#WindsorResearchMatters

Improves cancer prevention, detection, treatment, care
Nearly half of the Canadian population will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. The Windsor Cancer Research Group brings together researchers from a spectrum of disciplines to improve cancer prevention, detection, treatment and care. In 2016 we secured Tri-council and Provincial funding, trained 133 trainees, participated in 15 public education events and recruited 89 local patients onto clinical trials.


Safeguards Great Lakes
The Great Lakes contain 21% of the world’s freshwater and more than 3,500 species of plants and animals. Funding from NSERC and CFI has helped develop the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, the only Canadian university-based research centre dedicated to safeguarding healthy large lakes. Eleven researchers and over 50 graduate students address environmental problems facing the lakes, such as restoring wildlife and water quality, and combatting invasive species and harmful algal blooms.


Advances the automotive industry
Many Canadians already understand the benefits of electric cars, including a cleaner environment. With CFI and NSERC support, Narayan Kar’s 20-person Centre for Hybrid Automotive Research & Green Energy is on the forefront of research and development on electric transportation. This includes designing more compact and efficient electric motors, reducing their charge time, and making them more affordable.


Contributes to healthy societies
Matthew Krause from the Department of Kinesiology relies on NSERC and CIHR funding to investigate physiological mechanisms of skeletal muscle repair following injury. This research can lead to discoveries that will help individuals with diabetes or muscular dystrophy, may help elderly people maintain mobility and independence, and reduce recovery time following surgery or cancer treatment. Such wide-ranging implications will benefit almost everyone in our society.


Develops innovative solutions
Solutions to various health challenges and the development of revolutionary technologies involve the creation of new materials. Supported by NSERC, Simon Rondeau-Gagne’s lab uses new synthetic polymers to create stretchable electronics. These discoveries have multiple applications including smart clothing that could monitor in real time the body’s condition or restore the electrical impulse connections in a damaged spinal cord.


Reduces emissions
The work of our Tribology of Materials Research Centre is in keeping with Windsor’s reputation as the “automotive capital of Canada.” With NSERC funding, Ahmet Alpas and his team have developed better aluminum materials, which have contributed to the development of a new generation of linerless internal combustion engines. The result? Dramatically improved combustion processes and reduced emissions.


Empowers youth
As the world’s largest demographic group, youth can effect social change. With SSHRC support, Yvette Daniel and her team guided an international group of 45 youth in healing their communities. South African youth are lobbying for basic educational necessities (roof repairs and windows); and Ontario youth joined the $15 and Fairness campaign, leading to an increased minimum wage.


Improves government efficiencies
Reorganization, amalgamation, and restructuring of government departments is an ever-present reality. Funding from SSHRC to political scientist Jamey Essex supports research on the consequences of such amalgamation for institutional culture and expertise, contributing to improvements in better integrating diverse forms of expertise in more efficient and less costly organizational structures.


Enhances workplace experiences for Aboriginal Canadians
Aboriginal Canadians are entering the workforce in increasing numbers, yet we know little about how Aboriginal cultural values and beliefs shape workplace experiences. SSHRC funding to psychologist Catherine Kwantes and her team supported the sharing of experiences and knowledge that will lead to the development of initiatives to enhance workplace experiences and outcomes among Aboriginal employees.


Responds to the needs of migrants
Despite enormous obstacles, undocumented migrants continue to enter countries where they have no authorization to live or work. SSHRC has funded sociologist Tanya Basok to study the ways different countries handle and regularize the status of undocumented migrants. Results of this research will contribute to Canadian policies and programmes that respond to the needs of migrants.


Protects our economy, health and safety
The economy, health and safety depend on the uninterrupted flow of goods in freight networks. By knocking out critical links, events ranging from extreme weather to terrorist attacks could cause widespread damage. With funds provided by SSHRC, researchers at the Cross-Border Institute are applying advanced analytical methods to identify the most critical and vulnerable links and devise policies to increase the resilience of freight networks.


Builds safer communities
Efforts to prevent sexual violence have been largely ineffective. Funding from CIHR to psychologist Charlene Senn supported development and evaluation of an intervention that was shown to reduce by 50% the number of women experiencing attempted and completed rape. CIHR funding is now supporting development of a model that can make this intervention widely available.


Improves services for women experiencing spousal violence
Annually, about 750,000 women experience intimate partner violence in Canada. Funding from SSHRC to social scientists Betty Barrett and Amy Fitzgerald has supported research into why most domestic violence does not come to the attention of police and how the presence of household pets keep women from leaving a violent home. This research has implications for improving social and police services to women experiencing spousal violence.

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