The periodical every forth-months update of the CLWG web site comes back. The site can also be seen or surfed and optimized for other IT devices such as smartphones and tablets, in order to be consulted from the practitioner and also by the large audience of interested people in dog breeding and rearing including private owners. The purpose is to spread out the current knowledge of the canine leishmaniasis as it is a very complex disease.
During this period while the web site was not working and updated the scientific activity of CLWG has not absolutely stopped, on the contrary it was very intensive. From September 2012 to September 2014 the following goals have been reached (all the information about can be downloaded from the appropriate section in this web site or requested filling in a request form):
- Definition of prognosis and monitoring of canine Leishmaniasis
- Disclose the updates of CLWG guidelines in a meeting organized by UNISVET in Naples, Italy, in April 13-14, 2013.
From September 2012 the CLWG has interrupted the cooperation with SCIVAC-EV being completely independent for the management and organizational decisions. In the year 2013, 2014, and 2015 the cooperation agreement with the historical sponsor, besides Hill’s Pet Nutrition has been renewed.
The resignation of Prof. Gaetano Oliva should also be recorded received in September 2012, discussed in the CLWG meeting of November 2012 and effective in the following meeting of April 13th, 2013.
The CLWG has currently developed few research scientific projects that involve actively few members of the group and in detail:
- Nasal planum dermatitis of the dog: histopathological and immunopathological diagnostic criteria to differentiate discoid lupus erythematosus from the lesions induced by leishmaniasis: coordination from Dr. Fondati,
- Prevention of the transmission of amastigotes infected by leishmania in canine blood donors and procedures to guarantee the correct management of canine blood donors versus leishmaniasis: coordination from Prof. Lubas,
- Evaluation of clinical and laboratory remission time of dogs with proteinuria associated to leishmaniasis undergoing to few treatment-management protocols: coordination from Dr. Zatelli and with the participation of Prof. Paltrinieri and Drs. Gradoni, Roura and Zini.
All members of CLWG will discuss and evaluated the results of these research plans during the CLWG meetings before their definitive publication in scientific journals. The previews of the obtained results could be presented in scientific congresses.
In order to continue the scientific activity of CLWG during the February 14th, 2014 meeting in Rome the Cultural Scientific Association “Canine Leishmaniasis Working Group” (ACS-GSLC, l’Associazione Culturale Scientifica “Gruppo di Studio sulla Leishmaniosi Canina”) has been founded which it has its legal entity. This new organizational aspect will allow the introduction of new members to be added to the member subscriber founders (as written in the article 4 of the ACS-GSLC Statute). In addition, as the purposes of ACS-GSLC are without any lucrative target (as written in article 2 of the Statute), liberal donation can be possible from any fiscal subject to promote the scientific activity. The ACS-GSLC President is Prof. Lubas, Vice-President Dr. Maroli and Secretary Dr. Fondati.