Invited Speakers for 2019

Please see below for details of speakers involved in the 2019 Conference.

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BSACI - Improving Allery Care

Dr Peter Sejer Andersen

Dr Peter Sejer Andersen

Senior Director, Immunology

ALK Abello

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Dr Peter Sejer Andersen

Dr Peter Sejer Andersen (Senior Director, Immunology)

ALK Abello

Dr. Peter Sejer Andersen is head of translational research at ALK, which includes immunology, in vivo biology, and bioinformatics. ALK is the leading global provider of allergy immunotherapy with presence in 32 countries either directly or via partnerships, and with distributors in additional markets. Dr. Andersen received his PhD in molecular Immunology from the Royal Danish School of Pharmacy. This was followed by post doc periods at University of Maryland and Basel institute of immunology. Dr. Andersen then joined the biotech company Symphogen.and was co-inventor of the Symplex antibody discovery platform. Dr. Anders final role was head of antibody Discovery before Joining ALK. Dr. Andersen has more than fifteen years of experience in managing international drug discovery and biomarker discovery teams, many of these collaborations done together with external partners (academics, hospitals and big pharma) and co-authors more than 35 publications and 15 granted patents and patent applications.

Dr Michael Ardern-Jones

Dr Michael Ardern-Jones

Associate Professor; Consultant Dermatologist

University of Southampton

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Dr Michael Ardern-Jones

Dr Michael Ardern-Jones (Associate Professor; Consultant Dermatologist)

University of Southampton

Mike Ardern-Jones undertook medical training at St Bartholomew's Medical College, University of London and subsequently carried out his DPhil studies at Christ Church, University of Oxford. He trained in cutaneous immunology at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford via a Wellcome Research Training Fellowship.

The aim of his group is to develop model systems for human inflammatory cutaneous disease which will develop the opportunity to dissect key molecular pathways and design new science based treatments. As a paradigm for such a system, atopic dermatitis is ideal and is where the main thrust of work is directed. He found an exciting novel link between the role of infection in modulating allergic responses in the skin, which suggests an important bridge between the innate immune control of adaptive immune responses and extending this work in more physiological model systems is a current principle aim.

Ms Heidi Ball

Ms Heidi Ball

Paediatric Allergy Dietitian

University Hospitals of Leicester

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Ms Heidi Ball

Ms Heidi Ball (Paediatric Allergy Dietitian)

University Hospitals of Leicester

Heidi is a graduate of Leeds University and has over 20 years’ experience of working with children with food allergy.  Working as a Senior Specialist Dietitian solely in paediatric allergy as part of the University Hospitals of Leicester Paediatric Allergy Service (outpatient service, specialist multiple food allergy clinics and day case food challenge programme), she has also had several publications including the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, Allergy, the Journal of Paediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology and most recently work on home-based cow’s milk reintroduction in children under 3 with IgE milk allergy (Clincal Experimental Allergy). She has been a co-author of the  BSACI guidelines on the Management of Cow’s Milk Allergy and presented some of her work on food challenges and safety of baked milk reintroduction at EACCI and BSACI and produced the booklet ‘Food Challenges for Children – a practical guide’. She also lectures on the Msc Allergy programme (Southampton) and has involvement in resource production for the allergy specialist interest group of the British Dietetic association.

Ms Alyson Barber

Ms Alyson Barber

Allergy Nurse Specialist

Sheffield Children's Hospital

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Ms Alyson Barber

Ms Alyson Barber (Allergy Nurse Specialist)

Sheffield Children's Hospital

Alyson Barber is a lead Allergy Nurse Specialist at the Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. She has been in post at the Children’s Allergy Service Since 2012. She shares the team lead for five allergy nurses and has been instrumental in developing a nurse-led service. She has also developed the nurse-led food and oral drug challenge service.

Alyson is a non-medical prescriber and has established two weekly general allergy clinics, reviewing both new and review patients. She is also developing and supporting an allergy transition service. Her main interests are food allergy and developing a nurse-led immunotherapy service. Alyson is a committee member of the BSACI nurses group as the paediatric representative.

Ms Anne Biggs

Ms Anne Biggs

Children's Allergy Nurse Specialist

North Middlesex University Hospital

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Ms Anne Biggs

Ms Anne Biggs (Children's Allergy Nurse Specialist)

North Middlesex University Hospital

Anne qualified as a children’s nurse in 2005 from Kingston and St Georges medical school. She joined and helped establish the children’s allergy service at North Middlesex hospital in 2015 and successfully helped set up and run a community children’s allergy clinic. Since then she has also established and managed the running of the nurse lead allergy services and completed the non-medical prescribing course. As the children’s allergy team has grown she has run educational events for health visitors, school nurses and GPs as well as running group sessions for teenagers with food allergies and asthma. She has written reports for the commissions showcasing the successes of the community allergy clinic model.

Dr Marty Blom

Dr Marty Blom

Program Leader, SRP Food Allergy Programme

Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO)

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Dr Marty Blom

Dr Marty Blom (Program Leader, SRP Food Allergy Programme)

Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO)

Marty Blom is scientific risk assessor at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) and holds a position as guest scientist at the University Medical Center Utrecht. She leads on the Allergen and Allergy Management of the TNO Shared Research Program Food Allergy. Her focus is on scientific and practical developments for implementation of (probabilistic) allergen risk management and quantitative guidance for precautionary allergen labeling. Prior to this, she was risk assessor at the Dutch National Institute for Health and Environment, and scientist at Unilever in innovation projects for immunomodulating ingredients. Marty obtained her PhD in cellular toxicology at Leiden University, The Netherlands and followed the postdoctoral education for registered toxicologist. Her current research interest is on developing risk-benefit assessment of immune health interventions.

Ms Rebecca Bryson

Ms Rebecca Bryson

Paediatric Asthma and Allergy Specialist Nurse

Arrowe Park Hospital

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Ms Rebecca Bryson

Ms Rebecca Bryson (Paediatric Asthma and Allergy Specialist Nurse)

Arrowe Park Hospital

Rebecca has worked as a Paediatric Respiratory Nurse Specialist (asthma and allergy) at Wirral University Teaching Hospital Arrowe Park since 2001. Outside of the hospital, Rebecca is Vice Chair of the National Paediatric Respiratory and Allergy Nurses Group (NPRANG) with over 260 members nationally. Regionally she is involved as Treasurer and a committee member of PRANG North West and is also involved with North West Paediatric Allergy Network (NWPAN). In education, Rebecca is a National trainer for Education for Health, and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Chester.

Rebecca is an Independent Nurse Prescriber and runs two nurse led Asthma clinics and one nurse led Allergy clinic per week in addition to weekly Consultant led Respiratory clinics and a monthly Adolescent asthma clinic. Rebecca has had many years of experience supporting children and their families with allergy, asthma and viral induced wheeze, and has published an article on the Management of Pre-school Wheeze in the GPN Journal of Practice Nursing.

Rebecca is delighted to be involved for a second year in the BSACI workshops; this year she will be discussing the practical issues in supporting selective nut eating for nut allergic children.

Dr Toby Capstick

Dr Toby Capstick

Consultant Pharmacist

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

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Dr Toby Capstick

Dr Toby Capstick (Consultant Pharmacist)

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr Toby Capstick is Consultant Pharmacist - Respiratory Pharmacist at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. He is a Chair of the UK Clinical Pharmacy Association Respiratory Group, and is a member of the UK Inhaler Group and the British Thoracic Society Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis Clinical Advice Service.

Within his job, he leads on the delivery of expert professional practice to patients requiring medicines for the management of respiratory conditions as both treatment and prevention, as well as leading the strategy on medicines optimisation for respiratory medicines, including city wide pathway development and a more integrated approach to respiratory medicine across the city of Leeds and beyond.

He is an independent non-medical prescriber and runs clinics in the Leeds Interstitial Lung Disease, and Tuberculosis Clinics. He works one day a week for NHS Leeds CCG to improve respiratory medicines optimisation, addressing variation in the quality of care and prescribing in patients with asthma and COPD to improve outcomes, as well as providing training to up-skill the existing workforce in primary care, including GPs, practice nurses and pharmacists.

He has published widely amongst his areas of interest including the management of tuberculosis, difficult asthma, COPD and inhaler technique.

Ms Catherine Casewell

Ms Catherine Casewell

Specialist Paediatric Dietitian

Ashwell & St Peter's Hospitals

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Ms Catherine Casewell

Ms Catherine Casewell (Specialist Paediatric Dietitian)

Ashwell & St Peter's Hospitals

Catherine has been working in the field of Paediatric Dietetics for 19 years, starting her paediatric career at Birmingham Children’s Hospital in January 2000. Whilst there she was responsible for providing a dietetic service to a range of paediatric specialities including oncology and bone marrow transplants, renal and cardiology.

A few years later Catherine relocated to Surrey to cover the Paediatric caseload in a district general hospital. The role involved providing dietetic support to general paediatric and neonatal inpatients and outpatients, children enterally fed at home as well as children with diabetes and food allergies.

For the last five years, Catherine has been responsible for providing a specialist service to the Allergy Team at Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Trust and to infants on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She is actively involved in both national and trust led research and audit projects including a national product development trial and quality improvement projects within the field of Paediatric Dietetics.

Catherine has also been involved in specialist lecturing at the University of Surrey, teaching Paediatric Dietetics to students, and led the coordination of Dietetic students training at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital.

Dr Chun-Han Chan

Dr Chun-Han Chan

Acting Head of Food Additives, Flavourings and Contact Materials Policy

Food Standards Agency

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Dr Chun-Han Chan

Dr Chun-Han Chan (Acting Head of Food Additives, Flavourings and Contact Materials Policy)

Food Standards Agency

Chun-Han joined the Food Standards Agency in 2003 to work on microbiological surveillance particularly on Salmonella in eggs. Over the years, she has gained experience of several of the FSA’s science and policy areas including microbiological safety, surveillance, food additives, flavourings and contact materials and; food allergy and intolerance.

Since 2008, Chun-Han has worked on the delivery of the FSA’s objectives on food allergy & intolerance policy development and science programmes. This included the implementation of the allergen information rules under the Food Information for Consumers Regulation and the development of the allergen thresholds programme.

As a risk manager she has used scientific evidence to develop and underpin public health policy outcomes. Chun-Han leads on the delivery of a diverse and demanding portfolio of work covering food allergen legislation and the allergen labelling review, prosecutions, management of food allergen incidents, Codex Alimentarius and local authority engagement.

Dr Andrew Clark

Dr Andrew Clark

Consultant Paediatrician

Addenbrooke's Hospital

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Dr Andrew Clark

Dr Andrew Clark (Consultant Paediatrician)

Addenbrooke's Hospital

Dr Andrew Clark is a consultant and associate lecturer in paediatric allergy at Cambridge University Hospitals Trust, UK. His research interests have included development of novel immunotherapy treatments for treating severe food allergy, and as chief investigator of the TRACE study since 2012, he has led a multicentre randomised trial to define the effects of exercise and sleep on reaction thresholds in severe food allergy. He is Chair of the Standards of Care Committee of the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, producing National Guidelines for allergy specialists in the UK, which are also highly regarded and referenced throughout the world. Dr Clark is co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Camallergy, developing life-changing treatments for patients with severe food allergy.

Ms Lucy Common

Ms Lucy Common

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

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Ms Lucy Common

Ms Lucy Common (Clinical Nurse Specialist)

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Lucy Common is a clinical nurse specialist in Immunology and Allergy at Salford Royal Hospital, where she has been in post since 2010. Prior to this she was an adult nurse specialist in allergy for 3 years at Guys and St Thomas' Hospital, London. Lucy has experience in running nurse-led general allergy clinics and immunotherapy clinics and also being involved in drug desensitisation and drug and food challenge procedures.

Lucy completed her MSc in Allergy at Southampton University in 2010 and has recently become a non-medical prescriber after completing the course at Salford University in August 2018.

Professor Mike Cork

Professor Mike Cork

Sheffield Dermatology Research, Dept of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease

The University of Sheffield

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Professor Mike Cork

Professor Mike Cork (Sheffield Dermatology Research, Dept of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease)

The 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 Adnan Custovic

Professor Adnan Custovic

Clinical Professor of Paediatric Allergy

Imperial College London

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Professor Adnan Custovic

Professor Adnan Custovic (Clinical Professor of Paediatric Allergy)

Imperial College London

Adnan Custovic is Professor of Paediatric Allergy at Imperial College London. His professional training consisted of a Specialist training in Paediatrics (University Children’s Hospital Sarajevo, 1987-91) and successive appointments as Clinical Research Fellow and Specialist Registrar in Allergy (University Hospital of South Manchester, 1992-98). This period saw him awarded M.Sc. (1991), M.D. with Gold Medal (1996) and Ph.D. (2000). He was promoted to a professorship at the University of Manchester in 2002, and moved to Imperial College in 2015.

In 2015 he was awarded a highly prestigious European Respiratory Society Gold Medal for research in asthma. In 2013 he received the BSACI William Frankland Medal for outstanding contributions to clinical allergy in the UK, and the CIPP President’s award for the distinguished achievements in childhood asthma. He delivered numerous prestigious keynote/named lectures.

He currently serves as the Associate Editor of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, and on the International Advisory Board of the Lancet Child and Adolescent Health. He has served as a Secretary of the BSACI for two terms, and as President of Asthma section of the EAACI.

He has supervised 17 PhD/MD students to completion.

Dr Dawn Cutler

Dr Dawn Cutler

Clinical Psychologist

Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital

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Dr Dawn Cutler

Dr Dawn Cutler (Clinical Psychologist)

Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital

Dawn has worked in the gastroenterology service at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital since 2016. Part of her role has been working in the combined gastroenterology-allergy clinic. Dawn has been part of the team setting up this multidisciplinary clinic which began operating in 2018. She is interested in how to support the wellbeing of children managing difficult symptoms and health conditions. Dawn completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at UCL in 2007 and has additional postgraduate qualifications in family therapy. She worked in child and adolescent mental health services in London for many years before moving to work in paediatric psychology at Great Ormond Street.

Dr Simon Danby

Dr Simon Danby

Research Fellow

University of Sheffield

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Dr Simon Danby

Dr Simon Danby (Research Fellow)

University of Sheffield

Dr Simon Danby is a Research Fellow within the Sheffield Dermatology Research group, part of the Department of Infection, Immunity & Cardiovascular Disease at the University of Sheffield Medical School. His research interests include the structure and function of the epidermal (skin) barrier and its role in the development of disorders such as atopic dermatitis (AD). Originally trained as a molecular biologist Simon has over 13 years of experience working in the field of Dermatology. Previous research studies have included basic research on novel treatments for AD, psoriasis, and malignant melanoma.

Dr Danby manages a dedicated ‘skin barrier’ research facility located at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield. A major focus of the Skin Barrier Research Team is the non-invasive investigation of the effect of topical pharmaceutical and cosmetic products on the structure and function of the skin barrier.

Ms Lynfa Day

Ms Lynfa Day

Paediatric Respiratory & Atopic CNS

Royal Glamorgan Hospital

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Ms Lynfa Day

Ms Lynfa Day (Paediatric Respiratory & Atopic CNS)

Royal Glamorgan Hospital

Lynfa qualified as a Registered General nurse in 1986 and became a registered children’s nurse in 1992. Lynfa has been in her current role since 2003 and is devoted to improving the care experience and well-being of children with respiratory and allergic conditions. She led a reorganisation of the service for children with atopic eczema across the whole Health board which has led to swifter access for families. These changes have increased quality, efficiency and equity of care for families without the need for additional funding. Lynfa’s work was recognised when she won the RCN Wales nurse of the year children and midwifery award.

Lynfa is an active committee member for the National Paediatric and Allergy Nursing Group (NPRANG), the Wales Respiratory Network and the South Wales and West Allergy group. She runs nurse clinics for asthma and eczema and provides nursing support for children with Allergy as part of the multi-disciplinary team. She acts as a resource and provides nursing support for the local Primary care and school nursing teams and regularly lectures at the University of South Wales.

Professor Paul Dimitri

Professor Paul Dimitri

Consultant in Paediatric Endocrinology

Sheffield Children's Hospital

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Professor Paul Dimitri

Professor Paul Dimitri (Consultant in Paediatric Endocrinology )

Sheffield Children's Hospital

Professor Paul Dimitri is the NIHR Clinical Research Network National Children’s Specialty Lead, Clinical MedTech Strategic lead for the NIHR Yorkshire & Humber Clinical Research Network, the Director of the NIHR Children & Young People MedTech Co-operative and the Clinical Director for the National Technology Innovation Transforming Child Health (TITCH) Network. Paul has led on the development and implementation of national technology networks that specifically focus on the development and adoption of technology for paediatrics and child health through private and public sector collaboration, to ensure children and young people receive the best and most advanced healthcare and to drive long-term sustainable change in the health sector. Paul currently works at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust as a Professor of Child Health, Consultant in Paediatric Endocrinology and Director of Research & Innovation.

Paul was previously the Deputy Director for the Medicines for Children’s Research Network (East) and has previously held national positions on committees at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Academy of the Medical Royal Colleges. Paul was awarded a PhD in Medicine by the University of Sheffield for his work in paediatric endocrinology, has received awards for his work from the RCPCH and the British Society of Paediatric Endocrinology & Diabetes and is internationally recognised in his field of research.

Ms Jill Edmonds

Ms Jill Edmonds

Allergy CNS

Manchester University NHS FT

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Ms Jill Edmonds

Ms Jill Edmonds (Allergy CNS)

Manchester University NHS FT

Jill Edmonds qualified as an adult nurse in 2001 and since then has been working in a variety of areas including accident & emergency, intensive care and cardiology. She began working in immunology in 2015 and has been lead nurse for the last two years. She now sits on the BSACI nurse committee and is a trustee of the UK Primary Immunodeficiency Network (UKPIN). She has a special interest in drug allergy, particularly peri-operative anaphylaxis and is current writing her dissertation assessing the benefits of these particular specialist clinics.

Mr & Mrs Nadim & Tanya  Ednan-Laperouse

Mr & Mrs Nadim & Tanya Ednan-Laperouse

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Mr & Mrs Nadim & Tanya  Ednan-Laperouse

Mr & Mrs Nadim & Tanya Ednan-Laperouse

Nadim and Tanya are the parents of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse who died three years ago in July 2016 following a catastrophic anaphylactic reaction to sesame seeds concealed inside the dough of a baguette purchased from a Pret a Manger branch at Heathrow Airport. Natasha knew she was allergic to sesame, but the seeds were not visible and not listed as an ingredient. Her inquest received wide media and public attention and the spotlight on the tragedy was shared around the world. Never before has the ‘allergic community’ been taken so seriously as it was following Natasha’s death.

Since then, they have campaigned for full ingredient labelling of pre-packed food for direct sale. The UK announced earlier this year that it will introduce Natasha’s Law to be in force by October 2021. It will require food businesses to label all food ingredients on pre-packed food for direct sale. This decision followed a public consultation which proposed a number of different options for tightening the rules. The Government said that full ingredient labelling received “overwhelming” support from the public.

Nadim and Tanya are now committed to educating and advocating allergy awareness and in June 2019 they launched the Natasha Allergy Research Foundation (www.narf.org.uk) with a clear vision, to fund allergy research with the aim of finding a cure. They support and promote positive change in society for allergy sufferers by focusing on law, education and awareness.

Mr Martn Evans

Mr Martn Evans

Head of Product at Unboxed

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Mr Martn Evans

Mr Martn Evans (Head of Product at Unboxed)

Martyn is a creative technical director with a broad range of skills and experience gained from 20 years’ experience working with digital technology. His work in services innovation, service design and problem solving in healthcare has included a partnership with allergy services to offer more tailored services to patients and the redesign of a food challenge pathway.

Baroness Ilora Finlay

Baroness Ilora Finlay

Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Health

House of Lords

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Baroness Ilora Finlay

Baroness Ilora Finlay (Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Health)

House of Lords

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff is a Welsh doctor, professor of palliative medicine, and an Independent Crossbench member of the House of Lords, and co-chair of the APPCOG.

  A professor of palliative medicine, Baroness Finlay has had a long-standing interest in promoting CO safety in and out of Parliament. She chaired the APPCOG's inaugural research inquiry and report, 'Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning', in 2011 and was also the Parliamentary Chair of the 2015 APPCOG report, 'Carbon Monoxide: From Awareness to Action'.

  Baroness Finlay currently serves as Deputy Speaker and Deputy Chairman of Committees in the House of Lords.

She is a past president of the Royal Society of Medicine. She is a professor of palliative medicine at Cardiff University School of Medicine, and is consultant at the Velindre cancer centre in Cardiff. On 28 June 2001, she was made a life peer as Baroness Finlay of Llandaff.

  She is currently a Vice President of Marie Curie, Patron of The Trussell Trust's foodbank network in Wales, and the Motor Neurone Disease Association, as well as is also a co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Health and the Parliamentary Group on Dying Well.

Dr Louise Fleming

Dr Louise Fleming

Paediatric Respiratory Consultant

Royal Brompton Hospital

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Dr Louise Fleming

Dr Louise Fleming (Paediatric Respiratory Consultant)

Royal Brompton Hospital

Dr Louise Fleming is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Respiratory Paediatrics at the National Heart and Lung Institute and Consultant Respiratory Paediatrician at the Royal Brompton Hospital. Her research interests include monitoring asthma, particularly in relation to adherence, phenotyping asthma and preschool wheeze and use of biomarkers. Clinically she looks after children with a wide range of respiratory problems. Interests include the assessment of children with problematic severe asthma and dysfunctional breathing. She is an Asthma UK Senior Clinical Fellow, member of the GINA Scientific Committee and faculty member for the Allergy MSc and Paediatric Masters courses at Imperial College, London.

Dr Audrey Dunn Galvin

Dr Audrey Dunn Galvin

Paediatrics & Child Health

University College Cork

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Dr Audrey Dunn Galvin

Dr Audrey Dunn Galvin (Paediatrics & Child Health)

University College Cork

Having obtained an MA in Applied Psychology in UCC, Dr Dunn Galvin undertook a PhD in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health on developmental trajectories in food allergy. She is also a registered psychologist and a biostatistician. Her research interests are focused on children and families and she has published research using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Research includes : development and validation of quality of life measures children, teens, and families, bio-psycho-social interactions and developmental trajectories, the development and application of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, psychometrics, mathematical models, psycho-neuro-immunology, design and validation of psycho-educational interventions to address anxiety avoidance and/or risk and to enhance or give rise to constructive coping, risk assessment, and collaborative interdisciplinary research. At present she is funded by The National Children’s Research Centre, under the aegis of the Children’s Medical and Research Foundation (CMRF), to develop the Food Allergy Coping and Emotions (FACE) questionnaires for parents, children, adolescents and young people, which will complement the FAQLQ series of questionnaires. She is involved in several EAACI committees and taskforces, including the Adolescent and Young People and Anaphylaxis Guidelines task forces, on best practice for improving HRQL in teens/young people, particularly during the vulnerable transition from paediatric to adult health services.

Mr James Gardner

Mr James Gardner

Allergy Nurse Specialist

Great North Children's Hospital

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Mr James Gardner

Mr James Gardner (Allergy Nurse Specialist)

Great North Children's Hospital

James qualified at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London as a Paediatric Nurse and, after working in general paediatrics and paediatric haematology, joined the allergy team at St Mary’s Hospital, London then for many years was the lead allergy nurse at the Royal Free Hospital & Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital, both in London. After relocating, he is currently the Children’s and Young Persons Allergy Nurse Consultant at the Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle and Associate Clinical Lecturer in Newcastle University and teaches on Allergy E-module. James completed his MSc in Allergy from the University of Southampton and focused on the use of component resolved diagnostics in peanut allergy.

He is the Chair of the Allied Health working group in the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology; he is involved in several European task force groups through the academy and was part of the expert panel for the anaphylaxis and food allergy guidelines. He is associate editor of CTA journal. His main research interests are in food allergy, in particular oral allergy syndrome in children and component resolved diagnostics. He has a passion for allergic rhinitis and especially on its effect on quality of life in children. He is involved with many food allergy support groups and regularly on various allergy social media groups (Twitter @allergynurseuk).

Professor Hannah Gould

Professor Hannah Gould

Professor of Cell and Molecular Biophysics, King’s College London

King's College London

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Professor Hannah Gould

Professor Hannah Gould (Professor of Cell and Molecular Biophysics, King’s College London)

King's College London

Hannah Gould started her career in science as an undergraduate at Radcliffe College, which was then the women’s part of Harvard. She graduated in Biochemistry, and followed with an MSc at Radcliffe and PhD at Harvard with Paul Doty. The title of her PhD thesis was “The Antigenicity of Polypeptides”. It was a time when the field of protein synthesis was emerging in an exciting way, and so Hannah moved to London to work at the National Institute for Medical Research on the structure of ribosomes and translation of globin mRNA. After a further year at University College London, continuing this work, and imperial College, changing to work on chromatin structure, she settled at King's College London where she continued with chromatin studies until the breakthrough of recombinant DNA technology. Returning to her interest in immunology, she made the critical decision to clone and express the human IgE epsilon heavy chain gene cDNA. This led to research on the structure, function, and regulation of IgE and allergy, her continuing passion.

Ms Rosalynd Gourgey

Ms Rosalynd Gourgey

Paediatric Allergy Dietitian

Barts Health NHS Trust

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Ms Rosalynd Gourgey

Ms Rosalynd Gourgey (Paediatric Allergy Dietitian)

Barts Health NHS Trust

Rosalynd Gourgey MA, MSc (Nutrition) MSc (Allergy), RD is a paediatric allergy dietitian at the Royal London Hospital, Barts NHS Trust where she is a member of the Children’s Allergy team. She specialises in the diagnosis and dietary management of infants and children with multiple food allergies offering practical dietary advice to support parents and children.

She was also the research dietitian on the Pronuts study at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Trust. She was responsible for dietary aspects of care of all Pronuts study participants and was also involved in preparing and carrying out food challenges. The primary aim of the Pronuts study was to determine the true rate of co-existent peanut, tree nut, pine nut and sesame seed allergy.

She studied Physiology at the University of Manchester and completed a Masters in Nutrition at King’s College London before qualifying as a dietitian also at King’s in 2010. She has recently completed an MSc in Allergy at Southampton University.

She is also the Deputy-Chair of the Food Allergy Specialist Group of the BDA.

Dr Clive Grattan

Dr Clive Grattan

Consultant

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

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Dr Clive Grattan

Dr Clive Grattan (Consultant)

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

Clive Grattan is a Consultant Dermatologist at St John’s Institute of Dermatology, London, with a special interest in Allergy. He leads tertiary clinics in Urticaria and Mastocytosis. He is a council member of the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. He is joint editor in chief of Clinical and Translational Allergy, the open access journal of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

Ms Rachel Griffin

Ms Rachel Griffin

Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist for Paediatric Allergy

Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust

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Ms Rachel Griffin

Ms Rachel Griffin (Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist for Paediatric Allergy)

Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust

Rachel is the Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist for Paediatric Allergy at Imperial NHS Healthcare Trust. She has worked with Imperial Allergy Team since 2011, firstly as the Project Manager for the ‘Itchy Sneezy Wheezy’ RCPCH Allergy Care Pathways improvement programme; raising awareness of allergic disease, improving access to accurate diagnosis and evidence based care under the supervision of Professor John Warner, before joining the team as the Lead Nurse in 2017.

Rachel’s nursing career started in 1988 at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, training to be a Registered General Nurse before qualifying as Children’s Nurse in 2002. She qualified as a Children’s Advanced Nurse Practitioner in 2011 and enjoys developing nurse led and multidisciplinary services across the healthcare boundaries to improve health, wellbeing and patient outcomes.

Ms Pippa Hall

Ms Pippa Hall

Specialist Paediatric Asthma Nurse

The Royal Brompton Hospital

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Ms Pippa Hall

Ms Pippa Hall (Specialist Paediatric Asthma Nurse)

The Royal Brompton Hospital

Pippa qualified as children’s Nurse in 1998 at Kings College London and has been working at the Royal Brompton Hospital as a Clinical Nurse Specialist since 2004. In her current Role as Lead Nurse for Paediatric Respiratory she manages a team of 11 Respiratory and CF Clinical Nurse Specialists. Clinically, she sees children and families in both the in-patient and out-patient setting providing direct care, education and support for patients and their families. She also carries out home visits and supports schools and nurseries. Pippa provides care to patients with asthma, pre-school wheeze, bronchiectasis and other respiratory diseases including oxygen dependent conditions. In her job she has played a large part in the development of the difficult asthma service and this is where her interest has developed over the years. The service gets approximately 100 Difficult Asthma (DA) referrals a year. The DA Protocol provides a thorough MDT assessment to address the basics of asthma care, in order to ascertain the most appropriate on-going management. The initial nurse-led assessment and home and school visit, involves looking at adherence, smoke and allergen exposure and psychosocial issues - all of which are factors that regularly contribute to poor asthma control.

Dr Oliver Harrison

Dr Oliver Harrison

CEO

Alpha Health; GSTT Commercial Advisor Telefonica Innovation Alpha, Barcelona

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Dr Oliver Harrison

Dr Oliver Harrison (CEO)

Alpha Health; GSTT Commercial Advisor Telefonica Innovation Alpha, Barcelona

Oliver leads Alpha Health, a ‘Moonshot project’ established by Telefonica, based in Barcelona. Alpha Health is tackling the global rise in chronic disease by addressing the everyday behaviours that cause them at the population scale. Oliver has built an outstanding team spanning neuroscience, AI, and user-centred design, plus partnerships with some of the best universities and experts in the US, Europe, Asia, and beyond.

Oliver has practised for six years as an NHS doctor specialising in psychiatry, five years consulting in health technology with McKinsey, seven years as Abu Dhabi’s Director of Public Health, and five years leading healthtech start-ups. Oliver is US National Board Certified in Public Health (Johns Hopkins) and has contributed more than 60 academic publications and presentations in health technology, public health and behavioural science. He sits on the Commercial Board of Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and was awarded Freedom of the City of London in 2012.

Ms Claire Honeywell-Alton

Ms Claire Honeywell-Alton

Dietitian

Guys & St Thomas' NHS Trust

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Ms Claire Honeywell-Alton

Ms Claire Honeywell-Alton (Dietitian)

Guys & St Thomas' NHS Trust

Claire graduated from King’s College London with a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics gaining additional postgraduate training in the low FODMAP diet to support dietary management of IBS and food intolerances. Claire joined the allergy team at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital in2017 where she is currently involved in the further development of the adult allergy dietetic service. She has a special interest in Atopic Dermatitis and part of her role is working alongside the Consultant Dermatologists at St John’s Institute of Dermatology.

Ms Hannah Hunter

Ms Hannah Hunter

Specialist adult allergy dietitian

Guy's & St Thomas'

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Ms Hannah Hunter

Ms Hannah Hunter (Specialist adult allergy dietitian)

Guy's & St Thomas'

Hannah is a specialist adult allergy dietitian at Guy’s Hospital with over a decade of experience. She trained at King’s College London and has also undergone postgraduate training in FODMAPs and IBS at King’s. Her clinical practice is combined with research and she recently completed the MSc Allergy at Imperial College London. Research interests include adult peanut immunotherapy and the dietary management of eosinophilic oesophagitis.

She is the PR Officer for the Food Allergy Specialist Group of the British Dietetic Association and dietetic representative on the BSACI Council.

Dr Louisa James

Dr Louisa James

Lecturer in Immunology

The Blizard Institute, Barts & The London

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Dr Louisa James

Dr Louisa James (Lecturer in Immunology)

The Blizard Institute, Barts & The London

Dr Louisa James is a Lecturer in Immunology at the Blizard Institute, Barts and The London Medical School, Queen Mary University of London. She completed her PhD on the immune mechanisms of allergen immunotherapy, under the supervision of Professor Stephen Durham (National Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial College London). This was followed by post-doctoral training with Professor Hannah Gould and Professor Brian Sutton (Randall Division of Cell & Molecular Biophysics, King’s College London) studying antibody responses in patients with IgE-mediated allergy. In 2016 Louisa joined the Blizard institute, Her group combines next generation sequencing of antibody genes with single-cell RNA sequencing alongside cloning & expression of antibodies to study the biology of human B cells in the context of inflammatory diseases such as allergy.

Professor Michael Kabesch

Professor Michael Kabesch

"Head of Department of Pediatric Pulmonology and Allergology"

Regensburg University

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Professor Michael Kabesch

Professor Michael Kabesch ("Head of Department of Pediatric Pulmonology and Allergology")

Regensburg University

Michael Kabesch is full professor at Regensburg University in Germany and chief medical director of the University Mother and Child Hospital St. Hedwig, where he also heads the department of Pediatric Pneumology and Allergy. He is a pediatrician, pediatric pneumologist and allergologist and trained with Erika von Mutius in Munich and Fernando Martinez at the respiratory Center in Tucson Arizona.

His main research interests are early genetic and environmental factors associated with various respiratory diseases, allergy and immunity. He was involved in numerous large scale European research activities such as the GABRIEL consortium as well as the current HEALS and PICA consortia, publishing the first genome wide association studies on asthma and other atopic diseases. He was also one of the initial principle investigators establishing the German Lung Research Center (DZL). So far, his research led to more than 170 pubmed listed publications. Of the fellows he trained in his group, four have become professors themselves on 3 different continents.

Dr Mich Lajeunesse

Dr Mich Lajeunesse

Paediatric Allergy Specialist

Southampton Children's Hospital

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Dr Mich Lajeunesse

Dr Mich Lajeunesse (Paediatric Allergy Specialist)

Southampton Children's Hospital

Dr Mich Lajeunesse is a consultant in Paediatric Allergy and Immunology at Southampton Children’s Hospital - part of a World Allergy Organization National Centre of Excellence at Southampton, UK.

He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Southampton and contributes to postgraduate teaching nationally, including the Allergy MSc taught programme at the University of Southampton and the Paediatric Allergy Training courses hosted by the RCPCH.

Mich leads the steering committee for the BSACI registry for Immunotherapy (BRIT) which launched at the BSACI conference in 2018.

Dr Nick Makwana

Dr Nick Makwana

Consultant Paediatrician

Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust

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Dr Nick Makwana

Dr Nick Makwana (Consultant Paediatrician)

Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust

Dr Makwana graduated from the University of Birmingham Medical School and completed his paediatric training within the West Midlands. His interest in allergy started whilst he was a registrar at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital. He went on to work at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool and gained an MD from the Department of Clinical Infection, Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Liverpool. He is currently a consultant at Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust and runs the multi-disciplinary paediatric allergy service cross site. He has been highly commended for excellence in customer care and the allergy service has been voted as the most improved under his supervision. The service offers immunotherapy and specific oral tolerance induction to milk and egg. He is one of the authors of the Management of Cows Milk Protein Allergy Guideline for BSACI and co-ordinates the Midlands Paediatric Allergy Group.

He is currently the Group Director for the Women and Child Health Group. He is trained as an APLS (Advanced Paediatric Life Support) course director, and trains doctors on the recognition and emergency management of children with life threatening conditions. In addition he is the MBChB Paediatric Lead for the University of Birmingham and was previously the Training Programme Director for junior paediatric training in the West Midlands. He is currently the Deputy Head of Academy (3rd Year Undergraduate Lead) and as Vice Chair of the examinations committee for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) he is responsible for setting both national and international examinations in paediatrics.

Dr Deborah Marriage

Dr Deborah Marriage

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Bristol Children's Hospital

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Dr Deborah Marriage

Dr Deborah Marriage (Clinical Nurse Specialist)

Bristol Children's Hospital

Deb Marriage is the lead paediatric allergy and respiratory nurse specialist at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, UK where she was worked since it began in 2002. She previously worked in allergy at St Mary’s Hospital, London. Deb has successfully completed the MSc in Allergy at Southampton University and a Professional Doctorate in Health at the University of Bath.

Deb 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.

Dr Joshua Milner

Dr Joshua Milner

Chief of Genetics & Pathogenesis of Allergic Disease Section, Laboratory of Allergic Diseases

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

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Dr Joshua Milner

Dr Joshua Milner (Chief of Genetics & Pathogenesis of Allergic Disease Section, Laboratory of Allergic Diseases)

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Joshua Milner graduated with an S.B. in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1995 and an M.D. with distinction in immunology from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his residency in pediatrics at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, and, as the recipient of the Pediatric Scientist Development Program Fellowship, did his fellowship in allergy and immunology at NIAID. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. William E. Paul, NIAID, examining issues of mouse T-cell receptor repertoires before beginning as a clinical tenure-track investigator in the LAD. He was named chief of the LAD in 2017. He is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians, and is the recipient of the Phadia Allergy Research Forum Award, as well as the Drukier Prize in Pediatric Research from Cornell University.

Professor Maja Mockenhaupt

Professor Maja Mockenhaupt

Head of Department of Dermatology

Universitats Klinikum Frieberg, Germany

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Professor Maja Mockenhaupt

Professor Maja Mockenhaupt (Head of Department of Dermatology)

Universitats Klinikum Frieberg, Germany

Maja Mockenhaupt, started her work on severe cutaneous adverse reactions in 1990 as a research fellow at the Department of Dermatology, University of Freiburg, Germany. She was involved in various epidemiologic studies in this field including SCAR and EuroSCAR, both large scale case-control studies, as well as the ongoing RegiSCAR-project and the German Registry of severe skin reactions. After her PhD in 2007 she received a personal grant for clinical research from the Else Kroener-Fresenius-Foundation. She is a reviewer for various international medical journals, a member of the editorial board of Acta Dermatovenereologica, section editor of drug eruptions for UpToDate Dermatology and member of the editorial board of Dermatologica Sinica. In addition, she serves as the head of the German Registry and the coordinator of the multinational RegiSCAR-study.

Professor Mockenhaupt also received training as a dermatologist at the Department of Dermatology, University of Freiburg, Germany, and passed her board examina-tion in 1996. She has since worked in different clinical units of the department. She serves as a senior dermatologist with teaching obligations (from 2000) and is man-aging senior physician (vice head) of the department of dermatology. She also holds the position of a professor at the medical faculty of the university (from 2011).

Dr Shuaib Nasser

Dr Shuaib Nasser

Consultant Allergist

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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Dr Shuaib Nasser

Dr Shuaib Nasser (Consultant Allergist)

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Shuaib Nasser is Consultant in allergy and asthma at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He trained in medicine, respiratory medicine and allergy in both London and Cambridge. His clinical and research interests are in asthma, drug allergy, food allergy and anaphylaxis. His work on thunderstorm asthma, drug allergy and asthma deaths have improved patient care and also led to a Department of Health funded national enquiry into asthma deaths.

He has worked in a number of roles to improve the delivery of allergy care and reduce variability in standards. He set up and chaired the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Allergy (BSACI) Standards of Care Committee until 2012 leading to the publication of national allergy guidelines. He was a member of the Resuscitation Council Working Group that published guidelines on the management of anaphylaxis. He sits on the Royal College of Physicians National Review of Asthma Deaths Steering Group and chairs the NICE Drug Allergy Guideline. In 2011 he was awarded the William Frankland BSACI award for outstanding services to allergy.

Ms Christine O

Ms Christine O'Keeffe

Paediatric allergy nurse specialist

Imperial College London Healthcare NHS Trust

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Ms Christine O

Ms Christine O'Keeffe (Paediatric allergy nurse specialist)

Imperial College London Healthcare NHS Trust

Christine O'Keeffe is a Paediatric Allergy Clinical Nurse Specialist based at Imperial Health Care NHS trust in London. She joined the team in 2008 and became a senior Clinical nurse specialist in 2011 and is currently undertaking a MSC in advanced clinical practice. Christine has been part of the team that developed the Integrated Allergy Care Pathways for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH). Her areas of special interest are transition of care for young people with allergic disease and also children with complex allergic disease and severe eczema.

Dr David Orton

Dr David Orton

Consultant Dermatologist

Independent Practice

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Dr David Orton

Dr David Orton (Consultant Dermatologist)

Independent Practice

Dr Orton studied medicine in London. He took an intercalated BSc in Psychology as applied to medicine obtaining BSc (Hons).

After extensive training in General Internal Medicine he decided to specialise in Dermatology where he underwent clinical training between the Royal Free Hospital and the Royal London Hospital. He completed higher training in Dermatology in 2000 (obtaining CCST) and then undertook further sub-specialist training in Contact Dermatitis and General Allergy and was awarded an MSc in Allergy in 2008.

In November 2017 he resigned from the NHS after 29 years service and now works only in the private sector.

His previous NHS appointments were at The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where he led the cutaneous allergy investigation unit and the General Adult Allergy service. He was concurrently Honorary Consultant Dermatologist at the Royal Free Hospitals NHS Trust where he ran the cutaneous allergy investigation unit.

Dr Orton is past President of the British Society of Cutaneous Allergy and past Secretary of the European Society of Contact Dermatitis.

Ms Kelly Parker

Ms Kelly Parker

Paediatric Allergy Clinical Nurse Specialist

Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

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Ms Kelly Parker

Ms Kelly Parker (Paediatric Allergy Clinical Nurse Specialist)

Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

Kelly has been the Paediatric Allergy Clinical Nurse Specialist at The Princess Alexandra NHS Trust since September 2017 where she continues to implement Nurse led services within allergy, prior to this post she was the Paediatric Allergy Clinical Nurse Specialist at East and North Herts NHS trust where she established the Nurse led services within the allergy department including a nurse led eczema clinic which is her particular area of interest. Kelly has a keen focus on driving forward Nurse led sevices. Kelly participates in allergy training days for local GP's. She is a member of the BSACI Nurses in Allergy Committee.

Dr Nandinee Patel

Dr Nandinee Patel

Paediatric Allergy

Royal London Hospital

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Dr Nandinee Patel

Dr Nandinee Patel (Paediatric Allergy)

Royal London Hospital

Nandinee Patel is a specialist registrar in paediatric allergy within the London Training Programme. She is completing her PhD in food allergy under the guidance of Dr Paul Turner at Imperial College London. Her research focuses on characterising peanut allergic reactions in children undertaking oral peanut immunotherapy. She is also contributing to two food immunotherapy task forces within EAACI. Nandinee teaches on the Allergy MSc programme at Imperial College London and is the allergy specialist training trainee representative for the RCPCH.

Dr Emma Peacock

Team Psychologist

Addenbrooke's Hospital

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Dr Emma Peacock (Team Psychologist)

Addenbrooke's Hospital

Dr Emma Peacock is a clinical psychologist and she provides psychological input for the severe asthma team at Addenbrookes Hospital. The interventions she provides include: initial psychological assessments; extended assessments and case reformulations for patients; individual therapy; complex case discussions for the multi-disciplinary team; and teaching and training. She also works at the psychotherapy service at Addenbrookes Hospital on a part-time basis.

Professor Elizabeth Phillips

Professor Elizabeth Phillips

Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology, Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology; Director of Personalized Immunology, Oates Institute for Experimental Therapeutics

Venderbilt University Medical Center

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Professor Elizabeth Phillips

Professor Elizabeth Phillips (Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology, Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology; Director of Personalized Immunology, Oates Institute for Experimental Therapeutics)

Venderbilt University Medical Center

Professor of Medicine; Professor of Pharmacology, Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology; John A. Oates Chair in Clinical Research; Director, Personalized Immunology, Center for Drug Safety and Immunology, John A. Oates Institute for Experimental Therapeutics; Professor & Director, Centre for Clinical Pharmacology & Infectious Diseases, Institute for Immunology & Infectious Diseases, Murdoch University, Perth Western Australia.

Dr Phillips is a physician scientist in the Center for Drug Safety And Immunology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She has pioneered clinical and research programs in drug hypersensitivity, pharmacogenomics and personalized immunology across different healthcare systems. Her laboratory has discovered several strong association between HLA and drug hypersensitivity syndromes. She currently studies the immunopathogenesis of drug hypersensitivity reactions and the science of the interaction between drugs and HLA molecules and translation into high throughput pre-clinical screening programs to inform drug safety and design. Her lab is also developing ex vivo diagnostic methods for severe immunologically mediated adverse drug reactions and is defining the molecular and cellular phenotypes of these IM-ADRs using single cell technologies. Her clinical program is paired with the research program and is focused on using reconciliation and testing strategies to improve the precision of the drug allergy label, promoting the safety of drugs and reducing the allergy over-labeling that particularly occurs with antibiotics.

Between 2002 and 2008 she led the development of the HLA-B*57:01 genetic predictor for abacavir hypersensitivity from its discovery through the execution of the first clinical trial that was studied in a randomized and double blinded fashion to test the utility of a specific genetic marker, HLA-B*57:01 to predict and prevent a specific toxicitiy, abacavir hypersensitivity. Important work accomplished since the implementation of HLA-B*57:01 testing has been in elucidating the specific immunopathogenesis and genetic basis of immunology-mediated drug hypersensitivity syndromes.

Kathryn Powrie

Kathryn Powrie

Allergy Nurse Specialist

Mid Essex Healthcare NHS Trust

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Kathryn Powrie

Kathryn Powrie (Allergy Nurse Specialist)

Mid Essex Healthcare NHS Trust

Kathryn is the Allergy Nurse Specialist at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford. Having qualified from Nottingham University she developed her career in allergy and asthma at St Mary’s Hospital in London. Since moving to Broomfield Hospital she has established nurse led allergy and asthma services including new-patient clinics, in-patient reviews, day case food and drug challenge sessions and supports the long established immunotherapy and biologic service. Enthusiastic about the role of allergy nurses she is the Chair of the BSACI Nurses in Allergy Committee and represents the profession on the Royal College of Physician’s Allergy Accreditation (IQAS) Steering Group.

Dr Imke Reese

Dr Imke Reese

Allergologist

Ernaehrung Allergologie

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Dr Imke Reese

Dr Imke Reese (Allergologist)

Ernaehrung Allergologie

Imke Reese works as a nutritionist specialising in adverse food reactions in a private practice in Munich, Germany. After studying Nutrition at the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, Germany she worked in the Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Allergology at the Charité University Hospital, Berlin where she also achieved her PhD. Apart from nutrition counselling, she runs lectures/ seminars and regularly writes for scientific journals.

She is an active member of the Food Allergy Task Force of the German Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (DGAKI) and is involved in writing all guidelines issued by the task force. She is a member of both the scientific advisory boards of DGAKI and DAAB, the most important German patient organisations. As an EAACI member, she is involved in the Allied Health IG and part of the task force on Nutrition and Immunomodulation. She participates in INDANA (International Network for Diet and Nutrition in Allergy) and the German DAAB network of dieticians and nutritionists working in the field of adverse food reactions. Moreover she is active in a German working group on Dietetic Issues in Allergology (ak-dida) and editor of several textbooks in this field.

Professor Graham Roberts

Professor Graham Roberts

Paediatric Allergy Specialist Consultant

Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine

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Professor Graham Roberts

Professor Graham Roberts (Paediatric Allergy Specialist Consultant)

Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine

Graham Roberts qualified in Medicine from the University of Oxford. He completed a 4 year clinical research fellowship in paediatric allergy and respiratory medicine at Imperial College School of Medicine at St Mary’s in Professor Gideon Lack’s group. He was awarded an MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and completed his doctoral thesis on the safety and efficacy of immunotherapy for childhood allergic asthma. He then completed his training in paediatric respiratory medicine at The London Hospital and the Royal Brompton Hospital.

Graham Roberts took up an appointment as a clinical senior lecturer in paediatric allergy and respiratory medicine in October 2004; he was promoted to Reader in 2007 and to Professor in 2011. He is also the Co- Director of the David Hide Asthma and Allergy Research Centre on the Isle of Wight. He has been a member of the Executive Committee of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (2011-7) and was Chair of the Paediatric Section (2011-3).

Professor Roberts has a translational epidemiological research programme. It focuses on the pathogenesis and natural history of childhood asthma and food allergy together with the development of new strategies to improve the management of these clinical problems.

Dr Hugh Sampson

Dr Hugh Sampson

Kurt Hirschhorn Professor of Pediatrics

Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai

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Dr Hugh Sampson

Dr Hugh Sampson (Kurt Hirschhorn Professor of Pediatrics)

Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai

Dr. Hugh A. Sampson is the Kurt Hirschhorn Professor of Pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine in New York and has over 35 years’ experience in translational research focusing on food allergic disorders and basic immunologic mechanisms responsible for these disorders. His research has been funded continuously by grants from the NIH, including the Principal Investigator for the Consortium for Food Allergy Research until 2018. He has published over 480 articles, 88 book chapters and co-edited 7 books, primarily on clinical and immunopathogenic aspects of food allergic disorders. Dr. Sampson was elected to membership in the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academies in 2003 for his research accomplishments. Dr. Sampson has trained over 40 post-doctoral fellows, many of whom are now leaders in the field of food allergy, and is a past-president of the AAAAI and past member of the WAO Board of Directors. He has served on the Editorial Boards of 5 allergy journals and is an Associate Editor of Pediatric Allergy & Immunology. In November 2015, Dr. Sampson stepped-down as Dean for Translational Biomedical Sciences at Mount Sinai to become a part-time employee of DBV Technologies as their Chief Scientific Officer.

Professor Jonathan Sandoe

Professor Jonathan Sandoe

Associate Professor (Consultant)

University of Leeds School of Medicine

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Professor Jonathan Sandoe

Professor Jonathan Sandoe (Associate Professor (Consultant))

University of Leeds School of Medicine

Jonathan Sandoe was appointed as a Consultant Microbiologist and Senior Lecturer in Medical Microbiology at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in 2006 and moved to an Associate Clinical Professorship in Microbiology at the University of Leeds in 2013. He was a founder member of the Leeds Endocarditis Service, a multidisciplinary team which has managed patients with infective endocarditis (IE) at LTHT since 2004. He has a longstanding interest in the clinical presentation, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of IE and vascular infections.

Dr Alexandra Santos

Dr Alexandra Santos

MRC Clinical Research Fellow

King's College London

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Dr Alexandra Santos

Dr Alexandra Santos (MRC Clinical Research Fellow )

King's College London

Dr Alexandra Santos is an Associate Professor (Senior Clinical Lecturer) at King’s and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Allergy at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital, which is part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London, UK. Alexandra qualified in Medicine from the University of Coimbra and completed her PhD in Allergy and Immunology at King’s College London, supervised by Professor Gideon Lack. Over the years, Alexandra has continued to combine clinical activity in Paediatric Allergy with clinical and laboratory research into food allergy.

Alexandra has received prestigious awards from the Medical Research Council (MRC): an MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship, an MRC Centenary Early Career Award and the MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship. She has also obtained funding from the Immune Tolerance Network/NIAID for her work in the LEAP Study, and from Asthma UK as Principal Investigator of Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma. Alexandra has been very active in the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI), where she has joined various task-forces to generate guidelines for patients’ care and has recently been elected as the Chair of the Board of the Food Allergy Interest Group. Her main research interests are: food allergy, anaphylaxis, allergy diagnosis and allergy prevention.

Dr Ravishankar Sargur

Dr Ravishankar Sargur

Consultant Immunologist

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Dr Ravishankar Sargur

Dr Ravishankar Sargur (Consultant Immunologist)

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr. Sargur is clinical lead for the laboratory Immunology services and Protein Reference unit Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The Sheffield Immunology laboratory provides the largest allergy test repertoire in UK.

He is currently the chair of the JRCPTB Immunology Speciality Advisory committee and he represents Immunology on the UKAS Professional Advisory committee. Dr Sargur has a keen interest in quality control and quality assurance of allergy and immunology laboratory tests. He is a steering committee member and assessor for IQAS and QPIDS accreditation schemes and he leads on the AERD clinic and aspirin desensitisation service at Clinical Immunology and Allergy unit in Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

Dr Louise Savic

Dr Louise Savic

Clinical lead for allergy and immunology

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

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Dr Louise Savic

Dr Louise Savic (Clinical lead for allergy and immunology)

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr Louise Savic is a consultant anaesthetist with a clinical and research interest in drug allergy. She is the lead for perioperative anaphylaxis in Leeds Teaching Hospitals, and provides anaesthetic input for a regional anaesthetic allergy clinic. She performs high risk challenge testing to drugs including neuromuscular blocking agents, and also sees general drug allergy patients.

Dr Savic’s research interests include teicoplanin allergy, management and incidence of perioperative anaphylaxis, and penicillin allergy de-labelling. She has been awarded grants for her work from the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia, and was recently awarded the Royal College of Anaesthetists & NIHR prize for clinical research.

She has demonstrated the effective use of an abbreviated penicillin de-labelling pathway in surgical patients, and lead an international group of anaesthetists and allergists in the development of consensus guidelines for de-labelling of surgical patients. In a recent study she recruited over 26,000 surgical patients and anaesthetists to determine understanding of penicillin allergy and the potential barriers to de-labelling. Dr Savic currently chairs the BSACI penicillin allergy de-labelling guideline group.

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

Honorary Consultant Physician in Allergy and Rhinology, Royal National TNE Hospital, London; Honorary Senior Lecturer in Clinical Immunology at the University College London School of Medicine

Dr Scadding trained at Cambridge University & the Middlesex Hospital, with an MA and MD at the University of Cambridge. In 1995 Dr Scadding was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. She is also an Honorary Member of the Allergy Society of South Africa and an Honorary Member of the ENT Society of South Africa.

Dr Scadding has been awarded the Polish Rhinological Society Award, the BSACI William Frankland medal for outstanding services to UK Clinical Allergy, Allergist of the Year- Allergy UK, the Clemens von Pirquet award for research from European Academy of Allergy and Immunology, the Walter Jobson Horne award of British Medical Association and the World Allergy Organization -Outstanding Clinician. She was Secretary of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI) 2007-9 and President 2009-12.

Research interests include rhinitis and its co-morbidities, including rhinosinusitis; aspirin hypersensitivity and sublingual immunotherapy and is the author of over 300 peer- reviewed publications.

Ms Jane Schlezinger

Ms Jane Schlezinger

Specialist paediatric allergy dietitian

North Middlesex University Hospital

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Ms Jane Schlezinger

Ms Jane Schlezinger (Specialist paediatric allergy dietitian)

North Middlesex University Hospital

Jane is a specialist paediatric allergy dietitian who joined North Middlesex Hospital in 2015. She helped set up and establish the paediatric allergy dietetic service both at the trust and the new children’s community allergy clinic. She has also developed joint dietetic and nurse-led allergy clinics and was lead author of the milk allergy guidelines for her trust.

Jane has developed educational workshops for teenagers with multiple food allergies and asthma and regularly participates in teaching. She is also involved in teaching health visitors and GPs and is actively involved in the commissioning groups prescribing guidelines for milk allergy. Jane has co-authored reports for clinical commissioning groups following the success of the community allergy service and led audits into the management of cow’s milk allergy successfully securing funding for more paediatric allergy dietitians in the community. Her research interests are in cow’s milk allergy and developing educational material for improved allergy training both in primary and secondary care.

Jane qualified from King’s College, London and trained at the University College, London Hospital NHS Trust. She is currently studying for an MSc in Allergy at Southampton.

Professor Jurgen Schwarze

Professor Jurgen Schwarze

Edward Clark Chair of Child Life and Health

University of Edinburgh

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Professor Jurgen Schwarze

Professor Jurgen Schwarze (Edward Clark Chair of Child Life and Health)

University of Edinburgh

Professor Schwarze (FRCPCH) is the Edward Clark Chair of Child Life and Health at the University of Edinburgh, a paediatrician specialised in allergy and respiratory medicine, and an internationally recognised expert in immune mechanisms of RSV bronchiolitis and associated airway allergy. Dr Schwarze qualified in Medicine from Freiburg University, Germany in 1988, trained as a paediatrician specialising in paediatric respiratory medicine and paediatric allergy and he now leads the paediatric allergy service at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children Edinburgh and has been the clinical lead for the national Children's and Young People's Allergy Network Scotland (2011 -2019). In 1994, as a post-doctoral fellow at National Jewish Medical and Research Centre in Denver, Colorado, Dr Schwarze started to work on immune responses in RSV bronchiolitis and allergic airway disease. He continued his research at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, and from 2002 to 2007 at Imperial College London where, as a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow, he focused his research on the role of lung dendritic cells in respiratory viral infections and subsequent reactive airway disease. In 2007 he moved to the Centre for Inflammation Research at the University of Edinburgh and took up his current Chair in 2008. Professor Schwarze's research programme aims to understand mechanisms of inflammation at the interface of innate and adaptive immunity in respiratory viral infections to help develop urgently required treatments for viral bronchiolitis in infants and virus driven asthma exacerbations. He uses both pre-clinical models and clinical samples to investigate the roles of lung dendritic cells and airway epithelial cells in the induction, maintenance and resolution of virus induced immune responses and inflammation in the lung.

Dr Terry Segal

Dr Terry Segal

Consultant in general paediatrics & adolescent medicine

University College London Hospitals

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Dr Terry Segal

Dr Terry Segal (Consultant in general paediatrics & adolescent medicine)

University College London Hospitals

Terry Segal is a consultant in general paediatrics and adolescent medicine, with an interest in paediatric and adolescent endocrinology. She is the clinical lead for adolescent medicine. She trained in Bristol University, and after returning to London, she undertook postgraduate paediatric, adolescent and endocrinology training at Whittington, Guy's, Great Ormond Street , Barnet, and UCH/Middlesex hospitals. She is particularly interested in working with overweight and underweight children and young people, adolescent problems such as chronic fatigue syndrome/ME, and those with chronic pain and emotional difficulties.

Dr Mohamed Shamji

Dr Mohamed Shamji

Senior Research Fellow & Clinical Scientist in Immunology

National Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial College

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Dr Mohamed Shamji

Dr Mohamed Shamji (Senior Research Fellow & Clinical Scientist in Immunology)

National Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial College

Dr Shamji completed his clinical scientist fellowship training in clinical immunology at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London, United Kingdom (UK) in 2004. He then pursued his interest in translational research and completed PhD studies in allergy and clinical immunology at the National Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial College London, UK in 2010. He has recently established his research group (Immunomodulation and Tolerance group) within Allergy and Clinical Immunology at Imperial College lead by Professor Stephen Durham. In recognition of his research and academic achievements, he was recently awarded the Imperial College President’s Award for outstanding Early Career Researcher, 2015.

Dr Shamji chairs an EAACI-funded task force on biomarkers for monitoring allergen immunotherapy consisting of 17 international expert members who are leaders in the field of immunotherapy. The aim of the task force is to achieve a consensus on potential surrogate biomarkers that can be used in clinical trials to monitor efficacy of AIT in individual patients.

He has been invited to speak at plenary, keynote, symposia and expert discussion sessions and workshops at the European Academy Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI), American Academy Asthma Allergy and Immunology (AAAAI) and the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology as well as industry sponsored meetings. He has been an AAAAI international Fellow since 2014 and a committee member for Immunotherapy, Allergen Standardization and Allergy Diagnostic interest section (IASAD) (2011-) and Immunotherapy, Rhinitis, Sinusitis, Ocular allergy and Cough (IRSOC) (2015-). He represents basic science on the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI) annual meeting programme planning committee. He was invited to become a senior affiliate member of Royal College of Physicians and a member of the scientific committee for Biotech Tools SA and advise on mechanistic and biomarker analyses for allergen immunotherapy trials. His research has lead to several preclinical studies moving onto phase II and now phase III trial of allergen immunotherapy in collaboration with Biotech Tools SA. He is a principal investigator and co-investigator on MRC, immune tolerance network (ITN) and several industry funded projects.

Dr Dalbir Sohi

Dr Dalbir Sohi

Consultant Paediatrician

North Middlesex University Hospital

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Dr Dalbir Sohi

Dr Dalbir Sohi (Consultant Paediatrician)

North Middlesex University Hospital

Dalbir trained in paediatric allergy and clinical immunology at St. Mary’s Hospital in London where she still holds an honorary consultant position. Over the last 8 years she has developed the paediatric allergy service at The North Middlesex Hospital. She has successfully expanded the team to incorporate paediatric allergy nurses, dietitians, psychologists, pharmacist and 2 general practitioners who collectively offer both an in-reach as well as an out-reach paediatric allergy service. In 2015, the service was commissioned by the commissioners from the borough of Haringey to provide a community paediatric allergy clinical service as well as allergy training for primary healthcare professionals including GPs, health visitors, practice nurses and school nurses. She has spent much of the last 4 years ensuring that this service is responsive to the needs of the local population as well as the referrers. It has one of the shortest waiting times in London.

Dalbir was a member of the National Collaborative for Integrated Children’s Healthcare, which was a Department of Health initiative aimed at improving children’s healthcare in the UK by encouraging more collaborative working between primary and secondary healthcare professionals. She has also been a working group member for 3 out of the 6 working groups of the RCPCH Paediatric Allergy National Care Pathways Project. She is a steering group member of the Haringey Children and Young People’s board. She is also a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators.

Miss Charlotte Stedman

Miss Charlotte Stedman

Senior Paediatric Allergy Research Dietitian, LEAP and EAT Study

Kings’ College London, Evelina Children’s Hospital at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London

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Miss Charlotte Stedman

Miss Charlotte Stedman (Senior Paediatric Allergy Research Dietitian, LEAP and EAT Study)

Kings’ College London, Evelina Children’s Hospital at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London

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 dietitian and research dietitian on the LEAP and EAT studies. Over this time the department has expanded and she is now the senior research dietitian responsible for providing a specialist dietetic service to multiple paediatric allergy research studies conducted at the Evelina Children’s Hospital at St Thomas’ Hospital (e.g. LEAP, EAT and BAT (Basophil Activation Test) follow-on studies, Pronuts study, and various AImmune peanut immunotherapy trials). She has been Treasurer of the Food Allergy Group of the British Dietetic Association and is a member of INDANA, EACCI and BSACI.

Dr Rami Sweiss

Dr Rami Sweiss

Consultant Gastroenterologist

University College London

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Dr Rami Sweiss

Dr Rami Sweiss (Consultant Gastroenterologist)

University College London

Rami Sweis trained in gastroenterology at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals, Kings College Hospital and South East Thames and completed his PhD from Kings College London in 2012. He was appointed as Consultant in Upper GI Medicine and Physiology at UCLH in 2014 and is the Upper GI Physiology Lead. He also holds an Honorary Associate Professor position at University College London.

Rami Sweis’ research is primarily focused on trying to advance the methodology and utility of the technology used to investigate reflux and swallowing disorders, including catheter/wireless (Bravo) pH-monitoring, High Resolution Manometry, Endoscopy and Barium swallow. He is currently PI in the UK (central site Leuven) of a multi-centre randomised trial comparing POEM with pneumatic dilatation. As a member of the Upper GI Endoscopy team at UCLH, Rami Sweis has a particular interest in investigating and managing complex benign as well as malignant/pre-malignant upper GI disorders such as Achalasia (sequential pneumatic dilatation and per-oral endoscopic myotomy; POEM), Barrett’s esophagus (radio-frequency ablation and endoscopic mucosal resection), Gastric dysplasia (submucosal dissection) and upper GI cancer (dilatation, stent and laser).

Dr Paul Turner

Dr Paul Turner

Clinical Senior Lecturer

Imperial College London

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Dr Paul Turner

Dr Paul Turner (Clinical Senior Lecturer)

Imperial College London

Paul Turner is MRC Clinician Scientist and Clinical Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Allergy & Immunology within the MRC & Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms at Imperial College London, and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, Australia. His research centres on the pathophysiology of severe allergic reactions to food, and how this impacts upon allergen risk management. Paul is a member of the Science Council for the Food Standards Agency, and an Honorary Consultant to Public Health England. He leads the food allergy desensitisation programme at St Mary's Hospital, London; the team was awarded the Best UK Clinical Team by Allergy UK in 2018.

Dr Marta Vazquez-Ortiz

Dr Marta Vazquez-Ortiz

Paediatric Allergy

Imperial College London Healthcare NHS Trust

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Dr Marta Vazquez-Ortiz

Dr Marta Vazquez-Ortiz (Paediatric Allergy)

Imperial College London Healthcare NHS Trust

Marta is a Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer and she has been the Director for the Allergy Postgraduate Programme at Imperial College since 2015. She also works as a substantive Consultant in Paediatric Allergy at Imperial NHS Healthcare Trust since 2017, where she is Deputy Clinical Lead.

Marta did her training in Paediatrics and Paediatric Allergy in one of the largest children’s tertiary hospital in Spain. She also completed an MSc in Paediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology and a PhD (Magna Cum Laude) at University of Barcelona. She moved to the UK in 2014 with a EU-funded Marie Curie Postdoctoral Individual Fellowship. Her research so far has focused on food allergy and specifically on food immunotherapy, quality of life and improved allergy diagnostics. Her PhD contributed to a better understanding of the safety of food immunotherapy, which is still an active area of her research. She is also co-chief investigator on an international collaboration investigating diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers for acute FPIES using a ‘whole-omics’ approach.

Marta is an active member of the Paediatric Section Board of EAACI where she is a key member on a number of taskforces aiming at improving transition care for allergic adolescents and clinical outcomes for food immunotherapy.

Dr Sarah Wakelin

Dr Sarah Wakelin

Consultant Dermatologist

St Mary's Hospital

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Dr Sarah Wakelin

Dr Sarah Wakelin (Consultant Dermatologist)

St Mary's Hospital

Sarah Wakelin is a consultant dermatologist at Imperial College Healthcare Trust and a honorary senior lecturer. She has a special interest in adult allergic skin disease and contact allergy and she is the lead clinician for cutaneous allergy testing in the trust. She is a member of the committee member of the British Society for Cutaneous allergy and her special interests include cosmetic allergy and drug patch testing.

Dr Rachel Ward

Dr Rachel Ward

R Ward Consultancy Ltd

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Dr Rachel Ward

Dr Rachel Ward

R Ward Consultancy Ltd

Dr Rachel Ward has more than 25 years’ experience in international strategy and standards for the food chain, covering emerging issues, contaminants and residues, food allergens, labelling and claims to ensure effective consumer risk protection and robust regulatory compliance.

Rachel has BSc (Hons) in Applied Biochemistry, a PhD from Nottingham University in in vitro skin toxicology models, and a wide experience in regulatory affairs and quality assurance. She was the lead risk manager for PepsiCo Europe on food, promotional toys, and novel ingredients, and since becoming an independent consultant 7 years ago has worked on various food and food supplements regulatory and QA projects for SME, larger manufacturers and UK retailers. Rachel has a strong interest in food allergen risk management and regularly provides training to industry.

Dr Mark Wilkinson

Dr Mark Wilkinson

Consultant Dermatologist

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Dr Mark Wilkinson

Dr Mark Wilkinson (Consultant Dermatologist)

Dr Wilkinson did his medical training in Cambridge and has gradually gravitated up north with job opportunities ever since. He currently lives outside Harrogate but travels in to Leeds to work. He has a longstanding interest in cutaneous allergy and managed to attach himself to the patch test clinic for all 6 years of his dermatology training but did no photodermatology – a situation that he wouldn’t have got away with today.

He has been an executive committee member of the British Society for Cutaneous Allergy (BSCA) and the European Society for Contact Dermatitis; he chairs the British Association of Dermatologists/BSCA group setting minimum standards for cutaneous allergy services; he has contributed to European guidelines for patch and photo patch testing and to UK and EU standards of care for occupational dermatitis.

Dr Wilkinson has extensive experience of patch testing children and published a review of changing patterns of contact allergy based on 1000 tested children over a 20-year period.

Dr Zaraquiza Zolkipli

Dr Zaraquiza Zolkipli

Consultant Paediatric Allergist

Addenbrooke's Hospital

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Dr Zaraquiza Zolkipli

Dr Zaraquiza Zolkipli (Consultant Paediatric Allergist)

Addenbrooke's Hospital

Dr Zolkipli qualified in medicine at the University of Dundee, and subsequently undertook paediatric training at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh and London, including Great Ormond Street. She did her specialty training in paediatrics in Wessex (Southampton), a centre of excellence in Allergy. She chose a career in paediatric allergy because of the multisystem nature of allergy, the complexity of conditions and the opportunities for meaningful translational research. Whilst in Wessex, she conducted a multicentre clinical trial in primary prevention of allergy (before the disease had developed) among infants using oral immunotherapy – the results were published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in 2015. During her paediatric allergy subspecialty training in Wessex, she developed an interest in children with complex food allergies most often presenting to the gastroenterology or immunology teams. As a trainee she presented at international conferences and co-authored European (EAACI) guidelines. She co-ordinated the regional paediatric allergy network in Wessex. Zaraquiza completed subspecialty training in 2016 and was appointed consultant in paediatric allergy at Addenbrooke’s and looks forward to expanding paediatric allergy services.