Bio Detection Dogs

Bio Detection Dogs

Why our work is so important

The UK has one of the worst cancer survival rates in Europe – because of late diagnosis. At Medical Detection Dogs we believe our research will help early diagnosis improve in the future.

Medical Detection Dogs is at the forefront of innovative research into dogs’ ability to detect the smell of human diseases and save lives.

The dog’s nose is the best bio-sensor we know of.  Our 2014 research indicated that our dogs were capable of detecting tiny traces (around one part per trillion – the equivalent of one teaspoon of sugar in two Olympic sized swimming pools) of the odour created by different diseases.

Our pioneering work is focused on understanding how these highly trained disease detectors could expand the world of diagnosis through the recognition of volatiles. We are confident that dogs will be able to help scientists and medics develop faster and cheaper ways to detect diseases, such as cancers, neurological diseases and bacterial infections much earlier than is currently possible.

We have always focused on establishing a strong evidence base and work closely with fellow researchers, academic institutions, both in the UK and internationally, and NHS Trusts. We have published several peer reviewed papers about our work, and the list continues to grow.

We believe that our work will have global impact and lead to earlier and much improved detection of cancer and other deadly diseases, as well as contributing to the fight against anti-microbial resistance. You can learn more about our different research themes by clicking on the links below.

Bio-detection research areas

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