Man's best friend gets a new lease of life

Posted by ap507 at Sep 23, 2014 09:46 AM |
Researchers work with Avacta Animal Health Ltd to develop novel system for diagnosing lymphoma in dogs
Man's best friend gets a new lease of life

‘West Highland terrier’; © Avacta Animal Health Ltd

Nearly one out of four dogs will develop cancer in their lifetime and 20 per cent of those will be lymphoma cases.

A team of researchers led by Professor Alexander Gorban from the Department of Mathemathics has helped Avacta Animal Health Ltd to develop a new user-friendly electronic system for diagnosing lymphoma in dogs in the early stages, and for remission monitoring.

Avacta Animal Health Ltd has been actively involved in developing new tests for canine lymphoma. Having collected a substantial library of biological samples in order to conduct research in this area, they have tested the data by working closely with the University and its leading statistical and data processing techniques.

During the study entitled 'Computational diagnosis and risk evaluation for canine Lymphoma’, which was funded by the University’s Innovation Partnership project and has been published in the academic journal Computers for Biology and Medicine, the academic team selected the best method to work with the data collected by Avacta and prepared the online diagnostic system over a period of six months.