Spring 2014                                                 Vol. 3


Although it was a cold and long winter, the Windsor Cancer Research Group has been very busy thanks to the support of the University of Windsor and Windsor Regional Hospital. We'd like to share with you some of our news, accomplishments and upcoming community events.


After Caesars Windsor kicked off the WCRG's campaign PASSPORTS in October, Windsor Regional Hospital and the University of Windsor's Cross-Border Institute added their support. This campaign will establish an international cancer research office in Windsor to  facilitate cross-border collaborations and develop the protocols for international clinical trial access for cancer patients in Windsor-Essex. Thank you to our partners for their amazing support!  



May is a busy month, we hope to see you at one of these events! 


On May 12, WCRG will also be participating in the Canada Wide Science Fair. This brings Canada's top, young, selected scientists together.


Over the past few months, several members of the WCRG have had their work recognized, received new appointments or been accepted to share their research internationally. Here are a few highlights. 

Dr. Cavallo-Medved and Dr. Rehse receiving their awards from Dr. Koschinsky, Dean of Science, University of Windsor
  • Dr. Cavallo-Medved and Dr. Rehse were recipients of the Roger Thibert Teaching Excellence Award... read more 
  • Dr. Pandey and Dr. Hamm received an $80,000 grant for their dandelion root research...read more
  • Dr. Vacratsis was awarded the Golden Jubilee Research Excellence Award...read more 
  • Dr. Rangan was awarded a Teaching Leadership Chair...read more 
  • Dr. Koschinsky received the University of Windsor's award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity...read more  
  • Dr. Hamm in collaboration with WRCP oncologists and the University of Windsor's Pamathy Vivek and Dr. El-Masri will present their work on outcomes of patients with triple-negative breast cancer compared to non-triple negative breast cancer at The American Society of Clinical Oncology Conference
  • Drs. Alam, Kulkarni, Hirmiz and Schneider will present their research on Hematological toxicities in GBM and a Case report/review of Hemangio pericytoma of CNS at the 16th Bienniel NeuroOncology meeting in June.
WCRG 2nd Biennial Cancer Research Conference
On November 22, 2014, the WCRG will be hosting it's 2nd cancer research conference at Caesars Windsor. This event will highlight clinical, psycho-social and basic biomedical research going on in Ontario and collaborating centres in the USA. Based on the success of the 2012 event, we anticipate that there will be over 300 participants. We are very excited to be featuring two world-class keynote speakers:
  • Dr. Craig Earle, Program Lead, Health Services Research, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
  • Dr. Ronny Drapkin, Principal Investigator, Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute  
To learn more about the WCRG: