Cancer is a devastating disease caused by out of control cells growing in a patient’s body. Nearly everyone has been touched by cancer in a relative or friend, however most people don’t realise dogs get cancer too. In fact 1 in 3 dogs will develop cancer in their lifetime. Cancer in dogs is so similar to human cancer researchers can work together to design better cures for both dogs and humans.

This month's BrisScience will examine a new treatment method that works to wake up a dog’s immune system so it fights and destroys the cancer. This method has been able to cure dogs with ‘incurable cancer’.

These treatments directly benefit dogs, and help researchers explore how these therapies can help people with cancer too.

This is a free streamed event using Zoom webinar, however registration is essential and numbers are limited. You do not need to create a Zoom account to attend this webinar. Only one registration per device is needed. For example, if two people are watching from the one computer, you should only register one booking.

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Recording of "Man's best friend - helping us cure cancer" talk (YouTube, 32min)


Meet the presenterA/Prof Rachel Allavena

Associate Professor Rachel Allavena is a veterinary pathologist who specialises in studying animal diseases. She has a PhD in immunology and has worked in drug development. Her research develops cancer treatments for pet dogs by triggering the dog’s immune system to wake up and fight their cancer. She also works on conservation of Queensland koalas, determining the major causes of koala injury and disease.

Dr Allavena teaches pathology, toxicology and laboratory animal science at The School of Veterinary Science, The University of Queensland, where she is the Deputy Head of School and lead of the veterinary pathology service.

About BrisScience

BrisScience is a monthly lecture series that brings science out of the labs and to the people, making it accessible to all – from scientists, to scientists-at-heart.

Run by The University of Queensland, BrisScience has been delivering engaging lectures on diverse topics from local and international scientists for over a decade.

BrisScience speakers are leaders in their given fields and deliver dynamic presentations based on cutting-edge research.

The University of Queensland has been running BrisScience since 2005, bringing the best and brightest scientific minds to the people of Brisbane – from early career researchers to Nobel Laureates!

Time6:30pm to 7:30pm (light refreshments 7:30-8pm)
VenueThe Edge, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Bank
CostFree - Eventbrite ticket required


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