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Canine focused research journal to launch

02 July 2013    09:00

Research into canine genetics and epidemiology has progressed exponentially in recent years. Now an online canine specific health journal is being launched to create a platform for the ground-breaking work.

Papers are currently being sought for inclusion in the Canine Genetics and Epidemiology journal, which will be launching this autumn. It will boast an impressive international editorial board, including Jerold Bell from Tufts University, USA; Hannes Lohi from the University of Helsinki, Finland; David Brodbelt and Brian Catchpole from the Royal Veterinary College, and Claire Wade from the University of Sydney.  The journal will be edited by Bill Ollier from the University of Manchester and Jeff Sampson, Kennel Club Genetics Consultant, and hopes to attract influential research papers from around the world.

Canine Genetics and Epidemiology (CGE) is to be published independently, but support for authors will be provided by funding from the Kennel Club Educational Trust. The Trust has pledged to cover 50% of the article processing charge for manuscripts published in the area of domestic dog health. In addition, the Kennel Club is wholly enthusiastic about the contribution this journal could make to canine health education.

The peer-reviewed online journal will publish original research and review articles relating to all aspects of canine genetics and epidemiology. Its open access policy will enable a wide, global audience, whilst the lay summaries and key take home messages will aim to disseminate research to all interest parties, scientists, veterinarians, dog breeders and owners.

Editor in Chief, Jeff Sampson said: "This is something we are very passionate about, and something we have been developing for some time. The significant research taking place in the field of canine genetics deserves a standalone journal, where those interested can instantly find articles and research papers on subjects.

"Ultimately we hope that the journal itself will be instrumental in moving the health of canines forward and consolidating research."

Head of Canine Genetics at the Animal Health Trust and editorial board member, Cathryn Mellersh said: "The current field of canine genetics and epidemiology is an extremely dynamic and exciting discipline to be a part of, but it is vitally important that all canine stakeholders, and not just scientists, can access, understand and ultimately implement the findings from all this research.

"A key, and unique, feature of CGE is its aim to make research findings accessible to veterinarians, dog breeders and owners, as well as scientists, I believe this aim will set CGE apart from other journals in the sector, and means CGE will play a central role in disseminating the research riches that the dog provides."

The journal, which is currently accepting submissions, will address genetic, genomic and epidemiological research in both domestic and wild canids, relating to breed and species diversity, and canine evolution. Anyone interested in submitting a manuscript should visit: or email"> or email

For further information about Canine Genetics and Epidemiology, and to access the journal when it is launched in autumn, visit:


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