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

Janette Bartle MSc BSc(Hons) RN Nurse Prescriber Allergy Nurse Specialist (ENT)

Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust

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Janette Bartle

Janette Bartle (Janette Bartle MSc BSc(Hons) RN Nurse Prescriber 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

Consultant Immunologist

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr Kim Blyth

Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust

Dr Robert Boyle

Dr Robert Boyle

Paediatric Allergy Consultant

St Marys HospitalSt Marys Hospital

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Dr Robert Boyle

Dr Robert Boyle (Paediatric Allergy Consultant)

St Marys HospitalSt Marys 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

Specialist Allergy Health Visitor

West Essex Health Trust

Lucy Common

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Mike Cork

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

University of Sheffield

Professor Paul Cullinan

Professor of Respiratory Medicine and Consultant Physician

Imperial College

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 of Sleep and Physiology, Director Surrey Sleep Research Centre

University of Surrey

Dr Shelley Dua

Clinical Fellow in Allergy

Addenbrooke's Hospital

Tracey Dunn

Head Teacher

Fitzmaurice Primary School

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.

Dr Michael Farquhar

Consultant in Children's Sleep Medicine

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital

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.

Dr Adam Fox

Dr Adam Fox

Consultant Paediatric Allergist

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

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Dr Adam Fox

Dr Adam Fox (Consultant Paediatric Allergist)

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Adam read Medicine and Neuroscience at Cambridge University before completing his clinical training at University College, London. Having completed specialist training in Paediatric Allergy in 2006, he spent 9 years as clinical lead of Adult & Paediatric Allergy at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, He Is now Clinical Director for Specialist Ambulatory Medicine and a Reader in Paediatric Allergy at King’s College London.

Adam chaired the UK Department of Health National Care Pathway for Food Allergy in Childhood and was a member of the National Institute of Healthcare and Clinical Excellence (NICE) clinical guideline development group for the assessment and diagnosis of food allergy in children. He is also an author of the Milk Allergy in Primary Care guideline. Adam was awarded ‘Paediatric Allergist of the Year’ from Allergy UK in 2007. His doctoral thesis on peanut allergy received the Raymond Horton Smith prize from Cambridge University in 2012 and he was included in The Times ‘Britain’s 100 Best Children’s Doctor’s’ (2012).  Adam received the William Frankland Award for Outstanding contribution to Allergy by the BSACI in 2015 and a National Clinical Excellence award from the UK Department of Health in 2016. Adam’s particular interests are food allergy, gastrointestinal allergy, immunotherapy and medical education.

Jackie Gaventa

Health Visitor, Lead in Paediatric Allergy

Whittington Health

Dr Kimberly Gilmour

Conultant Immunologist

Great Ormond Street Hospital

Dr Claudia Gore

Dr Claudia Gore

Consultant in Paediatric Allergy and Immunology

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Dr Clive Grattan

Dr Clive Grattan

Consultant Dermatologist

Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital

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Dr Clive Grattan

Dr Clive Grattan (Consultant Dermatologist)

Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital

I am a Consultant Dermatologist at St John’s Institute of Dermatology, London, with a special interest in Allergy. I lead tertiary clinics in Urticaria and Mastocytosis. I am a council member of the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. I am 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

Consultant ENT Surgeon

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital

Dr Winnie Ip

Consultant Immunologist

Great Ormond Street Hospital

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 Deborah Jarvis

Professor of Public Health

National Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial College

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

Consultant Immunologist

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

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

Speech and Language Therapist

Chelsea & Westminster Hospital

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

Paediatric Allergy Specialist

Imperial College

Dr Siraj Misbah

Consultant Immunologist

Oxford University Hospital

Dr Ian Mudway

MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health

King’s College London

Nathalie Newman

CEO and Founder

Intolerant Gourmand

Professor Simon Murch

Professor of Paediatrics & Child Health

Clinical Sciences Research Institute University of Warwick

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

Consultant Haematologist

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital

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

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 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 Beatrice Vickers

Consultant Psychiatrist

St George's Mental Health NHS Trust

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Dr Beatrice 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 (*below).

Dr Christian Virchow

Dr Christian Virchow

Department of Pulmonary/Intensive Care Medicine

University of Rostock

Professor Andrew Wardlaw

Professor of Respiratory Medicine

Glenfield Hospital University of Leicester

Professor John Warner

Professor & Head Dept of Paediatrics

Imperial College

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.