November 2017

WCRG Matters
A newsletter to keep members and partners informed.
Did You Know?
  • WCRG has a student Volunteer Team called CURES (Cancer Undergraduate Research and Education Students). Our CURES Team develop fun, interactive activities to educate the public about cancer research. Let us know if you would like them to participate in your next event!
  • Windsor Regional Hospital is the home of the Clinical Trials Department. It is comprised of 5 staff - 4 Study Coordinators and 1 Business Coordinator. Clinical trials are an important part of any successful cancer research network
Cancer Researcher for a Day was Launched!
On November 10th and 13th, WCRG launched Cancer Researcher for a Day. This program uses research as a tool to empower children/youth and their families through their cancer journey, and encourage them to be research ambassadors. We were thrilled to pilot the program with Dereck Lau (a brain cancer survivor) and younger sister Morgyn. They were enthusiastic participants, and also provided great feedback that will help us grow the program. Click here to see pictures from the two days. To read more from the press, go to WCRG's news page.
This program is made possible with the generous support of the Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation and the University of Windsor, Faculty of Science Service Learning Program. Youshaa El-Abed (program intern) and Donika Yakoub (volunteer mentee), both undergraduate students, worked with WCRG to develop and implement the program and were key to the success of the two days.
WCRG's First Open House a Big Success
WCRG hosted its first annual Trick or Treat Cancer -  Halloween Open House. Thanks to the organization and activities developed by our CURES Team, the event was a big success! Participants had fun with our Spin the Cancer Wheel, Cancer IQ Test, Dress the Researcher, and Guess the Cancer games. They also received glitter tattoos, treats and prizes.  Click here for pictures of the fun day.  
Mark Your Calendars for the 2018 Think Tanks!
On October 27th, WCRG held it's 7th Think Tank! The goal of these sessions is to bring people together and share research ideas in an effort to build collaborative projects and increase the number of cancer research grant submissions. Summaries of the past sessions can be found on our website.  

Now is the time to mark your calendar for the 2018 Think Tanks.  


The events run from 1:30 - 4pm and alternate between the University of Windsor and Windsor Regional Hospital. 

  • January 12 at Windsor Regional Hospital
  • April 20 at UWindsor
  • July 20 at Windsor Regional Hospital
  • October 19 at UWindsor

Everyone is welcome! 

To find our more or to present at a Think Tank, contact Karen Metcalfe at  
Getting to Know Our Local Cancer Researchers
WCRG continues to partner with snapd Windsor to highlight WCRG cancer researchers. Interviews are found in the print edition of snapd Windsor and shared through various newsletters and announcements. The goal of these "Snapd Shots" is to raise awareness about the cancer research conducted in Windsor-Essex and stimulate new research collaborations. To see the latest edition featuring Dr. Josée L. Jarry click here.
Member Accomplishments
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 a few of your latest successes.

Dora Cavallo-Medved, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Windsor, Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) Teaching Award.    
Diane Marley, Martha Marks and Katherine Vanderhaeghe John, Erie St Clair Regional Cancer Program, Patient & Family Advisory Committee. Diane received the Erie St Clair Regional Cancer Program Summit Award in the Volunteer category for her work on the My Cancer Journey Resource - a practical guide for patients and their families. Diane spoke at a WCRG Think Tank this year to share with us the importance of research from a survivor's perspective.     
Lisa Porter, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Windsor, WE-Tech Alliance 2017 Tech Researcher of the Year  
Funded Projects     
Swati Kulkarni (Local PI), Medical Oncologist, Windsor Regional Hospital Cancer Program, A Randomized Trial of Durvalumab and Tremelimumab +/- Platinum Based Chemotherapy in Patients with High-Risk Metastatic (Stage IV) Squamous or Non-Squamous Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)- Trial being conducted through the Canadian cancer trials group (CCTG)- Canadian chair- Dr. Natasha Leighl. Project is supported by Caesars Windsor Concerts for a Cure 2017 with a proposed amount of $10,000.
Posters and Presentations
Veronica Bryksa, Cancer Genetic Counsellor, Windsor Regional Hospital. Strategies to Maximize Clinical Efficiency: Our experience to enhance patient care in a cancer genetics setting. Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors (CAGC)'s Annual Education Conference, Victoria, BC September 27 to October 1, 2017.  
Be sure to submit any news items as they happen and we will include them. Pictures and links to details are welcome! 
Funding Opportunities


Go to  our website to see a complete list of funding opportunities for cancer researchers. We invite you to use the resource as a tool to plan your grant submissions over the next year. Please contact us if we can help facilitate collaborations or provide feedback to strengthen submissions.