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Living With…Episode 012 Dina Zaphiris, Cancer-Sniffing Dog Trainer & Researcher


Dina Zaphiris

InSitu Foundation & Dogs Detect Cancer Project

My guest today is an accomplished dog trainer with over 25 years of experience.  She has been the dog trainer to the stars and worked in Search and Rescue with the California Rescue Dog Association.
In 2006 she got involved in training dogs to detect cancer a few months after her mother’s breast cancer diagnosis, when her father gave her a timely article outlining research being conducted by Dr. Michael McCulloch, a cancer researcher at the Pine Street Foundation in San Anselmo, CA.  She was so intrigued by the possibilities of the study, she volunteered to train dogs for the cancer detection research.
In 2009 she created the InSitu Foundation to promote research and training of cancer-sniffing dogs.  Her foundation participated in two federally funded studies, and is seeking FDA approval of a medical scent detection kit.
She is also collaborating with Dr. Jeffrey Marks, PhD, an associate professor of surgery and pathology at Duke University to train dogs to detect breast cancer.
She hopes to open cancer scent detection centers that will utilize the highly sensitive skills of her dogs to detect cancer early and potentially save lives.
She says, “Through the Dogs Detect Cancer Project, we hope to revolutionize early cancer detection methods by providing a 98% accurate, non-invasive and less costly testing alternative”.

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