National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Initiates Study to Diagnose Cancer in Breath Using a Vocus CI-TOF

Disease Diagnosis Breath Study UNAM

November 2023

Mexico City, Mexico – This month, Dr. Omar Amador Muñoz and his research team at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) begin a new project searching for cancer biomarkers in breath. Analysis of volatile organic compounds in breath has the potential to be a fast, easy, and noninvasive way to diagnose disease. However, it is a challenging endeavor because it requires extremely fast measurement, ability to detect a wide range of species, and low detection limits. The UNAM team is using a Vocus 2R CI-TOF equipped with switchable reagent-ion chemistry, a research-grade breath inlet, and customized TOFWERK BREATHE software designed to streamline sampling from patients.

UNAM Breath Project News Article (in Spanish)

Doctoral candidate Maribel Hernandez Camarillo demonstrates the Vocus breath analysis system to the oncology team at the National institute for Respiratory Diseases (INER).

In addition to studying respiratory disease, the UNAM research group is using their Vocus for long-term and mobile atmospheric sampling to better understand sources and transport of air pollutants in Mexico City.