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Dr. Paul W. Poulos Jr.

Executive Director

Genetic Disease Control

HQ Phone: (603) 456-2350

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Genetic Disease Control

P.O. Box 177

Warner, New Hampshire 03278

United States

Company Description

GDC was created more than a decade ago to help breeders of purebred dogs reduce the prevalence of genetic disease. At that time, the founders of GDC felt that providing the first national open registry service would be the single most effective step towar ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Professor and Chairman of the Department of Radiology and Comparative and Experimental Pathology

University of Florida

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

Institute for Genetic Disease Control

Professor of Radiology

College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida , Gainesville


Board Member
Parrot Creek Productions

Member of the Hereditary Defects Committee
World Small Animal Veterinary Association

WSAVA Hereditary Defects Committee

Poulos Veterinary Imaging


University of California-Davis



UC Davis


degree of Veterinary Medicine Doctorate ( PhD

Royal Veterinary College

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GDC Board of Trustees [cached]

Paul W. Poulos, Jr., DVM, PhD Diplomat, ACVR

About GDC [cached]

Paul Poulos, DVM, PhD, DACVR, served as executive director of GDC until May 2002. Dr. Poulos has served as Associate Professor of Radiology at University of Utrecht and Professor and Chairman of the Dept. of Radiology and Comparative and Experimental Pathology at the University of Florida. He has written extensively on subjects ranging from veterinary imaging to ultrasound guided biopsy techniques.

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Dr. Paul W. Poulos, Jr., GDC executive director

Paul W. Poulos, Jr., DVM, PhD Executive Director, GDC

GDC News, Info & Resources [cached]

Dr. Paul W. Poulos, Jr., GDC executive director and board president since 1991, announced his retirement from those positions as of June 1, 2002.

Dr. Poulos led GDC from its early days through 11 years of growth, and finally to a successful merge with OFA. Poulos has also worked on an international level to raise understanding and acceptance of the principles of open sharing of health information. GDC and the purebred dog community recognize the major contributions that Dr. Poulos has made towards improving the health of dogs, as well as the passionate advocacy with which he pursued those goals Dr. Poulos will continue his consulting veterinary radiology practice from his office in Ukiah, California.
We couldn't have reached this point without Dr. Poulos, and I want to extend my deepest gratitude to him for all the work he's done in the past 11 years."
"This is a very promising development," said GDC executive director Dr. Paul W. Poulos, Jr. "We are seeing a high level of concern about genetic disease from breeders in the US and many other countries.
"There are huge benefits to breeders in combining the GDC and OFA databases," said Dr. Poulos, "but at the same time we needed to be certain that GDC customers will have essentially the same access to the information as they now have.
Paul W. Poulos, Jr. DVM, PhD Executive Director, GDC
“Despite repeated calls from the world’s top canine geneticists during the past ten years for the use of complete and unrestricted open registries to fight genetic disease, the AKC and the majority of the purebred fancy have actively resisted adopting this proven tool,” said Dr. Paul W. Poulos, Jr., executive director of GDC.
According to Dr. Poulos, GDC has not been able to meet its expectations for useful volumes of registered dogs in large part because of the reluctance of the majority of the breeding community to release information about any dogs who are affected with genetic disease.
“It is no surprise that here in the US we have made almost no progress in reducing the most serious diseases known or suspected to be genetic such as hip dysplasia and cancer if we refuse to share information about which dogs may be carrying the defective genes,” said Poulos.
“Our shift in focus is driven by the realization that the best open registry in the world won’t help if breeders won’t use it or don’t understand how to use it in their day-to-day breeding decisions,” explained Poulos.
During the past ten years GDC has worked with many breed groups to establish more than two dozen specific genetic disease registries and now has a number of new requests in progress. However, according to Dr. Poulos, getting a significant number of breeders and owners to actually register their dogs is an uphill battle.
"This past year at GDC we have seen a sharp increase in requests from breeders for help with breeding decisions," said Poulos.
Dr. Poulos noted that the current excitement in the purebred fancy about the potential for genetic testing via DNA has all but eclipsed interest in the use of other methods to control genetic disease.
“GDC will continue to register dogs in existing registries over the next year,” said Poulos.

GDC Board of Trustees [cached]

Paul W. Poulos, Jr., DVM, PhD Diplomat, ACVR

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