More than a best friend: pet dogs can help us cure cancer | Rachel Allavena | TEDxUQ

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Dogs don’t just share our homes, but also our illnesses. Advances in cancer treatments for our four-legged friends, however, could be translated to support humans in more ways than we could imagine. Associate Professor Rachel Allavena is a specialist veterinary pathologist. She is a veterinarian with a PhD in immunology and a background in pharmaceutical development. She studies the appearance and mechanisms of how disease affects animals and how to combat them. Her research focuses on immunotherapy; a treatment option designed to wake up the body’s immune system, priming it to kill and prevent the spread of cancer cells. Rachel’s studies focus on our closest friends, Dogs. Dogs share our lives, our lifestyles and our propensity to develop cancers in our lifetimes. In fact, dogs can often develop aggressive cancers that will significantly impair their quality of life and shorten their time here with us. In her talk, Rachel will discuss the amazing ways cancer treatments can be developed to help both us and our dogs through ground-breaking translational research. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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