Invited Speakers for 2017

The 2017 programme includes leading figures in clinical and basic science from the UK and around the world. More importantly, they are all engaging and exciting speakers, and promise to make the meeting interesting and informative.

As more speakers are confirmed they will be listed below, so check back regularly to see who will be presenting at the 2017 meeting.

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2017 BSACI Meeting Speakers

Dr Elisabeth Angier

Dr Elisabeth Angier

GP & Clinical Assistant in Allergy & Immunology

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

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Dr Elisabeth Angier

Dr Elisabeth Angier (GP & Clinical Assistant in Allergy & Immunology)

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Liz is a portfolio GP working across boundaries in both the community and in an adult allergy unit in Yorkshire. She has an interest in Health Policy, Leadership, Service Improvement and workforce remodelling.

She is currently a Clinical Associate for the Vanguard programme which is a programme looking at implementation for New Models of Care across the UK. She is also a GP faculty member of the Sustainable Improvement team with NHS Improvement.

She is a previous National Leadership Academy Clinical fellow and is a Q member of the Q Quality Improvement community at the Health Foundation. She is a previous Chair of the Primary Care Group of the BSACI and Secretary of the EAACI Primary Care Interest Group. She is on the steering group of primary care section of the FMLM. She works closely with patient charities to try and improve the patient experience in the community and is on the scientific panel with Anaphylaxis Campaign and helped with the Aim campaign.

She was on the Quality Standards committee with NICE and helped design their elearning allergy module, is a member of the National Allergy Strategy Group and the SOCC committee at the BSACI. She has given talks at national and International conferences.

Professor S Hasan Arshad

Professor S Hasan Arshad

Chair in Allergy and Clinical Immunogy & Honorary Consultant Physician

Southampton General Hospital

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Professor S Hasan Arshad

Professor S Hasan Arshad (Chair in Allergy and Clinical Immunogy & Honorary Consultant Physician)

Southampton General Hospital

Hasan Arshad is a consultant and professor in Allergy at Southampton University and hospitals and Director of the David Hide Asthma and Allergy Centre on the Isle of Wight. He has a background in pulmonology and allergy, with specific training and expertise in clinical, translational and epidemiological research. He is recognised internationally for his epidemiological work related to the Isle of Wight birth cohort and translational research in primary prevention of asthma and allergy. He has been investigating genetic and environmental risk factors for asthma and allergy over the last 25 years funded by National Institute of Health (USA), Medical Research Council and National Institute of Health Research (UK). He serves on various advisory committees, co-authored national and international guidelines, and published over 200 scientific articles and several books and book chapters. In 2015, he was awarded the prestigious Jack Pepys award by the British Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology for outstanding contribution to the science of allergy and immunology.

Janette Bartle

Janette Bartle

Allergy Nurse Specialist (ENT)

Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust

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Janette Bartle

Janette Bartle (Allergy Nurse Specialist (ENT))

Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust

Janette Bartle works within the ENT department at Ipswich Hospital as an Allergy Nurse Specialist. She has special interest in nasal allergy and is keen to ensure that topical medications and nasal douching procedures are used. Understanding rhinitis and correct application of a steroid nasal spray is an essential part of patient care to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life.

In addition to her NHS work, she has maintained a pollen monitoring station on the roof of the Ipswich Hospital since 2005. For six months of the year she takes air samples and using a light microscope, identifies and counts the specific pollen grains seen. Ipswich data sent to the Met Office, contributes to the national UK pollen forecast. Janette is joint secretary for the BSACI Nurses in Allergy Group. She has developed SOP's on how to apply a nasal spray and how to nasal douche and published several articles on hayfever. In 2015 she won a Barry Kay award at BSACI conference and in 2016 gave an oral poster presentation at EAACI in Vienna, for posters relating to her pollen counting data.

Dr Claire Bethune

Dr Claire Bethune

Consultant Immunologist

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

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Dr Claire Bethune

Dr Claire Bethune (Consultant Immunologist)

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Claire Bethune is clinical lead for the Immunology and Allergy services in Plymouth.   Following medical training in Cambridge, Barts and Oxford she trained in immunology in Newcastle before moving to the South West. Since moving to Plymouth in 2004 she has developed regional home therapy programmes for both immunoglobulin replacement in antibody deficiency and for acute treatment of attacks of hereditary angioedema.

An enthusiastic teacher she has developed courses for GPs and medical students in the South West and has been invited to lecture at national and international meetings. Dr Bethune was responsible for developing the RCP accreditation scheme for primary immunodeficiency (Quality in Primary immunodeficiency Services - QPIDS) and is now clinical lead for the scheme as well as being an assessor for both immunodeficiency and allergy RCP accreditation schemes.

Kim Blyth

Kim Blyth

Specialist Respiratory Pharmacist

Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, Mid Essex NHS Trust

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Kim Blyth

Kim Blyth (Specialist Respiratory Pharmacist)

Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, Mid Essex NHS Trust

Kim works as a specialist respiratory pharmacist at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, Mid Essex NHS Trust. Along with providing pharmacy services to a busy respiratory ward, Kim is heavily involved in post-graduate teaching to a wide range of health care professionals. Ensuring that patients understand their treatment and are motivated to adhere is a passion and so Kim has been involved with Dr. Steve Jenkins in establishing a pharmacy-led Grazax clinic from its inception in 2010.

Dr Robert Boyle

Dr Robert Boyle

Paediatric Allergy Consultant

St Mary’s Hospital

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Dr Robert Boyle

Dr Robert Boyle (Paediatric Allergy Consultant)

St Mary’s Hospital

Dr Boyle was appointed to Imperial College London as NIHR Clinical Lecturer in 2007, Clinical Senior Lecturer in 2009, and Director of the Paediatric Research Unit from 2013. Prior to this he trained in Paediatric Allergy and Immunology at the Royal Children's Hospital and Melbourne University, Australia where his PhD investigated the mechanisms through which dietary interventions may prevent eczema.

His main research focus is the development of new diagnostic tests for use in food allergy. Dr Boyle's Paediatric Research Unit is a specialist Clinical Research Facility for studies of Children and Young People, with a primary focus on the development of new diagnostic tests for use in these age groups. Other work includes randomised controlled trials of different approaches to primary prevention of allergic disease, using both nutritional and non-nutritional interventions (www.beepstudy.org). Dr Boyle has been commissioned by the UK Food Standards Agency to undertake a comprehensive review of the evidence that dietary exposures during pregnancy or infancy are linked to allergic or autoimmune diseases.

Dr Boyle is Clinical Editor for the Cochrane Skin Group, Associate Editor for Clinical and Experimental Allergy, and was a member of the World Allergy Organization Special Committee on Probiotics. He has been awarded over £1 million of research funding during his time at Imperial College London, is Deputy Director of the Imperial College London Allergy MSc and is regularly invited to speak at international conferences.

Dr Helen Brough

Dr Helen Brough

Clinical Lead for Paediatric Allergy; Consultant in Paediatric Allergy

Guy’s and St Thomas’

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Dr Helen Brough

Dr Helen Brough (Clinical Lead for Paediatric Allergy; Consultant in Paediatric Allergy)

Guy’s and St Thomas’

Helen read Medicine and Experimental Psychology at King’s College, Cambridge University before completing her clinic training at the Royal Free & University College London Medical School. Helen completed Higher Specialist Training in Paediatric Allergy as the MADEL Clinical Lecturer and became a Consultant in Paediatric Allergy at St. Thomas’ Hospital in 2013. She was the BSACI Meeting Secretary and Deputy Meeting Secretary from 2013-2016.

Helen's clinical and research interests are in food allergy prevention, diagnosis and management, immunotherapy, asthma, eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders and eczema. She is the lead author for the BSACI Standards of Care Committee for Atopic Eczema. Helen has published multiple research publications on environmental factors leading to food allergy, food allergy diagnosis and management. She is the joint Principal Investigator for the Pronuts study, evaluating the rate of challenge proven peanut, tree-nuts and sesame seed allergy. Helen was also a collaborator on the Learning Early About Peanut (LEAP), LEAP-ON and Enquiring About Tolerance (EAT) study.

Sue Clarke

Sue Clarke

Specialist Allergy Health Visitor

West Essex Health Trust

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Sue Clarke

Sue Clarke (Specialist Allergy Health Visitor)

West Essex Health Trust

Sue is a Health Visitor in West Essex where she specialises in Allergy. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Health Visiting and is also on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Health Visiting. Sue is the Nurse Advisor and a Trustee for the Anaphylaxis Campaign and has developed their Allergywise eLearning courses which are designed for healthcare professionals to provide in depth information on managing patients with severe allergy. Sue also works as a Lecturer in Allergy and was the Clinical Lead for Allergy and Paediatric Respiratory for Education for Health for 4 years running their degree level Allergy programme. Sue has been involved in the development of several NICE guidelines, including NICE guidelines on food allergy in children (CG116) and NICE guidelines on Anaphylaxis (CG134) published in 2011, the NICE quality standard for eczema in children (2013) and the quality standard for food allergy and anaphylaxis published in 2016.

Lucy Common

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Mike Cork

Professor Mike Cork

Head of Sheffield Dermatology Research

University of Sheffield

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Professor Mike Cork

Professor Mike Cork (Head of Sheffield Dermatology Research)

University of Sheffield

Professor Michael Cork is Head of the Academic Unit of Dermatology Research at the University of Sheffield and is an Honorary Consultant Dermatologist to Sheffield Children’s Hospital and to Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS trusts. His main research is the prevention and treatment of atopic dermatitis/atopic eczema (AD). Understanding how we can prevent AD involves investigating the interaction of environmental agents, such as detergents, oils and hard water, with the skin of a baby from birth. From this, we develop interventions such as new emollients and wash products, and we assess how they affect the skin barrier of a baby from birth and the development of AD. With Dr. Simon Danby and their Skin Barrier Team, they have developed a research facility that uses a unique combination of techniques to assess how topical wash products, emollients and topical/systemic pharmaceutical agents affect the integrity of the skin barrier and inflammation. In addition to a Skin Barrier clinical research facility (CRF), Sheffield Dermatology Research collaborates closely with the CRFs for adult Dermatology at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and for children at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. In the past two years, this combination of resources has led to our performing six Clinical Trials of new biologic drugs for adults and children with AD. Together, we have recruited 2500 patients to clinical trials and experimental medicine studies of treatments and prevention regimens for atopic dermatitis in the past 5 years.

Professor Paul Cullinan

Professor Paul Cullinan

Professor of Respiratory Medicine and Consultant Physician

Imperial College

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Professor Paul Cullinan

Professor Paul Cullinan (Professor of Respiratory Medicine and Consultant Physician)

Imperial College

Professor Paul Cullinan is Professor in Occupational and Environmental Respiratory Disease, Department of Respiratory Epidemiology, Occupational Medicine and Public Health, National Heart and Lung Institute (Imperial College), London. He is also an Honorary Consultant in Respiratory Medicine at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London.

He is a Member of the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council, and of the Workplace Health Expert Committee (WHEC).

His academic interests include the epidemiology of occupational lung diseases; in particular of occupational asthma; and also other environmental determinants of lung disease.

Sujata De

Sujata De

Consultant Paediatric ENT Surgeon

Alder Hey Children's Hospital

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Sujata De

Sujata De (Consultant Paediatric ENT Surgeon)

Alder Hey Children's Hospital

Su is a Consultant Paediatric Otolaryngologist at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool, UK. Her subspecialist interests include Craniofacial Surgery, Downs syndrome, laryngomalacia, microtia and bone anchored hearing devices. Her role involves close liaison with multidisciplinary teams.

She has an interest in training and education and is an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at the University of Liverpool as well as an external examiner for Edge Hill University. Su has organised, hosted and run training courses including simulation courses. She devised the paediatric module of the MSc in ENT programme of the University of Liverpool and organised the Trainee teaching programme for the North West of England. She has lectured on courses and meetings for other health professionals including anaesthetists, maxillofacial surgeons, speech and language therapists, paediatricians and orthodontists.

She has organised, chaired and presented sessions at national and international meetings such as British Association of Paediatric Otolaryngology (BAPO), British Academic Conference in Otolaryngology in Liverpool in 2015 and at Chole in 2016.

She has published in peer reviewed journals and written book chapters.

She is a council member of BAPO and a member of the national Clinical Reference group (CRG) for Specialised surgery in Children.

Professor Derk-Jan Dijk

Professor Derk-Jan Dijk

Professor of Sleep and Physiology, Director Surrey Sleep Research Centre

University of Surrey

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Professor Derk-Jan Dijk

Professor Derk-Jan Dijk (Professor of Sleep and Physiology, Director Surrey Sleep Research Centre)

University of Surrey

Professor Dijk is a Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award holder. He was previously Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Pharmacology at the University of Zurich, an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and an Associate Neuroscientist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Professor Dijk has more than 30 years of experience in clinical sleep research. His current research interests include the pharmacological manipulation of sleep and cognition; the role of circadian rhythmicity in sleep regulation; identification of novel-biomarkers for susceptibility to the negative effects of sleep loss; understanding age and sex related differences in sleep physiology and sleep disorders.

Dr Shelley Dua

Dr Shelley Dua

Clinical Fellow in Allergy

Department of Medicine at the University of Cambridge

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Dr Shelley Dua

Dr Shelley Dua (Clinical Fellow in Allergy)

Department of Medicine at the University of Cambridge

Dr Shelley Dua is a a clinical fellow in the Department of Medicine at the University of Cambridge, and senior allergy trainee and Chief Resident at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (CUHT). Dr Dua has undertaken a PhD thesis on population thresholds and the role of co-factors in severe food allergy as part of the Thresholds of Reactivity And Clinical Evaluation (TRACE) study. Her areas of research interest include reaction severity scores, mast cell tryptase, reactivity thresholds, co-factors and symptom patterns and progression during anaphylaxis. Dr Dua is a member of the specialty advisory committee for allergy at the Royal College of Physicians.

Tracey Dunn

Tracey Dunn

Head Teacher

Fitzmaurice Primary School

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Tracey Dunn

Tracey Dunn (Head Teacher)

Fitzmaurice Primary School

Tracey Dunn, B Ed (Hons) NPQH, has been a primary teacher for 22 years and a Head Teacher in Wiltshire for 9 years. Managing allergies in School has become a key part of Tracey’s work and her interest in this area has grown since her own child was diagnosed with a serious allergy. Tracey has worked with the local Primary Care Trust and the Local Authority on behalf of Wiltshire’s Head Teachers to develop more effective training and risk management for school staff. Tracey has been the advisory Head Teacher on the review group to revise Wiltshire guidance on Managing Medical Conditions in schools.

Professor Stephen Durham

Professor Stephen Durham

Professor of Allergy & Respiratory Medicine

Imperial College NHLI

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Professor Stephen Durham

Professor Stephen Durham (Professor of Allergy & Respiratory Medicine)

Imperial College NHLI

Stephen Durham is Head of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London and Professor of Allergy and Respiratory Medicine at Royal Brompton Hospital London. He has studied basic mechanisms of allergic rhinitis and asthma and has a particular focus on translational studies of allergen immunotherapy. He is Past President of BSACI and Head of the Allergy Consortium of the International Immune Tolerance NIAID USA and External Advisor to the NIH Inner City Asthma Consortium.

Mandy East

Mandy East

NASG

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Mandy East

Mandy East

NASG

Mandy runs the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group for Allergy which is a cross bench group of MPs and Peers with an interest in the subject, currently chaired by Stephen McPartland MP.

In addition, Mandy has been the National Coordinator at the Anaphylaxis Campaign since 2003 and is responsible for major projects and campaigns such as the current work to allow schools to hold a spare adrenaline injector for use in emergencies and the need to improve access to information, education and service provision for adults with allergy.

Both Mandy’s roles mean she is in regular contact with those who live with allergy day to day; the medics who care for them and key influencers within Parliament. As a result, she is excellently placed to advocate and campaign on their behalf.

Roisin Fitzsimons

Roisin Fitzsimons

(Consultant Nurse)

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust, London.

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Roisin Fitzsimons

Roisin Fitzsimons ((Consultant Nurse))

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust, London.

Roisin Fitzsimons is the Allergy Consultant Nurse at the Allergy Service Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, where she has worked since 2006. Roisin has been instrumental in developing the nurse-led service, which includes the food and drug challenge service. Roisin’s particular areas of interest include drug allergy and sublingual immunotherapy. Roisin has successfully completed the MSc in Allergy at Southampton University and is privileged to now lecture on the course. Roisin is also an honourary lecturer at The University of Hertfordshire and is a committee member of the BSACI Nurses in Allergy group. Roisin has pioneered nursing involvement within the KCL Allergy Academy, speaking at events and is the course director of the nursing study days.

Jackie Gaventa

Jackie Gaventa

Health Visitor, Lead in Paediatric Allergy

Whittington Health

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Jackie Gaventa

Jackie Gaventa (Health Visitor, Lead in Paediatric Allergy)

Whittington Health

Jackie is a Health Visitor, Team Leader and Practice Teacher. She was awarded Fellow of The Institute of Health Visiting in 2015 for outstanding leadership and contribution to the profession.

Jackie has worked across North London as a Health Visitor for more than 30 years, supporting children and families in different communities. She has a wealth of experience in public health, child development and safeguarding.

Jackie is currently based in Whittington Health - Haringey, where she is leading on Health Visitor Prescribing and Managing Minor Ailments in children as part of the roll out of the Healthy Child Programme.

Jackie has a special interest in the early identification of allergic disease in infants, signposting for assessment in allergy clinic, and supporting children and their families before and after diagnosis. Jackie has recently worked with colleagues across primary and secondary care to develop local Community Allergy Clinics.

Jackie is a member of BSACI where she represents Primary Care on the Nurses in Allergy Committee.

Dr Kimberley Gilmore

Dr Kimberley Gilmore

Consultant Immunologist

Great Ormond Street Hospital

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Dr Kimberley Gilmore

Dr Kimberley Gilmore (Consultant Immunologist)

Great Ormond Street Hospital

In 1995 Kimberly Gilmour received her PhD in genetics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Then she was awarded a research fellowship at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (Cancer Research UK) studying T cell development. In 1999 she joined the immunology laboratory at Great Ormond Street Hospital where she translated her PhD work on JAK/STAT signalling into diagnostic tests. Throughout the last 18 years, Kimberly has developed new tests for diagnosing PID and has helped expand the repertoire of specialised tests offered at GOSH. In addition to diagnostics, Kimberly has worked on various cell and gene therapy trials. She has published over 70 peer reviewed papers. Her current focus is utilising next generation sequencing for the detection of mutations in known PID genes as well as developing additional functional assays for screening PID patients and confirming novel genetic sequence variants as mutations. She is Clinical Lead for the Great Ormond Street Hospital Immunology and Cell Therapy Laboratories.

Dr Claudia Gore

Dr Claudia Gore

Consultant in Paediatric Allergy and Immunology

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

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Dr Claudia Gore

Dr Claudia Gore (Consultant in Paediatric Allergy and Immunology)

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Dr Claudia Gore graduated in Germany 1995. Her MD (res) was awarded in 1996, in Germany. She undertook her medical training from 1996 to 2009 in the United Kingdom, with time out for a PhD in paediatric allergy. She has been a consultant since 2009, and is currently a consultant in paediatric allergy and immunology at St Mary's Hospital. She is also clinical lead for paediatric and adolescent allergy. Clinically, she has a particular involvement in caring for children with complex multisystem allergic disease and severe eczema and in providing as well as expanding services for allergic adolescents.

Research and publication areas include probiotics and the gut microbiota in infant eczema, quality of life in allergic diseases, nutrition in allergic disease, allergen avoidance measures.

Dr Clive Grattan

Dr Clive Grattan

Consultant Dermatologist

St John’s Institute of Dermatology, Guy’s Hospital

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Dr Clive Grattan

Dr Clive Grattan (Consultant Dermatologist)

St John’s Institute of Dermatology, Guy’s Hospital

Dr Grattan is a Consultant Dermatologist at St John’s Institute of Dermatology, Guy’s Hospital, London, with a special interest in Allergy and leading tertiary clinics in Urticaria and Mastocytosis. In addition he is an Honorary Consultant at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, having worked there from 1990-2016 covering all aspects of Dermatology including Dermatological Surgery, Paediatric Dermatology and Allergy. Dr Grattan is a council member of the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and joint editor in chief of Clinical and Translational Allergy, the open access journal of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

Dr Richard Hansen

Dr Richard Hansen

Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist

Glasgow Children's Hospital

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Dr Richard Hansen

Dr Richard Hansen (Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist)

Glasgow Children's Hospital

Dr Hansen is a Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in Child Health here in Glasgow. He carried out his medical training at the University of Dundee and obtained his PhD from the University of Aberdeen on the subject of the gastrointestinal microbiota.

His clinical interests are inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), hepatology, and Helicobacter pylori, with his main research interest being the gastrointestinal mucosal microbiota and its importance in paediatric disease, particularly IBD. He is especially interested in the molecular characterisation of the microbiota and its modification for therapeutic effect by probiotics, faecal transplantation and nutritional therapy. As a paediatrician, Dr Hansen is also naturally interested in how the gut microbiota develops as the child grows and matures, particularly at the earliest stages of microbial colonisation.

This programme of research interests is a natural extension of Dr Hansen’s Chief Scientist Office (CSO)-funded PhD studies, during which he was the first to catalogue and publish the colonic microbiota in paediatric IBD at the onset of disease. He also currently holds a competitively awarded career researcher fellowship, granting him time to develop his research in microbial therapeutics. Dr Hansen is part of the Bacteria, Inflammation, Nutrition, Gastroenterology, & Omics (BINGO) research group at the University of Glasgow, a team of multidisciplinary scientists and clinicians with a full range of skills in gastroenterology, dietetics, immunology and gastrointestinal microbiology.

Dr Jamal Hayat

Dr Jamal Hayat

Consultant Gastroenterologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer

St George's Hospital

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Dr Jamal Hayat

Dr Jamal Hayat (Consultant Gastroenterologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer)

St George's Hospital

Dr Hayat is a Consultant Gastroenterologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Trust. He qualified from Imperial College and completed his specialist training in London. He undertook an MD research degree into the use of advanced diagnostic techniques in upper GI disease. His research was presented nationally and internationally and received awards from the BSG, AGA and UEG. He has a specialist interest in patients with upper GI problems such as reflux disease and swallowing disorders. He was involved in the National Registry of Eosinophilic Oesophagitis and cares for a large cohort of patients with eosinophilic oesophagitis.

Dr Melanie Hingorani

Dr Melanie Hingorani

Consultant Ophthalmologist

Moorfields Eye Hospital

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Dr Melanie Hingorani

Dr Melanie Hingorani (Consultant Ophthalmologist)

Moorfields Eye Hospital

Mrs Hingorani is a consultant ophthalmologist specialising in paediatric ophthalmology and ocular motility at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London and at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon. She qualified from Oxford University and Guy’s Hospital Medical Schools. She obtained an MD (research in pathophysiology and treatment of severe allergic eye disease) at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and trained in North London particularly at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the Western Eye Hospital. She has a particular interest in paediatric external eye disease and corneal disorders and also in clinical governance and safety in ophthalmic care. She was Clinical Director for Quality and Safety at Moorfields for six years and now leads Moorfields Vanguard Programme. She is Chair of the College Quality and Safety Group and sits on the College Scientific and Professional Standards Committee and the National Ophthalmic Audit Steering Group.

Claire Hopkins

Claire Hopkins

Consultant ENT Surgeon

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital

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Claire Hopkins

Claire Hopkins (Consultant ENT Surgeon)

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital

Claire Hopkins is a Consultant Rhinologist at Guy’s Hospital, a large tertiary referral centre in London, UK, with a clinical practice covering the breadth of rhinology including sinusitis, anterior skull base work and facial plastics. She is a Reader in ENT at King’s College London. Her research includes work developing and utilising patient-rated outcomes, enhancing patient selection and optimising outcomes from interventions, with a particular interest in chronic rhinosinusitis and nasal polyps. She was the lead clinician in the UK Sino-nasal Audit, and a co-author of the European Position Statement on Rhinosinusitis and Nasal Polyps. Claire has published over 100 papers in medical journals along with several book chapters, and holds an NIHR Programme Grant with a programme aimed at improving the care of adults with CRS. She lectures internationally on sinus disease and endoscopic sinus surgery.

Dr Winnie Ip

Dr Winnie Ip

Consultant Immunologist

Great Ormond Street Hospital

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Dr Winnie Ip

Dr Winnie Ip (Consultant Immunologist)

Great Ormond Street Hospital

Winnie completed her medical training at University of Auckland, New Zealand before taking up specialist training in Paediatric Allergy and Immunology at Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne Australia from 2009-2011. She then gained experience in bone marrow transplant with a focus on children with Primary Immune Deficiencies at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London. She was co-Investigator for the ASPIRE (Adenovirus-specific Paediatric Immune Reconstitution) clinical trial that assessed safety of Adenovirus-specific CTLs in high-risk children with virus reactivation post haematopoietic stem cell transplant. She completed Doctor of Medicine (Research) from University College London in 2016. She took up role as Paediatric Immunology Consultant at Great Ormond Street Hospital in 2015 and is Honory Senior Lecturer at Institute of Child Health, London.

Dr Polly James

Dr Polly James

Clinical Psychologist, Paediatric Psychology Service

Evelina London Children’s Hospital, St Thomas' Hospital

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Dr Polly James

Dr Polly James (Clinical Psychologist, Paediatric Psychology Service)

Evelina London Children’s Hospital, St Thomas' Hospital

Polly is a Paediatric Clinical Psychologist at St Thomas’ Hospital and has created and developed a new psychology service for the children’s allergy service. Polly provides specialist individual and group therapy for children and their families and helps them cope with difficulties that can arise from having food allergies.

Professor Sebastian L Johnston

Professor Sebastian L Johnston

Respiratory Medicine & Allergy at the National Heart and Lung Institute

Imperial College London

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Professor Sebastian L Johnston

Professor Sebastian L Johnston (Respiratory Medicine & Allergy at the National Heart and Lung Institute)

Imperial College London

He is Director of the MRC & Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma, is the Asthma UK Clinical Professor and is a UK National Institute of Health Research Senior Investigator. He Edited Thorax from 2002-2010 and serves as Associate Editor or on the Editorial Boards of several other Respiratory and Allergy Journals. He has published >400 scholarly manuscripts and 18 patents. Notable achievements include establishing the viral aetiology of the majority of asthma and COPD exacerbations, discovering novel mechanisms of susceptibility to virus infection in asthma and COPD, and developing novel treatment approaches for acute exacerbations of these diseases.

Dr Yousuf Karim

Dr Yousuf Karim

Consultant Immunologist

Frimley Park, Royal Surrey County & St Peter's Hospitals

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Dr Yousuf Karim

Dr Yousuf Karim (Consultant Immunologist)

Frimley Park, Royal Surrey County & St Peter's Hospitals

Dr. Karim studied medicine at Cambridge University and Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals, qualifying in 1993. He then trained at Guy’s under Dr Lawrence Youlten in Allergy, and at St Thomas’ under Prof Graham Hughes in Connective Tissue Diseases.

He was appointed as a Consultant Immunologist at Frimley Park and Guy's & St Thomas' Hospitals in 2004. Since late 2015, he has practised at Frimley Park Hospital and other hospitals in the Surrey area and has a broad clinical practice in Allergy, Autoimmunity and Immunodeficiency.

Dr. Karim has been a member of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology Council for several years, and the Chair of the Clinical Immunology Committee 2014-17 as well as being on the committee for the NICE Quality Standards on Drug Allergy in 2015.

Professor Thirumala Krishna

Professor Thirumala Krishna

Consultant Immunologist & Allergist

Birmingham Heartlands Hospital

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Professor Thirumala Krishna

Professor Thirumala Krishna (Consultant Immunologist & Allergist)

Birmingham Heartlands Hospital

Dr Thirumala Krishna (TK) is Consultant Allergist and Immunologist and lead physician for the Allergy service at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Reader in Medicine at Aston Medical School, Birmingham. His main clinical and research interests include epidemiology and risk factors for anaphylaxis, educational tools for long term care in anaphylaxis, venom allergy, penicillin allergy, peri-operative anaphylaxis during general anaesthesia, in vitro diagnostic tests in allergy, telemedicine and safety aspects of allergen-specific immunotherapy. He has national roles including clinical lead for IQAS, member of Standards of Care Committee & lead for national audits for BSACI and member of national CRG for specialised services in Allergy and Immunology.

Analou Louw

Analou Louw

Speech and Language Therapist

Chelsea & Westminster Hospital

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Analou Louw

Analou Louw (Speech and Language Therapist)

Chelsea & Westminster Hospital

Analou Louw is the paediatric speech and language therapist at Chelsea and Westminster Childrens Hospital where she has been working since 2002. Analou qualified as a speech and language therapist at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. Following obtainment of her undergraduate degree she continued her studies and obtained a MSc in in Speech Therapy at the University of Cape Town. Since she qualified in 1997, she specialised in eating and drinking difficulties in children. At present she is a member of the Tertiary Multidisciplinary Feeding Clinic at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital where she assess and manage children with a range of feeding difficulties including allergy. Analou has served on various national committees including the NICE guideline committee for children with faltering growth and BSPGHAN associates group tube weaning guideline committee.

Dr Joanna Lukawska

Dr Joanna Lukawska

Consultant in Allergy

King's College London

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Dr Joanna Lukawska

Dr Joanna Lukawska (Consultant in Allergy)

King's College London

Dr Joanna Lukawska is a Consultant in Adult Allergy Medicine at University College Hospital London. She is also involved in clinical research at King's College London and University College London.

In 2000, Joanna graduated from St Bartholomew’s and the Royal London School of Medicine. She then undertook general medical training at St Bart’s and the Royal London Hospital leading to MRCP in 2004. Joanna joined the allergy training programme at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in 2005, where she trained under Professor Chris Corrigan, Professor Tak Lee and Dr Pierre Dugue.

Her clinical work encompasses all aspects of contemporary allergy practice and includes: drug allergy with particular focus on drug desensitisation, eosinophilic disorders, food allergy and immunotherapy. She is involved in promoting compassionate care, hospital safety and medical education.

Her research interests include diagnosis and treatment of drug allergy as well as cell tracking and its potential applications to asthma, allergy, oncology and transplantation medicine.

Dr Deborah Marriage

Dr Deborah Marriage

Lead Paediatric Allergy & Respiratory Nurse Specialist

Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, UK

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Dr Deborah Marriage

Dr Deborah Marriage (Lead Paediatric Allergy & Respiratory Nurse Specialist)

Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, UK

Deb Marriage DHealth RN (Child), BA, MSc is the lead paediatric allergy and respiratory nurse specialist at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, UK. She has over twenty years experience as a clinical nurse specialist, working at St Mary’s Hospital, London before joining Bristol Children’s Hospital in 2002.

She manages the Paediatric Allergy Service and is involved in local training programmes for GPs and practice nurses, and asthma and allergy teaching in schools and primary care. She is an advocate for nurse-led services and in promoting the extended role of nurses. She enjoys research and her particular interests are in egg and peanut allergy. Deb is currently Chair of the BSACI Nurses in Allergy Group.

Dr Katharina Marth

Speciality Registrar

Hietzing Hospital

Dr Rosan Meyer

Dr Rosan Meyer

Paediatric Allergy Specialist

Imperial College

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Dr Rosan Meyer

Dr Rosan Meyer (Paediatric Allergy Specialist)

Imperial College

Rosan completed her degree in Dietetics in South Africa and specialised in paediatric nutrition in the United Kingdom. In 2004, she went on to finish her Masters in Paediatric Nutrition and in 2008 completed her PhD at Imperial College London. She was the principal research dietitian at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children until December 2015, leading a project on the impact of gastrointestinal food allergies on children and their families and the team have published many articles on non-IgE mediated food allergies. In addition, she has busy a paediatric dietetic practice specialising in food allergy in London.

She is currently module leader for the Food Hypersensitivity Module that forms part of the MSc in Allergy at Imperial College London, and is honorary senior lecturer in paediatrics at the same university leading many research projects in food allergy. She has recently also started with the paediatric allergy team at St. Thomas Hospital working as a paediatric allergy research dietitian on the EAT study. In addition, she is the chair of both the specialist Food Allergy Group of the British Dietetic Association and the European Section of the committee of the International Network for Diet and Nutrition in Allergy and the secretary to the Hypoallergenic Formula Task Force and co-chair of the non-IgE mediated allergy Task Force for EAACI. She is also an author of numerous peer reviewed publications and book chapters.

Dr Siraj Misbah

Dr Siraj Misbah

Consultant Immunologist

Oxford University Hospital

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Dr Siraj Misbah

Dr Siraj Misbah (Consultant Immunologist)

Oxford University Hospital

Dr Misbah is lead consultant in clinical immunology at Oxford University Hospitals Trust and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Clinical Immunology at Oxford University. He has particular interests in immunodeficiency, systemic autoimmune disease, complex drug allergy and immune-mediated therapeutics, reflected in membership of the Commission on Human Medicines and the Clinical Trials, Biologics and Vaccines Expert Advisory Group at the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory agency and of Scientific Advisory Groups at the European Medicines Agency. In 2016 he was appointed Chair of the national Clinical Reference Group for Immunology and Allergy by NHS England and elected President of the Union of European Medical Specialists Section of Laboratory Medicine .His longstanding interest in immunoglobulin therapy is coupled with clinical leadership for his Trust of the Department of Health’s immunoglobulin demand management programme.

He has a range of publications on immunodeficiency, therapeutic immunoglobulin, autoimmunity and allergy. His interest in medical education is reflected in current chairmanship of the specialty advisory committee (SAC) on Immunology at the Royal College of Pathologists and past chairmanship of the SAC in allergy and immunology for the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board in the UK and co-authorship of Essentials of Clinical Immunology, a widely used undergraduate textbook. He has edited and co-authored the Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology module of Medical Masterclass, the leading textbook on internal medicine published by the Royal College of Physicians of London.

Dr Ian Mudway

MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health

King’s College London

Professor Simon Murch

Professor Simon Murch

Professor of Paediatrics & Child Health

Clinical Sciences Research Institute University of Warwick

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Professor Simon Murch

Professor Simon Murch (Professor of Paediatrics & Child Health)

Clinical Sciences Research Institute University of Warwick

Simon Murch is Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire, UK and is Emeritus Professor of Paediatrics at Warwick University. His particular clinical interests include the evolving spectrum of food allergic responses in young children, coeliac disease and Crohn’s disease and emerging disorders such as eosinophilic oesophagitis. His research background is in mucosal immunology and he was a member of the group that discovered the role of tumour necrosis factor in Crohn’s disease, leading to the introduction of anti-TNF monoclonal antibody treatment. He has subsequently studied the intestinal immune responses of children who develop food allergies, identifying that they fail to generate a normal regulatory immune response within the intestine. His other main area of research has been into the intestinal immune responses that contribute to and complicate childhood malnutrition in low-income countries.

Nathalie Newman

Nathalie Newman

CEO and Founder

Intolerant Gourmand

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Nathalie Newman

Nathalie Newman (CEO and Founder)

Intolerant Gourmand

Nathalie is well respected in the allergies and free-from arena for her fresh approach to working and living with allergies. Highly motivated and with an ambition to succeed, thanks to her son’s ongoing battle with severe allergies and eczema, Nathalie is a driving force in improving the perceptions of allergies and intolerances.

Nathalie recently received the award of Allergy Blog of the Year, voted for by respected consultants in the allergy arena, and is currently the UK’s No1 allergy blogger.

Nathalie is a full time writer, presenter, food developer and photographer, with her work appearing in a number of publications. She regularly works with large brands to produce original recipes with free-from ingredients at the heart. Nathalie also works with brands, presenting recipe demonstrations, hosting live Q&A’s, consulting, and teaching the day to day skills of living successfully with multiple allergies.

Nathalie has featured on camera for campaigns with Sky News and The Victoria Derbyshire Show, as well as extensive press coverage, and regularly takes part in radio interviews for the likes of TalkRadio, BBC Radio and more.

Professor Graham Ogg

Professor Graham Ogg

Professor of Dermatology, Churchill Hospital; MRC Programme Leader, MRC Human Immunology Unit

Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine University of Oxford

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Professor Graham Ogg

Professor Graham Ogg (Professor of Dermatology, Churchill Hospital; MRC Programme Leader, MRC Human Immunology Unit)

Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine University of Oxford

Graham Ogg is a dermatologist with an interest in the interactions between the cellular immune response and the epidermis. His research and clinical work is based on the investigations of mechanisms underlying inflammatory skin disease. Particular areas of focus are the roles of unconventional CD1a-restricted T cells and innate lymphoid cells.

Kelly Parker

Kelly Parker

Clinical Nurse Specialist

East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

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Kelly Parker

Kelly Parker (Clinical Nurse Specialist)

East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

Kelly has been working as the paediatric allergy clinical nurse specialist at East and North Herts NHS Trust for the past 7 years.

She has established the nurse led services within the allergy service, as part of which she provides a nurse led eczema clinic which is a particular interest of hers. Kelly is a committee member of the BSACI nurses in allergy group.

Dr Deepti Radia

Dr Deepti Radia

Haematology Consultant

GuGuys and St Thomas’ Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Dr Deepti Radia

Dr Deepti Radia (Haematology Consultant)

GuGuys and St Thomas’ Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Radia has been at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in a consultant post since 2003. Her clinical work is varied and areas of specialist interest include Myeloproliferative Disorders, Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia, and Systemic Mastocytosis. GSTFT has the only UK Centre of Excellence for the Management of Mast Cell Disorders and has been registered with the ECNM since 2005. Dr Radia works closely with Dr Clive Grattan to deliver the Mastocytosis service and over this time she has seen approximately 200 patients in the Haematology clinic. She is CI for two trials for patients with Systemic Mastocytosis: a Phase 3 international trial, the PKC412 trial, which has now seen Midostaurin approved by the FDA; and a Phase 1 trial of BLU-285 - a targeted C-KIT inhibitor for patients with aggressive systemic mastocytosis.

Dr Radia is a Trustee of the British Society of Haematology, a member of the Royal College of Pathology and a member of the UK NCRI MPN working group.

Professor Harald Renz

Professor Harald Renz

Director and Chairman

Philipps-University, University Hosptial Giessen and Marburg gmbH, Germany

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Professor Harald Renz

Professor Harald Renz (Director and Chairman)

Philipps-University, University Hosptial Giessen and Marburg gmbH, Germany

Prof. Harald Renz is director and chairman of the Institute of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiochemistry of the Philipps-University Marburg, Germany. He has held this position since 1999. From 2005 he has coordinated the inter-regional Research Consortium of Allergies and Asthma, which is funded by the German Research Council; since 2010 he has also served as vice-speaker of the Universities of Giessen and Marburg Lung Center (UGMLC), which is one of 5 sites of the German Lung Center, founded in 2012 by the Federal Government. His research interest is the pathogenesis of allergies and asthma. He has made major contributions in the field of the origin of asthma, with regard to the pre- and postnatal environment. In 2012/13 he was Visiting Professor and Fulbright Scholar at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Since 2015 he has also been Medical Director and CMO of the University Hospital Giessen and Marburg GmbH, Campus Marburg and Vice President of the German Society for Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (DGKL).

Dr Glenis Scadding

Dr Glenis Scadding

Honorary Consultant Physician in Allergy and Rhinology

Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital

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Dr Glenis Scadding

Dr Glenis Scadding (Honorary Consultant Physician in Allergy and Rhinology )

Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital

Dr Glenis Scadding is an Honorary Consultant Physician in Allergy and Rhinology at the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital, and Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London.

She is currently President of the UK Semiochemistry Society and Chair of the Rhinology and Laryngology Research Fund. In the past she has held positions including the President of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI) 2009-12, President of the Royal Society of Medicine’s Section of Clinical Immunology and Allergy from 2001 to 2003 and European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology ENT Section President in 2007-9.

In 2006, she won the BSACI William Frankland Award for outstanding contribution to clinical allergy in the UK. In 2012 she received for research in ENT the Clemens von Pirquet award from the European Academy and the Walter Jobson Horne award from the British Medical Association.

Dr Scadding’s research interests include rhinitis and its co-morbidities, including rhinosinusitis; aspirin hypersensitvity and sublingual immunotherapy. She is the author of over 288 peer- reviewed publications,plus many others, including textbooks on Investigative Rhinology, Paediatric ENT and Fast Facts in Rhinitis. Glenis instigated the BSACI UK Rhinitis guidelines, and is also a member of the WHO’s Allergic Rhinitis and its Impact on Asthma, and Sublingual Immunotherapy committees, European Paediatric Rhinosinusitis, European Paediatric Rhinitis and European Rhinosinusitis and Nasal Polyps ( EPOS) guidelines committees, and has written sections in each of these.

Dr Priya Sellaturay

Specialist Registrar

Addenbrooke's Hospital

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Dr Priya Sellaturay (Specialist Registrar)

Addenbrooke's Hospital

Priya read medicine at University College London, also completing a BSc in Physiology and Pharmacology. After junior posts in London and Watford, she became an adult allergy registrar at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2012, and is due to complete her training later this year.

Priya’s has wide experience in all aspects of allergy and her special clinical and research interests are the diagnosis and management of drug allergy. She is the trainee representative for allergy in the East of England, working on recruiting new trainees into Allergy and has taken part in the RCP and BMJ careers fair. She has presented and chaired sessions at international and national conferences and published papers on systemic reactions following skin prick testing and most recently the management of gadolinium based contrast agents.

Dr Isabel Skypala

Dr Isabel Skypala

Consultant Allergy Dietician & Clinical Lead for Food Allergy

Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust

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Dr Isabel Skypala

Dr Isabel Skypala (Consultant Allergy Dietician & Clinical Lead for Food Allergy)

Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust

Dr Isabel Skypala is a consultant allergy dietitian and clinical lead for food allergy at the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. She established the award-winning adult food allergy service, which now includes a unique joint allergy/gastroenterology clinic. As an acknowledged expert on food allergy, Isabel undertakes many national and international speaking engagements, in addition to her role as honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College, co-leading the food allergy module of the MSc in Allergy. Following the completion of her PhD at Kings College, Isabel has continued to pursue research interests in the field of plant food allergy and the validation of diet and clinical history. She was also involved in the development of recently published NICE quality standards for food allergy. Isabel co-founded both the Food Allergy Specialist Group of the British Dietetic Association (BDA) and the International Network of Diet and Nutrition in Allergy (INDANA). She is currently the Interest Group representative on the executive committee of the European Academy of Allergy & Clinical Immunology. Isabel was awarded a fellowship of the BDA in 2009 for her contribution to the profession, and in 2014 she was the first non-medical recipient of the William Frankland award given by the British Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology in recognition of her services to clinical allergy.

Charlotte Stedman

Charlotte Stedman

Paediatric Allergy Dietitian

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital

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Charlotte Stedman

Charlotte Stedman (Paediatric Allergy Dietitian)

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital

Charlotte completed a master’s degree in Nutrition at Kings College London and went on to qualify as a dietitian from London Metropolitan University in 2006. Her first dietetic posts were at Poole and Bournemouth hospitals where she worked with adult inpatients. She went on to work at St Mary’s Hospital on the Isle of Wight where she developed an interest in food allergy and research while working with both adults and children at the David Hide Asthma and Allergy Research Centre. In 2009 she joined the paediatric allergy team at St Thomas’ Hospital where she has since worked as both a clinical and research dietitian on the LEAP and EAT Studies. In 2015 she also helped set up a community allergy service for the Whittington NHS Trust where she had a part time clinical post for 18 months. She is now a fulltime allergy research dietitian for the paediatric allergy research department at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust. She has been Treasurer of the Food Allergy Group of the British Dietetic Association and is a member of INDANA, EAACI and BSACI.

Dr Gary Stiefel

Dr Gary Stiefel

Consultant in Paediatric Allergy

Leicester Royal Infirmary

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Dr Gary Stiefel

Dr Gary Stiefel (Consultant in Paediatric Allergy)

Leicester Royal Infirmary

Since 2012, Gary has been a Consultant in Paediatric Allergy at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, having been trained at St Mary Hospital, London and University Hospital Southampton Foundation Trust. He completed an Allergy MSc at Imperial College London and now regularly lectures on the food allergy module for the Allergy MSc at University of Southampton. He is currently serving as one of the RCPCH specialist advisory committee members for Allergy, Immunology and Infectious Diseases. Gary is the lead author for the BSACI nut allergy guidelines.

Dr Paul Turner

Dr Paul Turner

Clinician Scientist in Paediatric Alllergy & Immunology

Imperial College

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Dr Paul Turner

Dr Paul Turner (Clinician Scientist in Paediatric Alllergy & Immunology)

Imperial College

Paul is MRC Clinician Scientist and Clinical Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Allergy & Immunology at Imperial College London, and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney. He leads a research programme on various aspects of allergy, including understanding drivers of severity in food allergy, allergen risk management, and novel diagnostics. He is an Honorary Consultant at St Mary's, Royal Brompton and Royal Free Hospitals in London, and Clinical Trials Specialist (Paediatrics) at Public Health England. Paul is a medical advisor to a number of patient representative groups including Allergy UK and the Anaphylaxis Campaign, and has co-led the task group lobbying the government for the introduction of generic adrenaline auto injectors into schools in the UK.

Dr Charlie Tyack

Dr Charlie Tyack

Clinical Psychologist

St Thomas’ Hospital

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Dr Charlie Tyack

Dr Charlie Tyack (Clinical Psychologist)

St Thomas’ Hospital

Charlie Tyack is a clinical psychologist in the Evelina London sleep team. He also used to run insomnia groups with adults as part of a randomised controlled trial in primary care when he worked in the IAPT programme in North London.  Throughout his mental health career, he has noticed the significance of the relationship between sleep and wellbeing. He lived and worked in Japan for two years, where he saw how different cultural framings of sleep can lead to different meanings and behaviours being attributed to it.

Dr Carina Venter

Dr Carina Venter

Research associate and dietician

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, USA

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Dr Carina Venter

Dr Carina Venter (Research associate and dietician)

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, USA

Carina was appointed as a Research Associate/Dietitian at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center where she is doing research into eosinophilic diseases and food allergies. Carina is currently the chair of the International Network of Dietitians and Nutritionists in Allergy, a member of the AAAAI, BSACI and EAACI and she is a registered dietician in the United Kingdom, United States and South Africa. She has had numerous publications in international journals, and has authored book chapters and edited a book on Food Hypersensitivity. She was until recently working as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth where she was doing research into food allergies and allergy prevention, based at the David Hide Centre on the Isle of Wight.

Carina was also a member of the EAACI food allergy guidelines on Allergy Prevention, as well as Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy. She was also a member of the NICE (UK) food allergy guidelines. Since her arrival in the US, Carina has been appointed to the expert panel of the National Institutes for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Food Allergy Prevention Guidelines, making her the only dietitian that has had presentation on US, European and UK food allergy guidelines.

Dr Bea Vickers

Dr Bea Vickers

Consultant Psychiatrist

St George's Mental Health NHS Trust

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Dr Bea Vickers

Dr Bea Vickers (Consultant Psychiatrist)

St George's Mental Health NHS Trust

Dr Vickers is the consultant lead for a highly specialised, innovative CAMHS service, the Adolescent Assertive Outreach Team (AAOT), which is part of an integrated Tier 4 service comprising an outreach team and a 12 bed acute inpatient unit. The AAOT sees adolescents aged 12-17 years with serious mental illness, including post-traumatic stress diorder (PTSD), where inpatient admission is considered and uses evidence-based interventions such as cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). The remit of the service is to avoid unnecessary psychiatric admision for teenagers and it currently prevents approximately 75% of admissions. Since 2002 AAOT has operated with no waiting list and an average time from referral to assessment of 48 hours. The service is now centrally commissioned by NHS England.

Dr Vickers has been a major collaborator in a national randomised control trial at Imperial College , showing the efficacy of a CBT intervention using a treatment manual for parents of children with food allergy. This trial involved training paediatric staff how to use the manualised intervention with parents to reduce anxiety. At one-year follow-up the parents who had received the psychological intervention showed significantly lower levels of anxiety than the mothers who had received treatment as usual by the paediatric team.

Dr Christian Virchow

Dr Christian Virchow

Prof. of Medicine, Head of Departments of Pneumology / Intensive Care

Medicine University of Rostock, Germany

Professor Andrew Wardlaw

Professor Andrew Wardlaw

Professor of Respiratory Medicine

Glenfield Hospital University of Leicester

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Professor Andrew Wardlaw

Professor Andrew Wardlaw (Professor of Respiratory Medicine)

Glenfield Hospital University of Leicester

Professor Wardlaw undertook his medical degree in Cambridge and Westminster Hospital and his initial clinical training in London. He then did a PhD (1984-1987) on the pathogenesis of asthma under the supervision of Professor Barry Kay at the National Heart and Lung Institute. He undertook a two year post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard with Professor Tim Springer on the molecular biology of leukocyte adhesion deficiency (1987-1989), before returning to the Brompton Hospital to complete his clinical training in allergy and respiratory medicine (1989-1992). In 1992 he was appointed as the first respiratory academic in the University of Leicester in 1992 and in 1999 he was appointed to the inaugural chair in respiratory medicine in Leicester. Professor Wardlaw was the President of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (2002-2006) and chair of the RCP-RCPath joint committee on immunology and allergy (2008-2012). He was editor in chief of Clinical Experimental Allergy (2008-2015). His research has been focussed on the relationship between the clinical features of asthma and its immunopathology, in particular the role of the eosinophil in asthma. For the last 15 years his research has focussed on severe asthma and hypereosinophilic disease. He is an author on >200 research papers cited on PubMed which together have been cited ~22000 times and he has an ‘h’ index of ~72.

Professor John Warner

Professor John Warner

Professor & Head Dept of Paediatrics

Imperial College

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Professor John Warner

Professor John Warner (Professor & Head Dept of Paediatrics)

Imperial College

John O. Warner OBE MD FRCP FRCPCH FMedSci FERS Professor of Paediatrics, Imperial College, London since 2006; Early-years theme-lead for the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for NW London; Hon. Professor Paediatrics University of Cape Town since 2015

Published over 400 scientific papers on paediatric pulmonology and allergy topics. Head of Paediatric assembly of European Respiratory Society from 1993-7. Editor in Chief of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology from 1998-2010 President of the Academic Paediatric Association (GB and I) from 2009-2014. William Frankland award (2005), Pepys and Morrow Brown lectures (2011 and 2014) all from the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology; Life-time Achievement award from European Respiratory Society (2009); OBE for services to food allergy research (2013).

Dr Paul	Whitaker

Dr Paul Whitaker

Consultant Respiratory Physician

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

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Dr Paul	Whitaker

Dr Paul Whitaker (Consultant Respiratory Physician)

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr Whitaker is a Respiratory consultant based at Leeds Teaching Hospitals. His research interests include non-immediate drug hypersensitivity and drug desensitisation. Recently he co-authored the EAACI guidelines on desensitisation for non-immediate reactions as well as the NICE guidelines on the diagnosis and management of drug allergy.