Fall 2015                                                 Vol. 8


As we begin the holiday season and prepare for 2016, we would like to thank all our supporters for their continued commitment to the Windsor Cancer Research Group's vision: A united community bridging cutting edge research with world-class cancer care. Best wishes for the holidays and Happy New Year!   


On Friday, July 25th family and friends of John P. Klassen came together at Colasanti's Tropical Gardens to celebrate his birthday at the annual "Hon Down". This year would have been John's 60th birthday. In memory of John, this year the family donated the proceeds of the annual event to the Windsor Cancer Research Group. Thank you to Jane and her family for supporting WCRG and local cancer research. The funds raised are being directed to supporting the development of a new WCRG website which will be built as an interactive resource for our members and the community. 

Congratulations to the following collaborative team members for receiving a $765,203 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Operating Grant for their project "Novel Cell Cycle Regulation in the Initiation and Therapeutic Intervention of Triple Negative Breast Cancer  ":

  • Lisa Porter, Associate Professor, University of Windsor (Principal Applicant)
  • Caroline Hamm, Oncologist, Windsor Regional Hospital (Principal Applicant)
  • Barbara Heartwell, General surgeon, Windsor Regional Hospital
  • Bohdan Laschuk, General Surgeon, Windsor Regional Hospital
  • Shael Liebman, General Surgeon, Windsor Regional Hospital
  • Reda Saad, Pathologist, Windsor Regional Hospital
  • Pamela Smith, Chief Pathologist, Windsor Regional Hospital
  • Abdulkadir Hussein, Associate Professor, Mathematics and Statistics, University of Windsor
  • Keith Franklin Stringer, MD/PhD Candidate, University of Windsor and Associate Director, Pathology Residency Training Program, Cincinnati Children's Hospital
  • Eran Andrechek, Associate Professor, Michigan State University
  • Max Wicha, Distinguished Professor of Oncology, Michigan State University
  • Robert Cardiff, Professor Emeritus, University of California
  • Breanne Fifield, Research Associate, University of Windsor
  • Rosa-Maria Ferraiuolo, Research Associate, University of Windsor
2015 Seeds4Hope Recipients 
On October 28, 2015 the Windsor Essex County Cancer Centre Foundation announced the 2015 Seeds4Hope recipients. This research program provides funding  for local cancer research projects. Congratulations to the three WCRG members who were this year's Seeds4Hope recipients, Dr. Philip Karpowicz, Dr. Lisa Porter and Dr. James Gauld. Read more about these awards.  
On October 28th, the Windsor Essex County Cancer Centre Foundation, together with the University of Windsor, Windsor Regional Hospital and the  Windsor Cancer Research Group held its 2nd annual Seeds4Hope Community Seminar Series. The public seminar showcases the cancer research supported by the local Windsor-Essex Seeds4Hope grants. This year's presenters were two of the 2010 grant recipients: Dr. Bulent Mutus and Dr. Caroline Hamm (co-presented by Dr. Lisa Porter). The audience was also treated to a panel discussion with fourteen of our local Seeds4Hope recipients. Thank you to our presenters and to all who attended!

The success of the WCRG depends on the efforts and commitment of community members who volunteer on our committees. They are generous with their time and provide invaluable expertise throughout the year. We are extremely grateful to have them on our team and look forward to working together in the coming year  . 
  • Karen Behune-Plunkett, Pinpoint Consulting, CEO
  • Jeff Casey, Snapd, Owner
  • Ned Colovic, Colovic, Grundner Financial Services, Associate Advisor
  • Marta Leardi-Anderson, CBI, University of Windsor, Executive Director
  • Lee McGrath, WEEDC, Director, Business Retention and Expansion
  • Federica Nazzani, Capital Assist Inc., President
  • Angela Snary, Avid Quality Group Inc., President
  • Ron Truant, Trumor Management Ltd., Principal

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