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Grant to boost search for treatment of Alzheimer’s disease

Grant to boost search for treatment of Alzheimer’s disease Biomedical sciences professor Vijendra Sharma is exploring pathways to treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. With a long-term goal of offering a novel approach to treating Alzheimer’s disease, professor Vijendra Sharma is researching biological pathways that could reverse long-term memory impairment. Alzheimer’s disease is a chronic neurodegenerative disease characterized by a gradual loss of memory and cognition, leading to amnesia. “First, we want to identify the cell types in the brain affected by Alzheimer’s disease,” says Dr. Sharma. “Then we’ll study how stress alters protein synthesis pathways in those cell types to create drugs that target the affected cells and correct the dysregulated protein synthesis, which is critical for memories.” An assistant professor in biomedical sciences who started his lab at the University of Windsor in January 2023, Sharma will focus on the integrated stress response pathway, which is activated in Alzheimer’s disease. Prolonged cellular…

Tools enable anatomy examination

Tools enable anatomy examination Students crowd around to view a demonstration of the Anatomage table, which enables users to analyze and examine human anatomy with the touch of a fingertip. A field trip to explore high-tech anatomy and physiology tools gave graduate students of chemistry and biochemistry deeper understanding of the human body. The experiential learning field trip to the Dr. Murray O’Neil Medical Education Centre, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry-Windsor Campus, allowed hands-on exploration of medical dissection through the Anatomage table, three-dimensional models, and human cadaver physiological organ systems. Student Victoria Kis especially enjoyed the Anatomage table, a digital tool that enables users to analyze and examine human anatomy with the touch of a fingertip. “I felt very excited and fortunate to be able to use the Anatomage table to take a look into the pregnant body and see the different organs and related systems,” Kis says. The demonstrations — facilitated by Master of…

Health research subject of online think tank

Health research subject of online think tank A virtual think tank on February 2nd provides opportunities for input into three health research areas A public session on Zoom scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, February 2nd will have three breakout sessions inviting participants to provide input into how these research areas should be set up, what success looks like, and how all can best work together to achieve outcomes. The three breakout sessions will focus on: Community Health & Well-being For those interested in all aspects of community health and well-being research including disease awareness, disease prevention, public health, environmental, rehabilitation, support programs, etc. Cancer For those interested in all aspects of cancer research including biomedical, clinical trials, psycho social, policy, nursing, etc Behavioural and Brain Health For those interested in all aspects of behavioural and brain health research including mental health, addictions, neuroscience, AI innovations, etc. Click here to register for the event.…

Jump-start your new year with cold-weather running, say researchers

Jump-start your new year with cold-weather running, say researchers Cold weather doesn’t have to mean an end to outside exercise. Kinesiology professor Kevin Milne and PhD student Kurt Downes offer advice on how to run safely outdoors in winter in a recent article published in The Conversation. Photo by Julia Larson (Pexels). Don’t let cold temperatures dampen your enthusiasm about running outdoors, say a pair of researchers from the Faculty of Human Kinetics. In an article published in The Conversation, doctoral student Kurt Downes and professor Kevin Milne expound on “the joys of running in a winter wonderland.” The pair offer tips for finding motivation and staying safe, including advice on injury prevention. They cover how to run safely outdoors, as well as why it’s good idea. “There is some recent evidence to show that outdoor exercise may provide additional improvements in well-being,” they write. “These improvements could also contribute to combating seasonal affective disorders during the winter months and help to combat a slew…

January networking event to bring together health research community

January networking event to bring together health research community WE-SPARK Health Institute hosts monthly networking events for members of the Windsor-Essex health research community to get to know one another through fun and casual conversations. There is no formal agenda, and all are welcome.  This is an opportunity for anyone interested in health research to make connections in an informal and enjoyable atmosphere.   The next event will be held Thursday January 4th from 5-8pm at the Kildare House, 1880 Wyandotte St. E., Windsor.  No RSVP is required. WE-SPARK Health Institute is supported by an innovative partnership between the University of Windsor and Erie Shores HealthCare, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, St. Clair College, and Windsor Regional Hospital that brings together health research strengths, expertise, and infrastructure from across the WindsorEssex region.

Cancer survivors support work towards cure

Cancer survivors support work towards cure Breast cancer survivors on the WonderBroads dragon boat racing team donated funds in support of research towards a cure for the disease. Dominating the sport of dragon boat racing is not enough for the WonderBroads of Windsor-Essex — the breast cancer survivors also want to help find a cure for cancer. That is why the group is donating to the WE-Spark Health Institute and to University of Windsor cancer research. Sandi Shoust is with the group committed to wellness and the belief that there is life after breast cancer. She says the women want to contribute back to the community and give as much as they can to research, to give women hope beyond breast cancer surgery. “We are competitive team, we’ve won many medals and travel all over Ontario and Europe, but besides that we stand for a cure,” says Shoust. WE-Spark Health Institute director Lisa Porter, a UWindsor biomedical sciences professor and cancer researcher, knows first-hand the importance of patients in raising funds for…

WE-SPARK Health Institute Releases Quarterly Report

WE-SPARK Health Institute Releases Quarterly Report WE-SPARK Health Institute has released its Year 5, 2nd quarter report highlighting key accomplishments from August 2023 – October 2023:  continued to grow the WindsorEssex research ecosystem with a total of 1,146 members, adding 225 from Q2 2021-22; WE-SPARK members attracted $4.7M in new funding, and produced 15 publications; increased the number of active RedCap users to 258, a data sharing platform for research studies; hosted five events and workshops focused on researcher networking and health research innovation; a total of 65 student volunteers worked with WE-SPARK staff supporting research activities, knowledge translation and community events, logging 3,550 hours and reaching over 1,485 participants; and completed its next 5 year Strategic Plan. Read the Report here. WE-SPARK quarterly reports communicate outcomes and provide accountability to its members and the Windsor-Essex community. All reports can be found on our website.  WE-SPARK Health Institute is supported by an…

December networking event to bring together health research community

December networking event to bring together health research community WE-SPARK Health Institute hosts monthly networking events for members of the Windsor-Essex health research community to get to know one another through fun and casual conversations. There is no formal agenda, and all are welcome.  This is an opportunity for anyone interested in health research to make connections in an informal and enjoyable atmosphere.   The next event will be held Thursday December 7th from 5-8pm at the Bourbon Tap & Grill, 1199 Ottawa St, Windsor. No RSVP is required. WE-SPARK Health Institute is supported by an innovative partnership between the University of Windsor and Erie Shores HealthCare, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, St. Clair College, and Windsor Regional Hospital that brings together health research strengths, expertise, and infrastructure from across the WindsorEssex region.

Grant to fund exploration of causes of blood cancers

Grant to fund exploration of causes of blood cancers Biomedical sciences professor Brian DeVeale (fourth from left) received support for his research from the Katelyn Bedard Bone Marrow Association and representatives Joanne Bedard, Sonya Cottrell, Nicholle Kuzniak, Bryan Bedard, and Andrew Kidd. By developing a technique to measure how long it takes each cell type in the bloodstream to divide, Brian DeVeale hopes to reveal cancer-causing mechanisms. An assistant professor of biomedical sciences, he will begin “Defining relative cell cycle lengths in mixed cell populations,” after receiving a one-year $25,000 WE-Spark Igniting Discovery grant funded by the Katelyn Bedard Bone Marrow Association. “I’m extremely grateful,” says Dr. DeVeale.“We can’t do what I believe will be high-impact early stage research without this kind of support.” The plan is to develop a technique to measure the cell cycle length of all cell types in the human bloodstream, and then use it to detect and dissect molecular stages of transformation. “Despite…

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