Speakers

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.

For further information about individual speakers please click on “Open biography” tab for each speaker.

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.

Speakers are required to give details of potential conflicts of interest, with specific reference to the talk they are giving, on their introductory slide and these will also be included on the online biographies given below.

For a copy of BSACI Conflict of Interest policy here.

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

Dr. Roshini S. Abraham received her PhD in Immunology in 1996, and completed post-doctoral fellowships in Immunology (1996-2000), and Clinical Immunology and Biochemistry (2000-2002) at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. She was on faculty at the Mayo Clinic from 2002-2018. Since September 2018, she has been on the faculty at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) in Columbus, Ohio, and is a Professor of Clinical Pathology at Ohio State University Wexner College of Medicine. She is the Associate Chief of Academic Affairs and the Founding Director of the Diagnostic Immunology Laboratory and Program in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at NCH. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Medical Laboratory Immunology (ABMLI), and a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) and the Clinical Immunology Society (CIS). She is a Past President of the Clinical Immunology Society (CIS; 2017-2019). She is the Co-Chair of the Immunology Clinical Domain Working Group for ClinGen, and Co-Chair of the Antibody Defects Gene Curation Expert Panel. She has published 122 peer-reviewed articles, 21 book chapters and over 150 abstracts.
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Jenny Adison
Allergy specialist nurse, Manchester Foundation Trust, UK

Jenny Addison graduated from Manchester University after completing the Bnurs program. She began her nursing career as a healthcare support worker at the Northwest lung centre at Wythenshawe hospital which is where she found her love of nursing. After qualifying, she continued to work within the respiratory field and also gained experience in Oncology working at the Christie hospital’s chemotherapy unit.

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.

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Professor Mübeccel Akdis
Head of Immuneregulation, Swiss Institute of Allergy and Asthma Research, Switzerland

Dr Akdis has worked at the Swiss Institute of Allergy and Asthma Research (SIAF) since 1995 and received her PhD in Immunology. She worked as a postdoctoral scientist and became a group leader at SIAF, where she has established her own research group in 2003. Dr Akdis made her habilitation in Zurich University Medical Faculty on Experimental Immunology in 2005 and became a professor in 2015. She has published 267 Peer-reviewed articles, Sum of times cited : 31`800 and her h-index: 83 (98-scopus). She has received research grants and collaborative grants from the Swiss National Foundation, European Union (MeDALL and Predicta) and Sean Parker Seed Grant. She received numerous awards, including International Distinguished Fellow Award of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI), 2018. EAACI, Paul Ehrlich Award 2020 for Experimental Research. Anerkennungspreis der Regierung des Kantons Graubünden, Kantons Graubunden recognition preis 2020. 2021 Bulent Eczacibasi Medical Science Award.
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Cezmi Akdis
Director, Swiss Institute of Allergy and Asthma Research, Switzerland

Cezmi Akdis is the director of the Swiss Institute of Allergy and Asthma Research (SIAF) located in Davos and Ordinarius Professor in Zurich University Medical Faculty. He has honorary professorships from Beijign, Wuhan (China) and Bursa Uludag Universities (Turkey). He is a Senate Member of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences.

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.

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Ignacio J Ansotegui
Head of Department of Allergy and Immunology, Hospital Quirónsalud Bizkaia, Spain

Ignacio J. Ansotegui is the Head of the Department of Allergy and Immunology at Hospital Quironsalud Bizkaia in Bilbao, Spain and also currently serves as Immediate Past President of the World Allergy Organization (WAO), President of Southern European Allergy Societies (SEAS), Treasurer of Global Asthma Association (INTERASMA), Member of the Board of Directors of the Latin-American Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (SLAAI) and President of Food Safety and Allergy Prevention Foundation (FSA). Prior to this he was working as Consultant Allergist and Clinical Immunologist at Royal Hospitals as well as Honorary Senior Lecturer at Queen’s University of Belfast, United Kingdom. Previous experience was carried out in diverse health systems of Sweden, Italy and 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.

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Rebecca Batt
Paediatric Allergy Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Evelina London Children’s Hospital, UK

Rebecca qualified as an RGN/RSCN in 1993 from Sheffield School of Nursing. She spent ten years working in PICU at Great Ormond Street and Toronto Sick Children’s Hospital. She gained a BSc (Hons) from LSBU in Paediatric Intensive Care Nursing in 2004. She was a Practice Educator at GOSH before starting as a Nurse Specialist at Asthma UK. She began her career in allergy in 2007 when she became a Paediatric Allergy CNS at King’s College Hospital. She gained the MSc in Allergy from Imperial College, London in 2011 with Distinction. She is now an Advanced Nurse Practitioner at The Evelina London Children’s Hospital and is a Non-Medical Prescriber. Rebecca is the Senior Clinical Lead for the nursing team and regularly speaks at national study events and conferences. She lectures at LSBU on the Advanced Nurse Practitioner Pathway and the Non-Medical Prescribing Course and on the Allergy MSc at Imperial College. She is a Course Director for the Allergy Academy and organises national study events for allergy healthcare professionals across the country. Rebecca is also a member of the BSACI Nurses Committee as well as on the planning committee for this years’ conference.
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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

Jonathan Bernstein is Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, a partner of the Bernstein Allergy Group and Clinical Research Center and Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Asthma. He received his MD from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (1981-1985), completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Hospital (1985–1988) and Allergy/Clinical Immunology training at Northwestern University (1988–1990). His research interests are related to environmental impact on asthma, chronic urticaria, angioedema, atopic dermatitis, chronic rhinitis subtypes, chronic cough, and women’s health issues. He is Secretary Treasurer of the AAAAI and a member of the WAO board of directors, the AAAAI foundation, GINA advocacy council and HAEA organization medical advisory board. Dr. Bernstein is the recipient of the AAAAI Distinguished Clinician Award (2019) and the WAO Outstanding Clinician Award (2019). He has authored over 400 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and is the editor of five books pertaining to asthma, rhinitis and immunodeficiency.
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Dr Patrizia Bonadonna
Allergist, Allergy Unit, Verona University Hospital, Verona, Italy

Patrizia Bonadonna, M.D., Ph.D. is a clinician-scientist who works form over 20 years in Allergy and Immunology Department of University of Verona. She is Chief of Allergy in the Multidisciplinary Outpatient Clinic Group of Mastocytosis of Verona that is recognized centers of excellence from European Network of Mastocytosis which provides diagnosis, management, and treatment options for patients with mastocytosis and mast cell activation disorders, Chief of Outpatient Clinic Department of Drug Allergy and Hymenoptera Venom Allergy of Allergy Unit of Verona. She was from 2012 to 2016 Secretary of Interest Group on Drug Allergy for the European Academy of Allergy And Clinical Immunology She is Member of European Network of Mastocytosis and Medical Advisory Board for The Mastocytosis Society (TMS) in USA. The main topic of research of her are:
• 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.
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Professor Luis Caraballo
Director, Institute for Immunological Research, University of Cartagena, Colombia

Professor Caraballo is a Doctor in Medicine and Surgery, Master in Immunology, PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Specialist in Clinical Allergology. Honorary Professor, Senior Professor of Medicine and Allergy and Director of the Institute for Immunological Research, University of Cartagena, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. He is Director of the Biomedical Sciences PhD Program of the University of Cartagena. For 40 years he has been committed to educating undergraduate and graduate (Master and PhD) students. Author of more than 150 scientific articles and several books and book chapters. He has made and is currently making significant contributions to the field of experimental allergy, basically studying the genetic and environmental factors for asthma in the tropics. He is an expert on mite allergens and has discovered several allergens from Blomia tropicalis as well as allergens from the nematode Ascaris lumbricoides and their importance in the pathogenesis of allergic diseases in the tropics. Current Associated Editor of WAO Journal and Frontiers in Allergy. Former member of the WAO Board of Directors and Past President of the Colombian Association of Allergy Asthma and Immunology.
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Dr Victoria Cardona
Head of Allergy Section, University Hospital Vall d’Hebron, Spain

Victòria Cardona, trained in medicine (1982-8) and specialised Allergy (1994-7) at the Hospital Universitari Vall d’Hebron, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. She achieved her Doctoral Degree in 2002. She is currently Head of the Allergy Section, Department of Internal Medicine, at the Hospital Universitari Vall d’Hebron. Her main research and publication interests are, among others, anaphylaxis, mediators, co-factors, immunotherapy and patient reported outcomes. She has published more than 70 articles. She has been EAACI-Vicepresident of Communications and Membership (2009-2013), and has coordinated the anaphylaxis committee of the World Allergy Organization and the Latin-American Society of Allergy. She is member of the Editorial Board of the journal Clinical and Translational Allergy and Journal of Investigational Allergology and Clinical Immunology.
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Thomas B. Casale
Professor, University of South Florida, USA

Dr. Casale is Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and Chief of Clinical and Translational Research at University of South Florida in Tampa. He is also Chief Medical Advisor, Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE). He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and a past member of the Board of Directors of the American Thoracic Society, World Allergy Organization (WAO), American Board of Allergy and Immunology (Chair 2005) and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI). He is a Past President of the AAAAI and was the Executive Vice President for 10 years. He has published over 475 scientific papers, reviews, and chapters primarily on asthma, COPD and allergic diseases; organized and directed more than fifty CME programs for local and national meetings; and been a member of the planning committee for five World Asthma Meetings. He has been on the editorial boards of multiple journals including JACI, Annals of Allergy, JACI Practice and European Respiratory Journal.
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Mariana Castells
Director of Mastocytosis; Director of Drug Hypersensitivity & Drug Desensitization, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, USA

Mariana Castells, M.D., Ph.D. is a clinician-scientist with over 30 years of experience in allergy and immunology. Additionally, she is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School with over 200 publication. She is the Director of the Brigham and Women’s Mastocytosis Center one of the few nationally and internationally recognized centers of excellence which provides diagnosis, management, and treatment options for patients with mastocytosis and mast cell activation disorders, which are rare and potentially deadly disorders currently addressed with Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors. Additionally, she is the Director of the Drug Hypersensitivity and Desensitization Center at Brigham and Women’s and Dana Farber Cancer Institute which provides over 900 high risk desensitization’s per year for over 20 years to patients with cancer, severe infections and inflammatory diseases who are allergic to their first line therapy, increasing their life expectancy and quality of life.
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Yoon-Seok Chang, Professor
Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Republic of Korea (South Korea)

Professor Yoon-Seok Chang is the Head of the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seoul National University since 2003. He received his Doctor of Medicine, Master of Science, and Ph.D. in Medicine from Seoul National University. He has published more than 270 peer-reviewed papers (229 original, 47 review articles: h-index 48), 21 editorials, 16 books (chapter author), and 3 patents. His main research topics are asthma, allergic rhinitis, chronic cough, drug allergy, anaphylaxis, and community medicine.

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).

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Dr Andrew Clark
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, UK

Dr Andrew Clark is a consultant and associate lecturer in paediatric allergy at Cambridge University Hospitals Trust, UK. His research interests have spanned the period of the food allergy epidemic, addressing early key clinical questions and informing international allergy practice. Early focus areas include the natural history of food allergy, diagnostic tests, the effect of clinical interventions and novel diagnostic techniques. Recently, he led a multicentre randomised trial which estimated the effects of exercise and sleep restriction on reaction thresholds and severity in severe food allergy (TRACE study). Over a decade ago he initiated a development programme for peanut oral immunotherapy, publishing the first ever randomised controlled trial using this technique. The successful outcome led to the founding of Camallergy, and the developmeant of a candidate drug, ready for global Phase III trials. An early access treatment programme in Cambridge has enrolled over 220 peanut-allergic children since 2015. He is past-chair of the BSACI Standards of Care Committee and during his tenure produced six National Guidelines, many of which were informed by his early research and which are highly regarded and referenced throughout the world.  In 2020, Dr Clark received the William Frankland Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to clinical allergy.
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Lucy Common
Advanced Clinical Nurse Specialist, Northern Care Alliance, UK

Lucy Common is an Advanced Clinical Nurse Specialist in Immunology for the Northern Care Alliance, Salford 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.

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

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Maria Crain
APRN, CPNP, Advanced Practice Nurse/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA

Maria Crain, APRN, CPNP, is a pediatric nurse practitioner that specializes in food allergies.  She received her Master’s degree in nursing at New York University.  She worked as a nurse practitioner at the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute of Mount Sinai Medical Center for five years.  Afterwards, she moved to Dallas, Texas and has been the food allergy nurse practitioner at Children’s Health/UT Southwestern Medical Center for the past 12 years.  She performs food challenges, and sees new and established patients.  She also serves as co and sub investigator on multiple food allergy studies.  She is involved in the AAAAI and recently served as the co-chairman of the Allied Health Education Committee.  She attends and speaks at multiple allergy conferences and meetings in the United States.  She is honored to be able to attend and speak at this year’s WAO BSACI conference.
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Professor Adnan Custovic
Professor of Paediatric Allergy, Imperial College London, UK

Adnan Custovic is Professor of Paediatric Allergy at Imperial College London.  His professional training consisted of a Specialist training in Paediatrics (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 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.

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Professor Stephen Durham
Professor of Allergy and Respiratory Medicine, Imperial College London and Royal Brompton Hospital London, UK

Stephen Durham is Professor of Allergy and Respiratory Medicine and Head of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London and Honorary Consultant at Royal Brompton Hospital.

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.

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Professor Motohiro Ebisawa
Director of Clinical Research Centre for Allergy and Rheumatology, National Hospital Organization Sagamihara National Hospital, Japan

Motohiro Ebisawa is the Director of Clinical Research Center for Allergy and Rheumatology, Sagamihara National Hospital and the Professor of the Jikei University School of Medicine. He graduated from the Jikei University School of Medicine in Tokyo in 1985 and took short visiting resident course in the department of Pediatrics at St. Thomas Hospital in London, UK. He completed his postgraduate course at the Jikei University School of Medicine, where he earned his PhD. He did postdoctoral fellowship on the analysis of “eosinophil selective recruitment” in Dr. Robert P. Schleimer’s laboratory at Johns Hopkins University from 1991-1993. He also had a chance to visit Dr. Hugh Sampson’s food allergy unit regularly during his fellowship. After coming back to Japan, he started food allergy practice and research at Sagamihara National Hospital since 1995. He has published more than 200 papers on international journals in addition to numerous numbers on domestic ones.

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.

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Nadim and Tanya Ednan-Laperouse
Natasha Allergy Research Foundation, UK

The story of the death of 15-year-old Natasha Ednan-Laperouse touched
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
Allergy Tsar.
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Dr Alessandro Fiocchi
Director of Allergy, Pediatric Hospital Bambino Gesù IRCCS, Vatican City, Italy

Alessandro Fiocchi MD is the Director of Allergy at the Pediatric Hospital Bambino Gesù, Rome, Vatican City. Since 2001, he has organized international meetings in Italy, USA., Thailand, Argentina, and other countries. Author of the WAO DRACMA guidelines on cow’s milk allergy in 2010, he inspired the GLAD-P guidelines on allergy prevention by probiotics (2015), prebiotics (2016), Vitamin D (2017). Since 2014 he serves as Editor-in-chief of the World Allergy Organization Journal. He leads the Food Allergy Committee at WAO for 2020 – 2022. He organised the first virtual WISC in July 2020.
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Dr Louise Fleming
Clinical reader, Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, Imperial College London, UK

Dr Louise Fleming is a Reader in Respiratory Paediatrics at the National Heart and Lung Institute and Consultant Respiratory Paediatrician at the Royal Brompton hospital. She is a member of the GINA (Global Initiative for Asthma) Science Committee, founding member of the ERS supported Clinical Research Collaboration SPACE (Severe Paediatric Asthma Collaboration in Europe), member of the NHS England Children and Young People’s asthma oversight group (chair of the severe asthma workstream) and Asthma UK Senior Clinical Fellow. Her research interests include monitoring asthma, with a focus on adherence, phenotyping severe asthma and preschool wheeze and use of biomarkers. Clinically she looks after children with a wide range of respiratory problems.
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Professor Adam Fox
Consultant Paediatric Allergist, Evelina London Children’s Hospital, UK

Adam read Medicine and Neuroscience at Cambridge University. He spent 9 years as clinical lead for Allergy at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals, London. After 3 years as Clinical Director for Specialist Ambulatory Medicine, he took up the post of Deputy Medical Director in 2018. He is also Professor of Paediatric Allergy at King’s College London & founding Director of the KCL Allergy Academy, which was a finalist at the BMJ Awards in 2018.

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.

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Dr James Gardner
Allergy Nurse Consultant, Great North Children’s Hospital, Newcastle, UK

James qualified at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London as a Paediatric Nurse and, after working in general paediatrics/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.

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).

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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 Gennery is Professor in Paediatric Immunology and Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation at Newcastle University and Honorary Consultant for the Northern Supra-Regional Bone Marrow Transplant Unit for SCID and related disorders, at the Great North Children’s Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne. During a year of post-doctoral studies with Anne Durandy and Alain Fischer at the Necker Hospital, Paris he was involved in the discovery of Cytidine Deaminase, critical for class switch recombination and somatic hypermutation. Research interests include immunoreconstitution following HSCT for IEI, long-term outcomes of HSCT for IEI (and in particular CGD and SCID), DNA repair disorders and their appropriate treatment and DiGeorge Syndrome. He has adapted new methods of T-cell depletion for patients with IEI, established extracorporeal photopheresis for treatment of children with GvHD and is exploring use of defibrotide for treatment of non-VOD endothelial cell activation disorders post-HSCT. He is a member of ESID and EBMT, recently chaired the ESID/EBMT Inborn Errors Working Party, the ESID Clinical Working Party and ERN-RITA Guidelines Working Party. He is Co-chair of CIBMTR Primary Immune Deficiencies, Inborn Errors of Metabolism and other NMMD Working Committee. He has published over 370 papers on IEI, has co-authored important multi-centre publications on the outcomes of cohorts of children with rare IEIs following HSCT, and contributed to relevant chapters in several major textbooks.
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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. Gonzalez-Diaz is the Head, Professor and Director Program of Allergy and Clinical Immunology ( WAO Center of Excellence and CONACYT )Division at the Medical School and University Hospital from Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (UANL) in Monterrey NL, México, Past President of the Mexican College of Allergist and Immunologist CMICA, Past President LatinAmerican Society SLAAI , Actual President of Mexican Board of Allergy and WAO Board Member; Chairman of Education & Training Programs in WAO as well Co-Chair Committee Atopic Dermatitis and Medical Devices, Co editor in chief of Alergia Journal, Revisor Journal Medial Press (Dovepress) author of many papers, author of Allergy Books, with special interest in Skin Allergy : Atopic Dermatitis, Urticaria, etc, Respiratory Allergy / asthma, Allergic Rhinitis, Rhinosinusitis) , Food Allergy and in Multisystemic Allergy and Chemical Mediators.
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Dr Clive Grattan
Consultant Dermatologist, St John’s Institute of Dermatology, Guy’s Hospital, UK

Dr Grattan is a Consultant Dermatologist with a special interest in allergy including mast cell disease presenting in the skin, including mastocytosis and mast cell activation disorders. He is co-editor in chief of Clinical and Translational Allergy and author of many papers and chapters on urticaria and related subjects. He leads the tertiary referral Urticaria clinic at St John’s Institute of Dermatology, London and works closely with colleagues in Haematology and Allergy at Guy’s Hospital.
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Dr Kate Grimshaw
Highly Specialist Allergy Dietitian, Salford Care Organisation, UK

Kate Grimshaw qualified as a dietitian in 1989 after completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Dietetics (Her first degree was in Human Biology). She has since worked in a number of clinical dietetic posts. In 1995 she completed her MSc in Human Nutrition and in 2003 gained a post-graduate diploma in Allergy. In 2012 she completed her PhD on infant feeding practices in the first year of life and the development of food allergy.

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.

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Susanne Halken
Pediatric Allergologist and Professor in Paediatric Allergology, Odense University Hospital and University of Southern Denmark

Susanne Halken is employed as consultant Pediatric Allergologist and Professor in Paediatric Allergology, Odense University Hospital and University of Southern Denmark. She received “The 10th Gold Medal of the Foundation for Allergy Research in Europe (FARE)”, EAACI 1998 for research on allergy prevention, and obtained the degree as Doctor of Medical Sciences (DMSc) with the thesis “Prevention of allergic disease in childhood. Clinical and epidemiological aspects of primary and secondary allergy prevention” at The Medical Faculty of The University of Southern Denmark 2004.

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.

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Kathryn Haworth
Allergy and Immunology Specialist Nurse, Lancashire and South Cumbria Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK

Kathryn Joined the Allergy and Immunology Service based at Royal Preston Hospital in 2014 and is part of a team caring for people with Immunodeficiency, HAE, Allergies and Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria and Angioedema. She was previously Lead Research nurse at the Oxford Vaccine Group for Adult vaccine studies. Kathryn is originally from the Preston area, but she has also lived and worked in Bristol and Oxford.
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Professor Sir Stephen Holgate
MRC Clinical Professor of Immunopharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, UK

Stephen Holgate is Medical Research Council Clinical Professor of Immunopharmacology and honorary consultant physician at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, UK. He has utilised many approaches to study asthma. and published in excess of 1000 peer review papers, has been a co-editor of Middleton’s Allergy: Principles and Practice for the last 4 editions and is cofounder of Synairgen, to develop inhaled interferon beta for viral respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. He is a Past President of the BSACI, BTS and CIA He has been recipient of a number of personal awards including the BSACI William Frankland Award and Jack Pepys Lectureship, the King Faisal International Prize in Medicine, the J Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine (Canada) and the BTS Medal. He has chaired a number of Government Committees on Air Pollution and currently is Special Advisor to the RCP on Air Quality and UKRI/Met Office Clean Air Champion. He was appointed by the Queen to Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his contributions to Clinical Science in 2011 and received a Knighthood (KBE) in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours for Medical Research.
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Dr Valerie Hox
Assistant Professor, Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Belgium

Valerie Hox is an academic rhinologists with a strong background and interest in translational rhinology research and sinonasal surgery. After finishing her PhD in airway immunology at the KULeuven in 2012, she spent 2 years as a postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Allergic Diseases at the NIH, in Bethesda, MD, USA. She returned to Belgium to finish her clinical ENT training and got accepted for the Rhinology/anterior skull base fellowship at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham under supervision of S. Ahmed. After completion, she got an academic position at the Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc in Brussels, including an assistant professorship at the UCLouvain in Brussels. She has a specific focus on medical and surgical treatment of inflammatory nose and sinus disease and studies the mucosal immunological pathways as well microbiome-immune interactions in these diseases.
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Dr Christina Jones
Reader in Clinical Health Psychology, University of Surrey, UK

Dr Christina Jones is a Reader in Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Surrey and is a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society. She is also lead for the Applied Clinical & Health Psychology Research Group. Chrissie currently supervises Trainee Clinical Psychologists doctoral theses and her main research interests are in developing accessible psychological and behavioural interventions to improve health and wellbeing for those living with and affected by atopic conditions. Chrissie has expertise in multi-method evaluations and has a strong background in qualitative methodology which has helped her assess patient preferences in a range of health care contexts from the design of adrenaline auto-injectors to patient reported outcome measures. She has expertise in synthesising current evidence using systematic reviews and meta-analysis.
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Professor Marek Jutel, M.D
Professor and Head, Department and Clinical Immunology, Wroclaw Medical University, Poland & President of EAACI

Marek Jutel graduated from the Wroclaw Medical University, Wroclaw, Poland. He is full professor of allergy, clinical immunology and internal medicine and Head of the Department and Clinical Immunology of the Wroclaw Medical University. Marek Jutel was trained and conducted research in Poland, Switzerland and Germany. In 2012-2014 he was the chairman of the Scientific Programme Committee and a member of the board (Executive Committee- since 2009) of the European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (EAACI). He served as EAACI Treasurer 2015-2019 and is currently the President of EAACI since 2019. Prof. Jutel has authored more than 300 scientific publications, including in the journal Nature. He contributed to a number of guidelines and position papers on the management of allergic and immune mediated diseases published by EAACI and other scientific organisations. His main interests include mechanisms of immune tolerance, allergen specific immunotherapy and biologicals. He pioneered in the use of recombinant allergens in the treatment of allergic diseases.
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Kenji Kabashima, Professor
Department of Dermatology, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine

Dr. Kabashima was born in Japan in 1970. He graduated from Kyoto University in 1996 and was trained in Medicine/Dermatology at the United States Naval Hospital in Yokosuka Japan, Kyoto University Hospital, and University of Washington Medical Center. He started research on bioactive lipid mediators at Kyoto University, which led to a PhD (under Prof. Shuh Narumiya). Then he studied at the Department of Dermatology, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine (Prof. Yoshiki Miyachi), UCSF (Prof. Jason Cyster), and University of Occupational and Environmental Health (Prof. Yoshiki Tokura).

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.

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Dr Luciana Kase Tanno
Allergist and clinical immunologist, lecturer, University Hospital of Montpellier, France

Dr. Luciana Kase Tanno graduated in Medicine in 2001. After training in Internal Medicine (2002-2004), she specialized in Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the University of São Paulo, where she developed her PhD project (2011-2014). In 2006, she completed the residency years and became a Board Certified Allergist in Brazil as a member of the Brazilian Association of Allergy and Immunology (ASBAI).

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.

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Dr Hiroshi Kawasaki
RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences

Hiroshi Kawasaki received the M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Keio University School of Medicine in 2004 and 2012, respectively.
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.
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Dr Rebecca Knibb
Associate Professor in Psychology, Aston University, UK

Dr Rebecca Knibb is an Associate Professor in Health Psychology and a practitioner Health Psychologist with 25 years of experience of conducting research into the psychological impact of allergies and has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and conference proceedings in this field.  Her research interests include the health-related quality of life and mental well-being of children, adolescents and parents who are managing long term conditions, particularly allergic conditions and asthma.  She is involved in the development of strategies to help families cope through CBT based behaviour change methods and is particularly interested in how children cope with the transition to adolescence and cope with leaving home. She sits on a number of European Association for Allergy and Clinical Immunology Task Force groups, including a Task Force to investigate the impact of allergy on adolescents.  She is also the Chair of the Psychology Working Group for the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Currently she is looking at psychological predictors of effective allergy management and psychological service needs of patients and families across the UK, Europe and North America.
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Katherine Knight
Children’s Allergy Clinical Nurse Specialist, St Thomas’ Hospital, London, UK

Katherine has worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist at the St Thomas’ Hospital Children’s Allergy Service since 2013. She is the immunotherapy lead for the service and specialises in allergic rhinitis, omalizumab therapy for severe asthma and food allergy.

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.

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Dr Susan Leech
Consultant Paediatric allergist, Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, UK

Susan is a paediatric allergist and clinical lead at Kings College Hospital London. She qualified from Cambridge University and trained in paediatrics at Southampton and Kings, London. She trained in paediatric allergy and immunology at Oxford and Kings College London, where she completed an MSc in medical immunology. She is clinical lead for the paediatric allergy service at Kings and leads the South Thames Allergy Network.

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.

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Professor Andreas Lopata
Professor in Biochemistry, James Cook University, Australia

Professor Lopata is a molecular immunologist and Professorial Chair with the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology at the James Cook University, and the Tropical Futures Institute at James Cook University-Singapore.

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.

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Professor Bryan Martin
Chief of Allergy Immunology, Ohio State University, USA

Professor Bryan Martin has served at many roles at The Ohio State University, where he has been Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, the Designated Institutional Official, Associate Medical Director of University Hospital and Chief of Allergy and Immunology.  Prior to joining the faculty at Ohio State, Dr. Martin spent 29 years in the United States Army, where he was the Chair of the Department of Allergy and Immunology at the Walter Reed Army Medical Centre, Program Director of the Allergy Immunology Fellowship and the Consultant to the Army Surgeon General for Allergy and Immunology.

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.

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Tim McLachlan
Chief Executive , The Natasha Allergy Research Foundation

Tim McLachlan is Chief Executive of The Natasha Allergy Research Foundation, responsible for the strategic direction and all the Foundation’s activities across the UK and globally.

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.

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Dr Rosan Meyer
Visiting Professor, Winchester University, UK

Rosan completed her degree in dietetics in South Africa in 1996 and finished her MSc in 2004 and PhD at Imperial College London in 2008. She was the principal research dietitian at Great Ormond Street Hospital until December 2015, and after this worked with the allergy team at St. Thomas Hospital until 2018. She has a busy paediatric dietetic practice in London and has published numerous articles and books. She is currently module leader for the Food Hypersensitivity Module of the MSc in Allergy at Imperial College and is visiting Professor at KU Leuven, on their MSc on Deglutology and University of Winchester on their anthropometry and ARFID module.  She is also the secretary for the EAACI Allied Health and Primary Section and chair of the task force working on non-IgE mediated allergy and feeding difficulties.
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Dr Louise Michaelis
Consultant Paediatrician in Immunology and Allergy, Great North Children’s Hospital, UK

Dr Louise Michaelis is a Consultant Paediatrician and a Senior Lecturer in Immunology and
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
Southampton.

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).

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Dr Josh Milner
Columbia University Irving Medical College, USA

Dr. Joshua Milner is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Institute of Genomic Medicine and the Director of Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. His research centers around the genetics and immunopathology of inborn disorders of the immune system, with the ultimate goal of identifying pathways relevant for diagnosis and treatment of both rare and common allergic and immunologic diseases. His particular focus is on monogenic causes of allergic disease, a class of disorders now referred to as “Primary Atopic Disorders.” Previously, he was the Chief of the Laboratory of Allergic Diseases in the NIAID intramural research program at the NIH. Dr. Milner earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1995 and a medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2000, with special distinction in immunology. He completed a residency in pediatrics at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., followed by a fellowship in allergy and immunology at NIAID with the late William E. Paul. Dr. Milner is board-certified in allergy and immunology. He has been elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, and the Henry Kunkel Society. He has received several NIH Director’s Awards, the 2015 Phadia Allergy Research Forum Award, the 2017 Gale and Ira Drukier Prize in children’s health research, the Society for Pediatric Research’s 2019 E. Mead Johnson Award and the 2021 American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology Foundation Heritage Lectureship. He has published more than 140 papers and has served on the editorial boards of multiple journals.
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Dr Antonella Muraro
Consultant allergist and pediatrician, Head of the Food Allergy Referral, Centre, Padua University hospital Padua, Italy

Dr. Muraro is a Consultant allergist and pediatrician, Head of the Food Allergy Referral Centre at the Padua University hospital in Padua, Italy. She is Past President of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical immunology -EAACI. During her term at EAACI she chaired the first Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Guidelines 2014 and Update 2021 as well as the Allergen Immunotherapy Guidelines 2017-2018 . She is currently member of the Executive Committee of the Global Allergy and Asthma Network of Centres of Excellence -GA2LEN and of the Steering Committee of the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis -ANACare Network of Centres. She has authored more that 260 articles and book chapters being awarded as Highly Cited researcher in 2021 and 2022 by the Web Science Clarivate analytics. She is Professor of food allergy at Padua School of Medicine. At the Food Allergy Centre she has implemented a multidisciplinary and multi-professional approach to the diagnosis and treatment of allergic diseases integrating allergist, pediatrician, dietitian , a dedicated psychologist focusing on education and training of patients, school staff and restaurant. Her research aims to evaluate biomarkers for severe food reactions as well as innovative treatments for food allergy and pediatric allergy.
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Dr Mário Morais-Almeida
Head, Immunoallergy Department, CUF-Descobertas Hospital and CUF-Infante Santo Hospital, Lisbon,
Portugal

Mário Morais-Almeida is the Head of the Immunoallergy Department of CUF-Descobertas Hospital (World Allergy Organization Center of Excellence) and CUF-Infante Santo Hospital, Lisbon, since 2003; apart the supervision of the department activities, he dedicates more than twenty hours per week to clinical activity in the out-patient section of the Allergy Center. He graduated from the Lisbon School of Medicine in 1986 and became Specialist in Allergy and Immunology in 1994 and senior consultant since 2002, being also specialist in in Health Units Management since 2003. Dr. Morais-Almeida has a Master in Respiratory Diseases and recently submitted a PhD thesis to NOVA Medical School in Lisbon. He is a collaborator of the Center for Health Technology and Services Research, Oporto Faculty of Medicine, since 2012. He is currently the president of the Portuguese Association of Asthmatic Patients (2016-2019), and served as president of the Portuguese Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (2005-2013), the Allergy and Clinical Immunology Board of the Portuguese Medical Association (2003-2006), the Luso-Brazilian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (2009-2010), the South European Allergy Societies (2011), and vice president of the Latin American Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Society (2013-2015) and of the Lung Portuguese Foundation (2010-2012). He served on government and nongovernmental committees, namely the National Observatory on Respiratory Diseases, GINA and ARIA initiatives and the National Commission of Asthma, being a regular Consultant of several Portuguese Ministry of Health Departments since 1996. He is co-coordinator of the Portuguese guidelines on Asthma management and Anaphylaxis registration, management and referral, being member of the work group responsible for the Portuguese Catalog of Allergies and Adverse Reactions.
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Professor Liam O’Mahony
Immunologist, University College Cork, Ireland

Professor Liam O’Mahony received his BSc in Microbiology from University College Cork, Ireland in 1994 and his PhD in Immunology was awarded in 1998 by Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Thereafter, Prof. O’Mahony performed post-doctoral research at the Department of Microbiology, University College Cork, Department of Medicine, University College Cork and the Digestive Diseases Division, UCLA. Dr. O’Mahony was a Principal Investigator at the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, University College Cork, from 2003 to 2008. From 2009 to 2018, he was head of Molecular Immunology at the Swiss Institute of Allergy and Asthma Research, University of Zürich, Switzerland. He is currently the Prof. of Immunology at the Departments of Medicine and Microbiology, APC Microbiome Ireland, National University of Ireland, Cork, Ireland. He is also currently the EAACI Treasurer and is an Allergy associate editor. His research interests are focused on the molecular basis for microbe and metabolite modulation of mucosal inflammatory responses. In particular, Prof. O’Mahony is investigating the basic mechanisms by which microbes influence allergic sensitization within the gut, skin and lungs.
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Professor Nikolaos Papadopoulos
Professor of Allergy, University of Athens, Greece

Nikolaos (Nikos) Papadopoulos’ work focuses on the role of infection and its interaction with atopy, as keystone events of respiratory allergy pathophysiology as well as targets for treatment. In the course of this career, he has identified some of the key mechanisms leading from common viral exposures to asthma exacerbations and persistence.

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.

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Dr Manish Pareek
Associate Clinical Professor, University of Leicester, UK

Dr Manish Pareek graduated from the University of Birmingham with Honours in Medicine and undertook general medical training before completing an academic specialist training programme in Infectious Diseases and General Medicine in Leicester and London (Imperial College London) funded by the NIHR and MRC. At present he is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Leicester and Honorary Consultant in Infectious Diseases within University Hospitals of Leicester. His primary research interests are: tuberculosis, migrant health, health policy, modelling and health economics. He has undertaken a significant amount of work on the impact of ethnicity on COVID-19 outcomes and is the Chief Investigator of UK-REACH which is examining COVID-19 in healthcare workers.
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Kelly Parker
Paediatric Allergy Nurse Specialist / Matron, The Princess Alexandra Hospital, UK

Kelly Parker is the Paediatric Allergy Clinical Nurse Specialist / Matron at The Princess Alexandra NHS Trust 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 services.

Kelly also participates in allergy training days for local GP’s

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Dr David Peden
Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Senior Associate Dean for Translational Research, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, USA

Dr. David B. Peden is the Harry S. Andrews Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine and Microbiology/Immunology as serves as the Senior Associate Dean for Translational Research and Medical Director, Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma & Lung Biology for the UNC School of Medicine (SOM). Dr. Peden is currently principal investigator for over $5 million of federally grant funded research from the US  Department of Defense, EPA, NHLBI, NIAID, and NIEHS. His research program focuses on assessing human inflammatory response to ozone, endotoxin, concentrated air particulates and woodsmoke particles, identifying biological determinants of response, and testing interventions to mitigate these effects and for treatment of airway disease. Dr. Peden is also a member of the World Allergy Organization Board of Directors, past president of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: Global, and Chair of the FDA Allergenic Products Advisory Committee. He is certified in pediatrics, allergy and immunology and clinical laboratory immunology.
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Professor Graham Roberts
Professor and Consultant in Paediatric Allergy and Respiratory Medicine, University of Southampton, UK

Graham Roberts is a Professor and Consultant in paediatric allergy and respiratory medicine at University of Southampton and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. He is also the Co- Director of the David Hide Asthma and Allergy Research Centre on the Isle of Wight. Professor Roberts is President of the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. He Chairs the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Adolescent and Young Adult Task Force.
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Dr Hugh Sampson
Professor of Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Jaffe Food Allergy Institute, USA

Dr. Hugh A. Sampson is the Kurt Hirschhorn Professor of Pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine in New York and has over 40 years’ experience in translational research focusing on food allergic disorders and basic immunologic mechanisms responsible for these disorders. He has authored/co-authored over 530 original articles and 90 book chapters, and co-edited 5 books, primarily on clinical and immunopathogenic aspects of food allergic disorders, and chaired working groups that produced standardized criteria for diagnosing anaphylaxis (NIAID/FAAN Guidelines on Anaphylaxis) and conducting double-blind placebo-controlled oral food challenges (Practall Guidelines). Dr. Sampson was elected to membership in the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academies in 2003 for his research accomplishments. He is the past-president of the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology, past Chairman of the Section on Allergy & Immunology of the American Academy of Pediatrics, past Board member of the World Allergy Organization, and has served on the Editorial Boards of five allergy journals. Dr. Sampson also has trained over 40 post-doctoral allergy/immunology fellows, many of whom are now leaders in the field of food allergy.
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Professor Alexandra Santos
Professor of Paediatric Allergy and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Allergy, King’s College London and Evelina London Children’s Hospital, UK

Professor Alexandra Santos is Professor of Paediatric Allergy at King’s College London and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Allergy at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

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.

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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, 

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Miss Melissa Singh
Psychological Well-being Practitioner, Anaphylaxis Campaign, UK

Melissa Singh currently works for the NHS and has recently finished her studies at University College London, qualifying in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies managing a caseload of 40+ clients with anxiety and depression.

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.

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Dr Isabel Skypala
Consultant Allergy Dietitian, Royal Brompton & Harefield, UK

Dr Isabel Skypala is a Consultant Allergy Dietitian at the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals (RBHT), and the clinical lead for the adult food allergy service. She is also an honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College London and co-leads the Food Allergy module of the Allergy MSc. Isabel lectures at international level and has authored many peer-reviewed papers and books. Her research has primarily been focussed on plant food allergy in adults, including Pollen Food Syndrome and Lipid Transfer Protein Allergy. She has promoted the role of dietitians in allergy, establishing the Food Allergy Specialist Group of the British Dietetic Association and co-founding the International Network of Diet and Nutrition in Allergy, now allied to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI). Isabel was the first dietitian to sit on both the Council of the British Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology (BSACI), and the Executive Committee of the European Academy of Allergy & Clinical Immunology. In 2014, Isabel received the BSACI William Frankland award for services to clinical allergy, and the AAAAI Allied Health Professional of the year award in 2022.
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Gunter Sturm
Associate Professor, Medical University of Graz and Head, Allergy Outpatient Clinic Reumannplatz, Austria

Gunter Sturm is head of the Allergy Outpatient Clinic Reumannplatz in Vienna and Associate Professor at the Department of Dermatology and Venerology, Medical University of Graz in Austria. He is first author of the EAACI guidelines on Hymenoptera venom immunotherapy and is currently chair of the EAACI working group Insect Venom Hypersensitivity. He and his research group focuses on diagnosis and treatment of insect venom allergy since more than 20 years.
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Dr James L. Sublett
Clinical Professor, University of Louisville School of Medicine, USA

James L. Sublett, MD, FACAAI, FAAAAI serves on the Board of Directors of the World Allergy Organization. He is a Past President (2014-2015) of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) and currently serves as the ACAAI’s Executive Director for Advocacy and Governmental Affairs. He has been honored by the College as a Distinguished Fellow. He is a Clinical Professor at the University of Louisville (UofL) School of Medicine and for over twenty years served as the Section Chief. He is the co-founder of Family Allergy & Asthma, which is one of the largest allergy & immunology practices in the United States, with sixty-five board certified allergists/immunologists serving eighty clinics in six states. Dr. Sublett also sits on several other boards, including the UofL President’s Advisory Council and the Norton Healthcare Board of Trustees. He received his MD degree from UofL and completed a residency in Pediatrics and a Fellowship in Allergy and Immunology in the Department of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital, UofL School of Medicine. Sublett is regarded as an expert on the effects of air pollution on human health, especially related to indoor environments.

He is married and lives with his wife, Lelia, in Anchorage, KY.

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Professor Mamidipudi Thirumala Krishna
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and University of Birmingham

Professor Thirumala Krishna (TK) is Consultant Allergist and Immunologist at University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB), Honorary Professor in Allergy, Clinical Immunology and Global Health at University of Birmingham (UoB) and Head of Postgraduate School of Pathology at West Midlands Health Education England.

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.

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Dr Peter Valentin Tomazic, Austria
Professor, Dept of General Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Medical University of Graz, Austria

Dr. Tomazic graduated from the Medical University Graz in 2008. After being research fellow for 6 months, he became resident at the ENT-University Hospital Graz, Department of General ORL Head and Neck Surgery, where he is active since May 2009. He started his PhD-studies in 2011 focusing on proteomic analysis of nasal mucus in allergic rhinitis. He was promoted to Assistant Professor in 2014. In December 2016 he finished his PhD and became Associate Professor in March 2017. He is member of the interdisciplinary Skull Base Group at the Medical University of Graz.
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Professor Sanna Toppila-Salmi
Senior Consultant Otorhinolaryngologist,

Skin and Allergy Hospital of the Helsinki University Hospital & University of Helsinki, Finland
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.
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Dr Paul Turner
Reader in Paediatric Allergy & Clinical Immunology, Imperial College London, UK

Dr Paul Turner is a Reader / Clinician Scientist and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Allergy & Immunology at Imperial College London, and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, Australia. His research, funded by the Medical Research Council, European Commission, NIHR and UK Food Standards Agency among others, focusses on the pathophysiology of severe allergic reactions to food. He is a member of the UK Food Standards Agency’s Science Council, the FAO/WHO Codex Expert Consultation on Risk Assessment of Food Allergens and leads the EAACI Taskforce on Food Allergen Thresholds.

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.

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Professor Ronald van Ree
Professor of Molecular and Translational Allergology, Amsterdam University Medical Centers, The Netherlands

Ronald van Ree is Professor of Molecular and Translational Allergology at the Department of Experimental Immunology and the Department of Otorhinolaryngology of Amsterdam University Medical Centers, location AMC, in 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.

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Amena Warner
Head of Clinical, Allergy UK

Amena Warner RN. SN. (PG Dip) Specialist Practice. Dip Allergy.
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.
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Professor John Warner
Emeritus Professor of Paediatrics, Imperial College, London, UK

John O. Warner OBE MD FRCP FRCPCH FMedSci FERS is Emeritus Professor, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College, London and Hon. Professor Paediatrics University of Cape Town.

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.

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Mr Simon Williams
Chief Executive Officer, Anaphylaxis Campaign, UK

Simon joined as Chief Executive in November 2021 having previously been Head of External Affairs at HEART UK The Cholesterol Charity. Simon led successful campaigns for better services and access to medicines for people with heart disease, as well as playing a leading role in transforming the charity’s communications, commercial partnerships and income generation. As the new Chief Executive, Simon is committed to extending the support and reach of the charity and transform its approach to helping many more people.
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Professor Gary Wong
Professor, Department of Paediatrics and School of Public Health, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Gary WK Wong is Professor, Department of Paediatrics and School of Public Health, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he has been working for 20 years. He is a member of the World Allergy Organization (WAO) Board of Directors, an assembly member of the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), a steering committee member of the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) research group, and Past President of the Asia-Pacific Association of Pediatric Allergy, Respirology and Immunology (APAPARI).

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.

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Karen Wright
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

Evelina London Children’s Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust Children’s Allergy Service
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.
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Dr Kiwako Yamamoto-Hanada
Chief, Allergy Center, National Center for Child Health and Development, Tokyo, Japan

Kiwako Yamamoto-Hanada, MD, Ph.D. is Chief of Allergy Center and team leader of Medical Support Center of Japan Environment and Children’s Study at National Center for Child Health and Development (National Children’s Hospital) in 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.

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Dr Anahí Yáñez, Medical Doctor
Research Center in Allergy and Respiratory Disease – InAER, Argentina

Anahi Yañez is an Allergy and Immunology Specialist , Medical Director and Principal Investigator of InAER: Research Center for Allergy and Respiratory Diseases, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, since 2006.

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.

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