Colorado State Researcher Wins CHF’s Mays Award

St. Louis—The AKC Canine Health Foundation has announced 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 Research. Dr. Mary Smith, chair of the CHF grants committee, presented the award to Thamm at the 2015 National Parent Club Canine Health Conference, held in August. The Nestlé Purina PetCare Company sponsored the event.

“In addition to being a leading researcher, Dr. Thamm is also a great partner to the AKC Canine Health Foundation,” Smith said. “He frequently contributes to our podcasts, educational materials, and volunteers his time and expertise to our peer review process.” The CHF has awarded 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 CHF board member.

The author of more than a hundred peer-reviewed articles in veterinary and basic cancer research, Thamm 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.

Thamm 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. He received his bachelor’s and veterinary degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and completed an oncology residency at the University of Wisconsin, where he spent five years as a researcher before joining the faculty at Colorado State in 2004.