Animal Cancer Foundation Appoints Scientific Advisory Council

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ACF Welcomes Prominent Veterinary and Human Oncologists to its Scientific Advisory Council. The Council Advises the Executive Board on Comparative Oncology Award Grant Criteria and Evaluation.

The ability of researchers to unlock a cure for cancer may be found in the common principles underlying pet and human cancer

Animal Cancer Foundation (ACF) has appointed several prominent leaders in the veterinary and human oncology field to serve as Scientific Advisory Council to its Executive Board. (

The Scientific Advisory Council is charged with identifying and evaluating research qualified for the foundation’s Comparative Oncology Grant Awards.

According to Barbara Cohen, Executive Director of Animal Cancer Foundation, comparative oncology research links the fields of human and veterinary oncology by studying cancers that are common to both humans and companion animals on several levels including histology, genetics and behavior in the clinical setting. “The goal of comparative oncologists is to discover the common principles underlying the development and spread of cancer, so that both people and pets benefit from newer, more effective treatments.

David C. Levine, M.D., Assistant Dean for Clinical Education and an Assistant Professor of Surgery, New York Institute of Technology, College of Osteopathic Medicine, President of the ACF Executive Board and Co-Chair of the Scientific Advisory Council, remarked, “the year long efforts of our Scientific Advisory Council have strengthened our grant review process. I am delighted that they are willing to offer their significant expertise to the organization and I look forward to continuing our work in support of comparative oncology.”

In addition to Dr. Levine, members of the ACF Scientific Advisory Council include (in alphabetical order):

Craig A. Clifford, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM (Oncology), Director of Clinical Studies, Oncologist, Hope Veterinary Specialists, Malvern, PA.

Vincent T. DeVita, Jr., MD, President – American Cancer Society, Professor of Medicine & Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT. Dr. DeVita served as the Director of Yale Cancer Center from 1993 to July 2003. He was appointed the Amy and Joseph Perella Professor of Medicine on 6 February 2004. Following Dr. DeVita’s tenure, the position will be renamed the Vincent T. DeVita Professor of Medicine Chair.

John Farrelly, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Oncology), Diplomate ACVR (Radiation Oncology), The Veterinary Cancer Center, Norwalk, CT

Matti Kiupel, Dr. med. Vet. Habil., BS, MS, PhD, Diplomate ACVP, Professor of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation, Section Chief Anatomic Pathology, Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, East Lansing, MI

Cheryl London, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM (Oncology), Associate Professor, The Thekla R. and Donald B. Shackelford Professorship in Canine Medicine, The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Columbus, OH

Gerald S Post, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Oncology), MEM, Principal, The Veterinary Cancer Center, Norwalk, CT. Founder, Animal Cancer Foundation, 1999, Co-Chair, Scientific Advisory Council (non-voting)

Douglas H. Thamm, VMD, Diplomate ACVIM (Oncology), Associate Professor and Barbara Cox Anthony Chair in Oncology, Director of Clinical Research, Colorado State University Animal Cancer Center, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Fort Collins, CO

David M. Vail, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Oncology), Professor of Oncology, Barbara A. Suran Chair in Comparative Oncology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Member of the UW Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center, Director of the Center for Clinical Trials and Research at the School of Veterinary Medicine.

Jedd D. Wolchok, MD, PhD, Clinician scientist Immunology Program, Medical Oncologist (Melanoma), Director of Immunotherapy Clinical Trials, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Director of the Cancer Vaccine Collaborative (CVC).

About Animal Cancer Foundation:

Animal Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to finding a cure for cancer by funding research in and increasing public awareness of comparative oncology, the study of naturally occurring cancers in human beings and companion animals. Founded in 1999, ACF provides research grants to medical and veterinary oncology professionals studying comparative oncology models. The organization does not fund research that induces cancer in companion animals (

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