(SCHAUMBURG, Ill.) August 6, 2021 – The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) today honored Dr. Mike Nolan, Professor of Oncology at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, as the recipient of the American Veterinary Medical Foundation 2022 (AVMF Research Award)/EveryCat Health Foundation.
Established in 2009, the award honors a nominee’s contribution to the advancement of feline health through their research.
“Dr. Nolan has been instrumental in making important discoveries that change our understanding of cancer development and treatment in cats and pain control in feline cancer patients,” said Dr. Lori Teller, President of the AVMA.”Dr. Nolan’s vision and innovative approach to treating feline cancer makes him extremely worthy of this award.
Dr. Nolan, who earned a doctorate in radiology and cancer biology from Colorado State University and is certified in radiation oncology by the American College of Veterinary Radiology, has devoted much of his work to the treatment of feline cancer. He has also contributed his radiation oncology skills to collaborative work on feline gastrointestinal cancer and feline urinary interstitial cystitis.
Upon arriving at North Carolina State University in 2013, Dr. Nolan developed a research program with a particular focus on comparative oncology, which exploits the similarities between naturally occurring cancer in animals and humans to develop new new methods of treatment and diagnosis. Dr. Nolan has received over $1.7 million in external funding, including receipt of a prestigious MERIT award from the National Institutes of Health, and he has published over 50 peer-reviewed publications, and others. are under review.
In addition to his research, Dr. Nolan has assumed significant teaching responsibilities. He has developed course materials in general oncology for the basic curriculum for veterinary students and in radiation oncology for elective courses; it also plays a key role in the training of graduate students. He recently completed work with his first doctoral student, who was awarded a government scholarship from the Taiwan Ministry of Education to work specifically with Dr. Nolan on the treatment of feline squamous cell tumors of the tongue. Their work has particularly focused on tumor growth control as well as pain control of this complex feline tumor.
Dr. Nolan’s work on companion animals has allowed him to develop new therapeutic regimens that have shown promise in the human field, demonstrating the power of translational research. He was also instrumental in the development of C3O, a comparative oncology program that links the Duke Cancer Institute and the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine. He is a key board member overseeing this program which now hosts an annual national comparative oncology symposium and awards more than $400,000 annually in research funding to Duke and NC State faculty.
Dr. Nolan, a 2009 graduate of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, has previously received the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award from his alma mater, the Early Career Investigator Travel Award from the Radiation Research Society, the NC State Coat of Excellence (twice ) and in 2022 he was appointed as a faculty scholar at North Carolina State University.
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