Influenza researchers are trying to stimulate antibody responses towards parts of the HA that are the least variable from strain to strain. One approach that seems promising is choosing two antigenically very different strains within the H1 or H3 subtype for the primary and subsequent booster vaccinations.
Kristien Van Reeth
Ghent University. Belgium
Education and training
- PhD in Veterinary Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Belgium, May 7th 1998. PhD title "Pathogenesis of respiratory virus infections in swine with emphasis on proinflammatory cytokines". Advisor: Prof. Dr. M. Pensaert.
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Belgium, June 1991.
Current professional acitivities
- “Basic Virology” for students in Veterinary Medicine and in Agricultural Sciences
- “Environmental Virology” and “Detection of viruses” (Master trainings)
- Swine influenza as a model for human influenza: Role of pro-inflammatory cytokines in pathogenesis; mechanisms of cross-protection between different influenza virus subtypes
- Avian influenza in swine: pathogenesis and public health risks
- European Surveillance Network for Influenza in Pigs (EC co-ordination action): co-ordinator
- Role of porcine respiratory viruses in multifactorial respiratory disease
- Diagnosis of viral diseases of swine
- Vaccination-challenge studies with swine influenza virus for vaccine manufacturers
Updated CV 20-Nov-2018
A different take on swine influenza vaccination