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Fighting COVID-19 in our Community and Region

The University of Windsor research community is committed to working with local and regional healthcare, government, and industry partners to respond quickly to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

Below you will find information on how our research community is supporting efforts to fight COVID-19 in our region.

Restrictions on travel between U.S. and Canada a threat over long term: Researchers - June 1, 2020

Study to examine pandemic's effect on small business - June 1, 2020

Talking Animals: How do dogs sniff out diseases in humans? - May 30, 2020

'We know we can reliably detect COVID-19 in our waste water': Can sewage water help predict a Second wave of COVID-19 - May 29, 2020

University of Windsor psych project offers free counselling to hospital workers - May 29, 2020

Project offers free counselling to hospital workers - May 28, 2020

Cross-Border Personal Mobility in the COVID-19 Crisis - May 26, 2020

Researchers studying impact of COVID-19 on physical activity - May 26, 2020

UWindsor researcher studies link between vaping and COVID-19 complications - May 25, 2020

Testing Wastewater for COVID-19: Canadian researchers hoping to detect patterns in water's viral load - May 22, 2020

Testing Canada's wastewater could give early warning of second wave of COVID-19 - May 22, 2020

Nostalgia used to justify taxpayer bailouts of Canadian football: researchers - May 22, 2020

Can nostalgia save the CFL? - May 20, 2020

GLIER studies sewage waste to track COVID-19 - May 20, 2020

UWindsor studies sewage waste for COVID-19 - May 20, 2020

UWindsor chemist researching novel ways to fight COVID-19 - May 19, 2020

Grassroots group sews 10-thousand masks, scrub caps for Windsor-Essex health-care workers - May 18, 2020

Sewage Check: Great Lakes researchers look to wastewater for data on COVID-19 - May 18, 2020

Imagine if a gas pump handle could help fight viruses - May 17, 2020

UWindsor chemist researching ways to mitigate virus spread with help of federal grant - May 15, 2020

Volunteer group battles COVID-19 with sewing needles - May 14, 2020

Doctoral candidate pens chapter for e-book about COVID-19 - May 14, 2020

UWindsor researchers lend expertise to volunteers sewing masks at home - May 13, 2020

Famalies can access legal help during COVID health crisis - May 12, 2020

University of Windsor prof, top world expert, says COVID-19 shows medical supply chains are inadequate - May 11, 2020

Venture Women winners embracing COVID-19 business landscape - May 11, 2020

Engineering co-op student helps employer increase face shield production - May 8, 2020

Flood of COVID-19-related lawsuits expected to hit courts - May 8, 2020

COVID-19: The impact of coronavirus on migrant workers - May 7, 2020

Biochemist researching improvements to COVID-19 testing - May 7, 2020

Systemic approach necessary to protect health: researcher - May 5, 2020

Prof seeking to harness power of gaming to fight pandemic - May 4, 2020

University of Windsor helps to lead the way to teaching remotely - May 4, 2020

Coronavirus: $50M class-action lawsuit application filed against long-term care home operator - April 30, 2020

Law professors argue emergency measures threaten cities' democratic decision-making - April 28, 2020

Shared living quarters a risk to migrant workers: researchers - April 28, 2020

President praises contributions by University community to pandemic fight - April 27, 2020

City urged to close streets, share lanes with pedestrians - April 25, 2020

BASF Canada producing hand santizer for donation at Windsor plant - April 25, 2020

UWindsor researcher to study effects of social isolation on families - April 24, 2020

U of W researchers helping community design better protective masks - April 23, 2020

Pandemic proves value of supply chain infrastructure: researcher - April 23, 2020

History teaches the significance of community during a crisis - April 23, 2020

Funding boosts local COVID-19 research - April 23, 2020

As Earth Day turns 50, COVID-19 offers valuable warning - April 22, 2020

Local researchers to tackle COVID-19 issues with $143,000 in funding - April 22, 2020

$143,000 Awarded Locally for COVID-19 Research - April 22, 2020

$143K in grants awarded to fight COVID-19 - April 22, 2020

$143,000 Awarded Locally for COVID-19 Research - April 22, 2020

UWindsor researcher looking at impact of pandemic on physical activity - April 22, 2020

Researchers call for communal response to challenges of pandemic - April 21, 2020

Collaboration platform to ignite research connections - April 21, 2020

Engineering team partners with local manufacturer to combat spread of COVID-19 - April 20, 2020

Sewage could hold the secrets to the coronavirus numbers in Windsor? Research group hopes so - April 17, 2020

Prioritizing Collective Responsibilities in the Response to COVID-19 - April 17, 2020

Alberta's success in its COVID-19 response - April 16, 2020

Impact of pandemic on cross-border trade subject of discussion - April 16, 2020

UWindsor prof offers webinars for teachers about online learning - April 16, 2020

Art workshop pivots during pandemic to deliver pottery to your porch - April 16, 2020

How did ALberta emerge as the only province in Canada to be prepared for the novel coronavirus pandemic? - April 15, 2020

Windsor's EPICentre aims to help businesses pivot during COVID-19 - April 15, 2020

How Alberta stockpiled medical equipment before COVID-19 struck - April 13, 2020

Valiant latest Canadian supplier to add to arsenal of health, free of charge - April 9, 2020

Student enterprise producing face shield components - April 9, 2020

St. Clair College, University of Windsor support frontline workers - April 8, 2020

Local post-secondary institutions, alumni, and students team to donate to COVID battle - April 8, 2020

Windsor Regional Hospital Using Facetime to Help Patients - April 7, 2020

College and University Donate to Windsro Regional Hospital - April 7, 2020

U of Windsor, St. Clair College donate $100K to COVID-19 fight - April 7, 2020

Institutions launch funding initiatives for COVID-19 research - April 7, 2020

College and University Donate to Windsor Regional Hospital COVID-19 Fight - April 7, 2020

Sanitizer formulated by UWindsor chemists gets into — and onto — local hands - April 6, 2020

University of Windsor researchers design masks, door handle openers to fight COVID-19 spread - April 4, 2020

Innovative COVID-19 prevention products developed by UWindsor engineering team - April 3, 2020

Wolfhead Distillery distributes hand sanitizer, collects donations for Amherstburg food bank - April 3, 2020

UWindsor engineering team develops products to combat spread of COVID-19 - April 3, 2020

UWindsor Engineering Team Brainstorming COVID Protection Solutions - April 3, 2020

Collaboration steps up during pandemic - March 31, 2020

Canadian universities heed the call for help in the fight against COVID-19 - March 31, 2020

What does COVID-19 mean for your civil liberties? Watchdog group on alert – March 28, 2020

U of Windsor launches online tool for parents teaching at home - March 28, 2020

Faculty of Ed reviews online resources to help educators and parents teaching from home – March 27, 2020

University extending helping hand to health agencies – March 27, 2020

World: Trucks must keep rolling across Canada-US border amid coronavirus pandemic - March 26, 2020

Nursing students needed to assist Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare for COVID-19 – March 26, 2020

University donates medical supplies to COVID-19 testing centre – March 26, 2020

UWindsor donates protective gear, ventilators to Windsor Regional Hospital – March 25, 2020

Why talking to your kids about their time online is more important now because of COVID-19 - March 25, 2020

What these companies are doing to make hand sanitizer for you - March 24, 2020

University teams up with local businesses to produce more hand sanitizer - March 24, 2020

UWindsor researchers and local businesses working to fill hand sanitizer shortage – March 23, 2020

UWindsor chemists lend expertise to produce locally-made hand sanitizer – March 23, 2020

UWindsor Researchers Team with Local Manufacturer on Hand Sanitizer Project - March 23, 2020

Closing borders more about politics than science, say researchers – March 20, 2020

Border restrictions applauded by Windsor officials - March 19, 2020

Coronavirus: Canada-U.S. border closure, other travel restrictions undermine our values – March 18, 2020

Research Unknowns: COVID-19 puts Great Lakes field research prep on hold – March 17, 2020

The University of Windsor is committed to fighting COVID-19 by supporting assessment centres, healthcare facilities, and frontline healthcare workers in our region through donation of critical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), medical equipment, and other important supplies to hospitals in our community.

To date, the University of Windsor has made the following donations to the health community in our region:

  • University of Windsor and St. Clair College student goverment groups and alumni associations have partnered with their institutions to donate $100,000 to Windsor Regional Hospital to help with the purchase of new venitlators on April 7, 2020 (read more here)
  • Departments across University of Windsor Faculties collaborated to inventory and donate PPE, including disposable gowns, gloves, masks, and other supplies, to healthcare facilities in our region on March 26, 2020 (read more here)
  • The Faculty of Nursing donated ventilators and other medical supplies, including masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer, to Windsor Regional Hospital on March 24, 2020 (read more here)

For more information on the donation of PPE, medical equipment, and other supplies, please contact Heather Pratt at hpratt@uwindsor.ca.

University of Windsor researchers from across our campus are collaborating with local and regional healthcare, government, and industry partners to respond quickly to the challenges of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

The following initiatives are just a few examples of the important collaborations currently underway.

Hand Sanitizer Initiative

Mid-March, Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor, Dr. John Trant, teamed up with Wolfhead Distillery; InnerSeasonings, maker of the TBQ line of sauces; and Peak Processing, a local maker of edible and topical cannabis products, to provide a made-in-Windsor-Essex solution to the global shortage of hand sanitizer. By the beginning of April, thousands of bottles of the custom hand sanitizer formulated by Dr. Trant using an ethanol-based by-product of the distilling process had already been donated to police officers, nurses, and volunteers in our region. On April 3, 1,900 bottles of hand sanitizer were handed out to the community in a by-donation event that raised approximately $12,000 for the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission.

See the Daily News stories below for more information on the Hand Sanitizer Initiative:

Sanitizer formulated by UWindsor chemist gets into – and onto – local hands – April 6, 2020

UWindsor chemists lend expertise to produce locally-made hand sanitizer – March 23, 2020

UWindsor-Valiant 3-D Printing Project

Mechanical, Automotive and Materials Engineering Professor and additive manufacturing expert, Dr. Jill Urbanic, and her research team have partnered with local manufacturer, Valiant TMS, to optimize the design, 3-D print, and assemble face shields for use by front line workers. Face shields produced through this collaboration have been delivered locally to three nursing departments at Windsor Regional Hospital, two nursing homes, and an x-ray clinic, as well as to St. Joseph’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Family Medical and Dental Centre in Toronto.

See the news stories below for more information on the UWindsor-Valiant 3-D Printing Project:

Engineering team partners with local manufacturer to combat spread of COVID-19 – April 20, 2020

Valiant latest Canadian supplier to add to arsenal of health, free of charge – April 9, 2020

Windsor Essex Sewing Force Collaboration

Dr. Ken Drouillard and Dr. Alice Grgicak-Mannion from the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research and Dr. Lisa Porter from the Department of Biomedical Sciences have teamed up with community volunteer network, Windsor Essex Sewing Force (WESF), to develop and implement a testing and quality control program to optimize production of high-quality homemade face masks made by WESF’s more than 500 volunteer seamstresses. This collaboration, which also seeks to understand impacts on volunteers and the use of masks donated to health institutions, will make thousands of quality-tested and verified locally-made face masks available for use in our community healthcare institutions.

Click on the link below for more information on the Windsor Essex Sewing Force Collaboration:

U of W researchers helping community design better protective masks – April 23, 2020

To donate to Windsor Essex Sewing Force, visit the University of Windsor’s Donations page.

Sewage Surveillance Project

Executive Director of the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research and water quality expert, Dr. Mike McKay is teaming up with municipal partners in our region to examine the presence of the coronavirus in our sewage system and watersheds. By looking for the virus in our wastewater treatment plants, Dr. McKay is able to provide a better picture of how many people in the community are actually infected. This information will be particularly relevant to municipalities in identifying possible reemergence of the virus in the future.

Click on the link below for more information on the Sewage Surveillance Project:

Could sewage hold the secrets to coronavirus numbers in Windsor? Research group hopes so – April 17, 2020

University of Windsor researchers are engaged in COVID-19-related research initiative and/or offer the following areas of expertise relative to Covid-19:

Expert

Area of Expertise Relative to Covid-19

Dr. Chris Abeare

Social dynamics during pandemic

Mr. Nick Baker

Education, higher education, and education technology

Professor Reem Bahdi

Human dignity, human rights, and access to justice, as well as surveillance or profiling policies

Dr. Lori Buchanan/Ms. Jessica Hurtubise

Behavioural-immuno responses during pandemic

Dr. Caroline Hamm

Clinical Management

Dr. Heather Hartley

Communication, documentary filmmaking, and scriptwriting

Dr. Laverne Jacobs

Law, policy, people with disabilities and the law, human rights, administrative law and governance

Dr. Josee Jarry

Mental health in student populations and healthcare workers

Dr. Julie Macfarlane

Policy law/social dynamics, court closures, filings and procedural changes due to COVID-19

Dr. Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale

Public education to understand health threats (communication) and mobilize individual action to prevent transmission (transmission dynamics)

Dr. Lydia Miljan

Canadian public policy related to pandemic

Dr. Jayashree Mohanty

Mental health, coping mechanisms, families and social dynamics

Dr. Bulent Mutus

Diagnostics

Dr. Lana Parker

Education, including policy, e-learning and curriculum development

Dr. Sukanya Pillay

Canadian constitutional law and civic liberties, emergency laws and police powers and internal law specifically regarding transnational and global responses to global threats such as terrorism and pandemics

Dr. Lisa Porter

Development of new testing strategies for COVID-19 and COVID-19-realted clinical trials

Dr. Munir Rahim

Vaccines and therapeutics

Dr. Simon Rondeau-Gagne

Sensing devices for detection and diagnosis

Dr. Geri Salinitri

Education, teaching students, communication

Dr. Tess Sheldon

Public Health Law/Mental Health Law/Impact of Epidemic on Marginalized Communities, including people with Disabilities

Dr. Anneke Smit

Policy law; including municipal law, policy and innovation in the face of COVID, policy implications and intersections of municipalities addressing COVID, as well as impacts of COVID policy decisions on immigrant and refugee populations and refugee policy

Dr. Bonnie Stewart

Data literacies needed in the current pivot to online in the context of COVID-19; focused on the online shifts that COVID-19 is speeding up in education

Dr. Myra Tawfik

IP law (especially patents) and policy in relation to public health emergencies

Dr. Kristen Thomasen

Surveillance measures and privacy law – also legalities/ liabilities around the use of robotics in addressing COVID (in hospital, public spaces, etc.)

Dr. Yufeng Tong

Diagnostics

Dr. John Trant

Hand Sanitizer/Public Health

Dr. Christian Trudeau

Theoretical economist, expert in cost sharing, resource sharing, finding optimal schedules and appropriate compensations for those forced to wait, ethics in collective decision making

Dr. Jill Urbanic

Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping

Dr. Vasanthi Venkatesh

Policy law and social/ policy countermeasures

Dr. Zuochen Zhang

Education and communication

 

 

For more information on the response of the University of Windsor research community to COVID-19 or to connect with a researcher, contact the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation at vpri@uwindsor.ca.

For more information on COVID-19 resources available to researchers and healthcare professionals, please visit the WE-Spark Health Institute.