Aristotle University of Thessaloniki for IATE: Coeliac disease

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Short presentation of the project

Coeliac disease, one of the most common autoimmune diseases that affect 1 in 100 genetically predisposed people worldwide, occurs when ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. Symptoms of this hereditary disease can be developed at any age in people carrying the gene responsible for it. Celiac disease often goes undiagnosed because many of its signs and symptoms are nonspecific, which means they may occur in many disorders. Most people who have one or more of these nonspecific health problems do not have celiac disease. On average, a diagnosis of celiac disease is not made until 6 to 10 years after symptoms begin. Left untreated, coeliac disease can lead to additional serious health problems.  

Various sciences are related to coeliac disease, seeing that this autoimmune disorder can be studied under the scope of different scientific approaches, such as biology which concerns the genetic predisposal of coeliac patients. The aim of this project, conducted during the second year of the Inter-Faculty Postgraduate Program in Translation, was to provide accurate terminology concerning the domain of coeliac disease and the subdomain of biology in particular. The forty terms collected through authentic corpora were documented in Excel worksheets both in English and in Greek. Specifically, definition and context for all terms are provided in both languages. At the same time, the conceptual relations developed among the terms were detected. The domain of the present study and several of the suggested terms were selected in collaboration with the Terminology Coordination Unit (TermCoord) of the European Parliament with a view to support EU’s terminology database IATE (Interactive Terminology for Europe). The project includes the presentation of the domain of study, the primary and secondary sources for terminology validation, the tools used for data collection as well as the stages of the study. The final results of the study were discussed with experts in the fields of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Microbiology.

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  • Maria Sachouli, Master student at the Inter-Faculty Postgraduate Program in Translation, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Project Coordinator

Elpida Loupaki: assistant Professor Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Dr. Elpida Loupaki is an Assistant Professor in Descriptive Translation Studies & Terminology at the School of French of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She obtained her degree in French Language and Literature from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, her Master Degree in Professional Translation from the Institut de Traducteurs d’Interprètes et de Relations Internationales at Strasbourg University and her PhD in Language and Communication from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She has published several papers in the fields of Terminology Management, EU translation, News Translation as well as Translation and Ideology. She is an ECQA certified Terminology Manager (Advanced Level). She has participated in different European Research programs, such as XENIOS, Arianne, INDEX. She has coordinated several IATE projects since 2013 in cooperation with the TermCoord of the European Parliament in the domains of migration, packaging materials, civil law, etc. She is actually coordinating a terminology project in cooperation with WIPO Pearl in the domain of robotics.

External experts

Maria Fotoulaki, Associate Professor of Pediatric Gastroenterology, School of Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. President of the Hellenic Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology of Hepatology and Nutrition.


Dimitrios Themelidis, biopathologist and microbiologist. He holds a PhD in Microbiology from the Department of Microbiology, Medical School of Democritus University of Thrace, Northern Greece.


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