Prof. Catherine Delesalle
DVM, PhD, Dipl. ECEIM, associate professor Ghent University
Cathérine Delesalle graduated from the Ghent University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Belgium, in 1997 and then directly started working as a veterinarian at the Large Animal Internal Medicine Animal Hospital of the Ghent University. In 2008 she successfully defended her PhD thesis, entitled: 'Ileus in the colic horse: prognostic factors and the role of serotonin and serotonergic receptors.' From 2008 to 2013, Cathérine left Belgium for a full-time position as Assistant Professor at the Utrecht University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Equine Sciences. There, she combined clinical work with management tasks and promotorship of two Phd’s. She remained during this time, Visiting Professor at the Ghent University. In 2009, she became Board certified by examination at the ECEIM: European College of Equine Internal Medicine (Member of EBVS). In 2013, Cathérine returned to the Veterinary Faculty of the Ghent University and completed a Tenure Track position as a professor in the Department of Comparative Physiology. In 2018 she became Associate Professor and linked her Research Group to what is now the Department of Translational Physiology, Infectiology & Public Health. During the past decade, she has created and grown her research team: Research Group of Comparative Physiology. There are currently 7 ongoing doctoral researches. The team has already carried out research for major industrial partners such as Cargill and Abbott and combined clinical trials and basic research. The comparative aspect of performed research, across animal species, broadens insights into physiological feedback and coping processes, which is of great importance to understand pathophysiological processes. The Research group of Comparative physiology focuses on the effect of different types of exercise, dietary interventions and rehabilitation/transportation on animal welfare, performance capacity, energy metabolism and gut health across different animal species. Novel and innovative research techniques and study set-ups are applied and combined with with more conventional analysis techniques which allows for exploring the possible existence of previously unknown pathways and coping mechanisms.
DVM, DIPLOMATE ECEIM
The drive for Berit Boshuizen to become a veterinarian probably originates from the animal loving family in which she grew up, dogs, cats, horses, ponies, pigs, chickens… you name it. She started riding ponies as a 5 year old and continued riding throughout school and during the veterinary study in Utrecht. She focused on equine veterinary medicine, and interrupted her study for performing a year of research in innate immunology and vaccine development as honours student at the Utrecht University. Her veterinary career started in Wolvega Equine clinic as an intern and after this she worked in private practice as an equine vet. She is currently combining PhD research in the research team of Professor Delesalle, together with a full time job at Wolvega Equine clinic. In 2016 she started a resident traject for Equine Internal medicine under the supervision of Prof. Delesalle and Dr. De Bruijn. She successfully completed this traject and obtained the ECEIM Diplomate status by examination in 2021. The title of Berit's PhD is: The Equine Gut-Muscle Axis in sikness and in Health. Her key interests are: equine intestinal medinine, exercise physiology, the gut microbiome, endocrinology and muscle metabolism.
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