Brian Flesner, DVM, MS, DACVIM ─ Oncology, an assistant professor of oncology at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, has been named the keynote speaker for the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine’s Phi Zeta Research Day. The Phi Zeta Research Day is an annual event at UW that focuses on sharing research generated by their DVM students, interns, residents and graduate students.
Lauren Trepanier, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVCP, the assistant dean for clinical and translational research at Wisconsin said, “Every year a clinician scientist is invited to give a keynote at Phi Zeta Research Day to highlight a successful career, combining clinical practice with high quality research. Dr. Flesner was invited because of his affiliation with the Clinical and Translational Science Award One Health Alliance and its’ Clinician Scientist Education initiatives, his research productivity in medical oncology, and his approachable speaking style.”
Flesner says his keynote speech is titled, “From Cattle to Cancer: An Unanticipated Journey from Rural Practice to Academic Medicine,” which will discuss his journey to his current faculty position and future research goals. “After dealing with cancer in my family during vet school at the University of Illinois, and with my desire to practice individualized rather than population medicine, I became interested in small animal specialty medicine, specifically oncology,” he said. “My internship at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital in San Diego, California, solidified my aspirations and I matched with Mizzou for a medical oncology residency. After a brief stint at Louisiana State University, I was again hired by Mizzou about five years ago. Since rejoining the team at Mizzou, we have really strengthened our clinical research program. We successfully completed several ground-breaking osteosarcoma studies and developed a very collegial relationship with the National Cancer Institute’s Comparative Oncology Program due to our hard work. Also, I have found my research passion, which focuses on understanding and treating cancer pain.”
Being invited by UW to give the speech for Phi Zeta Research Day is an honor for Flesner. He said he was humbled, as he attended the University of Wisconsin’s Clinician Scientist Training Workshop almost 10 years ago as a medical oncology resident. “This workshop helped prepare and inspire me for a life as a clinician scientist,” said. Flesner. “I’m very thankful for the relationships I’ve developed with folks at UW and in the CTSA and hope to continue to inspire others to pursue careers in veterinary clinical research.”
Flesner said there are many people who have helped him reach this point in his career, including Drs. Carolyn Henry and Jeffrey Bryan, the entirety of the oncology team at Mizzou, and recently retired clinical trials coordinator, Debbie Tate, whom he says taught him so much about veterinary clinical trials. “I couldn’t have gotten where I’m at without the support of my family and my colleagues and mentors at Mizzou,” he said. “I am so very thankful and grateful for our entire oncology team.”
Flesner’s keynote speech will be delivered virtually via Zoom from 12-12:50 p.m., Central Time, on April 7, 2021.
By Nick Childress