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Rodney Page, Professor and Director of the Flint Animal Cancer Center, Stephen Withrow Presidential Chair in Oncology, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University
 
Dr. Page received his DVM from Colorado State University and completed specialty training in the field of medical oncology in NYC.  He was a faculty member at North Carolina State University prior to his appointment at Cornell University as the founding director of The Sprecher Institute for Comparative Cancer Research. In 2005, Dr. Page was appointed Chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences.Dr. Page returned to Colorado as the Director of the Flint Animal Cancer Center in 2010 (www.csuanimalcancercenter.org).  Dr. Page’s research interests have recently been focused on a ‘One Medicine’ approach to cancer. He has been involved with the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study since 2008, and has initiated a national effort to bring translational and comparative oncology to a greater audience. Website

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Antonella Borgatti, Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, University of Minnosota

Dr. Borgatti graduated cum laude from the University of Torino, Italy in 1996. After three years in general practice, she received a scholarship to pursue specialized training in oncology at North Carolina State University, where she subsequently remained as a Research Associate, Oncology Intern, and Clinical Instructor in Oncology. She completed a Residency in Comparative Oncology at Purdue University, where she also received a Master of Sciences Degree in 2006. Dr. Borgatti became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology) in 2006, and a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2007. She worked at a specialty referral hospital in North Carolina for two years before joining the faculty at the University of Minnesota in 2008. She is currently Associate Professor of Oncology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, Member of the Masonic Cancer Center, Member of the Vallera laboratory, and Director of the Oncology residency program. Website


Michael Kent, Director of the Center for Companion Animal Health, UC Davis
 
Michael Kent is a Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. He is also Director of the Center for Companion Animal Health. He graduated from veterinary school at UC Davis in 1997. He then went on to do an internship at the University of Pennsylvania. This was followed by a year in private practice in Pennsylvania before he went on to do residencies in Medical and Radiation Oncology at UC Davis, where he also received his Masters Degree in clinical research. He is also the program co-leader for the comparative oncology program at the medical school’s NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center. His research interests include clinical trials and tumor biology of canine melanoma and osteosarcoma. Website 

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Amy LeBlanc, Director, Comparative Oncology Program, NIH

Dr. LeBlanc is a board-certified veterinary oncologist and Director of the CCR Comparative Oncology Program at the National Cancer Institute, NIH. In this position, she directly oversees and manages the operations of the Comparative Oncology Trials Consortium (COTC), which designs and executes clinical trials of new cancer therapies in tumor-bearing pet dogs. Her research focuses on animal modeling for development of new cancer drugs and imaging agents, and identification of imaging biomarkers, development, and optimization of PET imaging hardware and imaging protocols. She has experience in fostering collaborations with industry and academic partners to support relevant eIND studies in man. She has given numerous invited lectures on the inclusion of companion animals in imaging-based translational research, and the value of comparative oncology in drug and imaging agent development. Website