CORE Activity Blog

Canadian Animal Health Laboratorians Network Annual Meeting

Posted August 11, 2017

As a member of the Summer CORE program at the Ontario Veterinary College this summer, I had the privilege to attend the Canadian Animal Health Laboratorians Network Annual Meeting. This meeting is held annually as a way of networking among others in the diagnostic veterinary field. As part of this year’s conference, I had the pleasure of listening to a talk given by Dr. Andrew Peregrine, relating the importance of Echinococcus multilocularis emergence in Ontario.

Campbell Centre Animal Welfare Research Symposium

Posted August 11, 2017

The importance of Animal Welfare Research

10th Annual Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare (CCSAW) Research Symposium

Posted August 11, 2017

This summer, I had the pleasure of attending the 10th Annual Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare (CCSAW) Research Symposium, which showcases research conducted at the University of Guelph, designed to examine pertinent issues in animal welfare. 

 

Cancer biology

Posted August 11, 2017

Cancer biology is one of the hottest topics for research in both the veterinary and human medical profession. Earlier this summer I had the opportunity to attend the 10th annual ICCI Cancer Research Symposium. The most interesting part of the day for me was hearing the keynote speaker, Dr. William Eward, talk about integrating the veterinary and healthcare field together. He spoke about the ability for research studies performed in one species to be applied across a variety of others as the fundamentals of the science is very similar. Another very interesting talk was given by Dr.

Animals and Humans: fighting the same battle?

Posted August 11, 2017

On May 25th, 2017, I had the opportunity of attending the 2017 ICCI Cancer Research Symposium. It was a privilege to meet with investigators at the forefront of this disease. Many families, including my own, are affected by the change in lifestyle that comes with a family member who’s developed cancer. Cancer treatments can be overwhelming for the individual as well as their supporters. This conference gave me an understanding of how complex cancer is and the limitations of the researchers.

The importance of your network

Posted August 11, 2017

I am participating in the summer CORE program for the second summer in a row. Last summer, while attending CAVEPM as part of CORE, I learned about something called a social network. A social network is a representation of the connections (called 'edges') between people, places or things (called 'nodes'). Social networks can be used for many applications; to simulate how disease could spread through a population, to evaluate the impact of specific interventions (for example, a vaccine), or potentially to understand how information flows through an organization.

 

Oral Presentation Days for OVC's Summer CORE Program

Posted August 11, 2017

On May 30th and 31st, I had the privilege of participating in the oral presentation sessions for the CORE program at the Ontario Veterinary College. This being my first year in the CORE program (and not the best at public speaking), I was unsure of what to expect; would there be a lot of people? What kind of environment would it be? What types of questions would I be asked about my project? I was pleased to learn very quickly that it was an environment of learning and growing as a researcher and a public speaker, without judgment.

16thAnnual meeting of the Canadian Animal Health Laboratorians Network (CAHLN)

Posted August 11, 2017

As a summer student participating in the Summer CORE program, I had the opportunity to attend the 16thAnnual meeting of the Canadian Animal Health Laboratorians Network (CAHLN). The theme of the 2017 meeting was: Laboratory based disease intelligence in 2017: new and practical approaches. Attending this meeting was a great opportunity for me as I was able to learn about different animal health research that occurs all over Canada. The conference talks were tracked by species, which I found to be helpful when trying to decide which presentation to attend.

Lab Animal Welfare

Posted August 10, 2017

Throughout this summer I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend the Use of Research/Lab Animal talk by Dr. Patricia Turner and the tour to animal lab. 

Exploring 10 years after: The 10th annual ICCI Cancer Research Symposium

Posted August 10, 2017

Cancer. This intense disease acts as a vicious killer of humans and animals alike. Its notoriety has earned it a special place in research, with numerous scientists from many different fields attempting to characterize and defeat it. As a topic, cancer has come up in most of my classes in some capacity. This drove my interest in the study of cancer, particularly the 10 hallmarks of cancer. This interest has not had a strong clinical background, and over the past few years I have come to view cancer in molecular, mechanistic terms.