* School of Veterinary Medicine
* Phi Zeta

March 21, 2007

School of Veterinary Medicine to celebrate Phi Zeta Research Day

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University's School of Veterinary Medicine will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Phi Zeta Research Day on April 3 with a program that examines how humans can benefit from the research that helps animals.

 The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at noon in the hallways of the Lynn Hall of Veterinary Medicine with poster sessions and short presentations about current research. The focus of the keynote address later in the afternoon will be comparative oncology, with a program cosponsored by the Purdue Cancer Center, the Oncological Sciences Center at Purdue's Discovery Park and the Purdue Omicron chapter of the Veterinary Honor Society of Phi Zeta.

"Research at Purdue's comparative oncology program found striking similarities in certain types of cancers between pets and humans," said Sophie Lelievre, president of the Omicron chapter of Phi Zeta and associate professor of basic medical sciences. "This research, along with that from other schools and colleges, was instrumental in the creation of a National Comparative Oncology Program in 2003 in the National Cancer Institute's Center for Cancer Research."

The 20th anniversary celebration will kick off at 3:15 p.m. in the Vet Vittles Commons of Lynn Hall. The first keynote speaker will be Alan Rebar, executive director of Discovery Park, who will talk about "Looking Back to the Future: A Historical Perspective of Research Program Development in the School of Veterinary Medicine" at 4 p.m. in the main auditorium (Room 1136.) Rebar is former dean of the veterinary school and remains on faculty there.

The second keynote speaker is Chand Khanna, director of the comparative oncology program at the National Institutes of Health. Khanna is the head of the tumor and metastasis biology section of the pediatric oncology branch at the National Cancer Institute. His primary area of research interest is the biology and treatment of cancer and how it spreads. He will talk about "A Comparative Approach to Cancer Biology and Therapy" at 4:30 p.m.

A number of awards will be announced, including the 2007 Phi Zeta Graduate Student Research Award and the Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence.

For information, see the Phi Zeta Web site at

Writer: Maggie Morris, (765) 494-24327,

Sources: Sophie Lelievre, (765) 496-7793,

Kevin Doerr, director of alumni relations and public affairs for Veterinary school, (765) 494-8216,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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