Genes, Dogs & Cancer IV: International Canine Cancer Conference 2006

Date: September 20, 2006

Contact: Jason D Scott
Phone: 919-334-4015

RALEIGH, NC -- September 17 -- The AKC Canine Health Foundation held the Genes, Dogs & Cancer: Canine Cancer Conference September 14 - 17, 2006, in Chicago, Illinois. The conference brought together renowned experts working on diverse aspects of biology, prevention, and treatment of cancer in dogs, with an emphasis on genetics and molecular biology. The meeting of the minds had a truly international flair with attendees coming in from Canada, France, Italy and the Netherlands. The conference provided a forum for discussion, innovation and collaboration advancing research to reduce suffering and mortality caused by cancer in dogs, humans and other animals.

Cancer is the leading cause of disease related death in dogs and, in recent years, has become a major focus of research in both humans and canines. The AKC Canine Health Foundation alone has allocated nearly $4 million to support fifty canine cancer research projects and conferences since its inception in 1995.

Dr. Michelle Le Beau of the University of Chicago was this year's keynote speaker and gave a presentation on the "Molecular genetics of recurring chromosomal abnormalities in leukemia and lymphoma."

The meeting had five distinct sessions emphasizing genomics, susceptibility mapping, identification of target genes for diagnosis and treatment, tumor profiling, and clinical discovery. As in past years, the goal is to integrate and bridge these areas to maximize the impact of the research on canine and human health.

Dr. Elaine Ostrander of the National Human Genome Research Institute stated, "This year's Canine Cancer Meeting really took things to a new level. We heard about significant advances in genetics, clinical and translational science. It is clear this is a strong and cohesive community that just gets better with time. I very much look forward to the next meeting to see what all the early studies talked this week reveal over time."

Organizers of the scientific program included Jaime F. Modiano, VMD, PhD, Elaine A. Ostrander, PhD, Kevin Hahn, DVM, PhD, Chand Khanna, DVM, PhD and Timothy M. Fan, DVM.

Sponsors of the event included Nestle Purina PetCare, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Endowment Fund, American Boxer Charitable Foundation, French Bulldog Club of America, Golden Retriever Foundation, Irish Setter Club of America, Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust (A Keybank Trust), Morris Animal Foundation, National Beagle Club, Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, Portuguese Water Dog Foundation, Scottish Terrier Club of America Health Trust Fund, Starlight Fund, Jeffrey Pepper and the International Veterinary Information Services.

The AKC Canine Health Foundation, founded in 1995 by the American Kennel Club, funds health research worldwide exclusively for canines. We're pleased to announce that the canine genome sequence has been completed with the Foundation being the largest nonprofit funder. Now, the canine sequence takes its place alongside the human and mouse genome as one of five premier tools that researchers worldwide will have at their fingertips -- leading to the promise of quicker results, faster tests, and definitive therapies in the fight against canine and human disease. The AKC Canine Health Foundation has allocated more than $15 million in canine health research through 52 schools and research institutions in seven countries for about 275 studies.

AKC Canine Health Foundation -- 5580 Centerview Drive -- Raleigh, NC 27606

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