Current Research Project
S.N.I.F. Dogs Switzerland’s first project is about documenting that specially trained dogs with high olfactory skills are capable of detecting odour changes in human urine stemming from patients suffering from bladder cancer by discriminating them from urine from healthy people.
Currently non-invasive methods for screening in high-risk populations for bladder cancer are urine analysis or urine cytology whereas invasive methods are cystoscopy. Urine analysis is sensitive but not specific for bladder cancer whereas urine cytology is very specific but not sensitive to detect bladder cancer. Cystoscopy is sensitive and specific but invasive and expensive.
This project is set up as a Partnership between
- the association S.N.I.F. Dogs Switzerland as operational centre for such canine olfactory studies, and
- the Division of Urological Surgery from the INSELSPITAL Bern, Teaching hospital of the University of Bern, as provider of the urine samples and keeper of the epidemiological and diagnostic data of the patients to be studied. The study is carried out under the leadership of
Prof. Dr med George Thalmann, Director & Chairman
Department for Biomedical Research, University of Bern
Prof. Dr. med Bernhard Kiss, Medical Director
University Hospital Inselspital, Urological Dept., Bern
with internal logistics support for the Research Study:
– Anselm Lafita, Clinical Research Coordinator
– Nathalie Tschan, Study Nurse