracurricular activities on campus and within the community

Karen Metcalfe - Volunteer of Distinction Award from the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. 

Lisa Porter - Faculty of Science Outreach & Engagement Award 

Luis Rueda, Alioune Ngom and Lisa Porter - Faculty of Science Collaborative & Interdisciplinary Research Award

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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.