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Engage with Dr. Tim Fan on how the analysis of cancers in pet dogs and cats can help identify promising new anticancer drugs for humans.

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Join C2ST and the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) for Anticancer Discovery from Pets to People (ACPP), a limited series detailing the latest in cutting-edge research conducted at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign (Illinois). Learn how the analysis of cancers in pet dogs and cats can help identify promising new anticancer drugs for humans. Dr. Timothy Fan, a veterinary oncologist, and cancer researcher, will walk us through the work being done at the Comparative Oncology Research Laboratory on a subject that has far-reaching implications for the human and animal worlds.

The second program will explore animal case studies.

A central theme of the Comparative Oncology Research Laboratory at Illinois is conducting anticancer research that can benefit both companion animals and human beings. By studying drug delivery strategies in dogs with cancerous tumors, the laboratory can collaborate with scientists and aid in exploring anticancer treatment strategies.

A long-term goal in Dr. Fan’s translational cancer research is to find carryover from what works in pet dogs or cats and translate that to effective treatments for humans. Clinical trials on companion animals diagnosed with cancer have brought new hope to their owners and new data for a cutting-edge cancer drug being developed by scientists at Illinois

Learn more about Pretzel, Breta, and other cancer patients who have benefited from innovative treatment strategies.

Thursday, February 24th, 2022 from 5:00 - 6:00 pm CT, C2ST Facebook Live & C2ST YouTube TV.

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Dr. Timothy Fan, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM), DACVIM (oncology)


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Dr. Fan received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. He completed a Small Animal Rotating Internship at the University of Illinois from 1995 to 1996. Following his internship, Dr. Fan fulfilled a Small Animal Internal Medicine Residency at Cornell University in 1998. Following his stay at Cornell, Dr. Fan returned to the University of Illinois to receive advanced clinical training in the subspecialty of Medical Oncology. Dr. Fan completed his Board Certification in Internal Medicine in 2000 and Medical Oncology in 2001. After completing clinical training, Dr. Fan pursued and completed a Ph.D. in Tumor Immunology, whereby he investigated the anticancer effects of cytokine manipulation strategies for the treatment of locally-invasive and metastatic tumors in mice models of disease.

Upon completing his Ph.D. in 2007, Dr. Fan became the principal investigator of the Comparative Oncology Research Laboratory housed in the Small Animal Clinic, Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine. Dr. Fan's laboratory works closely with other scientists for evaluating novel drugs or drug delivery strategies for the treatment of cancer. Uniquely, Dr. Fan's training as a scientist and veterinarian has allowed him the opportunity to rapidly investigate and translate novel treatment strategies in dogs with spontaneously arising cancers and conduct meaningful comparative oncology research to aid in treating cancer in not only companion animals but also human beings.

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