Research projects

  • Primary Care: Utilizing CDDs to screen patients for specific types cancers as part of their annual physical. Screening according to American Cancer Society Guidelines.
  • Secondary Screening: Implemented as secondary screening method at breast screening centers. Applied to document and demonstrate the outcomes and benefits utilizing CDDs as second-line screening used conjunction with mammograms to aid in ruling in or out false positive or false negative.

* To read a summary of previous clinical research conducted with CDDs.

International & University Research

Dr. Claire Guest, Executive Director of Medical Detection Dogs, is a pioneer in the MDD field. She conducted the first proof of principle study in 2004 published in BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal), proving dogs can be trained to smell the odor of bladder cancer in humans.

This charity is registered in England, Wales and in Scotland. It represents the type of organization BRMDD most strives to model.

The Penn Vet Working Dog Center, is part of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine and serves as a national research and development center for detection dogs.

They have ongoing studies with dogs regarding ovarian cancer detection and diabetes detection and alert. They have provided the specific goals of the ovarian cancer study and continued work with dogs to detect when a diabetic persons’ blood sugar levels are out of normal range.

Mountain Diabetes and Endocrine Center

Additional Research & Community Projects

Diabetic Alert Dog (DAD) Community Project: BRMDD is collaborating with Wendy Lane, MD & endocrinologist for Mountain Diabetes and Endocrine Center. Dr. Lane is a leading diabetes researcher in the U.S.

We are working together to create for the first time, a Diabetes Alert Dog (DAD) Community Project! We are seeking funds for this project as well as funding to compare DAD accuracy vs. continual glucose monitoring.

We are inviting additional physician and medical groups to help with this important endeavor.

Volunteers requested

To get involved and participate, we would like to connect with people who have the following diagnosis’:

  • Type 1 Diabetes: Volunteers to donate saliva sample for uses in DADs training.
  • Newly diagnosed Cancer Patients: We are currently accepting samples from breast, lung and ovarian cancer patients who have NOT begun treatment or had surgery.

We ask to obtain samples of exhaled breath condensate using a simple and non-invasive device for the purpose of training dogs to detect specific cancers.

Referrals are imperative to this project. More referrals will help expedite training so we can transition to implementing secondary screening and research.

Educational Opportunities

Learn more about Cancer Detection Dogs (CDD)

We offer an educational opportunity in your lobby for your patients about the Cancer Detection Dogs (CDD) project and the research.

With very minimal impact on your practice your patient have an opportunity to learn and an option to volunteer as participate, by providing a sample of their breath, for training purposes and possible research at later time.

BRMDD appreciates and understands the importance of you and your staff’s time!