Author to discuss people, dogs and cancer cures

The Colorado State University community and area residents will have two opportunities to hear from science writer and author Arlene Weintraub on March 7.

cover of "Heal" book by Arlene WeintraubShe’ll share the story behind her book, Heal: The Vital Role of Dogs in the Search for Cancer Cures, at 4 p.m. in the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Room 120, 300 W. Drake Road. This talk is hosted by the Flint Animal Cancer Center.

Later, Weintraub will talk about her work and sign copies of Heal at Old Firehouse Books at 6 p.m. The bookstore is located at 232 Walnut St. in Old Town Fort Collins.

Weintraub explored personal and professional interests in Heal. It is dedicated to her sister, Beth, who died of complications from gastric cancer in 2010.

As a writer for BusinessWeek and other publications, Weintraub was familiar with translational medicine, how veterinarians and oncologists are working together to find new therapies for similar cancers in dogs and people.

She spent time at CSU’s Flint Animal Cancer Center while conducting research for her book, which was released last year. She interviewed oncologists Stephen Withrow and Rodney Page, among others, as well as pet owners in Colorado whose companion animals benefited from CSU research.

Weintraub’s previous book, Selling the Fountain of Youth, is an exposé on the anti-aging industry. She is currently a freelance contributor to FierceAnimalHealth, U.S. News & World Report, More,, and other media outlets. She was previously a senior health writer based out of the New York City headquarters of BusinessWeek.

Her talks at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Old Firehouse Books are free of charge and open to the public, no registration required.