May 2016

WCRG Matters
A newsletter to keep members and partners informed.
Impact Report Released

WCRG has released its first Impact Report
showcasing our progress from 2012-2015. The Report provides an overview of WCRG - the mission, vision and values as well as the committee members who keep WCRG moving forward. We provide the numbers, including a detailed budget, that shows where we started and how far we have come. We thank our dedicated WCRG members who have volunteered their time in creating this report.
WCRG Researcher Snapd Shot

WCRG has recently partnered with snapd Windsor to highlight our WCRG cancer researchers. Interviews will be 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 April edition click here.
Cancer Research Think Tank Series
On April 15th, WCRG hosted its first Cancer Research Think Tank. Over 30 participants representing a variety of disciplines and institutions took part in making this event a huge success! The objective of the WCRG Think Tank series 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. Don't miss the next one! 

WHEN: Friday July 15, 2016 from 1:30-3:30pm 
WHERE: Windsor Regional Hospital, Met Campus, Auditorium 

RSVP to Karen Metcalfe at

Member Accomplishments
In 2016, we are focused on learning more about all WCRG members, and to recognize and share their accomplishments with each other and the community.

Members in the News

New Prostate Cancer Treatment Looks 'Like a Winning Opportunity for All'
Windsor Star, May 25, 2016

City Council Approves 1% Hospital Levy After Marathon Debate
Windsor Star, April 26, 2016

Erikka Johnson, Global Mitra Award, WRH's Diversity Committee

Marisa Market
, Outstanding Undergraduate Student, UWindsor Award for Excellence in Research 

Lisa Porter
, Mid-career UWindsor Award for Excellence in Research


Iman Rezaeian, Ahmad Tavakoli, Dora Cavallo-Medved, Lisa A. Porter, and Luis Rueda. (2016). A novel model used to detect differential splice junctions as biomarkers in prostate cancer from RNA-Seq data. Journal of Biomedical Informatics. 60: 422-430.

Zainab A. Bazzi, Danielle Lanoue, Mouhanned El-Youssef, Rocco Romagnuolo, Janice Tubman, Dora Cavallo-Medved, Lisa A. Porter, and Michael B. Boffa. (2016) Activated thrombin-activatable fibrinolysis inhibitor (TAFIa) attenuates breast cancer cell metastatic behaviors through inhibition of plasminogen activation and extracellular proteolysis.
BMC Cancer. 16: 328


Canadian Association of Radiation Oncologists - Annual Scientific Meeting (CARO ASM).
Outcome of Stage 4A and 4B Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma: A Single Institution Experience with Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy and Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy.   Ming Pan, Ken Schneider, Swati Kulkarni, Daphne Southcott, Ramen Nissan, Amin Kay,  Rasna Gupta, Akmal Ghafoor, John Mathews, Tarek A. Elfiki, Sindu Mary Kanjeekal, Khalid Hirmiz, Junaid Yousuf, Colvin Springer, Caroline M. Hamm


Dora Cavallo-Medved was recently awarded a University of Windsor, PEARL Teaching and Learning grant for the development of a cancer biology teaching lab and community workshop!

Congratulations to the following Supervisors for their students receiving Schulich-UWindsor Opportunities for Research Excellence Program (SWORP) grants:
  • Khalid Hirmiz
  • Swati Kulkarni
  • Lisa Porter
  • Caroline Hamm
  • Sindu Kanjeekal
  • Luis Rueda
  • Philip Karpowicz

Be sure to submit any news items as they happen and we will include them. Pictures and links to details are welcome!
Remember, we can't share it if we don't know it!
WCRG in the Community
May was a busy month for WCRG! Thanks to our Volunteer Committee, we shared information on cancer research at the University of Windsor's Research Showcase and Science Rendezvous.

We also partnered with the pediatric oncology unit at Windsor Regional Hospital to host the Pediatric Parent Support Seminar to a group of parents whose children are undergoing treatment. Thank you to Dr. Mohammed Jarrar and Dr. Lisa Porter for being our guest speakers and to our dedicated student volunteers for educating the children and their families about cancer research!

WCRG participated in the Cancer Education Days, organized by the Windsor Regional Cancer Program for primary care providers, with a focus on hematology and lung cancer. Many of our WCRG members presented at the event.
Remembering Ned Colovic
Ned Colovic was a new member of WCRG's Governance Committee. After losing his wife to breast cancer last year and being recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer himself, Ned reached out to WCRG to learn more about the Windsor-Essex cancer research community. We are grateful to Ned for sharing with us his time and his extensive business and organizational expertise. Ned passed away last week - a loss to the whole community.  Read more about Ned and his many positive contributions.
Save the Date - 3rd Biennial Cancer Research Conference
WCRG will be hosting our 3rd Biennial Cancer Research Conference at Caesars Windsor on Saturday November 19th, 2016.

We look forward to welcoming our two keynote speakers:
Dr. Shoukat Dedhar, PhD
University of British Columbia
British Columbia Cancer Agency
Dr. Elizabeth Eisenhauer, MD FRCPC
Queen's University
Kingston General Hospital
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.