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WE-SPARK Health Institute and its funding partners have awarded 15 research grants totaling $287,450

WE-SPARK Health Institute and its funding partners have awarded 15 research grants totaling $287,450 WE-SPARK Health Institute and its funding partners have awarded 15 research grants totalling $287,450 to tackle local health challenges, including nine UWindsor projects. Called “Igniting Discovery Grants,” the funding promotes the development of early-stage, innovative health research and education projects in Windsor-Essex, and can include studies related to emerging topics in health, addressing gaps in healthcare needs, igniting new ideas, generating and disseminating knowledge, and sparking collaborations. A key goal of the grants is to encourage co-operation across WE-SPARK’s four partner institutions — the University of Windsor, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, Windsor Regional Hospital, and St. Clair College — along with community members, students, and volunteers. “Grants are the fuel that allows researchers to put together a team, to move their idea forward and tackle the biggest health problems that impact society,” said biomedical sciences professor Lisa Porter,…

WE-SPARK Health Institute awards research grants to promote research and health education projects

WE-SPARK Health Institute awards research grants to promote research and health education projects The WE-SPARK health institute has awarded 15 research grants worth more than $287,000 to promote research and health education projects across Windsor-Essex region such as gaps in healthcare needs.  The 15 projects will involve over 100 researchers and trainees and thousands of participants, with a key goal to collaborate across WE-SPARK's four partner institutions - Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, Windsor Regional Hospital, St. Clair College and the University of Windsor. The Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation was the largest grant funder, supporting $130,000 in cancer research grants. Read more. Courtesy: https://windsor.ctvnews.ca/we-spark-health-institute-awards-research-grants-to-promote-health-education-projects-1.5337451

UWindsor chemist designs alternate treatment for brain cancer

UWindsor chemist designs alternate treatment for brain cancer Chemistry professor John Trant has received a $50,000 grant from the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada to launch research into cancer-fighting nanoparticles that kill tumours by tricking the brain’s defences.

UWindsor researcher signs on to effort building new Canadian neutron beams

UWindsor researcher signs on to effort building new Canadian neutron beams UWindsor graduate students Michael Nguyen, Mitchell DiPasquale, and Brett Rickeard visit the NIST Center for Neutron Research, a neutron beam facility in Gaithersburg, Maryland. A $14.25 million federal grant will fund new neutron beam equipment in Canada and access to similar facilities in the U.S.   The University of Windsor is part of a national initiative to increase Canadian researchers’ access to neutron beams, with a $14.25 million grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for a project called “Building a Future for Canadian Neutron Scattering,” led by McMaster University. Neutron beams for materials research require extremely expensive equipment and are crucial to myriad fields of research, including clean energy technology, biomedicine, and the auto industry. “This is one of the most exciting parts of the proposal, we don’t know which new materials will be discovered as a result of these new resources,” says Drew Marquardt, grant co-applicant and assistant…

Professor to join discussion of diversity in research

Professor to join discussion of diversity in research UWindsor professor Lisa Porter will join a panel to discuss the impact of diversity on innovation in research on International Women’s Day.

Helping workers find their voice benefits employees and employers, say researchers

Helping workers find their voice benefits employees and employers, say researchers Employees are often reluctant to speak up at work. But if they make efforts to research their ideas and ensure they benefit the organization, it benefits both workers and employers.

Jarvis: 'We're not heroes. We're hard-working people doing our level best.'

Jarvis: 'We're not heroes. We're hard-working people doing our level best.' Janice Kaffer, CEO of Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, is shown at her Lakeshore home on Thursday. PHOTO BY DAN JANISSE /Windsor Star   “Let’s talk about how we’re all doing at almost one full year dealing with this nightmare,” Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare CEO Janice Kaffer begins in a post on LinkedIn this week. “I’ll go first.” What follows is an extraordinarily candid acknowledgement by a top hospital official of the impact of the stress of working in health care during the pandemic. “I’m tired,” Kaffer wrote. “I’m tired of all of it; the loss, the decisions that have to be made constantly, the changing information, the politics, the loneliness and isolation, the pain, the guilt, the unrelenting pressure. “And I’m tired of being tired.” She started out strong a year ago, she wrote. She ate well, walked daily, took care of herself. She lost weight. She felt good. “Then I didn’t,” she wrote. “I don’t know exactly when I stopped trying to look after…

Workshop to provide introduction to REDCap

Workshop to provide introduction to REDCap WE-Spark Health Institute is hosting an introductory REDCap workshop Friday, March 5.

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…

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