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Grant awarded to Dr Tim Williams to identify biomarkers of bladder cancer in dogs

last modified Sep 26, 2018 02:09 PM

Dr Tim Williams has been awarded a grant by the PetPlan Charitable Trust to investigate novel biomarkers of bladder cancer (urothelial carcinoma) in dogs. Early diagnosis of bladder cancer in dogs is currently hampered by the late onset of symptoms and a lack of reliable non-invasive diagnostic tests. Consequentially, the disease is often diagnosed at an advanced stage when treatment options are less effective.

The research group, which includes Dr Andrew Grant and Dr Lajos Kalmar (Bacterial Infection Group), and Professor Fiona Karet (Cambridge Institute for Medical Research), will investigate if novel markers can be identified in the urine of dogs with bladder cancer. It is hoped that this research will lead to the development of a new screening and diagnostic test, which will enable earlier diagnosis and better outcomes in these dogs.

We are carrying out an important research project into the development of the nostrils in brachycephalic (short-faced) dog breeds. The breeds that we are looking at in this study are French Bulldogs, English Bulldogs and Pugs. 
If you are a new owner of one of these breeds and would like to help us by taking part in this study, please take a look at the following page: https://puppynostrilstudy.weebly.com/

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The 2020 Marjory Stephenson Prize is awarded to Professor Julian Parkhill FRS, from the Dept of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge.

Professor Parkhill is known for his research on bacterial genomes, which he has worked on since the very earliest days of genomics. Initially analysing reference genomes for many important human and animal pathogens, his group moved on to comparative genomics and subsequently large-scale population genomics, as new technologies developed. Read more of this story on https://www.staff.admin.cam.ac.uk/awards/marjory-stephenson-prize

 

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