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Cancer across Species – Improving Cancer Care for all

May 11 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 12PM – 4PM EST via Zoom

“Cancer across Species – Improving Cancer Care for all” is a virtual conference hosted by the Exotic Species Cancer Research Alliance (ESCRA) and the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine (TriCEM) is sponsoring the conference. The goal of this conference is to bring together leaders in zoo, exotic, and small animal health and husbandry together with leaders in human medicine to find common ground and improve cancer care and research across the tree of life.

Attendees will:

  • Learn how harnessing data and analytics can improve cancer care
  • Learn about new and emerging clinical therapies to treat cancer across species
  • Learn about innovative diagnostic tools and new paradigms in translational and precision medicine
  • Comparative oncology: Gain a deeper understanding of the connections and gaps in studying cancer in companion animals, wildlife, and captive non-domestic species as well as humans

This program has been approved for 3  hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval.

Time Title Presenter
12:00 - 12:20pm Introduction Tara Harrison, DVM, MPVM, Dipl. ACZM, Dipl. ACVPM
NC State College of Veterinary Medicine
12:20 - 12:50 The NCI Comparative Oncology Program – Contributions to Osteosarcoma Research and Drug Development Efforts Amy LeBlanc, DVM. Director, Comparative Oncology Program
National Cancer Institute, NIH
Session 1: Cancer across Species
12:50 - 1:05pm Sustainable Development Goals and Cancer: Exploring a systems-based approach to considering cancer risk in humans and animals Katey Pelican, DVM. PhD
University of Minnesota
1:05 - 1:20pm Integrating Genomes to Address Cross Species Cancer Matthew Breen, PhD, Genomics/Comparative Oncology Genetics
NC State College of Veterinary Medicine
1:20 - 1:35 Reproductive Cancers in Wildlife: A Threat to Sustainability of Threatened Species Dalen Agnew, DVM, PhD, DACVP.
MSU Veterinary Diagnostic Lab.
1:35 - 1:50 Communicating with the Public on the Biology of Cancer Checo J Rorie, PhD, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
1:50 - 2:00pm Panel Discussion
Session 2: Data tools and analytics—ways to improve data collection and analysis
2:00 - 2:10pm Break
2:10 - 2:25pm ZIMS Global Medical Resources- 30 years of standardized data put to use Rachel Thompson, DVM, Species360
2:25 - 2:40pm Learning about cancer and cancer prevention by looking across animals Carlo Maley, MS, PhD. Director,
Arizona Cancer Evolution Center
2:40 - 2:50pm Panel Discussion
Session 3: Translational science - impact of our work for humans and animals
2:50 - 3:05pm Why it hurts: a comparative medicine approach to studying pain in cancer patients Michael Nolan, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVR Radiation Oncology
NC State College of Veterinary Medicine
3:05 - 3:20pm Cancer and the Tree of Life: Where Should We Look When We Study Cancer?” William Eward, DVM, MD, Orthopedic Surgical Oncologist,
Duke Cancer Institute
3:20 - 3:35pm Medical Oncology in Non-Traditional Veterinary Species Barbara Kitchell, DVM, DACVIM/Oncology
3:35 - 3:50pm The Great Ape Heart Project- Harnessing the Power of Collaboration to Improve Animal Health Hayley Murphy, DVM. Deputy Director
Zoo Atlanta
3:50 - 4:00pm Panel Discussion
4:00 Virtual Happy Hour / Poster session

The meeting will also feature a virtual poster session. Anyone interested in presenting their poster can pre-record their poster presentation and upload it to the Dropbox Folder here along with a PDF of their poster. Instructions for recording yourself via PowerPoint or Zoom can be found here.

Please make sure your poster / presentation includes the following information:

  • title
  • author names and affiliations
  • introduction
  • methods
  • results
  • conclusions
  • acknowledgements
  • references section (if any)

Questions about the virtual poster session? Contact the NCSU CVM CE Office at

Registration is free. Register Here
Donations to the Zoological Species Medicine Fund will be greatly appreciated. Donate Here


May 11

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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