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MEDICAL DETECTION DOGS – DOGS SAVING LIVES

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8 FEBRUARY 2018

SCS/BSP JOINT LECTURE

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MEDICAL DETECTION DOGS – DOGS SAVING LIVES

Speaker Dr Geoffrey Farrer-Brown

Synopsis
Dr Farrer-Brown will talk about the work of the Medical Detection Dogs Charity in training dogs to help people with life-threatening health conditions. He will describe how dogs, by sniffing small samples of urine or other specimens, can be trained to identify the odour of diseases, especially cancer and potentially help the development of a simple method of non-invasive cancer diagnosis. In addition to describing the ‘Sniffer Dogs’ Dr Farrer-Brown will talk about the Charity’s training of ‘Alert Assistance Dogs’, who by detecting minute changes in an individual’s personal odour can alert them of an imminent coma or collapse.  This can save the lives of those suffering from health conditions, such as very brittle Diabetes, Addison’s disease and nut allergy. Present studies and future plans of the Charity will be discussed.  

Biography
Dr Geoffrey Farrer-Brown qualified at the Middlesex Hospital in 1959 where he then trained to be a Histopathologist, becoming an Honorary Consultant to the Middlesex Hospital in 1969. He developed a particular interest in the diagnosis of Malignant Tumours, such as Prostate and Breast and was involved internationally in establishing the classification of Malignant Lymphomas. For 7 years he was Assistant Editor of the British Journal of Cancer.  In 1976 he established his own Independent Histopathology Laboratory in London, retiring in 1997.  In recent years he has worked with the Charity Medical Detection Dogs and helped organise the first International Medical Bio-Detection Conference at Emanuel College, Cambridge.

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