Poland 2020

We are pleased to invite you to the Conference devoted to possibilities for using canine olfaction

Dog Olfactory Conference aims to bring together academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results in the field of dogs detecting drugs, explosives and different diseases, like various cancers, diabetes or infectious diseases. The conference is designed to explore and discuss opportunities and strengths related to dogs working in these various fields.

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In the light of the latest events we also hope to create an opportunity to exchange experience for researchers working with dogs trained to detect viral diseases, including COVID – 19.

We believe that possibility to exchange experiences and establish cooperation could accelerate the results of research, and bring us together in this difficult matter.


The sense of smell, detection and smell preferences of dogs
10.00-10.10 Welcome
prof. Michał Dzięcioł and prof. Wanda Olech-Piasecka
10.10-11.00 Scent lineup as a method for identification of humans for forensic purposes and as a screening test for some diseases.
prof. Tadeusz Jezierski Institute of Genetics and Animal Biotechnology, Department of Animal Behaviour and Welfare Jastrzębiec
11.00-11.15 Coffee break
11.15-12.15 Signal Detection Theory and olfaction: Understanding the stimulus/animal dynamic
prof. Simon Gadbois
12.15-12.30 Coffee break
12.30-13.00 The role and tasks of service dogs in ensuring national security
Major BG Anna Dobrzańska, Lt. Col. BG Wioletta Grabowska, dr Przemysław Cwynar
13.00-13.20 Influence of human putative sex pheromones on brain activity monitored by rsfMRI.
prof. Michał Dzięcioł
13.20-13.35 Spontaneous smell preferences in dogs (Canis familiaris).
dr Agata Kokocińska-Kusiak & DVM Martyna Woszczyło
13.35-13.50 Chromatographic detection of semiochemical compounds, are we as good as animals?
prof. Antoni Szumny
13.50-14.15 Identification of putative protein in the urine of South Indian Breed of Rajapalayam dog by MALDI-TOF/MS analysis
dr Thangavel Rajagopal
14.15-15.00 Coffee break
Disease detection by dogs
15.00-15.30 Time of the pandemia: diagnostic strategies for SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Dr Anna Matczuk
15.30-16.30 Dogs detecting Covid-19, experiences from Finland
Prof. Anna Hielm-Bjorkman
16.30-16.45 Coffee break
16.45-17.30 Detection of CoVID-19 by dog olfaction
Prof. Dominique Grandjean
17.30-18.00 Discussion forum, end of the conference

Call for abstracts

There are three categories for abstract submission:
Long spoken presentations (15 minutes, plus 5 minutes discussion)
Short spoken presentations (10 minutes, plus 5 minutes discussion)
e-Poster presentations

Formatting guide:
First line – indicate presentation category (Long spoken presentation/short spoken presentation/e-poster)
Second line – Title of the abstract in bold.
Third line – name of author(s). Please underline the presenting author.
Fourth line – e-mail address of presenting author.
All abstracts should include a statement of any conflict of interest after the author details. This should include information about affiliations, research funders, memberships for all authors that may be taken into account by readers when evaluating the research.

The text of the abstract – All abstracts should be written in English, font: Times New Roman, size 12. Abstracts should not be longer than 250 words (excluding title, names, affiliations and references).

All submissions will be reviewed by the DOC Academic Committee.

Abstracts must be submitted on or before 31th of October 2020.

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    Conference registration

    The conference will be held online (via the webinar platform).

    Please consider your entries carefully: after paying the registration fee there is no possibility of resignation.

    DOC Scientific Committee

    Chairman: dr hab. Michał Dzięcioł prof. nadzw. University of Life Sciences in Wroclaw
    Honorary member of the scientific committee: prof. dr hab. Tadeusz Jezierski
    Prof. Anna Hielm-Björkman, University of Helsinki
    dr Paweł Boguszewski, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology
    dr Przemysław Cwynar, D.V.M., Ph.D. University of Life Sciences in Wroclaw
    dr inż. Katarzyna Fiszdon, Warsaw University of Life Sciences
    dr hab. Aleksandra Górecka-Bruzda prof. Institute of Genetics and Animal Breeding of the Polish Academy of Sciences
    prof. dr hab. Antonii Szumny, University of Life Sciences in Wroclaw
    dr n. med. Magdalena Zawadzka, Military Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology
    dr Agata Kokocińska-Kusiak, Warsaw University of Life Sciences

    DOC Organising Committee

    Chairman of the organizing committee

    DVM Martyna Woszczyło

    prof. Michał Dzięcioł

    Mikołaj Zybała

    DVM Katarzyna Barłowska

    Iga Paczyńska

    Hanna Michnowska

    dr Julita Korczyńska

    Agata Równy