JUNE 12: Dogs and Kids Get Many Same Cancers—PAWS for a CURE Summit Explores Finding Common Cures to Help Both

Top People and Pet Cancer Researchers Seek Ways to Collaborate

--()--Canines-N-Kids Foundation:

47% of dogs die from cancer and more U.S. kids die from cancer than any other disease. Both spontaneously develop a number of similar cancers which are often different than those in adult humans. The first ever Paws for a Cure Summit, hosted by Canines-N-Kids Foundation, is bringing together top leaders and researchers in veterinary and pediatric oncology, immunology, translational science, industry and the advocacy community to develop a pathway for innovative pediatric cancer treatments that may also help man’s best friend. Canines-N-Kids is a nonprofit committed to finding a cure to the devastating cancers that canines and children both get. The Summit sessions will explore:

  • how canine cancers represent in their young human counterparts
  • unique challenges scientists face in studying canine cancers
  • the state of conducting canine trials
  • gaps in pediatric oncology that can be addressed through the canine model
  • innovative comparative work
  • advocating for pet and pediatric patients
  • developing a roadmap for integrated drug development


  • Ulrike Szalay, Founder, Canines-N-Kids
  • Dr. William Eward, Duke Cancer Institute
  • Dr. Matthew Breen, NC State School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Dr. Amy LeBlanc, Director of the Comparative Oncology Trials Group, NCI
  • Dr. Josh Schiffman, MD Huntsman Cancer Center
  • Dr. Carol Roberston-Plouch, Eli Lilly
  • Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, American Cancer Society
  • Susan Braun, CEO, V Foundation
  • Barbara Cohen, Executive Director, Animal Cancer Foundation
  • Dr. Chand Khanna, Ethos Discovery
  • Dr. Damon Reed, Sunshine Foundation
  • Arlene Weintraub, Author of Heal, health/biotech reporter (Forbes, Fierce Biotech)
  • Susanne Kogut, Executive Director, Petco Foundation
  • Dr. Greg Aune, childhood cancer survivor and Pediatric Oncologist, Cancer Researcher, Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Hospital San Antonio
  • Dr. Nicola Mason, Veterinarian and Immunologist who oversees several comparative canine cancer immunotherapy trials, Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine

Full list of speakers/sessions

June 12, 2017, 8:30am-5pm

National Press Club
529 14th St NW, DC

More than 16,000 children and six million dogs get diagnosed with cancer each year. The problems inherent in designing and implementing pediatric oncology clinical trials coupled with scant resources makes finding a cure difficult. In fact, only three new medicines have been developed for pediatric cancer in the last 30 years, only 4% of the NIH’s budget goes to kids’ cancer and virtually no pharmaceutical funding goes to pediatric cancer research. For dogs diagnosed with cancer, the outlook is no better. Comparative oncology, the study of similar cancers that occur in animals and people, offers tremendous opportunity to find treatments that will benefit both. The Summit is bringing leading experts together for the first time to find ways to share and team. The Summit has received generous support from the Petco Foundation; the Blue Buffalo Foundation; the V Foundation for Cancer Research; and the Quad W Foundation.

Contact Shawn Flaherty at 703-554-3609 to cover the summit or to request an interview with one of the experts.


Canines-N-Kids Foundation
Shawn Flaherty, 703-554-3609

Release Summary

Dogs and kids spontaneously develop a number of similar cancers. Canines-N-Kids is hosting Paws for a Cure Summit on June 12 in DC with leading vet and pediatric cancer researchers to explore cures.


Canines-N-Kids Foundation
Shawn Flaherty, 703-554-3609