Winter 2014                                                 Vol. 6


At the holiday season, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our progress possible.
It is in this spirit that we say thank you and best wishes for the holidays and happy New Year.

On Saturday, November 22, 2014, WCRG hosted its 2nd Biennial International Cancer Research Conference at Caesars Windsor. The conference was attended by almost 150 scientists, clinicians, nurses, research associates, administrators and students who came together from Windsor-Essex and our neighbouring communities including London, Toronto and Michigan to share their research findings.

The conference featured two fantastic keynote speakers, Dr. Craig Earle from the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (Toronto, ON) and Dr. Ronny Drapkin from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute (Boston, MA).

Check out the conference program and read what the Windsor Star reported about the day. 
Keynote speakers: Dr. Ronny Drapkin and Dr. Craig Earle
Our dedicated WCRG volunteers
Enjoying the banquet - Committee members, speakers, staff and volunteers
Fore more pictures, see our on-line album.
 The Windsor Essex County Cancer Centre Foundation , together with the University of Windsor and their community partners,  Windsor Regional Hospital and the Windsor Cancer Research Group launched a terrific community seminar series on October 29th. The first seminar of the series, heard presentations from the three 2009 grant recipients: Dr. Dora Cavallo-Medved, Dr. Lisa Porter, and Dr. Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale. The audience was treated to three dynamic and informative talks.

Thank you to all who attended, the turnout was tremendous!
  Stay tuned for the next seminar in Spring/Summer 2015.
Speakers: Dr. Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale, Dr. Lisa Porter and Dr. Dora Cavallo-Medved. Picture courtesy of Snapd Windsor


The Windsor Regional Cancer Program has an active Clinical Trials program which currently has 12 open and recruiting Trials and many more in the follow-up phase. A bit of a hidden gem, here is a little snapshot of who makes up this dynamic team, where they work and what they do.


The Team:

Jane Coulter, Krista Naccarato, Patricia Dupuis
  • Study Coordinator: Patricia Dupuis
  • Senior Clinical Research Associates: Jane Coulter, Krista Naccarato, Mary-Jo Ricci and Donna Clinansmith (maternity leave)
  • Interim Acting Manager: Carol Agapito
Where they work: Room 1011 on Level 1 of the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre


What they do:

  • Manage Clinical Trials, which involves patient recruitment, consent discussions, appointment and investigation bookings, administering questionnaires, assessing adverse events, and ensuring the participant follows the required protocol assessments for that Trial
  • Investigational drug accountability and management
  • Extensive regulatory duties
  • Liaising with our Cancer Program staff and Hospital staff
  • Coordinating the collection and processing of laboratory samples and pathology samples for the Trial
  • Executing safe shipment of biological samples to central laboratories.

For a list of the open Clinical Trials run by Windsor's Cancer Program, click here: Clinical Trials Windsor 

And don't forget to check back often, these trials are continuously changing. 


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