“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.
- 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.
|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 - VCA|
|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|
- Tara Harrison, DVM, MPVM, Dipl. ACZM, Dipl. ACVPM – Assistant Professor, NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine – https://
- Keynote Speaker: Amy LeBlanc, DVM – Director, Comparative Oncology Program, National Cancer Institute, NIH – https://ccr.cancer.gov/
- Katey Pelican, DVM, PhD – Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine (VPM), University of Minnesota – https://vetmed.umn.
- Matthew Breen, PhD – Genomics/Comparative Oncology Genetics, NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine – https://www.
- Dalen Agnew, DVM, PhD, DACVP – Department Chair/Professor, Michigan State University Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation; Co-lead, Reproductive Health Surveillance Program – https://cvm.msu.edu/
- Checo J. Rorie, PhD – Interim Chair of the Department of Biology, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University – https://www.ncat.
- Rachel Thompson, DVM – Production Support Team, Species360 Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS) – https://www.
- Carlo Maley, MS, PhD – Director, Arizona Cancer Evolution Center – https://sols.asu.edu/
- Michael Nolan, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVR – Radiation Oncology, NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine – https://cvm.ncsu.
- William Eward, DVM, MD – Orthopedic Surgical Oncologist, Duke Cancer Institute – http://www.cancer.
- Barbara Kitchell, DVM, DACVIM – Medical Oncology, VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center – https://vcahospitals.
- Hayley Murphy, DVM – Deputy Director, Zoo Atlanta – https://zooatlanta.
- Poster #1 – “Melanocytic Neoplasia in Panthera species: Clinical Presentation, Pathologic Findings and Response to Treatment” – Zachary Ready, DVM, Dipl. ACVP – University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine
- Poster #2 – “Increased Prevalence of Malignant Leukemia in Bearded Dragons” – Ruby Shah – College of Veterinary Medicine, NC State University
- Poster #3 – “A Retrospective Analysis of Exotic Neoplasia Cases at Rollins Animal Disease Lab” – Sidney Smith – College of Veterinary Medicine, NC State University
Poster Presentation Videos:
Poster #2 (Ruby Shah)
Poster #3 (Sidney Smith)