Canid and Reptile Behaviour and Olfaction Lab (Simon Gadbois)

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Biomedical alert and detection dogs and psychiatric service dogs

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).

Psychiatric service dogs for PTSD and CUD (Cannabis Use Disorder)

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Investigators: Drs Simon Gadbois1, Sherry Stewart1, Catherine Reeve2, Pablo Romero1
PhD (IDPHD) student: Laura Kiiroja1 (Gadbois lab)

1: Dalhousie University, Halifax 2: Queen’s University, Belfast

Ketosis detection in dairy cows

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Investigators: Drs Simon Gadbois and Miriam Gordon
Masters student: Amy Byers (Harrington)

Hypoglycaemia detection for Type I diabetes

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:

Investigators: Drs Simon Gadbois1, Elizabeth Cummings13, Elizabeth McLaughlin3
Research collaborator, former PhD student (Gadbois lab): Dr. Catherine Reeve12

1: Dalhousie University, Halifax 2: Queen’s University, Belfast, 3: IWK Health Centre, Halifax


Reeve, C., Cummings, E., McLaughlin, E.,Smith, S., Gadbois, S. (2020). An idiographic investigation of diabetic alert dogs’ ability to learn from a small sample set. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 44, 37–43;

Gadbois, S, & Reeve, C. (2016). The semiotic canine: scent processing dogs as research assistants in biomedical and environmental research. Dog Behaviour, 2, 26–32. DOI:

Reeve, C., Wentzell, P., Wielens, B., Jones, C., Stehouwer, K., & Gadbois, S. (2018). Assessing individual performance and maintaining breath sample integrity in biomedical detection dogs.Behavioural Processes, 155, 8–18;

Undergraduate students involved (Gadbois lab):

Other biomedical contributions:

Koivusalo, M., Vermeiren, C., Yuen, J., Reeve, C., Gadbois, S., & Katz, K. (2017). Canine scent detection as a tool to distinguish methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) from other Staphylococci. Journal of Hospital Infection, 96, 93–96.

For further information, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Gadbois at