143,000 Awarded Locally For COVID-19 Research

Wednesday April 22nd, 2020

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WE-SPARK Health Institute with additional funding from the Office of Research and Innovation at the University of Windsor has awarded 21 research grants totaling $143,000 to tackle local COVID-19 public health challenges.

Overall there are over 100 people are working together to roll out these research projects. Recipients include 21 Principal Investigators, 50 co-applicants/collaborators, 28 students and over 20 volunteers. Each of the four WE-SPARK partner organizations – Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, Windsor Regional Hospital, St. Clair College and the University of Windsor are involved in multiple grants, along with an additional 16 academic, community and industrial partners.

These 21 projects will involve thousands of participants and range from designing Personal Protective Equipment, to optimizing rapid detection of COVID-19, to examining the psychological and physical impact of the pandemic.

Grant recipient Dr. Jessica Summerfield and her team are working on a home-monitoring program which will enable COVID-positive patients to remain at home while it is safe to do so.

Dr. Ken Drouillard, a grant recipient, is collaborating with multiple partners to create a quality control program for homemade personal protective equipment for use in health care institutions. Collaborators include the St. Clair College School of Fashion Design, a University of Windsor geospacial learning specialist, a Formulations Specialists in R&D at Jamieson Labs, and the Windsor Essex Sewing Force (WESF) – a volunteer community network with more than 500 volunteers who have produced and donated over 1000 masks to local healthcare institutions.

Details of all projects can be found online here https://www.wesparkhealth.com/projects.

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