September 28-30, 2020  ●  Merck Research Labs  ●  Boston, MA 




Translational Potential Of Comparative Approaches To Accelerate Drug Development In Shared Childhood & Canine Cancers

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Merck Employees/Associates:  There is a separate registration process for Merck-affiliated individuals.  Please contact Dr. Robbie McLeod at MRL if you are interested in attending PFAC2020.

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Our Mission

To bring together the world’s leaders in pediatric and veterinary cancer research, representatives from pharma and biotech, regulatory experts, human cancer and animal health foundations, and childhood and canine cancer patients to explore the state-of-the-art in science, to forge new collaborations and accelerate progress in cancers shared by children and man’s best friend. Building on the success of the first- of- its kind Paws for a Cure Research Symposium (November 2018), we welcome you to Paws for a Cure  2020!


Keynote Speaker 

Dr. Peter C. Adamson

Past Chair, Children's Oncology Group


General Attendee: $599

Academic/Non-Profit/Government: $399

Block Agenda

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Monday, September 28

Merck Research Laboratories


11:00 AM 

Keynote Opening Address and Program

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Tuesday, September 29

Merck Research Laboratories

Registration & Breakfast

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Substantive Scientific Presentations/Discussions

(see topic agenda)

8:00 AM - 5:30 PM 

Poster Reception/Session

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM 

Dine Around Boston

6:30 PM


Wednesday, September 30

Merck Research Laboratories


7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Substantive Scientific Presentations/Discussions

Young Investigator Finalist Recognition

(see topic agenda)

8:00 AM - 2:30 PM 

Closing Remarks

2:30 PM 



Paws for a Cure  2020


Advancing research in pediatric cancer treatments has unique challenges, and progress toward better medicines and a cure has been limited. Intriguingly, BOTH children and our canine companions spontaneously develop a number of cancers with remarkable similarities, including osteosarcoma, certain brain/CNS cancers, lymphoma and leukemia. Speakers, panelists and participants will discuss challenges and progress in accelerating cancer drug development using comparative approaches, including:

  • The state of the art in comparative and novel translational cancer research.

  • Ongoing preclinical, translational and clinical projects leveraging the canine patient model.

  • The most promising prospects for future scientific exploration, collaboration and funding.

  • Life journey presentations by childhood cancer survivors and advocates.

In addition to cutting edge scientific content, the Symposium agenda will include a Young Investigator Scientific Poster Competition/Session, poignant presentations from patient advocates and feature prominent keynote speakers. Ample opportunities to encourage networking and collaboration are also incorporated.

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The Hotel Commonwealth 

500 Commonwealth Avenue

Boston, MA 02215

Reservations: 866-784-4000

Discounted Room Rate using

Group Code: 415200927PAWS



This event would not be possible without the backing of our wonderful partners! Thank you for your support of the 2020 Paws for a Cure Symposium. 


We look forward to welcoming you to Boston!



Title Sponsors


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September 28-30, 2020 / Boston, MA

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