Keeping Our Members Informed and Connected
Vol. 1, No. 4, October 2020
Welcome to the Fall edition of The Spark.
Looking forward, together: 1st WE-SPARK Town Hall
September 29th marked our first Town Hall where members gathered online as Executive Director Lisa Porter provided exciting highlights from year one, and shared WE-SPARK’s focus areas for the upcoming year. Thank you to all our members for participating.
MedHealth Mixer
Lisa Porter delivered a keynote during a recent MedHealth event. MedHealth is a regional collaboration across Southeast Michigan and Southwest Ontario. You can watch and listen as Lisa shares WE-SPARK updates, and the impact we have made in our first year.
NEW! Researcher Profiles
We are continuously evolving our website and excited to profile WE-SPARK’s Core Principal Members - those who have a formal affiliation with one of our four partner institutions, and are funded by provincial or national health projects, or lead a clinical trial. Read their profiles here.

In the coming months we will be bringing you more profiles by adding our Core Associate Members, Affiliate Researchers and more. Stay tuned!
Virtual Think Tank Series Begins
Our virtual Think Tank series kicked off on October 9th. Thank you to our presenters Laura D'Alimonte, Windsor Regional Hospital, Hali Sitarz, St. Clair College, and Meaghan Wunder, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, and the 44 participants for helping us move ideas forward! For a summary of the outcomes, click here.
Join us for our next Thank Tank December 4th, 2020. The perfect forum to ignite connections and mobilize new ideas. Register here.
The 2021 Think Tank series will take place bi-monthly on Fridays from 1-3:30pm.
COVID Conversations - with a Community Perspective
Our 2nd COVID Conversations series was specially designed to bring in a community perspective, pairing healthcare executives with researchers. Thank you Adam Dukelow, Jan Kaffer, Mike McKay, Dana Menard, David Musyj and Simon Rondeau-Gagné for sharing your unique viewpoints and updates on local research.
Member Highlights and Successes
Letting us know about the accomplishments of you and your colleagues allows us to celebrate the great work being done in our region and further build collaborations. Here are just a few of your latest successes.

Funded Projects

Paul Stolee, University of Waterloo, Paula M. van Wyk, University of Windsor, Jacobi Elliott, London Health Sciences Centre, Roy Butler, St. Joseph’s Health Care London (Primary Applicants), Joanie Sims-Gould, University of British Columbia, Justine Giosa, University of Waterloo, Helen Johnson, Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network, Catherine Tong, University of Waterloo (Co-Applicants), ($451,351), CIHR Project Grant, Why aren’t we engaging our most at-risk older patients? Developing an in-depth understanding of patient/family engagement across care transitions; 2020-2022
Mohammed Hussain (Primary Investigator)Canadian Mental Health Association Health Centre, Marla Jackson, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, Research & Evaluation Services, Jennifer Voth, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, Research & Evaluation Services, Brian Burke, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, Mental Health & Addictions ($81,200) Canadian Medical Association Foundation, Redesigning Primary Care to Deliver Integrated, Urgent Mental Health and Addictions Services Outside of the Emergency Department during COVID-19; 2020-2021 


Dipasquale M, Gbadamosi O, Nguyen M, Castillo S, Rickeard B, Kelley E, Nagao M, Marquardt D. (2020) A Mechanical Mechanism for Vitamin E Acetate in E-cigarette/Vaping-Associated Lung Injury. Journal of Chemical Research in Toxicology. 33, 9, 2432–2440



Recent articles published in the The Conversation Canada, an independent source of news and views from the academic and research community delivered directly to the public:

Laurie Freeman, Dana Ménard, Jody Ralph, Kendall Soucie: Heroes, or just doing our job? The impact of COVID-19 on registered nurses in a border city.

Drew Marquardt, Ming Pan and Zahra Yamani: New neutron source in Canada would spur innovation, medical treatments. Your click and reading will help to have their voices heard, and further improve the chance of public funding in WCRG’s future cancer research.

Degrees & Appointments

Hali Sitarz, Professor at St. Clair College in the Collaborative Nursing Program (BScN) has completed her PhD in Nursing. Hali received her doctoral education from Walden University. Her dissertation is entitled “Understanding the Experiences of Young Adults Receiving Eating Disorder Care in the Community”. Congratulations Dr. Sitarz!

Congratulations on your appointments to Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Windsor, Department of Biomedical Sciences: Dr. Sajit Augustine, Dr. David Cervi, Dr. Kitty Huang and Dr. Swati Kulkarni.
Be sure to submit any news items as they happen and we will include them.
Pictures and links to details are welcome! 
Partner Events
Cancer Education Day
November 13, 2020
Mark your calendars for this year's virtual Cancer Education Day, Friday November 13th. Click here for more information.
WCRG 5th Biennial International Research Conference
November 19-21, 2020
There's still time to register! An excellent forum to showcase, connect, and strengthen cancer research excellence with variety of breakout sessions and renowned keynote speakers. To view the full agenda and to register, click here.
Other Events of Interest
CanCOVID Events
CanCOVID is a network of Canadian COVID-19 researchers, clinical collaborators, and healthcare stakeholders from across the country. We regularly post their events to our WE-SPARK website, including their upcoming International Congress on COVID-19 in December.
Members in the News
Windsor Regional Hospital officially acquires land for new mega hospital. Read more.
UWindsor student creates KT tool to help families with children going through cancer treatment. Read more.
Janice Kaffer is interviewed following a WE-SPARK Ask the Expert event. Read more.
We want to hear about your grants, publications, awards, conferences!
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