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Inaugural Penn Vet Cancer Center Symposium draws experts from around the nation

By: John Donges Published: Mar 22, 2018

Dr. Cheryl London gives the keynote presentation. Throughout the past decade, new discoveries about cancer cell growth have enhanced our ability to prevent, diagnose, treat, and manage the disease. Recent breakthroughs, such as immunotherapy, have put scientists at the threshold of radically transforming care and potentially discovering a cure.

The Penn Vet Cancer Center is bringing together basic cancer research, clinical trials, and patient care, now dispersed across the School, into one centralized location at Ryan Hospital. In this revolutionized, synergistic environment and state-of-the-art facility, researchers and clinicians will be able to bring research breakthroughs from laboratories directly to patients faster than ever before.

Last fall, the inaugural Cancer Center Symposium launched with Dr. Cheryl London’s talk “Of mice, dogs and men: Transforming cancer outcomes through comparative oncology” at Penn Vet’s Hill Pavilion. London is a Research Professor at both the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and the Molecular Oncology Research Institute at Tufts Medical Center. She is also an Associate Faculty Professor at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine (OSU CVM), where she serves as director of the Clinical Trials Office at the OSU CVM and director of Translational Therapeutics at the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences at OSU’s College of Medicine.

Speakers at the symposium also included Penn’s Dr. Robert Vonderheide, Director of the Abramson Cancer Center, and Dr. Kristy Weber, Director of the Sarcoma Program at Abramson Cancer Center. Other speakers included Dr. Steven Dow, Director of the Laboratory for Immune and Regenerative Medicine at Colorado State University; Dr. Andrew Ewald, Associate Professor in the Department of Cell Biology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; Dr. Amy Leblanc, Director of the Comparative Oncology Program at the National Cancer Institute, (NIH); Dr. Jaime Modiano, Perlman Professor of Oncology and Comparative Medicine at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine; Dr. Elaine Ostrander, Head of the Comparative Genetics Section at the National Human Genome Research Institute; and Dr. Rodney Page, Director of the Flint Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University.

The event was part of the University of Pennsylvania’s ongoing efforts in support of the One Health Initiative, dedicated to improving the lives of all species through the integration of human medicine, veterinary medicine, and environmental science.

Dr. Ellen Puré (bottom left) surrounded by Cancer Symposium speakers, clockwise: Drs. Andrew Ewald, Rodney Page, Amy Leblanc, Jaime Modiano, and Robert Vonderheide.

Dr. Ellen Puré (bottom left) surrounded by Cancer Symposium speakers, clockwise: Drs. Andrew Ewald, Rodney Page, Amy Leblanc, Jaime Modiano, and Robert Vonderheide.