Professor Marina Botto
Marina Botto FMedSci is the Director of the Centre for Complement and Inflammation Research (CCIR) and Professor of Rheumatology at the Imperial College London. She is also a Consultant Rheumatologist at Imperial Academic Health Science Centre, Hammersmith Campus.
Dr Robert Boyle
Robert is a NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Paediatric Allergy at Imperial College, London. He trained in Paediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology under Mimi Tang's supervision at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, where he completed doctoral studies investigating the mechanisms through which probiotic bacteria may act to prevent eczema. Dr Boyle achieved the highest mark of all examination candidates at the inaugural sitting of the official European Allergy Examination, has over 20 publications in peer-reviewed journals and receives research support from both charitable and industry sources.
Professor William Cookson
William Cookson is Professor of Genomic Medicine at Imperial College London, Associate Head of the National Heart and Lung Institute and Campus Dean, Royal Brompton Campus.
Professor Cookson was previously Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Oxford until 2004. He initially trained as a respiratory physician, and for the past twenty years has developed a research group devoted to understanding the genetic causes of asthma and eczema.
He is currently co-ordinator of the GABRIEL Project, a Europe-wide investigation into genetic and environmental causes of asthma.
Dr Helen Cox
Dr. Helen Cox is a Consultant in Paediatric Allergy and Immunology at St. Mary's Hospital Paddington where she is on of the lead clinicians. Although her work encompasses all aspects of paediatric allergy, her major area of interest is in the young child with severe eczema. She was previously involved in research into the genetics of atopic eczema and is currently participating in the NICE guideline development for atopic eczema in children.
Dr Graham Davies
Dr Graham Davies studied medicine at Cambridge and London Universities and then trained in paediatrics, specialising in Immunology and Infectious Diseases. He held an Action Research training fellowship at the Institute of Child Health, London under the supervision of the late Roland Levinsky. He went on to be appointed as a Consultant and Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Immunology and Infectious Diseases at St Georges, University of London.
Since 1997, he has been Consultant Paediatric Immunologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital and holds an Honorary Readership at the Centre for Immunodeficiency, Institute of Child Health, University College, London. His research interests lie in the field of primary immunodeficiency disorders. He established and leads the only programme in Europe of thymic transplantation for patients with complete DiGeorge syndrome.
Dr George Du Toit
George du Toit is a Consultant in Paediatric Allergy and Hon. Senior Lecturer at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, King's College London. Asides from running dedicated clinics in paediatric drug allergy and chronic urticaria at the Evelina Children's Hospital, he is Senior Co-Investigator on the NIH-funded research study entitled "LEAP" (Learning Early about Peanut Allergies). George trained as a Paediatrician and then further specialised in paediatric allergy and asthma at the Red Cross Children's Hospital and University of Cape Town Lung Institute. In 2003, George took up a post as Consultant Paediatric Allergist at Imperial College London, St Mary's Hospital. George joined the Children's Allergy Service at the Evelina Hospital in 2006. His earlier research projects focused on Pulmonary Tuberculosis and Chronic Urticaria. Current research projects concern the prevention of Peanut Allergy, Food-Dependent exercise-induced Anaphylaxis, Drug Allergy and Chronic Urticaria.
Professor Bobby Gaspar
Reader/Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Immunology, Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Dr Claudia Gore
Claudia Gore is currently practicing as a consultant paediatric allergist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS trust in London. She trained in paediatric medicine in the North West and in paediatric allergy in London. She did her research under the auspices of Professor Adnan Custovic at the University of Manchester and was awarded her PhD in 2006 for work on: "Atopic dermatitis in early childhood - effect of probiotic intervention, role of gastrointestinal permeability and microflora & quality of life implications".
Professor Michael Levin
Michael Levin is Professor of Paediatrics and International Child Health and Director of the Wellcome Centre for Clinical Tropical Medicine at Imperial College. He trained in medicine in South Africa and in paediatrics in the UK before specialising in infectious diseases. He was Consultant in Infectious Diseases at Great Ormond Street hospital before being appointed as Professor of Paediatrics at Imperial College London in 1990. His research has focused on life threatening infections of childhood including meningococcal disease , childhood tuberculosis. Malaria, and Kawasaki disease, and severe respiratory infections.
Professor Simon Murch
His research background is in mucosal immunology, and his early work was based on the role of macrophage cytokines in intestinal and lung inflammation. This work contributed to the introduction of anti-TNF therapy in Crohn's disease, and also provided the first demonstration of the role of inflammatory cytokines in lung disease affecting preterm infants. His particular interests in food allergies include food-sensitive enteropathy and non lgE-mediated allergy. His recent work has shown evidence of impaired development of regulatory immune responses in allergic children, and future studies are planned to look at early infectious exposures to the intestinal flora as possible causes of impaired immunological priming. His additional work has focussed on the role of intestinal inflammation in childhood malnutrition disorders, and in the molecular basis of protein-losing enteropathy.
Dr Jill Warner
Dr. Jill Warner is currently Reader in Allergy and Immunology in the Division of Medicine at Imperial College London and Head of Education for the Women and Children's Clinical Programme group at Imperial College Healthcare Trust. She has BSc in Immunology and a PhD in Allergy and her research interests are in fetal origins and primary prevention of allergic disease on which she has published extensively. Jill has produced a range of professional educational tools for allergy including videos, CD-Roms and web-based multimedia guides. She established the first UK Masters level course in Allergy at the University of Southampton in 2000 and has subsequently established a new e-learning Certificate of Advanced Study/M Sc in Allergy at Imperial College that commenced in 2008 and for which she is the Course D irector.
Professor John Warner
John Warner qualified in medicine at the University of Sheffield and received his paediatric training at the Children's hospital, Sheffield and the Hospital for Sick Children Great Ormond Street. He was subsequently Consultant at Royal Brompton hospital in paediatric chest medicine, moved to Southampton to the Chair of Child Health for 16 years from 1990 and in 2006 moved back to London as Professor of Paediatrics at Imperial College London. His research is focused on the early life origins of asthma and related allergic disorders. He is Editor in Chief of the journal Pediatric Allergy and Immunology and Chairman of the paediatric section of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology. He has published over 300 papers on asthma and related allergic and respiratory topics in medical journals.