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Clara Wilson OI is Lead Researcher in New Canine Discovery

Clara (OI 2004-13) has made the national news recently, in a very positive way.
Clara Wilson
Clara Wilson

As the lead researcher at Queen's University Belfast, Clara and her colleagues have made an astonishing discovery which has the potential of making a difference to many peoples' lives.

They have discovered that dogs can be trained to smell differences in humans' psychological state. Apparently, our canine friends can distinguish whether a person is suffering stress by smelling their sweat or breath.

In the future, this research will enable therapy dogs to be trained to recognise the smell of stress and have a positive impact on people who suffer with PTSD for example. For more details read journalist, Victoria Gill's article at  

In November 2021 Clara generously gave up her time to record a Podcast for our students sharing her work and research experience. Listen to it hear

As an OI, are you willing to share your work and study experiences with our 6th form students? If so please contact our Development Office via email,



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