WE-SPARK Health Institute announces $310,000 in grants for local health research

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A WE-SPARK Health Institute event in Windsor in March 2020.
A WE-SPARK Health Institute event in Windsor in March 2020. Photo by Lindsay Charlton /Windsor Star

A new round of grants through the WE-SPARK Health Institute is distributing a total of $310,000 for local health research.

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In a release on Tuesday, WE-SPARK Health Institute — a partnership between Windsor Regional Hospital, Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, the University of Windsor, and St. Clair College — announced there are 15 grant recipients in the current round of funding.

A wide range of initiatives and projects are set to benefit from the grants, from exploring the effect of light therapy on Parkinson’s patients, to studying head impacts in youth hockey, to improving treatment of liver cancer.

The 15 grant recipients represent more than 100 researchers and trainees.

According to WE-SPARK, the general aim of the grants is to promote the early-stage development of innovative health research in Windsor-Essex.

Grant recipients were chosen from collaboration with WE-SPARK’s four partner organizations.

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Dr. Lisa Porter, WE-SPARK executive director, said the number of new collaborators grows with every round of grants.

“We’re beginning to see the outcomes of grants that were awarded since the program’s launch just over two years ago,” Porter said.

“These grants create jobs, address pressing problems, and make WIndsor-Essex competitive for national funding competitions.”

Since April 2020, WE-SPARK Health Institute has awarded a total of $1,086,725 in research grants.

For more information on projects benefitting from WE-SPARK grants, visit

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