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Launch of Canine Genetics and Epidemiology

24 Apr 2014

Open access publisher BioMed Central and the Kennel Club are pleased to announce the launch of the journal Canine Genetics and Epidemiology.

The journal addresses genetic, genomic and epidemiological research in both domestic and wild canids, relating to breed and species diversity, and canine evolution. The journal will be led by two Editors-in-Chief: Professor Bill Ollier is Professor of Immunogenetics and Co-Director of Centre for Integrated Genomic Medical Research at Manchester University; Gustavo Aguirre, Professor of Medical Genetics and Ophthalmology at University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. They will be supported by an international Editorial Board.

Canine Genetics and Epidemiology is published with the support and backing of the Kennel Club, the UK’s largest organisation dedicated to the health and welfare of dogs.

Deborah Kahn, EVP at BioMed Central says: “We are delighted to welcome Canine Genetics & Epidemiology to our growing portfolio of veterinary and animal science journals and look forward to working closely with the Kennel Club on this exciting new launch.”

Aimée Llewellyn, Health Information Manager at the Kennel Club, said: “The journal is a perfect way to support evidence-based medical advances for the veterinary profession, which they are under increasing pressure to consider.

As the first journal focusing purely on canine-specific research, the journal will impact the work of researchers around the globe as well as provide the general public and dog world with an amazing opportunity to keep up to date with research in canine genetics and epidemiology.

I feel very privileged to be involved with a project focused on bringing clear, accurate, and informative research in an inclusive way to all of those who care about dog health, making science accessible to all.”

Professor Bill Ollier, Editor in Chief of Canine Genetics and Epidemiology says: “Dogs spontaneously develop many of the conditions seen in man and research at this interface provides important insight into how genetic and non-genetic factors contribute to both health and disease. This represents a “win” for both species.

“The newjournal Canine Genetics and Epidemiology provides a much needed open access mechanism for reporting all aspects of this research. Free and open access of research findings to both scientists and the dog owning public also provides a major opportunity for engagement in research and science.”


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Notes to Editor

Canine Genetics and Epidemiology ( is a peer-reviewed, open access, online journal publishing original research and review articles relating to all aspects of canine genetics and epidemiology.

BioMed Central ( is an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher which has pioneered the open access publishing model. All peer-reviewed research articles published by BioMed Central are made immediately and freely accessible online, and are licensed to allow redistribution and reuse. BioMed Central is part of Springer Science+Business Media, a leading global publisher in the STM sector.

The Kennel Club ( the largest organisation in the UK devoted to dog health, welfare and training. Its objective is to ensure that dogs live healthy, happy lives with responsible owners.

It runs the country’s largest registration database for both pedigree and crossbreed dogs and the Petlog database, which is the UK’s biggest reunification service for microchipped animals. The Kennel Club is accredited by UKAS to certify members of its Assured Breeder Scheme, which is the only scheme in the UK that monitors breeders in order to protect the welfare of puppies and breeding bitches. It also runs the UK’s largest dog training programme, the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme and licenses shows and clubs across a wide range of activities, which help dog owners to bond and enjoy life with their dogs. The Kennel Club runs the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, and the Discover Dogs event at Earls Court, London, which is a fun family day out that educates people about how to buy responsibly and care for their dog.

The Kennel Club invests in welfare campaigns, dog training and education programmes and the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which supports research into dog diseases and dog welfare charities, including Kennel Club Breed Rescue organisations that re-home dogs throughout the UK. The Kennel Club jointly runs health screening schemes with the British Veterinary Association and through the Charitable Trust, funds the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust, which is at the forefront of pioneering research into dog health. The new Kennel Club Cancer Centre at the Animal Health Trust will contribute to the AHT’s well-established cancer research programme, helping to further improve dog health.