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Comparative Oncology Research Center

The oncology program launched by Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine researchers Dr. Shawna Klahn and Dr. Nick Dervisis provides a full range of care for dogs with and without a cancer diagnosis.

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Working with the Commonwealth of Virginia, we have an opportunity to include the Comparative Oncology Research Center in the 139,000-square-foot VTC Biomedical Research Expansion now under construction in Roanoke.

Bridging our areas of expertise

Animals play an essential role in medical breakthroughs as veterinary treatments are translated to humans. As part of the Virginia Tech Carilion Health Sciences and Technology Campus, the Comparative Oncology Research Center will let us capitalize on a rare opportunity: integrating researchers from a veterinary college, a comprehensive research university, and a research institute created in partnership with a leading health care organization.

“This center accelerates our ability to develop procedures and treatments that reflect our commitment to improving human and animal lives.”

Michael Friedlander, Virginia Tech Vice President for Health Sciences and Technology and Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute Executive Director

A critical asset in the fight against cancer

This center will enhance partnerships among prominent cancer researchers at the VTC Research Institute, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, and several Virginia Tech colleges. Recent accomplishments include:

  • Researchers who extended the lives of dogs with brain cancer received a $9.2 million National Institutes of Health grant to test similar treatments in humans.
  • Multimillion dollar National Cancer Institute grants, which have led to breakthroughs in human brain and breast cancer research at the VTC Research Institute, and the launch of companies to commercialize discoveries.

Strengthen connections with your gift

We have the opportunity to incorporate the Comparative Oncology Research Center into the ongoing VTC Biomedical Research Expansion provided we secure sufficient commitments by December 31, 2017. Support the center with your gift.

Contact Alison Davitt by email or at 540-231-4716 to learn more about supporting the Comparative Oncology Research Center.