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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. 
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Farmers play important roles in food-safety and AMR but they are often a neglected and under-targeted group in interventions that concerns the control of antimicrobial resistance. This grant will enable her to engage farmers and provide an opportunity for shared knowledge and interaction that enables them to gain a better understanding of the dangers of AMR hence improving global public health.

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