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Public event to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Windsor-Essex

Public event to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Windsor-Essex The University of Windsor will be hosting a virtual public event Friday evening to address hesitancy of receiving COVID-19 vaccines. The panel discussion is being done in partnership with the WE-SPARK Health Institute, and will feature speakers like Windsor-Essex Medical Officer of Health Dr. Wajid Ahmed and other experts in the field from the university and Windsor Regional Hospital. “We’re trying to make that connection to ease some of these concerns,” says Ahmed. Organizers say this event is an opportunity for the public to ask questions directly to a panel of local experts to learn more about how the new COVID-19 vaccines work and voice their concerns about the vaccines ability to protect. “As our region begins its roll out of the new COVID-19 vaccines, many in our community have expressed their hesitancies over the safety, efficacy and necessity of the vaccine” said lead organizer Zainab Taleb, Ph.D. student, Biomedical Sciences. "A recent survey released by Statistics…

Report details progress by WE-Spark Health Institute

Report details progress by WE-Spark Health Institute WE-Spark Health Institute has released its third-quarter progress report highlighting key accomplishments covering the period November 2020 to January 2021. Successes include: 18 local grants awarded totalling $346,725.00; 452 members, an increase of 209 per cent over its first year; the launched of a web-based question-and-answer program featuring local experts in healthcare, research, and education; a new research request portal for those seeking collaborators, assistance with research project and budget development, data management and analysis, equipment, facilities, or fresh tissue trials; and designed and launched a knowledge translation workshop series. Read the report here. Courtesy: https://www.uwindsor.ca/dailynews/2021-02-12/report-details-progress-we-spark-health-institute

Anti-viral expert joins Faculty of Science

Anti-viral expert joins Faculty of Science Biochemist Kenneth Ng joined the UWindsor faculty in July 2020, and is exploring treatments for coronaviruses.

Public event to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy

Public event to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy Not sure if you will get the COVID-19 vaccine when it is available? You might want to take part in an upcoming public event. The University of Windsor and its partners with the WE Spark Health Institute have invited five local doctors to discuss the safety, efficacy, and necessity of getting the vaccine. “As our region begins its rollout of the new COVID-19 vaccines, many in our community have expressed their hesitancies,” said lead organizer Zainab Taleb, a student of biomedical sciences at the University of Windsor. “This event is the opportunity for the public to ask these questions directly to a panel of experts.” A recent survey by Statistics Canada suggests less than 60 per cent of Canadians are eager to get the shot once it is available. The panel includes Windsor-Essex Medical Officer of Health Doctor Wajid Ahmed, Head of Infectious Disease at Windsor Regional Hospital Doctor Corinna Quan, and immunologist Doctor Munir Rahim. The event is on WE Spark Health Institute’s…

Students hoping to address vaccine hesitancy

Students hoping to address vaccine hesitancy UWindsor students will host an online panel discussion Feb. 19 to address public concerns about receiving inoculation against COVID-19.

Professor working to secure source for neutrons

Professor working to secure source for neutrons Drew Marquardt is helping put UWindsor at the centre of Canada’s resurgence in neutron scattering research. The assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, cross-appointed in the Department of Physics, took over the role of president of the Canadian Institute for Neutron Scattering (CINS) in November 2020. “This is a thrill for me, but it is also very good positioning for UWindsor, specifically the Faculty of Science,” says Dr. Marquardt. CINS is a not-for-profit, voluntary organization that helps stimulate and facilitate Canadian scientific research using neutron beams, or neutron scattering. Neutron beams are a versatile and irreplaceable research tool for materials research, which includes advanced manufacturing and clean technologies, and promoting health through biomedical and life sciences. “Neutron beams are essential for measuring stress non-destructively, which is often needed to verify reliability in critical structural components, including…

Think Tank to spark health research collaboration

Think Tank to spark health research collaboration WE-Spark Health Institute is hosting its third in a series of virtual Think Tanks, a unique opportunity for researchers, students, and the Windsor-Essex community to ignite ideas and move into research collaborations. The Think Tank will take place Friday, Feb. 5, 1 to 3:30 p.m. and is open to everyone. Click here for more information and to register. The event will begin with an overview of three projects, followed by breakout sessions: New Insights into the Biology of Claudin-low Mammary Cancer Kay Uwe Wagner, Karmanos Cancer Institute Conquering Social Isolation in Windsor-Essex: Together We Can Kathryn Pfaff and Deborah Sattler, UWindsor Faculty of Nursing and Windsor-Essex Compassion Care Community Transition to Adulthood with Type 1 Diabetes in a University Setting Jessica Kichler, UWindsor Department of Psychology The outcomes will focus on moving each project forward and building collaborations across Windsor-Essex. Courtesy: https://www.uwindsor.ca/dailynews/2021-01-15/think-tank-spark-health-research-collaboration

With gratitude and appreciation for our community

With gratitude and appreciation for our community A holiday message from the WE-SPARK team We can all look back, knowing with great certainty, that 2020 was a test of our courage, determination, and resiliency. In March, Windsor-Essex launched its first health institute, at the same time a world-wide health crisis was at our doorstep. It was something we would have never anticipated, but all of you - healthcare providers, researchers, educators, students, volunteers, and our Windsor-Essex community - quickly stepped up to meet the challenge. We launched our COVID-19 Rapid Response grant call and applications poured in. We were overwhelmed by the home-grown, innovative ideas, awarding over $400,000 in local grants with more than 100 collaborators. Some projects focused on the effects of COVID-19 on the mental health of children and healthcare workers. Some dissected best practices to help small businesses overcome crises. Others contributed toward the evolution of the testing process with a portable Lab-on-a-Chip, rapid PCR, environmental…

St. Clair among top research colleges in Canada

St. Clair among top research colleges in Canada Peter Wawrow, Director of Applied Research and Development, speaks at an event earlier this year.   St. Clair College made the list of Canada's Top 50 Research Colleges in 2020. The annual ranking by Research Infosource Inc., is based on the amount of research grants colleges receive, along with contracts and contributions from third parties. St. Clair came in at number 50, making the list this year for the first time. "I feel honoured that our research efforts have been recognized in Canada's Top 50 Research Colleges," said Peter Wawrow, Director of Applied Research and Development at St. Clair College. "It is validation that the efforts we have made over the past couple of years are now starting to pay off." St. Clair received a total of $702,852 in sponsored research, with almost $487,000 of that in grants and contributions, and more than $216,000 of in-kind support. Wawrow said St. Clair received several small research grants, along with a couple of larger…

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