Documentary Video about Pets and Cancer Features PVM Personalities

June 16, 2017

A documentary video now available on YouTube about the success stories and promising prospects in the field of comparative oncology features two scholars with Purdue Veterinary Medicine ties. Produced by Colorado State University (CSU) and Rocky Mountain PBS, the video is entitled, "The Answer to Cancer Might be Walking Beside Us," and lays out the significant possibilities that lie ahead in comparative oncology, as described by human and veterinary medical researchers, NIH scientists, patients, and clients. Among the veterinary medical scholars interviewed are Dr. Deborah Knapp, PVM Dolores L. McCall Professor of Comparative Oncology and director of the Purdue Comparative Oncology Program, and Dr. Larry Glickman, PVM professor emeritus of comparative pathobiology.

"I think the recognition now is great," Dr. Knapp said in the video, speaking of the growing awareness in the biomedical community about the significance of comparative oncology, and the value of linking the study of cancer in dogs and people. "It's coming from the National Cancer Institute, it's coming from other cancer research organizations and there truly is a growing appreciation for this type of work and how important it is."

Dr. Glickman said that there still is "...this great barrier I think we have in communicating the similarities between the species." But he explained, "These people who are looking for breakthroughs aren't interested in whether the breakthrough comes through a dog or a zebra fish...just give us something we can work with and we'll help speed up the process of drug development, which is so long and expensive."

The documentary also features researchers and clinicians from CSU; Duke University; the American Cancer Society; the National Cancer Institute; the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; Tufts University; The Ohio State University; North Carolina State University; the University of California, Davis; Children's Hospital Colorado; the University of Illinois; and the University of Wisconsin. It is narrated by Jamie Little, NASCAR pit reporter and self-described animal rescue advocate. The program began airing on selected public television stations April 7. Click here to view the video, which runs about 27 minutes. The excerpts with Dr. Glickman appear at 3:50 and 8:10 in the video. Scenes of Dr. Knapp in her Purdue lab begin at 14:37, with her recorded comments at 15:40 and 15:56 in the video.

Writer: Kevin Doerr,

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