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U of W researchers developing microchip device to detect COVID-19

U of W researchers developing microchip device to detect COVID-19 Portable microchip device to detect COVID-19

NUCLEUS: Infrastructure Grant Assistance

NUCLEUS: Infrastructure Grant Assistance Identification of infrastructure for future grant competitions

$180,000 WE-SPARK Grant Call

$180,000 WE-SPARK Grant Call WE-Spark Health Institute is now accepting applications for funding to stimulate the development of early-stage, novel, and innovative health research and education projects in Windsor-Essex. The WE-Spark Igniting Discovery Grants will provide funding for applications that have any health research focus across all health themes: biomedical research; clinical research; implementation science; educational health programs; health services research; and social, cultural, environmental, and population health research. These projects may include studies related to emerging topics in health, addressing gaps, catalyzing new ideas, generating and disseminating knowledge, and sparking collaborations. “The objectives of these grants are far-ranging” said executive director Lisa Porter. “Not only will they generate interest and an eagerness in the Windsor-Essex health research environment, we believe these grants will result in practice changes, policy reform, create new knowledge, support…

St. Clair College research project shows promising results in fight against COVID-19

St. Clair College research project shows promising results in fight against COVID-19 A research project headed by St. Clair College data analytics professor John Ulakovich shows promising results in accurately forecasting the number of COVID-19 cases in Windsor-Essex.

Psychology researchers secure SSHRC grant funding

Psychology researchers secure SSHRC grant funding University of Windsor psychology professor Lance Rappaport is part of a team who's received a SSHRC Insight Development Grant.

University of Windsor researchers design masks, door handle openers to fight COVID-19 spread

University of Windsor researchers design masks, door handle openers to fight COVID-19 spread University of Windsor engineering student Hamed Kalami displays an adjustable face shield on Friday, April 3, 2020. A group of researchers at the faculty of engineering have designed face masks and hands-free attachments for door handles, and are making parts for face shields and ventilators to help combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus. DAN JANISSE   Some University of Windsor researchers have designed face masks, hands-free door handle attachments and other tools to help fight the spread of COVID-19. The group from the Faculty of Engineering is also making parts for face shields and ventilators. “This is our rapid response to the current situation,” said master’s student Alireza Pasha. Along with doctoral candidates Hamed Kalami and Morteza Alebooyeh, Pasha has been working with engineering professor Jill Urbanic since the pandemic hit. They started out by partnering up with Kevin Taylor from Kelcom 3D to make brackets for face shields on a 3D printer. The researchers said…

UWindsor researchers looking for earlier warnings of COVID complications

UWindsor researchers looking for earlier warnings of COVID complications UWindsor researchers looking for earlier warnings of COVID complications

The Exhausting Job of Fighting Misinformation About COVID-19

The Exhausting Job of Fighting Misinformation About COVID-19 A think tank hosted by WE Spark Health Institute in January 2020. (Photo courtesy of WE Spark Health Institute) When the executive director of the WE Spark Health Institute sees misinformation online Lisa Porter admitted she feels sad. “Right now, we have access to so much information, which is great, but in some ways, there’s almost an intent to send out information that is false,” said Porter. Misinformation online about COVID-19 prompted the institute to hold a series of online events meant to dispel the myths and give the public access to experts dealing daily with the pandemic’s impact. WE Spark Health Institute is a partnership of the University of Windsor, St. Clair College, Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare and Windsor Regional Hospital. It supports local researchers and projects. One of the biggest targets on social media has been public health officials. As scientists learn more about COVID-19, recommendations have changed, and that has led to suspicion, and in some cases,…

Windsor Cancer Research Group Recognizes Ambassadors of Hope

Windsor Cancer Research Group Recognizes Ambassadors of Hope Oncologist Hakam Abu-Zahra is one of three Ambassadors of Hope recognized last week by the Windsor Cancer Research Group.   Since its launch over eight years ago, the Windsor Cancer Research Group (WCRG) has made remarkable progress in building cancer research capacity in the Windsor-Essex. With a growing membership of over 300 researchers, students and community members, and increases in both research funding and educational programs, the WCRG is the region’s flagship program for health research in the WE-Spark Health Institute. The annual Ambassadors of Hope celebration recognizes the dedication and generous contributions to individuals and organizations that build and support cancer research. “All our successes would not have been possible without the unwavering passion, dedicated commitment, and generous contributions from key community stakeholders” said Karen Metcalfe, assistant director WE-Spark Health Institute. “We are honored to recognize Heather Metcalfe and Dr. Hakam…

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