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NOVEMBER 30th, 2023: Comparative Medicine Symposium at ASU Skysong

Advancing biomedical innovations and improving translational research through veterinary medicine and naturally occurring canine diseases
In-Person Event: free registration and parking; breakfast and lunch included, reception follows
November 30th, 2023 (8:15am to 5:00pm)
ASU Skysong Innovation Center
Building 3 - Synergy Conference Room
1475 N. Scottsdale Road; Scottsdale, Arizona 85257

Continuing Education: Approved by the Arizona Academy of Veterinary Practice for 6.5 CE hours. 
SOCRA Members: This program offers 6.5 hours of CE credit.

The symposium is open to faculty, healthcare professionals, (e.g., MD, DO, PharmD, DVM), technicians, industry representatives, and students interested in translational research, comparative medicine, veterinary science and biomedical product development.  Speakers from ASU, UArizona, NAU, TGen North and private veterinary practice will discuss leveraging naturally occurring canine diseases and the sophistication of veterinary medicine to elevate translational research and drive biomedical technologies forward.  This event is supported by a grant from the Arizona Biomedical Research Centre and hosted by The Institute for Future Health, a joint venture between Arizona State University and the University of Arizona.

Agenda and Topics are subject to change

Preliminary Morning Agenda

7:30am-8:30am: Registration and breakfast
Opening remarks on comparative medicine, veterinary clinical research and opportunities in animal health
Craig Woods DVM, MS, MBA
Decreasing the cost of drug development. Why dogs are an important part of the puzzle.
Theresa Fossum DVM, PhD, DACVS

Comparative canine cancers: -omics, diagnostics, vaccines and treatments
Rachel Venable DVM, MS, DACVIM
Veterinary cardiology: comparative diseases (cardiomyopathy, congestive heart failure) and interventions
Matthew Miller DVM, MS, DACVIM
Arizona's Comparative Medicine and Technology Landscape (snaphsots)

Brief presentations by industry and academic representatives on education, research, services or products which align with comparative medicine.  If interested in presenting, visit the "Snapshot Presentations" page.

Preliminary Afternoon Agenda

12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch
One Health and veterinary medicine's role in advancing biomedical innovations
George Poste DVM, PhD [Download PDF]
The Dog Aging Project: canine cognition, neurological diseases and molecular aging
Noah Snyder-Mackler PhD, 
Emily Bray PhD and Evan MacLean PhD
Canine Infectious Diseases and Translational One Health Research Approaches
Hayley Yaglom-Hemmelgam MS, MPH and Bridget Barker PhD
Structuring academic and veterinary clinical research collaborations; open forum for Q&A
Valerie Harris PhD and Craig Woods DVM, MS, MBA
5:00pm-6:30pm: Reception at 1951@Skysong with appetizers and refreshments.

Research and Development Opportunities

Biomedical Companies and Entrepreneurs: Interact with experts to discuss the regulatory and development pathways in veterinary medicine, animal health market opportunities for biomedical technologies, and logistics of performing veterinary clinical studies.

Research Collaborations: network with veterinary clinicians and discuss the benefits of veterinary collaborations to advance basic research, translational medicine, and other areas of biomedical research.

Location: ASU Skysong Innovation Center


This event is graciously supported by a grant from the Arizona Biomedical Research Centre and hosted by The Institute for Future Health, a joint venture between Arizona State University and the University of Arizona.


The Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA - accepts documentation of candidate participation in continuing education programs for recertification if the program is applicable to clinical research regulations, operations or management, or to the candidate’s clinical research therapeutic area. This program offers 6.5 hours of CE credit.