Advances and Pioneering Research on Cancer in Children and Animals to be Outlined at Congressional Briefing

Development of New Drugs and Interventions Involving Animal Genes and Animal Therapy Showcase Remarkable Healing Power of Connections Between People and Animals

Feb 23, 2016, 10:49 ET from American Humane Association

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer each year and 40,000 U.S. children are in treatment for cancer at any given time. As part of the battle to fight this deadly scourge, researchers will travel to Capitol Hill to brief Congress on new advances and pioneering research including the development of new drugs, and innovative use of interventions involving animal genes and animal therapy. 

Scientists will discuss promising new avenues in cancer treatment arising from research on cancer in elephants, who have many times the number of cells we do but experience a much lower rate of cancer, as well as a remarkable study demonstrating how animal therapy can help children with cancers and their families – all part of  a special series of briefings by the Congressional Humane Bond Caucus on important new research and policy developments on how, with our help, people and animals can improve each others' lives.

WHO:  Members of Congress including Congressional Humane Bond Caucus Co-Chairs
Congressman Gus Bilirakis and Congressman Henry Cuellar, Ph.D.
Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane Association president and CEO
Dr. Joshua Schiffman, pediatric oncologist, Intermountain Primary Children's Hospital and The Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah
Leading scientific researchers
A child cancer patient, his family, and his animal therapy team

WHERE & WHEN: Wednesday, February 24 at 12:00 noon
Cannon Building – Room 334
Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

Hors d-oeuvres and refreshments to be served

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SOURCE American Humane Association