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cartoon speech bubbles labelled "COVID conversations"A series of conversations will pair healthcare executives with researchers in September to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic.

Healthcare researchers and executives to engage in conversations on COVID-19

WE-Spark Health Institute is hosting a series of conversations during the month of September pairing healthcare executives with award-winning researchers, each bringing their unique perspectives and updates on local research.

Each event in the COVID Conversations series runs from 10 to 11 a.m.

Sept. 9, “Nurses: Health and Well-being in a Border City.” Hear frontline perspectives from Janice Kaffer, president and CEO of Hôtel Dieu Grace Healthcare, along with psychology professor Dana Ménard, a WE-Spark grant recipient who is conducting research in this area.

Sept. 16, “Environmental Monitoring.” Adam Dukelow, interim executive vice-president and chief medical officer of the London Health Sciences Centre, will speak about the public health perspective of environmental monitoring. Joining him is Mike McKay, executive director of the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, discussing his recently-funded NSERC project studying wastewater and COVID-19.

Sept. 23, “Screening and Detection.” David Musyj, president and CEO of Windsor Regional Hospital, will provide a hospital perspective on COVID-19 screening and WE-Spark grant recipient Simon Rondeau-Gagné, a professor of chemistry, will discuss his team’s “lab-on-a-chip” innovation, which aims to advance COVID-19 detection.

“Returning students will learn about the research and activities that have been happening in healthcare over the past several months in our region,” says Lisa Porter, WE-Spark executive director. “This is an exciting and unique opportunity for them to interact with our leaders in the research and healthcare fields.”

COVID Conversations is open to all students, faculty, and staff at its four partner organizations — the University of Windsor, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, St. Clair College, and Windsor Regional Hospital — as well as members of the public.

Register at https://www.wesparkhealth.com/speaker-series.