New insights into the pathogenesis and therapy for adverse food reactions in dogs

Elisa Maina
Faculteit Diergeneeskunde
Vakgroep Virologie, Parasitologie en Immunologie
Elisa Maina was born on June 6th, 1981 in Lovere, Italy. In 2008, Elisa was graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Milan University, Italy. She worked as a generalist until 2010. In 2010, she followed the course of dermatology of the European School of Advanced Veterinary Studies ESAVS in Austria. In the same year, she completed a dermatology externship at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida. In 2011 she started a three-years Residency program in Dermatology in Italy and became European Diplomate in Veterinary Dermatology (Dip ECVD) (European Diploma of Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology) in 2015. In 2012, she was awarded a BOF Grant of four years from UGent and in the same year she was enrolled for a four-years PhD in the Laboratory of Immunology, at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Ghent University, where she studied food allergy in dogs. She completed three-years of Small Animal Pathology and Clinical Medicine School of Specialization, graduating with honours in 2018 at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Milan, Italy. She is currently working as a referral dermatologist in Switzerland and in Italy. She has published papers in reputed journals and presented her work at national and international meetings.
Academische graad
Doctor in de Diergeneeskundige wetenschappen
Taal proefschrift
Prof. Dr. Eric Cox Faculty Veterinary Medicine, UGent Dr. Bert Devriendt Faculty Veterinary Medicine, UGent
Prof. Dr. Sylvie Daminet Chairman of the examination committee Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UGent Dr. Chiara Noli Servizi Dermatologici Veterinari, Italy Prof. Dr. Myriam Van Winckel Faculty Medicine and Science Health, UGent Prof. Dr. Myriam Hesta Faculty Veterinary Medicine, UGent Dr. Sophie Vandenabeele Secretary of the examination committee Faculty Veterinary Medicine, UGent

Korte beschrijving

Adverse food reaction (AFR) is a broad term which describes any clinically abnormal response following ingestion of a food. It is a common problem in dogs but unfortunately its diagnosis and treatment continues to be challenging. The gold standard diagnostic test is the food trial because none of the laboratory test have been found accurate. The cornerstone of treatment relies on strict avoidance of the offending allergens. Despite vigilance in avoidance, accidental ingestions continue to occur. This results in recurrent flaring up of clinical signs with negative impact on the quality of life of both the dog and the owner. The main aims of this thesis were to evaluate sublingual immunotherapy but also to increase insights in the pathogenisis of AFR.


Dinsdag 19 juni 2018, 17:00
Auditorium Hoogbouw, Salisburylaan 133, 9820 Merelbeke

The defence will take place on Tuesday, the 19th of June 2018 at 17:00 in the Auditorium of the Hoogbouw of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Ghent University Salisburylaan 133, Merelbeke Please be aware that this PhD dissertation includes confidential contents, attendants are asked to sign a confidentiality agreement before entering the defence room. After the defence you are kindly invited to a reception in Anatomy Museum of the Faculty. Please confirm your attendance by e-mail ( before 09th June 2018