IN SITU FOUNDATION

CHICO, CA   |  www.dogsdetectcancer.org
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Mission

InSitu Foundation is a 501(c)3 dedicated to training dogs to detect early stage cancer in humans. Our mission is to utilize canine scent detection to provide a diagnostic screening method for the early detection of cancer in humans.

Our screening methods are totally non-invasive. We use exhaled breath, urine, saliva, and sputum samples. Our screening methods are also low cost. You can simply breath into a surgical mask for 5 minutes. The most important thing to remember is that dogs are highly accurate at detecting early stage cancer. Published results show accuracy levels in both sensitivity and specificity hovering around 95 to 99%.

In Situ Foundation created the first recognized protocol for training bio- dogs (cancer detection dogs). This protocol is available to the public through Dina Zaphiris's Bio-Dog Training 6 Day Course.

Ruling year info

2011

Founder, CEO, Executive Director

Dina Zaphiris Zaphiris Garbis

Co Principal Officer

Todd LaBrie

Main address

PO BOX 3040

CHICO, CA 95927 USA

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EIN

27-2089114

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Cancer Research (H30)

Cancer Research (H30)

Community Health Systems (E21)

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Pine Street Foundation Canine Study

Lung and breast cancers are leading causes of cancer death worldwide. Prior exploratory work has shown that patterns of biochemical markers have been found in the exhaled breath of patients with lung and breast cancers that are distinguishable from those of controls. However, chemical analysis of exhaled breath has not shown suitability for individual clinical diagnosis.

The authors used a food reward-based method of training 5 ordinary household dogs to distinguish, by scent alone, exhaled breath samples of 55 lung and 31 breast cancer patients from those of 83 healthy controls. A correct indication of cancer samples by the dogs was sitting/lying in front of the sample. A correct response to control samples was to ignore the sample.

The authors first trained the dogs in a 3-phase sequential process with gradually increasing levels of challenge. Once trained, the dogs’ ability to distinguish cancer patients from controls was then tested using breath samples from subjects not previously encountered by the dogs. The researchers blinded both dog handlers and experimental observers to the identity of breath samples. The diagnostic accuracy data reported were obtained solely from the dogs’ sniffing, in double-blinded conditions, of these breath samples obtained from subjects not previously encountered by the dogs during the training period.

Funding support by the MACH Foundation (Fairfax, CA) and Frank & Carol Rosenmayr (Kentfield, CA).

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Fire Fighters have 3x the likelihood of developing cancer than the general public. Dogs can detect cancer earlier and more accurately than any machines to date, we are screening Fire Fighters for free, in order to help save lives. Enloe Hospital's regional cancer center is providing medical oversight on the program. We will also track results throughout our screening program, and publish at 1 year intervals.

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IN SITU FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 05/24/2017
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Board chair

Todd LaBrie

InSitu Foundation

Sonya Cipollina

Interior Sublime

John Weems

Heidi Kalin

Wegner Davies Law

Todd LaBrie

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Dina Zaphiris

In Situ Foundatio