Cancer Research – Pets to People: Comparative Anatomy

February 10, 2022
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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Join C2ST and the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) for Anticancer Discovery from Pets to People (ACPP), a limited series detailing the latest in cutting-edge research conducted at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign (Illinois). Learn how the analysis of cancers in pet dogs and cats can help identify promising new anticancer drugs for humans. Dr. Timothy Fan, a veterinary oncologist, and cancer researcher, will walk us through the work being done at the Comparative Oncology Research Laboratory on a subject that has far-reaching implications for the human and animal worlds.

The first program will answer the question, What is Comparative Oncology? 

Comparative oncology studies naturally developing cancers in animals as models for human diseases. Scientists can advance cancer gene discovery by exploring how the shared environments between our pets and humans impact our health. This field of study uses naturally occurring cancers to understand environmental risk factors, genetics that underlie the development of certain cancers, evaluation of novel therapeutics and diagnostics, and biomarker discovery. 

Cancer in the pet population remains a deadly problem, with limited options available for achieving a cure. Motivated by the desire to prolong animal quality of life, pet owners frequently seek out the specialized care and treatment of veterinary oncologists at private referral veterinary hospitals and veterinary teaching hospitals across the country. It has been estimated that there are approximately 65 million dogs and 32 million cats in the United States. This large population of pets with cancer allows the study of spontaneous cancers like those seen in humans. We will discuss how we can include animal models in treating people.

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Thursday, February 10th, 2022 from 5:00 – 6:00 pm CT, C2ST Facebook Live & C2ST YouTube TV.



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