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Seeds4Hope was established in 2009 as the Foundation’s annual grant awards program providing start-up funding for locally-based, new and innovative cancer research. This research, based in Windsor and Essex County, and supported by our community, brings scientists and physicians together to find better ways to prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat cancer.


To date, the WCCF has provided close to $2.2 million towards funding of these grants. Although 2018 marks Seeds4Hope’s last year as a grant-based funding initiative, Seeds4Hope will continue to support research on a broader level.


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To date, the WCCF has provided close to $2.2 million towards funding of these grants.


The 2019 Seeds 4 Hope Recipients received at total of $200,000 for the following research projects.


Dr. Ming Pan

Dr. Pan will be using artificial intelligence to create a program that will be able to automatically contour tumors on CT scans with the hope of improving patient care and shortening wait times.


Dr. Munir Rahim

Dr. Rahim will be seeking to understand and characterize a subset of immune cells that help against virus infections in bone marrow transplants for leukemia patients with the hope of improving patient care and recovery of bone marrow transplants


Dr. Simon Rondeau-Gagne

Dr. Rondeau-Gagne will be developing nanomaterials which aim to deliver electric fields directly to inoperable GBM tumors in hopes that it will increase the accuracy and efficiency of treatment


Dr. Indryas Woldie

Dr. Woldie’s work will determine the efficacy of a promising new therapy for the treatment of multiple myeloma with the aim that this cutting edge treatment may bring new hope to patients in Windsor-Essex


Dr. Debbie Kane

Dr. Kane is aiming to increase knowledge of cancer survivors’ experiences with staying in the workforce, or returning to work and identifying best practices for cancer survivors, health care practitioners and employers with hopes of promoting cancer survivors successful return to work

Congratulations and good luck to all of this year’s recipients!


Dr. Kulkarni
Grant Amount: $90,000
Project: To develop a brain tumour screening model to advance what we know about brain tumour biology, accelerate testing of new promising drugs and to optimize individualized therapeutic options for this aggressive cancer.


Dr. Misra
Grant Amount: $90,000
Project: To examine tumor specimens from young-onset colorectal cancer (CRC) patients and determine if there is a molecular profile that is associated with development and progression of cancer in these patients. This will help guide targeted treatment strategies and identify patients who may benefit from ongoing clinical trials.


Dr. Trant
Grant Amount: $90,000
Project: To design vaccine candidates that could provide an approach, complementary to current therapies, to improve both the quality of life and survival rates of lung cancer patients.


All three projects involve multi-disciplinary research teams of clinicians and bench scientists and significantly advance the awardees research programs


Dr. John Hudson
Grant Amount: $80,000
Project: Plk4 haploinsufficiency as a genetic predisposition for hematological malignancies.


Dr. Josée Jarry Grant Amount: $70,680
Project: Ashtanga yoga for women with breast cancer: A feasibility study.


Dr. Sindu Kanjeekal
Grant Amount: $77,236
Project: Identifying a genetic signature that predicts progression of non-invasive urothelial (bladder) carcinoma to an invasive cancer.


Dr. James Gauld
Grant Amount: $77,000
Project: Implications of select TSC2 mutations in cell division and disease progression


Dr. Phillip Karpowicz
Grant Amount: $75,125
Project: The timing of cancer: an investigation of the circadian clock and photoperiod on tumorigenesis in the APCmin mouse.

Dr. Lisa Porter
Grant Amount: $80,000
Project: Markers in the early detection of hepatocellular carcinoma.


Dr. William Crosby
Grant Amount: $66,700
Project: Systemic Profiling of SCF E3 Ligase Regulatory Attributes at Play in Cell Cycle Control and Cancer

Dr. Maher El-Masri
Grant Amount: $75,125
Project: Exploring the impact of implementing a community-based outreach and navigation cancer prevention and screening program on the uptake of cancer screening in an immigrant community.

Dr. Alioune Ngom
Grant Amount: $76,500
Project: Detecting Driver Genes and Network Biomarkers of Breast Cancer Subtypes.