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Local psychology professor is leading a study to assess the effectiveness of a smartphone app

Local psychology professor is leading a study to assess the effectiveness of a smartphone app A psychology professor from the University of Windsor is leading a study to assess the effectiveness of a phone application to manage anxiety. Lance Rappaport is leading a team of researchers to access MindShift, a free tool developed by the experts at Anxiety Canada in order to help manage psychological distress. The free app has been available for several years, but the group of mental health professionals are now evaluating how well it is working. Anxiety Canada, the non-profit organization who developed the app has awarded Rappaport a grant of just over $21,000 to fund the research. The study asks participants to watch a short video explaining MindShift before using the app for 16 weeks. Courtesy: https://windsor.ctvnews.ca/university-of-windsor-professor-receives-grant-for-21k-to-research-anxiety-app-results-1.5190026

UWindsor COVID research gets $300,000 funding boost

UWindsor COVID research gets $300,000 funding boost Mike McKay, executive director of the Great Lake Institute for Environmental Research, is leading a research team using sewage as an early warning system to determine trends in COVID-19 infection rates.

Research team to explore dynamics of cancer-causing proteins

Research team to explore dynamics of cancer-causing proteins Biochemist John Trant is heading up a research team exploring the behaviours of disease-causing proteins.

Fight the Fight, Find the Cure

Fight the Fight, Find the Cure Over the last 20 years, early detection and research have played critical roles in the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of breast cancer. In this episode, Kim Willis talks to Dr. Lisa Porter, Professor of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Windsor and Exeutive Director of WE-SPARK Health Institute, and Peggy Polewski, Breast Cancer Survivor and Advocate.  Dr. Porter shares how important research has been for breast cancer treatment. A lot of exciting things happening right here at the University of Windsor. And Peggy shares openly and honestly about what a breast cancer diagnosis looks and feels like. A positive mind-set and humour are essential! Listen to the podcast here.

Study of COVID-19’s psychological impact on local healthcare workers enters second phase

Study of COVID-19’s psychological impact on local healthcare workers enters second phase The second part of a study launched in June will ask Windsor-Essex healthcare workers to complete a short survey indicating how the pandemic is affecting their mental health. The goal is to explore ways to support, promote, and restore the emotional well-being of healthcare staff who have experienced so much during the COVID-19 pandemic. Completion of the survey during Wave 2 will allow the research team — from the University of Windsor, St. Clair College, and Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare — to compare overall trends. More than 400 healthcare workers responded to June’s survey. The team is hoping to get the same level of participation, if not more, this time around. Part two of the survey is open to end of November, with a goal of sharing study findings in the new year. Research associate Jennifer Voth said the results of the initial survey indicated high levels of stress caused by concerns of being infected, passing on the virus, and access to personal protective equipment. “What…

Breast cancer social scholar published in the Conversation Canada

Breast cancer social scholar published in the Conversation Canada The University of Windsor’s Jane McArthur, a PhD candidate in sociology/social justice, has recently had an article published in the Conversation Canada on what she says sheds lights on issues not addressed in current breast cancer awareness initiatives. “As COVID-19 makes abundantly clear, our health exists in a nested set of relationships, each part of the whole interacting and influencing each other,” says McArthur, a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow Investigating Women’s Narratives of Breast Cancer. “Climate change, institutionalized racism, political unrest and more also make the nestedness of our overall health clear. So does breast cancer. Addressing environmental, occupational, and social factors that influence the development of the disease is as important as ever as we move forward with public health policies that prioritize prevention.” Read McArthur’s article here:  https://theconversation.com/breast-cancer-awareness-is-not-enough-public-health-strategies-need-to-be-based-on-prevention-147549…

Unique Paediatric Oncology Handbook Created for Local Charity

Unique Paediatric Oncology Handbook Created for Local Charity Kaila Wilson has created a one-of-a-kind tool to help families with children going through cancer treatment.

Windsor Regional Hospital officially acquires land for new mega hospital

Windsor Regional Hospital officially acquires land for new mega hospital Windsor Regional Hospital is officially taking ownership of a 60-acre property for the proposed new regional acute care hospital more than five years after the site was chosen. The proposed site for the mega hospital is at the corner of County Rd. 42 and the 9th Concession. The announcement was made Friday, coinciding with a cheque presentation in support of the new hospital from local farmer Frank Lafferty, whose sweet corn stand has been a seasonal fixture on the property for decades. The purchase of sale agreement was originally signed in 2015 and closed this October after all of the agreed upon conditions, including proper zoning of the site and ministry approval of the project, were met. “This development puts the future Windsor-Essex Hospitals System on solid ground,” says David Musyj, President and CEO of Windsor Regional Hospital. “Today, thanks to the commitment of Premier Doug Ford, Health Minister Christine Elliott, every elected official in this region who made moving…

Think Tank to consider health research projects

Think Tank to consider health research projects WE-SPARK Health Institute will host a virtual Think Tank via Zoom on Friday, Oct. 9, from 1 to 3:30 p.m

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