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Editor Profiles

Hayley Henderson, Editor

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New Content ItemHayley obtained her PhD in veterinary dermatology from the University of Cardiff, UK before joining BioMed Central in 2009.  Hayley is an Associate Publisher for the BMC Series and the Editor of BMC Veterinary Research.  Following her time working in the veterinary and medical field, Hayley was also eager to help bridge the gap between these two disciplines, and she supports One Health Initiative and VetAllTrials. She is also a member of the International Association of Veterinary Editors. Hayley is involved in running author and referee workshops to help encourage and support young researchers in veterinary research, and she also contributes to the BMC Series blog.

Section Editors

Wolfgang Baeumer

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New Content ItemPharmacology and Toxicology

Dr. Wolfgang Bäumer, Dipl. ECVPT is currently associat­e professor of Pharmacology at the College of Veterinary Medicine, NC State University. He will become professor at the Institute of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Free University in Berlin in July 2017. Dr. Bäumer received his doctoral degree from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover, Germany in 1999 and his postdoctoral lecture qualification ( for Pharmacology and Toxicology in 2007.  He is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology since 2012 and joined BMC Veterinary Research as Section Editor in 2013. Dr. Bäumer’s research focus is in the field of immune-pharmacology. Currently, pharmacological targets like the histamine H4 receptor, JAK-STAT-inhibitors and the chemokine thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP) are studied with emphasis on treating allergic skin diseases.

Patrick Butaye

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New Content Item​​​​​​​Bacteriology

Prof. Dr. Patrick Butaye, DVM, PhD is full professor at Ross University, School of Veterinary Medicine and is visiting Professor at the Faculty of Veterinary medicine, Ghent University. He obtained his PhD in Veterinary Sciences in 2000 at Ghent University after which he obtained a senior researcher at CODA-CERVA in Brussels. In 2015 he joined Ross University, School of Veterinary medicine.  Dr. Butaye has been a Section Editor of BMC Veterinary Research since 2012.

His main research interests are the molecular epidemiology of bacteria. This has been applied to the study of antimicrobial resistance and virulence of bacteria, with a special focus on host specificity, further leading to host pathogen interactions. He has been working of many different bacteria amongst Chlamydia, Enterococci, Escherichia coli, Salmonella and Staphylococci.  His recent research focus is on alternatives for antimicrobial treatments as bacteriophages.

Jose Ceron

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New Content Item​​​​​​​Clinical pathology, physiology and immunology

Jose Ceron is Professor of the Department of Animal Medicine and Surgery  at Murcia University. He is diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology and was president of the European Society of Veterinary Clinical Pathology. He authored more than 190 articles and has been section editor of BMC Veterinary Research since 2011.

 His main current research interests are the development and clinical application of new biomarkers for evaluation of animal health and welfare in different veterinary species, especially those related with the immune and stress response.  He has a wide collaborative network with other veterinary research groups around the world and in addition he is involved in projects related to the “One-health” idea in collaboration with the human side.

Johannes Charlier

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Johannes Charlier graduated as a veterinarian from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (Ghent University) in 2002. From 2002 to 2015, he worked as a researcher at the Laboratory of Parasitology (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University) and specialized in the diagnosis, epidemiology and economics of helminth infections in ruminants. Since 2007, he is a diplomate member of the European Veterinary Parasitology College. He worked two years as scientific director for Avia-GIS, and in 2017 he started his own consulting activity (Kreavet) with the aim to provide scientific support for sustainable animal health solutions. His research has been published in >70 peer-reviewed articles and has been recognized by several awards including the Peter Nansen Young Scientist Award of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology (WAAVP).

Johannes is chair of the COST Action COMBAR – Combatting Anthelmintic Resistance in ruminants (CA 16230) and project manager of DISCONTOOLS, a European project driven by the different stakeholders of animal health to prioritize animal health research for the development of novel diagnostics, vaccines and pharmaceuticals.

Johannes joined the editorial board of BMC Veterinary Research in 2016, and supports the publication of parasitological research with a practical application for veterinarians, farmers and society as a whole.

Peter Leegwater

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New Content ItemAnimal Genetics

Dr. Peter Leegwater is assistant professor at the Department of Clinical Sciences of Companion Animals of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University. He defended his doctoral thesis at the Faculty of Medicine of Utrecht University in 1989. After several postdoc positions in the field of molecular biology he switched to molecular genetics in 1997 at the Department of Child Neurology of the Free University of Amsterdam. With the team of Professor Marjo van der Knaap he was able to identify 6 genes that cause severely disabling diseases in children.

Dr. Leegwater obtained his current position in 2002 and at present his research focuses on the background of inherited neuromuscular diseases in dogs. He joined the Editorial Board of BMC Veterinary Reseach as Section Editor in 2011.

Lysa Pam Posner

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New Content Item (1)Anesthesiology and pain management

Lysa Pam Posner, DVM, DACVAA is a Professor of Anesthesiology at North Carolina State University.  She completed her DVM and Anesthesiology Residency training at Cornell University, and is certified as a Specialist in Anesthesiology by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia.  She is the Director of Anesthesia Services at the NC State Veterinary Hospital and the Assistant Department Head for the Department of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences.  Her research interests include anesthesia and analgesia in aquatic species.  She has served as an Associate Editor for BMC Veterinary Research, before becoming a Section Editor.

Matthew Parker

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New Content ItemBehaviour and psychology

Dr Matt Parker is a behavioural biologist with a particular interest in aberrant or abnormal animal behaviour. He studied psychology (BSc, MSc, PhD) at the University of Southampton, completing his PhD in 2008, where he characterised neurocognitive phenotypes associated with stereotypic behaviour in horses. He then moved to the Royal Veterinary College in Hertfordshire, where he worked as a Research Associate studying the behaviour and physiology of animals in intensive farming systems. Following a post-doctoral position in fish behaviour at Queen Mary University of London, he was appointed as lecturer (now senior lecturer) in physiology at the University of Portsmouth. His research interests are primarily focused on gene x environment interactions in the development of neural circuits that underlie psychopathology, and he works on this from both a translational (pre-clinical psychiatry) and applied (abnormal animal behaviour) perspective. He has a particular interest in animal welfare, and individual adaptation to environmental challenges posed by captivity, and resulting neural aberration. He joined the editorial board of BMC Veterinary Research as a Section Editor in 2017.

Louis Penning

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New Content ItemCell biology and stem cell research

Louis C. Penning is an Associate Professor of Veterinary Regenerative Medicine at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University (UU), the Netherlands. He is an expert member of the Dutch Society for Cell Biology and member of several other scientific societies. His recognition as experimental pathobiologist exemplifies his keen interest and devotion to bridge pipets-2-pets, the veterinary orthologue of bench-to-bedside. He was awarded his PhD in 1993 and subsequently completed post-doctoral positions in molecular oncology, molecular endocrinology and molecular cardiology, shifting from human to veterinary medicine in 2002. His current research focuses on molecular and cell biology in internal medicine and stem cell biology and their application in neurosurgery.

Holger Volk

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New Content ItemNeurology and neuroscience

Holger Volk is the Head of Department of the Clinical Science and Services at the Royal Veterinary College, Professor of Veterinary Neurology and Neurosurgery and the Past-President of the European College of Veterinary Neurology. He graduated from the Veterinary School of Hanover in 2001, where he also did his PhD in Neuropharmacology studying basic mechanisms of drug-resistant epilepsy. He then completed his specialist clinical education doing an internship and a residency in Neurology and Neurosurgery at the RVC. Holger is internationally known for his work in the field of Chiari-like malformation/syringomyelia and epilepsy. Holger has been chairing the International Veterinary Epilepsy Task Force, which published recently seven consensus statements for canine and feline epilepsy and was a co-chair of the recent published ACVIM consensus statement about medical treatment of epilepsy. He has been a recipient of several Jim Bee educator awards, the prestigious Bourgelat Award from BSAVA and the International Canine Health Award from the Kennel Club. He has published multiple books and book chapters, >170 articles, >100 conference abstracts, and is a frequent flyer on the international conference circuit.  Holger has been a Section Editor at BMC Veterinary Research since 2014. 

Rick F Sanchez

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New Content Item (1)Ophthalmology

Dr. Rick F Sanchez obtained his education in the US and UK with a BSciBiol in 1994 (STAC, New York), a DVM in 1999 after attending Ross and Louisiana State Universities. He obtained his EU veterinary qualification in 2001, his DipECVO in 2007 and became Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (for Veterinary Teaching) in 2014. He commenced his veterinary specialty training in the US in 1999 and completed his residency training in ophthalmology through the University of Glasgow and Eye Veterinary Clinic in the UK. He continued his work in private practice in the UK until late 2011 when he launched the Ophthalmology Service at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), London, where he also established an ECVO Ophthalmology Residency program. In 2017, he returned to private practice in (Specialistische Dierenkliniek Utrecht - SDU).  Dr Sanchez is a frequently invited speaker at international courses and conferences and takes pride in the development of educational curricula for ophthalmology courses aimed at general practitioners and specialists in training around the world. Dr Sanchez is an Editorial Board Member of the Veterinary Ophthalmology journal since 2010, and the Ophthalmology Section Editor of BMC Veterinary Research since 2018. Dr Sanchez has active research interest in the cornea, corneal surgery, and cataract surgery.

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