November 2015

WCRG Matters
A newsletter to keep members and partners informed.
Seeds4Hope 2015

Dr. Philip Karpowicz, Dr. Lisa Porter
Dr. James Gauld
On October 28th, the Windsor Essex County Cancer Centre Foundation, together with the University of Windsor, Windsor Regional Hospital and the Windsor Cancer Research Group held its 2nd annual  Seeds4Hope Community Seminar Series. The seminar showcases the cancer research supported by the local Windsor-Essex Seeds4Hope grants. This year's presenters were two of the 2010 grant recipients: Dr. Bulent Mutus and Dr. Caroline Hamm (co-presented by Dr. Lisa Porter). The audience was also treated to a panel discussion with fourteen of our local Seeds4Hope recipients. Thank you to our presenters and to all who attended!

Congratulations to this year's Seeds4Hope recipients, Dr. Philip Karpowicz, Dr. Lisa Porter and Dr. James Gauld. Read more about these awards

Remembering Dr. Mordechay Schlesinger
On September 30th, Dr. Mordechay Schlesinger, (1931-2015) Professor Emeritus, Department of Physics, University of Windsor, passed away. Dr. Schlesinger had a long list of national and international accomplishments, one of which was a Seeds4Hope Grant awarded in 2013. the WCRG was fortunate to have him as part of our local cancer research community. He will be missed.

Congratulations to the following WCRG members for receiving Adjunct Professor status at the University of Windsor.
  • Dr. Pat Allevato, Pathologist
  • Dr. Tarek Elfiki, Medical Oncologist
  • Dr. Akram Elkeilani, Pathologist
  • Dr. Akmal Ghafoor, Medical Oncologist
  • Dr. Rasna Gupta, Medical Oncologist
  • Dr. Khalid Hirmiz, Radiation Oncologist
  • Dr. Sindu Kanjeekal, Medical Oncologist
  • Dr. Amin Kay, Medical Oncologist
  • Dr. Swati Kulkarni, Medical Oncologist
  • Dr. Sabeena Misra, Gastroenterologist
  • Dr. Ming Pan, Radiation Oncologist
  • Dr. Reda Saad, Pathologist
  • Dr. David Shum, Pathologist
  • Dr. Junaid Yousuf, Radiation Oncologist
An appointment of Adjunct Professor status is a significant step towards building collaborative, multi-disciplinary, translational health research within the Windsor-Essex community. This status allows them to:
  • Become Primary Applicants on grant opportunities
  • Bring the patient and clinician perspective to research questions
  • Provide University of Windsor researchers with essential patient samples as well as clinical follow-up data
  • Utilize the services of the Office of Research and Innovation, University of Windsor
Research Clusters
Over the summer months, researchers responded to a WCRG survey focused on identifying local cancer-related research expertise. Based on the responses, we have established the following multi-disciplinary research clusters: 
Over the next few months, we will begin organizing these multi-disciplinary working groups to identify and stimulate collaborative cancer research projects. If you are interested in joining or would like more information about any of our WCRG research clusters, please contact WCRG. 
WCRG Peer Review Panel
This Fall WCRG introduced a Peer Review Panel, whose roles is to provide feedback to members on all cancer-related grant applications. Thank you to our Reviewers:
  • Dr. Dora Cavallo-Medved, University of Windsor, Biological Sciences
  • Dr. Maher El-Masri, University of Windsor, Faculty of Nursing
  • Dr. James Gauld, University of Windsor, Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Dr. Caroline Hamm, Windsor Regional Cancer Program, Medical Oncologist
  • Dr. Josee Jarry, University of Windsor, Psychology
  • Dr. Sindu Kanjeekal, Windsor Regional Cancer Program, Medical Oncologist
  • Dr. Amin Kay, Windsor Regional Cancer Program, Medical Oncologist
  • Dr. Lisa Porter, University of Windsor, Biological Sciences      
  • Dr. Luis Rueda, University of Windsor, Computer Science
  • Dr. Reda Saad, Windsor Regional Hospital, Pathology
  • Dr. Andrew Swan, University of Windsor, Biological Sciences
  • Dr. Otis Vacratsis, University of Windsor, Chemistry & Biochemistry
If you would like to have your grant proposal reviewed by our Peer Review Panel or are interested in being a reviewer, please contact us
Members in the News
Krista Naccarato, Business Coordinator, Clinical Trials, Windsor Regional Hospital, and Executive Committee Member, WCRG, rappelled down Caesars' Augustus Tower in the 3rd annual Easter Seals Drop Zone event to raise much needed funds for kids in our community with physical disabilities. The full story of Krista in action can be found in Windsor Life Magazine and Snapd. Way to go, Krista!

If you find yourself in the news or spot one of our members doing something outside of their typical role, let us know so we can share. Submit all stories to Karen Metcalfe 
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.