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Department of Veterinary Medicine

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

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.