Educational Session: “Emerging Data Sets and Data Integration Initiatives” at Paws for a Cure Research Symposium

September 29, 2020 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET

Dr. Amy LeBlanc, director of NCI’s Comparative Oncology Program (COP) and Integrated Canine Data Commons (ICDC) team member, will join other panel members at the 2nd Annual Paws for a Cure Research Symposium to discuss “Canine Genetic Biomarker Data in the Context of Human.”

Dr. LeBlanc will give an overview of canine genetic and biomarker data from NCI’s perspective and cover emerging key canine data sets available for oncology research.

Dogs can develop many of the same types of cancer as humans, and cancer treatments that are safe and effective for dogs often work well for people. NCI’s COP sponsors clinical trials for pets (primarily cats and dogs) to give animals access to cutting-edge research and therapeutics and help biologists better understand the biology of cancer. The ICDC is the latest repository in NCI’s Cancer Research Data Commons, a cloud-based infrastructure with repositories that feature genomics, proteomics, and now canine data. By collecting data on dogs with spontaneously arising cancer, researchers can compare with and learn more about human tumor pathways, how a type of cancer metastasizes, and what treatments may be effective for both canine and human cancer patients.

Amy LeBlanc, DVM, DACVIM

Dr. LeBlanc is the director of the Comparative Oncology Program at NCI’s Center for Cancer Research.

Heather Gardner, DVM, Ph.D., DACVIM

Dr. Gardner is an assistant research professor at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University.

Will Hendricks, Ph.D.

Dr. Hendricks is an assistant professor in the Integrated Cancer Genomics Division at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).

Roel Verhaak, Ph.D.

Dr. Verhaak is a professor and associate director of computational biology at Jackson Laboratory (JAX) Laboratory.

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