Comparative Oncology Special Interest Group (CO-SIG)


Naturally occurring cancers of animals share biological, clinical and therapeutic similarities to human cancers making them appropriate models for the study of human cancer. Comparative Oncology is a multidisciplinary approach to exploit animal tumours as models in order to increase our understanding of basic cancer mechanisms as well as their treatment. Animal cancer models can be used to generate novel knowledge, translate biological concepts regarding cancer to relevant in vivo models, and bring novel therapeutic options to the management of human cancers.

Aims and objectives

The primary aim of the CO-SIG is to develop a multidisciplinary biomedical, diagnostic pipeline by linking clinicians, oncologists, epidemiologists and molecular researchers, pursuing broad-based clinical and interdisciplinary approaches for an increased understanding and treatment of cancer.

Furthermore, the Comparative Oncology Special Interest Group aims to promote and enhance discussion between human and animal cancer researchers for the mutual benefit of both communities.

The long-term aspiration of the CO-SIG is to establish an Australia-Asia wide recognised research facility/center for the integration of naturally occurring cancer models into the development of novel animal and human cancer research and treatments.

Join the group

The CO-SIG is Chaired by (Faculty of Veterinary Science). Membership is open to all staff of the University of Sydney, its teaching hospitals and affiliated research institutes.

If you are interested in participating, please send the following information to the Cancer Research Office by :

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