Jill Urbanic, John TrantProfessors Jill Urbanic and John Trant will propose potential research projects at an upcoming WE-Spark think tank event.

Forum to consider health research proposals

Two UWindsor professors will present their ideas for potential research projects at an upcoming health-related forum.

Engineering professor Jill Urbanic and chemistry professor John Trant will be among the featured speakers at the WE-Spark Health Institute Virtual Think Tank on June 4. Dr. Urbanic will talk about the use of artificial tissue, called anthropomorphic phantoms, in medical training. Dr. Trant will discuss antimicrobial agents and research into quorum sensing, bacteria’s ability to share information to adjust gene expression.

A third speaker, Rasna Gupta from the Windsor Regional Hospital’s cancer program, will talk about building a local physician wellness program.

The WE-Spark Health Institute is a research partnership involving the University of Windsor, Windsor Regional Hospital, Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, and St. Clair College.

“Our Think Tank events provide opportunities for researchers, stakeholder and students to meet and discuss potential research collaborations,” the institute said in announcing June event. It will begin with overviews presented by the three speakers, followed by breakout sessions focused on building collaborations to move each project forward.

The free event runs from 1 to 3:30 p.m. via Zoom. For more information and to register, visit the WE-Spark think tank website.