We are delighted to be joined to be an impressive line up of international speakers who will bring you the latest developments in the world of allergy and answer your questions live over the 3 days.
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Speakers will be listed here as our programme is confirmed; please check back regularly to see which experts will be speaking at the 2022 meeting.
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Dr Roshini Abraham
Prof. Clinical Pathology, Director, Diagnostic Immunology Laboratory, Associate Chief, Academic Affairs, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University College of Medicine, USA
Allergy specialist nurse, Manchester Foundation Trust, UK
Jenny has been employed as senior specialist allergy nurse at the allergy centre University Hospital of Manchester NHS Foundation Trust since 2015. In 2019 she gained a post graduate qualification in clinical allergy from Newcastle University. The service is now one of the largest allergy clinics in the northwest with four consultant allergists and a steadily growing nursing team.
Professor Mübeccel Akdis
Head of Immuneregulation, Swiss Institute of Allergy and Asthma Research, Switzerland
Director, Swiss Institute of Allergy and Asthma Research, Switzerland
Cezmi Akdis has published more than 600 peer-reviewed articles. His h-index is 110 and he was selected as a highly cited author consecutively in 2016-2017-2018-2019-2020 and 2021 by Clarivate (Thomson Reuters).
Cezmi Akdis acted as the President of the European Academy of Allergy & Clinical Immunology (14’000 members) between 2011-2013. He was the editor of Global Atlases of Allergy, Asthma I-II, Chronic Rhinosinusitis and Allergic Rhinitis.
He was the founder and organizer of the World Immune Regulation Meetings, Davos I-XV (600-1000 participants).
He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Allergy, impact factor 13.15.
Cezmi Akdis’s major scientific contributions are on immune regulation and allergen tolerance, plasticity of antigen-specific T cells 1995, human T regulatory cells 1996, immune suppressive role of histamine receptor 2 2000, human Type 2 NK cell subset 2001, human regulatory NK cells 2007, regulatory innate B cell subset 2017, regulatory innate lymphoid cells 2019.
His current research is the continuation of his epithelial barrier hypothesis studies starting from mechanisms of eczema 2000, mechanisms of epithelial shedding in asthma and chronic rhinosinusitis 2003, endotypes of asthma, chronic rhinosinusitis and atopic dermatitis 2011, epithelial barrier hypothesis for the development of allergic and autoimmune diseases 2015 – 2022. Cezmi Akdis is an author of more than 40 publications on COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2 including pathophysiology, risk factors, severity, patient characteristics and how to handle allergy and asthma patients during the pandemic.
Ignacio J Ansotegui
Head of Department of Allergy and Immunology, Hospital Quirónsalud Bizkaia, Spain
After finishing his medical studies at the University of Basque Country in Bilbao, Ignacio J. Ansotegui moved to the Department of Immunology at the Karolinska Institute and Department of Clinical Immunology at the Karolinska Hospital of Stockholm, where he completed his Spanish PhD studies and specialization in Immunology, respectively. 5 years later, at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, he got his second specialty in Allergology and Clinical Immunology. He is also a specialist in Occupational Medicine
For more than 20 years, Dr. Ansotegui has been serving as officer in several international scientific societies of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology (EAACI 1999-2010, INTERASMA 2003-present, SEAS 2007-present, SLAAI 2008-present and WAO 2010-present). Between 2008 and 2017 he has also been secretary of the European CME Accreditation Committee. And in 2008, he was the President of the European Congress of Allergy and Clinical Immunology that was held in Barcelona.
Prof Ansotegui has published over 150 peer reviewed articles and has been editorial board member of several journals of Allergy and Immunology.
Paediatric Allergy Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Evelina London Children’s Hospital, UK
Professor Jonathan A. Bernstein
Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology and Partner of Bernstein Allergy Group and Bernstein Clinical Research Center, USA
Dr Patrizia Bonadonna
Allergist, Allergy Unit, Verona University Hospital, Verona, Italy
• Clonal and non Clonal Mast Cell disorders
• Drug allergy
• Hymenoptera venom allergy ( diagnosis and immunotherapy)
She has published more than 130 article about these topics.
Professor Luis Caraballo
Director, Institute for Immunological Research, University of Cartagena, Colombia
Dr Victoria Cardona
Head of Allergy Section, University Hospital Vall d’Hebron, Spain
Thomas B. Casale
Professor, University of South Florida, USA
Director of Mastocytosis; Director of Drug Hypersensitivity & Drug Desensitization, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, USA
Yoon-Seok Chang, Professor
Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Republic of Korea (South Korea)
He is also the Head of the Medical Research Collaboration Center of the hospital, and the Head of Gyeonggi-Do Atopy∙Asthma Education Information Center. He is an active member of academic societies: Secretary General (Korean Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Clinical Immunology (KAAACI), Asia Pacific Association of Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology (APAAACI)), and the Editor-in-Chief (Asia Pacific Allergy), and the Editorial board member (Allergy, AAIR, Clinical Translational Allergy, Immune Network). In WAO, he has been served at the Healthcare Delivery Committee (2014-2015), Drug Hypersensitivity Reactions Committee (2018~current), Adult Asthma Committee (2020~current), the Steering Committee for World Allergy Week 2022 (Chair), the House of Delegate (2018-2019), and as a WAO Board member (2020~current).
Dr Andrew Clark
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, UK
Advanced Clinical Nurse Specialist, Northern Care Alliance, UK
She studied at Kings College London (BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies) followed by further studies at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (Diploma in Tropical Nursing) Southampton University (MSc Allergy) and Salford University (Non Medical Prescribing).
Lucy leads a small, dedicated and dynamic nurse specialist team at Salford where quality and patient experience is at the centre of their work. She 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
APRN, CPNP, Advanced Practice Nurse/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA
Professor Adnan Custovic
Professor of Paediatric Allergy, Imperial College London, UK
In 2020, he was elected to the Fellowship of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences. In 2019, he was granted membership of the Academy of Sciences and Arts of Bosnia and Herzegovina (ANUBiH). In 2015 he was awarded a prestigious ERS Gold Medal for research in asthma. In 2013 he received the BSACI William Frankland Medal for outstanding contributions to clinical allergy in the UK. He delivered numerous prestigious keynote/named lectures. He publisher >350 papers in peer-reviewed journals, with a current h-index of 100.
He serves at the Board of Directors of the World Allergy Organisation and has served as a Secretary of the BSACI for two terms, and as President of Asthma section of the EAACI.
He has supervised 18 PhD/MD students to completion.
Professor Stephen Durham
Professor of Allergy and Respiratory Medicine, Imperial College London and Royal Brompton Hospital London, UK
He trained at Downing College Cambridge and Guy’s Hospital London. He completed his higher specialist training in respiratory medicine in Oxford before returning to the Brompton in 1988. Over 40 years Dr Durham’s research has been into basic mechanisms of allergic rhinitis and asthma, local IgE regulation and translational clinical and mechanistic studies of allergen immunotherapy. He has led a general allergy and asthma clinic and a specialist combined medical/surgical rhinology service. He is Past President of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology. He is a Steering Committee Member of the Immune Tolerance Network, NAIAD and chaired the Allergy Advisory Group of the Immune Tolerance Network (2012-20). He has an h-index of 150 and has over 400 original peer-reviewed publications.
Professor Motohiro Ebisawa
Director of Clinical Research Centre for Allergy and Rheumatology, National Hospital Organization Sagamihara National Hospital, Japan
He is a leading expert in food allergies in Japan and currently serves as the President of World Allergy Organization, Japanese Society of Allergology and Asian Pacific Academy of Pediatric Allergy, Respirology and Immunology. He also serves as associate editor of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology.
Nadim and Tanya Ednan-Laperouse
Natasha Allergy Research Foundation, UK
the country’s heart. On 17th July 2016 Natasha died from a severe allergic
reaction caused by her unwittingly eating a baguette containing sesame
seeds, to which she was allergic. Her high-profile inquest in 2018 was
reported and followed around the world. The coroner’s hard-hitting conclusion that
her death was preventable, incensed our nation. Nadim and Tanya Ednan-Laperouse
Natasha’s parents, founded The Natasha Allergy Research Foundation, determined that
no other family should have to suffer the same devastating and unnecessary loss that
they did. Together with their son, Alex, they campaigned for Natasha’s Law, and with
overwhelming support from the public during consultation, this major change to UK food
labelling laws came into force from October 2021. It means that all food ‘pre-packed for
direct sale’ must have a label that details all ingredients and allergens. Today, Nadim and
Tanya are Trustees of the Natasha Allergy Research Foundation and are giving a voice
to the two million people in the UK living with food allergy. With a vision of ‘making allergy
history’, Natasha’s Foundation is the only UK charity dedicated to funding allergy medical
research to treat, prevent and eradicate allergic disease, starting with food allergy. The
Foundation also works to increase awareness and education about the dangers of food
allergy and campaigns for policy change to create a world that is safe for all individuals
living with allergies. This includes the current campaign calling on the Government for an
Dr Alessandro Fiocchi
Director of Allergy, Pediatric Hospital Bambino Gesù IRCCS, Vatican City, Italy
Dr Louise Fleming
Clinical reader, Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, Imperial College London, UK
Professor Adam Fox
Consultant Paediatric Allergist, Evelina London Children’s Hospital, UK
Adam chaired the RCPCH Care Pathway for Food Allergy and was a member of the National Institute of Healthcare and Clinical Excellence (NICE) clinical guideline development group for the assessment and diagnosis of food allergy. He has been an expert committee member on two MHRA specialist groups and a NICE Health Technology Appraisal and was appointed a NICE non-specialist guideline chair in 2021. He was elected BSACI President, the first Paediatrician to hold this position, from October 2018.
Adam was awarded ‘Paediatric Allergist of the Year’ from Allergy UK in 2007. His doctoral thesis on peanut allergy received the Raymond Horton-Smith prize from Cambridge University in 2012 and he was included in The Times ‘Britain’s 100 Best Children’s Doctor’s’. Adam received the William Frankland Award from the BSACI in 2015.
Dr James Gardner
Allergy Nurse Consultant, Great North Children’s Hospital, Newcastle, UK
He is currently the Children’s and Young Persons Allergy Nurse Consultant at the Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle and also Associate Clinical Lecturer in Newcastle University where he is Lead of the Allergy E-module programme.
He previously 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 current Secretary of the Allied Health working group in the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
He has been involved in several European task force groups through the academy including competencies for allied health working allergy M-health and social media.
His main research interests are in food allergy, allergic rhinitis and MHealth.
He is involved with many food allergy support groups and regularly on various allergy social media groups (Twitter @allergynurseuk).
Professor Andrew Gennery
Sir James Spence Professor of Child Health, Professor and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Immunology + HSCT, Translational and Clinical Research Institute, Newcastle University and Great North Children’s Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Dr Sandra N. González-Díaz
Head and Professor of the Regional Center of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Hospital Universitario “Dr. José Eleuterio González” y Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL), Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico and Director of International Relations, UANL University Autonoma de Nuevo León
Dr Clive Grattan
Consultant Dermatologist, St John’s Institute of Dermatology, Guy’s Hospital, UK
Dr Kate Grimshaw
Highly Specialist Allergy Dietitian, Salford Care Organisation, UK
Whilst food allergy prevention remains a keen interest Kate is also interested in the aetiology and treatment of food allergy and also the nutritional adequacy of exclusion diets in children and adults.
In September 2018 she moved to work at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust as dietetic manager, but she continues to work clinically within the food allergy field and provides dietetic support to patients with both IgE and Non-IgE mediated food allergy at Salford.
As well as her research, clinical and management roles, Kate lectures on the Food Allergy Module of the MSc in Allergy at the University of Southampton and also to University Dietetic Training programs. She is also involved in the development of Food Allergy Guidelines with EAACI and Ga2len.
Pediatric Allergologist and Professor in Paediatric Allergology, Odense University Hospital and University of Southern Denmark
She has published 169 scientific papers, Hirsch index (Web of Science) 49 and been speaker at numerous international scientific congresses/meeting. She has been Chairman for Board of Section of Pediatrics and member of ExCom of EAACI 2009-2011; Scientific Programme Committee Coordinator and adjunct member of ExCom of EAACI 2015-2018 and member of several EAACI Task Forces incl. “Food Allergy Anaphylaxis Practical Guidelines”, “Allergen Immunotherapy Guidelines” and chairperson for the TF, which updated EAACI Systematic Review and Guidelines on prevention of Food Allergy, published 2021. She is member of EAACI food allergy guideline group, developing updated guidelines on diagnosis of food allergy and member of GA2LEN food allergy guideline group, developing an updated guideline on food allergy management.
Allergy and Immunology Specialist Nurse, Lancashire and South Cumbria Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Professor Sir Stephen Holgate
MRC Clinical Professor of Immunopharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, UK
Dr Valerie Hox
Assistant Professor, Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Belgium
Dr Christina Jones
Reader in Clinical Health Psychology, University of Surrey, UK
Professor Marek Jutel, M.D
Professor and Head, Department and Clinical Immunology, Wroclaw Medical University, Poland & President of EAACI
Kenji Kabashima, Professor
Department of Dermatology, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine
Currently, he is a chair/professor at the Department of Dermatology, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan, a principal investigator at the SRIS/SIgN, Singapore, and visiting consultant at the National Skin Centre, Singapore. His main interests include the mechanism of inflammatory skin diseases (atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, and psoriasis) in mice and humans, and 3D-visualization of the skin using two-photon microscopy. His hobbies are marathon (2:54:38), trail running (Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc 170 km), golf, climbing, and travelling.
Dr Luciana Kase Tanno
Allergist and clinical immunologist, lecturer, University Hospital of Montpellier, France
Dr. Tanno has worked as a hospital practitioner and medical assistant of the Department of Allergy of public and private hospitals in São Paulo (Hospital Sírio-Libanês, Hospital Nipo-Brasileiro, Servidor Público Estadual de São Paulo Hospital), contributing with the training of residents from 2013 to 2015.
Professor in health science – Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the Postgraduate Program in Health Sciences, Medical Assistance to the São Paulo State Civil Servants since 2014, developed her post-doctoral fellowship at Departement of Pneumologie and Addictologie, Hôpital Arnaud de Villeneuve – CHU de Montpellier and the Sorbonne Universités, Paris, where she is also affiliated.
Since 2012, together with Professor Demoly, she has been moving efforts for the representation of allergic and hypersensitivities through the World Health Organization (WHO) International Classification of Diseases (ICD) 11th revision.
Dr Hiroshi Kawasaki
RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences
From April 2006, he entered the Department of Dermatology, Keio University School of Medicine. From July 2011 to March 2013, he was research resident with the Association for Preventive Medicine of Japan. From 2013 to 2015, he worked as a dermatologist at Tokyo Electric Power Company Hospital and Kitasato University Kitasato Institute Hospital. From July 2016 to March 2020, he was a Senior Research Scientist with Riken Medical Sciences Innovation Hub Program at RIKEN. From April 2019, he is also an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Dermatology, Keio University School of Medicine. He is currently a Senior Research Scientist with RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences.
His research interests include data-driven studies of atopic dermatitis, skin microbiome, and skin barrier research.
Dr Rebecca Knibb
Associate Professor in Psychology, Aston University, UK
Children’s Allergy Clinical Nurse Specialist, St Thomas’ Hospital, London, UK
Katherine teaches on various allergy study days and leads on the community allergy training sessions. She is co- director of the Allergy Academy Allergy in Practice course and has presented at past BSAI and PAAM conferences. She has recently completed and obtained an allergy masters from Southampton University and submitted a dissertation regarding the adrenaline auto injector prescribing practice of the St Thomas’s allergy team.
Katherine is very proud of the multidisciplinary approach to allergy as well as the strong nurse led services within the children’s allergy service at St Thomas’s and is keen to share her allergy knowledge and experience.
Dr Susan Leech
Consultant Paediatric allergist, Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, UK
She is treasurer and Trustee of the British Society for Allergy and clinical immunology. She has been the allergy training advisor for the RCPCH CSAC and was a founder member and chair of the Paediatric allergy committee of the BSACI. As a member of the BSACI Standards of Care Committee she has co-authored national guidelines on rhinitis, adrenaline autoinjectors, penicillin allergy, chronic urticaria and angioedema, immunotherapy, bee and wasp venom allergy and egg allergy. She is the UK delegate to the European Training Committee for Paediatric Allergology.
Professor Andreas Lopata
Professor in Biochemistry, James Cook University, Australia
He graduated from the Henrich Heine University (Germany), completed his postgraduate studies in medical sciences at the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and worked in the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine before relocating to Australia.
His research team uses cutting-edge molecular and cellular approaches in characterising the interactions of immunogenic proteins from different food sources with the human immune system, leading to allergic and inflammatory reactions. The outcomes of his research translate into the development of novel diagnostics, detection systems for contaminated food products and platform knowledge for immunotherapeutics.
He is Regional Associate Editor (Asia Pacific) for the World Allergy Association Journal (WAO), Frontier Allergy, Foods and on the editorial board of Clinical & Experimental Allergy, Proteomes and Molecular Immunology. He is active committee member within the World Allergy Organisation, WAO-International Union of Immunological Societies and the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy.
Professor Bryan Martin
Chief of Allergy Immunology, Ohio State University, USA
Active in Organized Medicine at all levels, Dr. Martin is the President-Elect of the World Allergy Organization, Past President of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), and Past Chair of the International Collaboration in Asthma, Allergy and Immunology (iCAALL).
A Distinguished Fellow of the ACAAI, Dr. Martin is the recipient of a number of national awards, to include the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Parker J. Palmer “Courage to Teach” Award for innovative teaching and health care as a program director and the Lewis Aspey Mologne Award, the Army Surgeon General’s Award for Military Academic Excellence.
Chief Executive , The Natasha Allergy Research Foundation
The vision of Natasha’s Foundation is to make allergy history through preventing and eradicating allergic disease, creating a world without allergy. As the only charity in the UK dedicated to funding allergy research, the Foundation also campaigns to change policy, including Natasha’s Law (implemented October 2021) and calling for an Allergy Tsar (July 2021) as well as raising awareness. As Chief Executive, Tim also oversees the Foundation’s developing portfolio of pioneering research into the treatment, prevention and causes of food allergy.
Tim has worked in the voluntary sector for over 20 years leading and developing national charities in health and social care, Olympic Legacy and social exclusion. Tim completed an MBA at the University of Liverpool, their first student to do so focussing on the voluntary sector. His first degree was in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne where he specialised in cancer chemotherapy and the treatment of infectious diseases.
Away from work Tim enjoys Cathedral Choral Music, leading Explorer Scouts (including the Duke of Edinburgh Award) and hill walking with one or more of his four rescue sighthounds.
Dr Rosan Meyer
Visiting Professor, Winchester University, UK
Dr Louise Michaelis
Consultant Paediatrician in Immunology and Allergy, Great North Children’s Hospital, UK
Allergy at The Great North Children’s Hospital Newcastle upon Tyne and Population Health
Sciences, Newcastle University.
Dr Michaelis co-ordinates NIHR/MCRN Portfolio clinical trials which focus on immune and
inflammatory mechanisms of tolerance in multi-system allergy in childhood. Awards include
“NIHR Leading Principle Investigators Award-2016”, “NIHR NENC Commercial Team award-
2017”, and runner up for Educational Research Supervisor of the Year Newcastle University –
2020. She participates in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching forums as part of Faculty for
the Allergy eModule at Newcastle University and the Allergy MSc Course at The University of
Dr Michaelis works within a busy Tertiary Paediatric Allergy Service leading on drug allergy
(desensitisation), Targeted Therapies and biologics for children with severe Th2 allergic
inflammatory disease. She is the Chief Investigator of the ‘Model of Seamless Allergy Care in
Children’ achieving two Bright Ideas in Health Awards for Service Improvement (2017) and as
part of the RCPCH Sepsis Podcasts ‘Drugs and Bugs’ (2019).
Dr Josh Milner
Columbia University Irving Medical College, USA
Dr Antonella Muraro
Consultant allergist and pediatrician, Head of the Food Allergy Referral, Centre, Padua University hospital Padua, Italy
Dr Mário Morais-Almeida
Head, Immunoallergy Department, CUF-Descobertas Hospital and CUF-Infante Santo Hospital, Lisbon,
Professor Liam O’Mahony
Immunologist, University College Cork, Ireland
Professor Nikolaos Papadopoulos
Professor of Allergy, University of Athens, Greece
He is Professor and Head of the Allergy Department, 2nd Pediatric Clinic, University of Athens; also Honorary Professor at the University of Manchester and at OPRI, Singapore.
He has supervised more than 20 PhDs, organized over 100 educational events and has trained doctors in the clinic and researchers in the lab. He is invited speaker at international events more than 30 times a year.
He has participated and led several high-impact EU research projects from FP5 all the way to Horizon2020. He has actively served many international societies, most notably EAACI (President 2013-2015) and the Respiratory Effectiveness Group (REG, President 2018-2020).
He has received several international awards, among other, the EAACI Clemens von Pirquet Award (2019), the PhARF award (2010), the Klosterfrau International Award for Research in Pediatric Asthma (2003) and the ERS Annual Award for Pediatric Respiratory Research in Europe (2004). He has published over 500 papers, receiving more than 45000 citations and an h-index of 96 (Google Scholar).
He is Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers in Allergy and Associate Editor of Clinical & Translational Allergy.
Currently he is exploring the role of the respiratory virome in asthma, evaluating potential interventions against rhinoviruses using microRNAs, while he is leading PeARL (Pediatric Asthma in Real-Life), a think tank that aims to optimise pediatric asthma management.
Dr Manish Pareek
Associate Clinical Professor, University of Leicester, UK
Paediatric Allergy Nurse Specialist / Matron, The Princess Alexandra Hospital, UK
Kelly also participates in allergy training days for local GP’s
Dr David Peden
Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Senior Associate Dean for Translational Research, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, USA
Professor Graham Roberts
Professor and Consultant in Paediatric Allergy and Respiratory Medicine, University of Southampton, UK
Dr Hugh Sampson
Professor of Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Jaffe Food Allergy Institute, USA
Professor Alexandra Santos
Professor of Paediatric Allergy and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Allergy, King’s College London and Evelina London Children’s Hospital, 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 translational research into food allergy.
The Santos Lab aims to improve the accuracy and safety of food allergy diagnosis and our understanding of the mechanisms of food allergy and oral tolerance in IgE-sensitised children in order to identify new targets for definitive treatment of 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, the MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship and MRC Transition Fellowship. She has also obtained funding from the NIH for her work in the LEAP Study, from Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) and from Asthma UK as Principal Investigator of Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma.
Alexandra is the Chair of the Board of the Food Allergy Interest Group of European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) and of the upcoming EAACI Food Allergy Guidelines.
Professor Jürgen Schwarze
Edward Clark Chair of Child Life and Health, Institute for Regeneration and Repair, Centre for Inflammation Research, 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,
Miss Melissa Singh
Psychological Well-being Practitioner, Anaphylaxis Campaign, UK
Following her personal experience with anaphylaxis and allergy management, she now works collaboratively with the Anaphylaxis Campaign.
Her sister, Samantha Singh sadly passed away from anaphylaxis in July 2020 at the age of 26. Melissa observed the inquest investigations leading to the publication of the Prevention of Future Deaths Report which identified significant learning points for Healthcare Professionals which she wants to explore in the conference.
Having experienced the tragic loss of her sister to anaphylaxis, she hopes to encourage confidence in speaking up about allergies and further for Healthcare Professionals to empower people with and people supporting those with allergies to speak up.
Dr Isabel Skypala
Consultant Allergy Dietitian, Royal Brompton & Harefield, UK
Associate Professor, Medical University of Graz and Head, Allergy Outpatient Clinic Reumannplatz, Austria
Dr James L. Sublett
Clinical Professor, University of Louisville School of Medicine, USA
He is married and lives with his wife, Lelia, in Anchorage, KY.
Professor Mamidipudi Thirumala Krishna
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and University of Birmingham
His research programme involves a combination of clinical, epidemiological and laboratory methodology as well as an integrated mixed methods approach in multiple aspects of Allergy and Asthma in the UK and Low-Middle Income Countries. He has received funding from multiple UK funding bodies including MRC CiC, NIHR, FSA and GCRF.
TK is lead author of the BSACI venom allergy guideline and co-authored allergen-specific immunotherapy for allergic rhinitis, penicillin allergy and pollen-food syndrome guidelines. He served as Clinical Lead for IQAS (Royal College of Physicians national accreditation program for Allergy; 2015-21), steering group member of BRIT registry (2020-21) and is currently Chair of BSACI Equality, Diversity and Inclusion working group. He is an associate editor for Clinical Experimental allergy.
TK led a successful application for UHB and UoB in 2020 to be designated as a World Allergy Organization Centre of Excellence in Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology. He was awarded the prestigious Jack Pepys lectureship in 2021 by the BSACI.
Dr Peter Valentin Tomazic, Austria
Professor, Dept of General Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Medical University of Graz, Austria
Professor Sanna Toppila-Salmi
Senior Consultant Otorhinolaryngologist,
Sanna Toppila-Salmi, MD, PhD, Adj. Prof. is a Senior Consultant Otorhinolaryngologist, Department Chief Physician and Director of Helsinki Airway Research Group at the Skin and Allergy Hospital of the Helsinki University Hospital & University of Helsinki. Her research group combines epidemiology, genomics, metabolomics and sequence analysis to identify pathobiology of asthma, CRSwNP, NERD, Type 2 inflammation and allergic diseases. Her lab works with human cohorts to identify risk factors, mechanisms, and potential therapies for these disorders using machine learning data science, sequencing omics approaches and clinical trials . Dr. Toppila-Salmi is Associate Editor of Clinical and Translational Allergy, and Editorial Board Member and Reviewer in several Scientific Journals such as Am J Respir Crit Care Med, BMC Medical Genetics, BMJ Open, JACI and Scientific Reports. She is the secretary of ENT section of EAACI.
Dr Paul Turner
Reader in Paediatric Allergy & Clinical Immunology, Imperial College London, UK
Paul 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. Paul was also the recipient of the 2020 PhARf Award, awarded by the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI). He is a consultant to Public Health England, and Chairperson of the WAO Anaphylaxis Committee and emeritus chair of the BSACI Paediatric Allergy Committee.
Professor Ronald van Ree
Professor of Molecular and Translational Allergology, Amsterdam University Medical Centers, The Netherlands
His research group focuses on elucidating the mechanisms of allergic sensitization and the role of allergen structure and exogenous environmental, microbial and dietary factors in this process. Epidemiology of food allergy, in and outside Europe, has been at the center of his attention for the last two decades. Other areas of attention are component-resolved diagnosis, allergen standardization of diagnostic and therapeutic allergen products, and the development of innovative AIT approaches for the treatment of respiratory and food allergies, using recombinant and nano-technologies and novel adjuvants.
Head of Clinical, Allergy UK
Amena is Head of Clinical Services at Allergy UK a national patient charity that works to raise awareness of allergic disease both nationally and internationally. She took up this appointment after working as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Immunology and Allergy at an NHS Hospital Trust. She trained at University College Hospital, followed by paediatric training at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. She also holds a Public Health and Specialist Practice in School Nursing qualification gained in 1994. Visiting schools and carrying out health assessments made Amena very aware of the rising incidence of allergy in the UK and was instrumental in developing her interest in the field. Amena is a member of the Immunology & Allergy Nurses group and is the first nurse to sit on the British Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology (BSACI) council where she started the National Nurses in Allergy Group. She is a member of the BSACI Primary Care group and also the BSACI Adult Allergy group.
Professor John Warner
Emeritus Professor of Paediatrics, Imperial College, London, UK
Previously he was Professor of Paediatrics Imperial College 2006-2019 and Professor of Child Health University of Southampton 1990-2006. He had over 500 publications in medical journals. His past appointments have included being; Head Paediatric assembly, European Respiratory Society (1993-7); Editor in Chief, Pediatric Allergy and Immunology 1998-2010; and President Academic Paediatric Association (GB and I) 2009-2014. He has received the following awards; BSACI William Frankland award (2005); Pepys and Morrow Brown lectures (2011, 2014); Lifetime Achievement award European Respiratory Society (2009); and OBE for services to food allergy research (2013). His research interests focus on; Inhalant and food allergy; Allergy prevention; Asthma; Mechanisms of airway inflammation; Developmental origins of Health and Disease; Integrated care pathways for long term conditions; and Paediatric long-COVID.
Mr Simon Williams
Chief Executive Officer, Anaphylaxis Campaign, UK
Professor Gary Wong
Professor, Department of Paediatrics and School of Public Health, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Dr. Wong also participates actively in paediatric and medical communities in Hong Kong. He is current Council member of the Hong Kong Society of Respirology (HKSPR) and Chair of the Asthma Focus Group of the HKSPR.
Dr. Wong obtained his undergraduate medical education from the University of Alberta, Canada. He subsequently received fellowship training at University of British Columbia, and Children’s Hospital of British Columbia and visiting Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital at Munich, Germany. He was a research fellow in 2001 at the Children’s Hospital in Munich.
Dr. Wong has strong interest in different aspects of allergic and autoimmune diseases. His main research interests are treatment, prevention, and control of allergic conditions including asthma, childhood wheezing disorders, and food allergies. In particular, he is interested the immunological and environmental determinants of asthma and related allergic disorders.
He has published over 280 original articles, review papers, and book chapters in the field of asthma and related atopic conditions. Among other duties within several editorial boards, Dr. Wong is Associate Editor of New England Journal of Medicine, board member of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, and Chief Editor of Pediatric Respirology and Critical Care Medicine.
Allergy research Dietician, King’s College London, UK, Paediatric Allergy Research, Department of Women and Children’s Health & School of Life Course Sciences, Evelina London Children’s Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust Children’s Allergy Service, UK
Karen is an allergy dietitian and worked for many years in allergy in Singapore. Since returning to the UK she has worked as an allergy specialist dietitian in Southampton and in London, where she is currently working in allergy research. Karen is Co-Chair of the British Dietetic Association Food Allergy Specialist Group and a member of the British Society of Allergy and Immunology Allergy Education Network (BAEN) project which aims to guide strategic developments around allergy education. In 2021 Karen was awarded the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Anthony Frew Award for Excellence in Education.
Dr Kiwako Yamamoto-Hanada
Chief, Allergy Center, National Center for Child Health and Development, Tokyo, Japan
She graduated from the University of Yamaguchi School of Medicine, Yamaguchi, Japan in 2003 (MD degree). She obtained her Ph.D. degree at the Department of Health and Psychosocial Medicine, Aichi Medical School, Aichi, Japan in 2016. She is the board-certified pediatrician (faculty of Japan Pediatric Society) and board-certified allergist (faculty of Japanese Society of Allergology). She is a member of the Allergy Prevention Committee of WAO. Her research interests are epidemiology, allergy prevention, and environmental health.
She has published about 100 peer-reviewed articles. Detailed publications are at https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1288-9620.
Dr Anahí Yáñez, Medical Doctor
Research Center in Allergy and Respiratory Disease – InAER, Argentina
She graduated in 1982 from Universidad Nacional del Nordeste (UNNE), School of Medicine, and became Specialist in Allergy and Immunology. She works in Clinical Research in Research Center for Allergy and Respiratory Diseases since 2009.
She has authored several articles in international publications.
She has served as President of Asociacion de Alergia, Asma e Inmunologia Clinica (Argentina). She has been part of many other allergy and asthma associations.
Currently she is a member of the Asthma Committee of the World Allergy Organization (WAO), she is WAOBiologics for Adult Severe Asthma Chair, and SLAAI Asthma Committee Chair .She is part of the Editorial Board of Asthma Research and Practice, and Editor at Large of the World Allergy Organization Journal.
Dr. Yañez has been elected as Member at Large to the WAO Board of Directors, for a four years term, starting in January 2018.