Canid and Reptile Behaviour and Olfaction Lab (Simon Gadbois, PhD)
We are currently working on a number of biomedical projects. Only the ones that are ongoing or have been published will be described here (please contact us for DOI links to published articles).
- Stress/anxiety detection: More details to come soon; ongoing and expanding.
- Hypoglycaemia detection: See below
Elizabeth Cummings (paediatric endocrinologist at the IWK), Elizabeth McLaughlin (paediatric health psychologist at the IWK) and myself are involved in a research program for Hypoglycaemia Detection Canines for youth with Type I diabetes. Catherine Reeve, PhD, was the graduate student associated with this project (phase 1). The long term project will include at least three phases:
- Phase 1: Determine experimentally if dogs can detect/discriminate hypoglycaemia from normoglycemia and hyperglycaemia in vitro.
- Phase 2: Determine experimentally if dogs can detect/discriminate hypoglycaemia from normoglycemia and hyperglycaemia in vivo, and train appropriate “alert” responses in these dogs.
- Phase 3: Determine the potential volatiles identified by dogs during an hypoglycaemic event, and, if possible, identify the time-frame of the release of the volatiles.
P.I.: Dr. Simon Gadbois
Research collaborator: Dr. Catherine Reeve
- Meghan MacDonald (2012–2013)
- Kristy Wallace (2013–2014)
- Courtney Jones (2014–2015)
- Kim Stehouwer (2014–2015)
- Jennifer Crawford (2014–2015)
- Sonia Smith (2015–2016)
- Chloe Blackman (2015–2016)
For further information, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Gadbois at email@example.com