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Institute for Comparative Cancer Investigation

The Institute for Comparative Cancer Investigation (ICCI) at the University of Guelph facilitates translational oncology research in companion animals at the OVC Mona Campbell Centre for Animal Cancer by managing clinical trials and the Companion Animal Tumour Sample Bank (CATSB). Our goals: to advance the understanding of cancer and improve treatment options to benefit both companion animal and human cancer patients.

Launched in 2007, the institute is the first of its kind in Canada, combining our expertise in basic cancer biology and veterinary medicine to take an integrated approach to cancer studies that cannot easily be matched in human research setting and it is dedicated to furthering the understanding of the cancer for the benefit of all species, including humans.

ICCI entails collaborative research from 37 cancer investigators from ~8 departments across UoGuelph including cancer biologists, veterinarians, chemists, mathematicians, computer scientists, toxicologists, psychologists and and others who represent Guelph’s unique capacity to broaden the scope of research and deepen our understanding of cancer. Furthermore, ICCI includes external research groups from UoWaterloo & UoToronto.

A key component of this groundbreaking initiative is the establishment of a world-class Animal Cancer Centre in the OVC Health Sciences Centre. The centre is dedicated to cancer diagnosis, treatment, teaching and clinical research. 

ICCI in the media:

Dr. Paul Woods, ICCI co-director, was recently featured on CBC’s The National, highlighting OVC's participation in a North American wide trial exploring a novel treatment option for osteosarcoma patients. 

CTV News reports on ICCI's continuing efforts in the fight against canine, and potentially human, bone cancer. 

ICCI member Dr. Alicia Viloria-Petit among this years "Top 10" Most influential Hispanic Canadians for her significant contributions to cancer research.

Past media stories: 

Globe and Mail article highlighting the comparative and translational research taking place at the OVC Mona Campbell Centre for Animal Cancer. 

Global News story on the Animal Cancer Centre.

ICCI Team (Left to Right): Dr. Paul Woods (ICCI co-director), Dr. Kaya Skowronski (Tumour Bank Coordinator); Dr. Vicky Sabine (Clinical Research Coordinator), Dr. Michelle Oblak (assistant ICCI co-director), Dr. Geoff Wood (assistant ICCI co-director) and Dr. Brenda Coomber (ICCI co-director).