Douglas Thamm, VMD, DACVIM Receives Asa Mays, DVM Award for Excellence in Canine Health Research
The AKC Canine Health Foundation, a nonprofit
organization celebrating 20 years of preventing, treating, and curing diseases
in all dogs, is proud to announce that Douglas Thamm, VMD, DACVIM, Associate
Professor of Oncology at the Colorado State University Animal Cancer Center is
the recipient of the Asa Mays, DVM Award for Excellence in Canine Health
Dr. Mary Smith, Chair of the Foundation’s Grants
Committee, presented the award to Dr. Thamm this past weekend at the 2015 National Parent Club
Canine Health Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.
“In addition to being a leading researcher, Dr. Thamm is
also a great partner to the AKC Canine Health Foundation. He frequently
contributes to our podcasts, educational materials, and volunteers his time and
expertise to our peer review process,” Dr. Smith said.
The Foundation has awarded Dr. Thamm nearly $240,000 for
his work involving novel targeted therapies for animal and human cancer and
ways to integrate these therapies with existing treatments.
The Asa Mays, DVM Award for Excellence in Canine Health
Research is presented to investigators who demonstrate meritorious advancements
identifying, characterizing, and treating canine diseases and ailments. It is
named for Dr. Asa Mays, a founding board member of the AKC Canine Health
Dr. Thamm has authored over 100 peer-reviewed
publications in veterinary and basic cancer research, and is Co-Editor-In-Chief
of the journal Veterinary and Comparative Oncology. His clinical and research interests include
novel targeted therapies for animal and human cancer and ways to integrate
these therapies with existing treatment.
He is a member of the Developmental Therapeutics Section
of the University of Colorado Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Cell and
Molecular Biology Graduate Program at Colorado State University (CSU). He
received his Bachelors and VMD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania,
completing an Oncology Residency at the University of Wisconsin where he became
a researcher for five additional years before joining the faculty at CSU in
Sponsored by the Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, the AKC Canine Health Foundation 2015
National Parent Club Canine Health Conference is a biennial event drawing veterinarians,
researchers, dog club members, dog owners, and breeders eager to hear from
featured speakers on the latest medical and scientific advances in preventing
treating, and curing canine health issues.
The AKC Canine Health Foundation bridges the gap between
veterinary research and dog lovers by raising funds to support over $1 million
per year in new canine health research grants regardless of breed. This
research has led to numerous breakthroughs in disease prevention and treatment
in the areas of behavior, epilepsy, cancer, cardiology, musculoskeletal injuries
and disease, and bloat, among others. Currently, over 100 active research
projects are being supported by funds raised by the Foundation from corporate
donors, dog clubs, and dog lovers throughout the U.S.