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Dr Carina Venter

Visiting Lecturer

Carina Venter


Carina is a currently appointed as a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Portsmouth where she is doing a Post Doc in the area of Food Hypersensitivity (FHS). She completed her PhD from the University of Southampton investigating the prevalence and incidence of FHS in childhood. She is also working as a Senior Dietitian at The David Hide Asthma and Allergy Research Centre where she sees adult and paediatric patients, as well as taking part in research.

Carina graduated as a dietitian in South Africa in 1993. In 1997 she moved to the United Kingdom and worked at the Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield before moving to the Isle of Wight.

Her research career in Food Hypersensitivity started at the David Hide Asthma and Allergy Research Centre followed by studying the Postgraduate Diploma in the Mechanisms and Management of Allergic Disease at the University of Southampton and she now leads the food allergy module on this course.

Research Interests

Current research projects include:

  • Prevalence of Food Allergies
  • Diagnosis of Food Allergies
  • Characterisation of Fish/Shell fish and other seafood allergic individual
  • Taste preferences and nutritional intake in cow’s milk allergic individuals
  • The use of baked milk challenges in the diagnosis of cow’s milk allergy
  • Recall bias in epidemiological studies
  • The role of GPs in food allergy care in primary care UK
  • The diagnosis and management of cow’s mil allergy in primary care UK
  • Education and nutritional knowledge of dietitians dealing with food allergies
  • Quality of life of those individuals suffering from food allergies

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