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Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
Institute for Genetic Disease Control
Professor of Radiology
College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida , Gainesville
Professor and Chairman of the Department of Radiology and Comparative and Experimental Pathology
Genetic Disease Control
Parrot Creek Productions
World Small Animal Veterinary Association
Member of the Hereditary Defects Committee
WSAVA Hereditary Defects Committee
Poulos Veterinary Imaging
University of California-Davis
degree of Veterinary Medicine Doctorate ( PhD
Royal Veterinary College
Open Registry Offers Rx For Dog Ailments
Dr. Paul Poulos, Jr., GDC's executive director, says that, based on inquiries, interest in the open registry appears to be growing daily.
NCA Health Library: Canine Health Registries
Who better to tell us about one such open registry- The Institute for Genetic Disease Control in Animals (GDC)-than the president and CEO of the GDC, Paul Poulos, Jr., DVM, PhD., Diplomate ACVR.
Dr. Poulos originally wrote the following article to explain the open registry concept as a means of identifying the genotype of affected animals for various breed clubs. Dr. Poulos is a consulting radiologist from Potter Valley, California. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology, Dr. Poulos is currently operating a consulting practice in radiology and ultrasound in northern California. A graduate from the University of California-Davis, Dr. Poulos earned his small animal practice VMD (the Swedish equivalent to a PhD.) in comparative pathology from the Royal Veterinary College in Stockholm, Sweden in the study of Osteochondrosis, served as an associate professor of radiology at the University of Utrect in the Netherlands, was a professor and chairman at the University of Florida in Gainesville of both the departments of radiology and of comparative and experimental pathology.
Purebred Dog Health Databases to Combine Forces
"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, PhDExecutive 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.
Health and Genetics
Paul Poulos, DVM, PhD, DACVR, is executive director of GDC and you can read more about their work at at " About GDC"
The Rottweiler Chronicle - Articles of Interest
"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.We've got the tools that can make a difference, and it's clear that the time has come for us to link arms to reach a much larger number of breeders."The organizations currently provide similar services to breeders, including health databases and evaluating dogs for hip dysplasia and other serious inherited problems.OFA, formed in 1966, is recognized throughout the purebred dog world for its huge database and for its work in evaluating the health of individual dogs.GDC was created in 1990, offering an innovative service that emphasizes sharing both positive and negative health information on whole families of dogs."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.With OFA's commitment to encouraging the open sharing of health information, we see this merge as a significant advance for the future health of purebred dogs."