Keeping Our Members Informed and Connected
Vol. 1, No. 3, August 2020
Summer slowdown? No such thing @ WE-SPARK! Two events, both with great results, thanks to our amazing Members!
Recipients of our WE-SPARK COVID Rapid Response grant funding generously shared their projects and expertise with our Windsor-Essex community during this 4-week "Ask the Experts" series in July.
Our first virtual brainstorming event "Creating Meaningful Research Experiences for Students" on June 30 drew 61 participants from across our partner organizations as well as from Western University, and the University of British Columbia. The outcomes were adapted into an on-line resource. You can find them here.
Understanding Barriers to Research Study

Calling all WE-SPARK members! Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry – Windsor Campus student and WE-SPARK member Justin Senecal is leading a study to identify barriers to involvement in conducting health research and interdisciplinary collaboration. Working closely with Dr. Indryas Woldie, Windsor Regional Hospital, Justin is looking to use the results to identify ways to positively contribute to, and elevate the research culture across Windsor-Essex. The study is open from August 1 - October 1, 2020. Click here for the online questionnaire.
The WE-SPARK Igniting Discovery grant competition is underway. Applications are due September 4, 2020. Igniting Discovery grants fuel new ideas, new researchers and new teams to move them toward tri-council or foundation funding. We are grateful to the Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation who supports cancer grants through their Seeds4Hope priority call.
Applied to a National or Provincial grant call and narrowly missed funding? Check out our Incentive Grant Program designed to help researchers complete the work that they need to be successful in the next round of funding.
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

Lance Rappaport (Primary Investigator), University of Windsor, Psychology, Rosanne Menna, University of Windsor, Psychology, Erin Picard, WECDSB, ($66,350) Insight Development Grant (SSHRC), Implications of Phasic Emotion Dynamics for Adolescent Development and Well-Being; 2020-2022
Anthony Bain (Primary Investigator), University of Windsor, Human Kinetics, ($30,000), Discovery Grant - Individual (NSERC), Impact of endothelial microvesicles, Notch1, and endothelial progenitor cells on vascular endothelial function, 2020-2025
Eunsik Kim (Primary Investigator), University of Windsor, Engineering, ($23,000), Discovery Grant – Individual (NSERC), Beyond the Ergonomics Program: Applying Gamification for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders. 2020-2025
Jeff Defoe (Primary Investigator), University of Windsor, Engineering, ($50,000), Alliance COVID-19 (NSERC), Development of a Simple Air- and O2-Powered Ventilator for Care of COVID-19 Patients, 2020-2021


Atikukke G, Alkhateeb A, Porter LA, Fifield BA, Cavallo-Medved D, Facca J, Elfiki T, Elkeilani A, Rueda L, Misra S. (2020) P-370 Comprehensive targeted genomic profiling and comparative genomic analysis to identify molecular mechanisms driving cancer progression in young-onset sporadic colorectal cancer. Annals of Oncology, VOLUME 31, SUPPLEMENT 3, S209-S210.

Rios PC, Scharoun-Benson SM. (2020). Exploring caregiver perspectives of social and motor skills in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and the impact on participation. Frontiers in Psychology – Developmental Psychology, 11, 1260. 
Be sure to submit any news items as they happen and we will include them.
Pictures and links to details are welcome! 
Speaker Series & Events
COVID Conversations with a Community Perspective
Our popular COVID Conversations series continues! Starting September 9th and through December we're bringing unique perspectives and updates on local COVID-19 research. Each week will include a community perspective on the topic. We will keep our events page updated, be sure to check back often!
Members in the News
St. Clair College research project shows promising results in fight against COVID. Read more.

Researchers studying impact of COVID19 on physical activity. Read more.
.Windsor Cancer Research Group recognizes Ambassadors of Hope. Read more.
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