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Researchers devising new imaging agents to diagnose prostate cancer

Researchers devising new imaging agents to diagnose prostate cancer Lisa Porter and John Trant, shown in this 2019 photo, have received funding through the Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation’s Seeds4Hope program to devise new imaging agents for the diagnosis of prostate cancer.   A pair of UWindsor scientists are researching ways to better diagnose prostate cancer. Lisa Porter and John Trant are developing imaging agents to help oncologists distinguish between different types of prostate cancer. The new agents would fluoresce under near-infrared light that could be used in conjunction with colonoscopies. Diagnoses would be more precise and wait times shorter than with current imaging using positron emission tomography, commonly referred to as PET scans. “What’s cool about this is you could just use a lamp,” said Dr. Trant. “This would be much more readily available, and we could cut costs a couple orders of magnitude.” The research is being funded with a $30,000 grant from the Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation’s Seeds4Hope program. Since its…

Bring your research appetite to find out what WE-Spark Health Institute is all about

Bring your research appetite to find out what WE-Spark Health Institute is all about A video raises awareness about WE-Spark Health Institute and how it can facilitate local research collaboration.

Researchers to explore effects on volunteers of adaptive exercise programs

Researchers to explore effects on volunteers of adaptive exercise programs What are the effects of adaptive exercise programs on the volunteers who help to offer them? A new study aims to find out.   A study will explore the experiences of volunteers providing exercise programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, particularly during the pandemic and pre-pandemic times. The project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), expands on more than a decade of collaboration between the UWindsor Faculty of Human Kinetics and Community Living Essex County. The team includes Sean Horton, Sara Scharoun Benson, Chad Sutherland, and Jordan Deneau of the Adapted Physical Exercise (APEX) research group, along with psychology professor Jonathan Weiss of York University. Over the years the partnership between Community Living and APEX has centred around developing inclusive community-based exercise programs to help improve the mental and physical health and confidence of people with intellectual disabilities and…

Study: listen to employees to build more resilient teams

Study: listen to employees to build more resilient teams Teams become more effective and resilient when bosses encourage employees to take risks, make suggestions, and learn from the process, according to a study by business professor Kyle Brykman.     Business leaders who encourage their employees to learn on the job and speak up with ideas and suggestions for change have teams that are more effective and resilient in the face of unexpected situations, according to new research from the Odette School of Business and Rice University. “A Resource Model of Team Resilience Capacity and Learning” will appear in a special issue of Group & Organization Management. Authors Kyle Brykman, an assistant professor at the University of Windsor’s Odette School of Business, and Danielle King, an assistant professor of psychological sciences at Rice University, studied what makes employees more resilient and fosters learning in the workplace. The researchers specifically examined the interactions of 48 teams from five Canadian technology startups.…

Windsor neurologist raises alarm over dip in ER visits for stroke symptoms

Windsor neurologist raises alarm over dip in ER visits for stroke symptoms 'Don't wait' to get treatment, says medical director of EDSC Windsor-Essex

Alumni honour professors as excellent educators

Alumni honour professors as excellent educators The University of Windsor Alumni Association is bestowing its Alumni Award for Distinguished Contributions to University Teaching on four professors during Spring Convocation ceremonies. The award honours faculty members — nominated by colleagues, alumni, and students — as incentive and encouragement for achieving excellence in teaching and learning at the University of Windsor. This year’s recipients included Dr. Dora Cavallo-Medved, a cell biologist in the Faculty of Science. Dr. Cavallo-Medved has shared her love of science with numerous University of Windsor students. Her approachable manner and her belief in making strong classroom connections have contributed to the personal growth, success, and self-confidence of her students. Dr. Cavallo-Medved is known for her devotion to teaching and research, and her positive work has spread throughout campus. She works collaboratively with other faculties and students in a variety of disciplines. No matter the program, she can engage…

Amplify: Women are taking their sexual health into their own hands

Amplify: Women are taking their sexual health into their own hands Huge strides are happening in sex ed, including a groundbreaking program for university-age women on consent, good relationships, sexual health and desire. A University of Windsor team led by psychology professor Charlene Senn developed the program, now being adapted for a high school audience. "I sat in on two days of sessions with 16- and 17-year-old girls: It was an illuminating experience for a 40-year-old and made me regret never receiving anything close to this caliber of sex ed as a teen". This Globe & Mail Article talks about Dr. Charlene Senn's research, The Bystander Program, and how she is now adapting it for use in high schools. Read the article here: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-amplify-women-are-taking-their-sexual-health-into-their-own-hands/?fbclid=IwAR2kREqYPeTn8IPMftJbbJ-4NLQgjqQJMTkWC6zWiqplr-TuI9yYVs9mFoE

COVID-19 aftermath: long-haulers suffer while so much remains unknown

COVID-19 aftermath: long-haulers suffer while so much remains unknown Domenic Scandale is shown at his Windsor home on Thursday, June 3, 2021. Scandale got COVID-19 in December 2020 and then remained hospitalized until April because of long-term impacts. PHOTO BY DAN JANISSE /Windsor Star   Just days after Domenic Scandale tested positive for COVID-19 in mid-December, he collapsed in his bathroom around 1 a.m., unable to catch his breath. “I almost passed out, I couldn’t breathe,” he recalled. “I told my wife, ‘call an ambulance.’” But in the back of the ambulance, Scandale, 55, had no idea of the endless nightmare ahead — one that repeatedly almost claimed his life. To this day, his health is debilitated in several ways. “I was thinking they will take me in, give me some oxygen and I’m coming back home that night,” he said. “I never imagined this.” What Scandale didn’t realize was how dangerously low his oxygen levels had dropped. “Everything happened so fast. If I wouldn’t have went when I did, I don’t think I would…

UWindsor research team joins province-wide COVID wastewater project

UWindsor research team joins province-wide COVID wastewater project Mike McKay and his team at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research are part of province-wide effort to analyze wastewater for COVID.   Researcher Mike McKay of the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research and his team will be part of a first-of-its-kind province-wide SARS-CoV-2 wastewater surveillance project announced yesterday and supported by Ontario Genomics, Genome Canada, and the biotech company Illumina. Dr. McKay will collaborate with Ontario Genomics, University of Guelph, University of Ottawa, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, and others to analyze COVID-19 in wastewater to improve public health response and better understand outbreaks in communities across Ontario. The project will enhance critical province-wide co-ordination and viral surveillance and support provincial and national efforts to understand how the virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, is changing over time through emerging variants, including variants of concern. The virus responsible…

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