PVM Cancer Research Program Marks 35th Anniversary in November

August 6, 2014

It was 1979 when a team of Purdue Veterinary Medicine faculty members formed the Purdue Comparative Oncology Program, with the vision of studying naturally occurring cancer in pet animals as a means of also improving understanding, treatment and prevention of similar cancers in humans.  Thirty-five years later, the program is taking stock of its notable accomplishments while also assessing future challenges, as it hosts a one day 35th Anniversary Conference Friday, November 14.  The event will be held in Purdue University’s new Lyles Porter Hall, Room 1160.

After welcoming remarks at 8:30 a.m., the program will begin with recognition of the three PCOP Founders, Dr. Ralph Richardson, now dean of the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. William Carlton, the Leslie Morton Hutchings Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Pathology at Purdue; and Dr. Gordon Coppoc, now director of the Indiana University School of Medicine-Lafayette and Associate Dean of the Indiana University School of Medicine.  Scientific presentations will begin at 9:00 a.m., with Richard Foster, MD, of Indiana University, speaking on the topic, “Human Bladder Cancer, Unmet Needs.”  Other speakers include PVM Dolores L. McCall Professor of Comparative Oncology Deborah Knapp, talking about “Translational Bladder Cancer Research in Dogs;” Elaine Ostrander, PhD, of the National Institutes of Health, addressing the topic, “Genetics and Bladder Cancer;” PVM Assistant Professor of Comparative Oncology Michael Childress speaking about “Canine Lymphoma as a Translational Research Model;” PVM Assistant Professor of Neurology & Neurosurgery Timothy Bentley addressing “Canine Brain Cancer: Translational Research;” and PVM Professor of Oncology David Waters addressing “Cancer and Aging.”

The event includes a luncheon with guest speaker Timothy Ratlilff, PhD, PVM Professor of Comparative Pathobiology and the Robert Wallace Miller Director Purdue University Center for Cancer Research.  Additional sessions will be conducted on the topics of Lymphoma and Brain Cancer by Kristy Richards, MD, of the University of North Carolina, and Mario Ammirati, MD, of The Ohio State University, respectively.  Six continuing education (CE) credits will be offered for this event.  For more information and to register, click here

Writer: Kevin Doerr, pvmnews@purdue.edu

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