Invited Speakers for 2019

Speakers will be listed here as our programme is confirmed; please check back regularly to see which experts will be speaking at the 2019 meeting.

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BSACI - Improving Allery Care

Dr Peter Sejer Andersen

Senior Director, Immunology

ALK Abello

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 Anne Biggs

Children's Allergy Nurse Specialist

North Middlesex University Hospital

Dr Marty Blom

Program Leader, SRP Food Allergy Programme

TNO

Dr Chun-Han Chan

Acting Head of Food Additives, Flavourings and Contact Materials Policy

Food Standards Agency

Dr Andrew Clark

Consultant Paediatrician

Addenbrooke's Hospital

Professor Adnan Custovic

Clinical Professor of Paediatric Allergy

Imperial College London

Mr & Mrs Nadim & Tanya Ednan-Laperouse

Dr Louise Fleming

Paediatric Respiratory Consultant

Royal Brompton Hospital

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 Rachel Griffin

Ms Rachel Griffin

Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust

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Ms Rachel Griffin

Ms Rachel Griffin

Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust

Rachel is lead clinical nurse specialist for paediatric allergy at Imperial College NHS Trust with experience spanning community, primary, secondary and tertiary level allergy services. She has also been involved in the planning, implementation and evaluation of improving the recognition and access to the accurate diagnosis of allergic diseases.

Ms Pippa Hall

Specialist Paediatric Asthma Nurse

The Royal Brompton Hospital

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 practiced 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 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

"Head of Department of Pediatric Pulmonology and Allergology"

Regensburg University

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 Joshua Milner

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

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Dr Shuaib Nasser

Consultant Allergist

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Emma Peacock

Team Psychologist

Addenbrooke's Hospital

Professor Elizabeth Phillips

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

Venderbilt University Medical Center

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.

Professor Nathalie Rommel

Programme Director, POC Deglutology, Faculty of Medicine

KU Leuven

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.

Dr Alexandra Santos

MRC Clinical Research Fellow

King's College London

Dr Louise Savic

Clinical lead for allergy and immunology

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

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

North Middlesex University Hospital

Professor Jurgen Schwarze

Edward Clark Chair of Child Life and Health

University of Edinburgh

Dr Mohamed Shamji

Senior Research Fellow & Clinical Scientist in Immunology

National Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial College

Dr Dalbir Sohi

Consultant Paediatrician

North Middlesex University Hospital

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 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

Paediatric Allergy

Imperial College London Healthcare NHS Trust

Dr Sarah Wakelin

Consultant Dermatologist

St Mary's Hospital

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

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Dr Mark Wilkinson

Dr Mark Wilkinson

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.