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2017 Penn Vet Cancer Center Symposium


The Inaugural Penn Vet Cancer Center Symposium offers both a lecture, open to the public, and a scientific symposium.

  • Thursday, November 30, 2017: Public Lecture
  • Friday, December 1, 2017: Scientific Symposium

Thursday, November 30: Public Lecture

"Of mice, dogs and men: Transforming cancer outcomes through comparative oncology"

  • Speaker: Cheryl London, DVM, PhD
  • Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017
  • Time: 6:00-7:30 pm
  • Location: 131 Hill Pavillion, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
  • RSVP today

Cheryl London, DVM, PhD, Tufts UniversityCheryl London, DVM, PhD, is a Research Professor at Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine and Molecular Research Institute at the Tufts Medical Center and an Associated Faculty Professor at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine (OSU CVM).

She is Director of the Clinical Trials Office at the Cummings School and at the OSU CVM and Director of Translational Therapeutics at the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences, OSU College of Medicine.  

Prior to her time at OSU, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences at the University of California Davis.

Dr. London earned her DVM at Tufts University, completed her Residency in Medical Oncology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her PhD in Immunology at Harvard University, where she was also postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Pathology.

Her research interests center primary on targeted therapeutics and translational/comparative oncology.

Hosted by Penn Vet Cancer Center


Friday, December 1: Scientific Symposium

Scientific Symposium

  • Date: Friday, December 1, 2017
  • Time: 8 am - 5:30 pm
  • Location: 131 Hill Pavilion, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Register today

Speakers include:

  • Steven Dow, DVM, PhD – Director, Laboratory for Immune and Regenerative Medicine, Colorado State University
  • Andrew Ewald, PhD – Associate Professor, Dept of Cell Biology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Amy Leblanc, DVM – Director, Comparative Oncology Program, National Cancer Institute (NIH)
  • Jaime Modiano, VMD, PhD – Perlman Professor of Oncology and Comparative Medicine, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Elaine Ostrander, PhD – Head, Comparative Genetics Section, National Human Genome Research Institute
  • Rodney Page, DVM – Director, Flint Animal Cancer Center, Colorado State University
  • Robert Vonderheide, MD, DPhil – Director, Abramson Cancer Center; The John H. Glick, MD Abramson Cancer Center Director’s Professor
  • Kristy Weber, MD – Professor and Chief, Orthopaedic Oncology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; Director of the Sarcoma Program, Abramson Cancer Center

Questions? Contact Brittany Tinsley at bscan@vet.upenn.edu.

Cancer Center Scientific Symposium Agenda, December 1, 2017

8:00 - 8:30 am

  • Registration and breakfast

8:30 - 9:00 am

  • Welcome and introduction:
    Ellen Puré, PhD, Director, Penn Vet Cancer Center
    Joan Hendricks, VMD, PhD, Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine

9:00 - 9:40 am

  • Elaine Ostrander, PhD
    Dog genes tell surprising tales: Why my dog looks and behaves the way it does

9:45 - 10:25 am

  • Amy Leblanc, DVM
    The State of Comparative Oncology in 2017 and Beyond: the NCI Perspective

10:25 - 10:45 am

  • Break

10:45 - 11:15 am

  • Kristy Weber, MD
    Title TBD

11:20 am - 12:00 pm

  • Jaime Modiano, VMD, PhD
    Accelerating to the Future: Companion Animals as Keystones in Innovation for Cancer Prevention and Treatment

12:00 - 1:15 pm

  • Lunch

1:20 - 2:00 pm

  • Andrew Ewald, PhD
    Molecular mechanisms of invasion and collective metastasis in breast cancer

2:05 - 2:45 pm

  • Steven Dow, DVM, PhD
    Recent Advances in Canine Cancer Immunotherapy

2:50 - 3:10 pm

  • Break

3:10 - 3:50 pm

  • Rodney Page, DVM
    A Roadmap to Operationalize Comparative Oncology

4:00 - 4:40 pm

  • Robert Vonderheide, MD, PhD
    Title TBD

4:45 - 5:30 pm

  • Champagne Reception