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Welcome to the Modiano Lab at the University of Minnesota

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Our program consists of a research enterprise that works in tandem with a veterinary clinical oncology service.

The Modiano Lab is working to find the causes for cancer, understand the mechanisms that drive tumor behavior and tumor progression, and, ultimately, identify the targets that will allow us to prevent, control, and treat different types of cancer. In partnership with the University of Minnesota's Masonic Cancer Center, we are also working to determine how cancers that occur in animals are similar to cancers that occur in humans, so that we can apply what we learn from our companion animals to people, and vice versa.

The bridge between our research and the clinic is built with clinical trials. At the U of M's Veterinary Medical Center, the goal is to provide compassionate, effective care for pets with cancer – restoring function where possible and providing maximum life extension with the highest possible quality of life. Through clinical trials, we strive to discover whether what we have learned in the lab will translate to better, more effective treatments for our companion animals.

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