Elizabeth Cummings (pediatric endocrinologist at the IWK), Elizabeth McLaughlin (pediatric health psychologist at the IWK) and myself are involved in a research program for Hypoglycemia Detection Canines for youth with Type I diabetes. Catherine Reeve (PhD candidate) is 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 hypoglycemia from normoglycemia and hyperglycemia in vitro.
- Phase 2: Determine experimentally if dogs can detect/discriminate hypoglycemia from normoglycemia and hyperglycemia in vivo, and train appropriate “alert” responses in these dogs.
- Phase 3: Determine the potential volatiles identified by dogs during an hypoglycemic event, and, if possible, identify the time-frame of the release of the volatiles.
P.I.’s: Simon Gadbois, PhD, and Catherine Reeve (PhD candidate)
- 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)
More details will be provided in the near future. For further information, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Gadbois at firstname.lastname@example.org or Catherine Reeve at email@example.com