Prof Fernando Martinez
Dr. Fernando D. Martinez is a Regents’ Professor and Director of the Asthma and Airway Disease Research Center at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Dr. Martinez is a world-renowned expert, and one of the most highly regarded researchers, in the field of childhood asthma. His primary research interests are the natural history, genetics, and treatment of childhood asthma.
His groundbreaking research has had an impact on his field in numerous ways, most prominent among them the development of the concept of the early origins of asthma and COPD. This concept is now widely accepted as the potential basis for the design of new strategies for the prevention of these devastating illnesses affecting millions of children and adults worldwide. In addition, Dr. Martinez has made important contributions to our understanding of the role of gene-environment interactions in the development of asthma and allergies. He has also been the principal investigator of one of the Clinical Centers that are part of the NHLBI Asthma Treatment Networks, which have contributed fundamental new evidence on which to base national guidelines for the treatment of the disease. Dr. Martinez currently serves on national scientific boards including the NHLBI National Advisory Council and the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. He was a member of the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program that was responsible for the development of the Expert Panel Report: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma in 1997 and its first revision in 2001. He also has been a member of the FDA Pulmonary-Allergy Drugs Advisory Committee and the Board of Extramural Advisors of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).
Dr. Martinez’s research and vision are well detailed in more than 250 original research papers and editorials, many in collaboration with investigators from all over the world. He is frequently invited to give keynote presentations at national and international meetings.
Prof Hans Bisgaard
Dr. Bisgaard’s research has been devoted to unraveling the origins of asthma and allergy in comprehensive birth cohort studies, the Copenhagen Prospective Study on Asthma in Childhood (COPSAC), recruiting 1,100 pregnant women and their children.
The COPSAC studies hold the promise to improve our understanding of the processes leading towards health or disease in an interaction between heritage and environment. Importantly, the research strategy is emphasizing asthma and allergy as early indicators of a range of non-communicable diseases, which have risen in parallel.
Prof Paul Brand
Professor Paul Brand is consultant paediatrician for respiratory and allergic diseases at the Princess Amalia Children’s Centre of Isala Hospital, one of the largest teaching hospitals in the Netherlands, the Dean of Medical Education and Research at the same hospital, and an honorary professor of Clinical Medical Education at the University Medical Centre in Groningen, the Netherlands.
Paul’s research interests include (adherence to) asthma treatment in children and the diagnosis and management of food allergy. He also teaches and researches educational skills in postgraduate education. Paul has contributed to more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and has edited acclaimed textbooks on medical education and paediatrics in Dutch. He published two novels in the Dutch language. He is married with five children. His hobbies include running and soccer.
Prof Robert E. Wood
PhD, MD, Director, Pulmonary Bronchoscopy Department
Dr. Robert Wood, PhD, MD, is a pediatric pulmonary specialist, with particular interest in bronchoscopy. He has played a major role in the development of instrumentation and techniques for flexible bronchoscopy in pediatric patients.
He is recognized as a teacher of endoscopic techniques, and has published many papers and book chapters on the subject. Additionally, he has extensive experience with clinical problems in pediatric pulmonary medicine, especially children with complex airway problems and cystic fibrosis.
Before coming to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Wood was on the faculty of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio (1976 to 1983), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1983 to 1999).
Dr Umakanth Khatwa
Dr Umakanth Khatwa is an Attending Physician; Director of Sleep Laboratories, Director of Aero-digestive Center, and Director of Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia Program.
He specializes in Pulmonary Medicine, Sleep Disorders, Chronic Lung Disease, Sleep Disordered Breathing, Apnea, Cough, Respiratory Diseases, Aerodigestive Disorders, and Cystic Fibrosis.
Prof Andrew BushMD, FRCP, FRCPCH, FERS
Professor of Paediatrics and Head of Section (Paediatrics), Imperial College. Professor of Paediatric Respirology, National Heart and Lung Institute, Royal Brompton Hospital.
His research interests include the invasive and non-invasive measurement of airway inflammation in children, in particular the use of endobronchial biopsy in the management of severe asthma, and also respiratory mass spectrometry. He has raised more than £60 million in peer review grants and donations. He has supervised 32 MD and PhD degrees, authored more than 400 papers in peer review journals, and written more than 80 chapters in books and monographs.
He recently co-edited the 8th Edition of Kendig's Disorders of the Respiratory Tract in Children, and ‘Cystic Fibrosis in the 21st Century', a Monograph in the series ‘Progress in Respiratory Research'. He has been Deputy Editor of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (the highest impact factor respiratory journal, the only Deputy Editor from outside North America), and Head of the Paediatric Assembly of the European Respiratory Society. He is the Joint Editor in Chief of Thorax, the 2nd ranked chest journal in the world, and top-ranked outside North America, the first paediatrician to hold this post. He has served as Associate Editor for Europe for Paediatric Pulmonology.
Prof Steve Cunningham
Steve is Professor and Honorary Consultant of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine at the University of Edinburgh and Royal Hospital for Sick Children, NHS Lothian.
His research interests include acute viral bronchiolitis of infancy, asthma, rare lung disease and cystic fibrosis. Steve is involved in the development of novel RSV treatments and vaccines. Member of Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research and UoE NIHR Global Research Centre on Respiratory Health (RESPIRE).
Prof Jane Davies
Jane Davies is Professor of Paediatric Respirology & Experimental Medicine at Imperial College, London and Honorary Consultant at the Royal Brompton Hospital.
She co-leads the site at the ECFS Clinical Trial Network through which they are engaged in many trials in the current pipeline. She has been global lead investigator for the first trials of CFTR modulators in young children and babbies and is working on the standardisation of lung clearance index, a sensitive measure of pulmonary health in early disease.
Prof Monica LakhanpaulMBBS, MRCPCH, MD, FRCPCH
Professor Lakhanpaul graduated 1992, gained her doctorate in in 2003, and proceeded to Senior Lecturer/ Consultant Paediatrician at the University of Leicester.
In 2012 she joined the UCL GOS Institute of Child Heath as Professor of Integrated Community Child Health and in 2016 was appointed Head of Population, Policy and Practice in the Institute of Child Health. She takes a cross sector participatory approach to complex intervention design working particular with marginalized communities and recognizing the important or sociocultural factors that influence health outcomes.
Prof Adnan Custovic
Adnan Custovic is Clinical Professor of Paediatric Allergy at Imperial College London. In 2015 he was awarded European Respiratory Society Gold Medal for research in asthma.
In 2013 he received the BSACI William Frankland Medal for outstanding contributions to clinical allergy, and the CIPP President’s award for the distinguished achievements in childhood asthma. He delivered numerous prestigious keynote/named lectures, including Ann Woolcock lecture (2016), Nemacolin Asthma Conference Keynote Lecture (2014), Cas Motala Memorial Lecture (South African Allergy Society, 2013), James Hutchison's Memorial Lecture (Hong Kong Paediatric Society, 2012), and the RSM Priscilla Piper Lecture (2011).
He is Associate Editor of the Blue Journal, and serves on 13 journal editorial boards.
Prof Anne Greenough
Anne Greenough is Professor of Neonatology and Clinical Respiratory Physiology, Director of Education and Training at King’s Heath Partners Academic Health Science Centre and Board Member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
She was Chair of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Paediatrics (non medicines) Specialty Group and is now Vice President Science and Research, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
Professor Greenough is a member of the Department of Women and Children’s Health, School of Life Course Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, King’s College London and the Medical Research Council–Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma. Her research interests focus on the early origins of chronic respiratory disease and include factors affecting antenatal lung growth, optimisation of respiratory support, determinants of sudden infant death syndrome and prevention and treatment of chronic lung disease, particularly related to viral infections and sickle cell disease. The RCPCH has this year awarded Professor Greenough the James Spence Medal.
Prof Neena Modi
Neena Modi is Professor of Neonatal Medicine, Imperial College London, Consultant at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, and Immediate Past-President of the UK Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
Neena qualified from the University of Edinburgh, and trained at University College Hospital London and Liverpool University. She leads a multidisciplinary neonatal research programme focused on the perinatal determinants of life-long health. She is extensively published in original-research peer-reviewed journals, has authored a number of chapters in textbooks, commentaries and reviews, and directs the well-known ͞Neonatal Update: the science of newborn care͟, a week-long academic meeting held in London each December that attracts a capacity national and international audience.
Neena contributes to many working parties, and health services and research committees. She has held a large number of national roles including President of the UK Neonatal Society, President of the Academic Paediatrics Association of Great Britain and Ireland, Chair of the British Medical Journal Ethics Committee, and Chair of the NHS England Infant, Children and Young People Patient Safety Expert Group. She led the development of the UK National Neonatal Research Database and is the current Director. This is a national and international resource for research, quality improvement, audit, and surveillance, containing detailed information on all admissions to neonatal units in England, Wales and Scotland.
Prof Claire Hogg
Claire Hogg is a Consultant at The Royal Brompton and Harefield Foundation Trust in London, UK. She is the clinical lead for the National Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia [PCD] Diagnostic service, in London.
The Royal Brompton is one of three National specialist centres for PCD in the UK where there are an estimated 3,000 patients. The Royal Brompton service cares for over 300 patients and sees around 400 referrals for diagnostics each year. This represents one of the largest PCD cohorts in Europe.
Alongside the clinical service, Claire runs an active research programme, focussing on chronic suppurative lung diseases, with a specific research and development programme aiming to bring advance PCD diagnostic tests into clinical practice. Foremost of these is the 3 dimensional electron tomography programme. Development of this technique has allowed for identification of previously unknown ultrastructural abnormalities in the axoneme of patients with novel mutations such as Hydin [pub 2012], dynein regulatory complex defects and those with DNAH11 mutations [pub 2017]. These genetic variations had no previously known ultrastructural defect as determined by conventional 2D electron tomography. It also has close collaborations with the geneticists at UCL, resulting in several novel gene discoveries. The group has also led on validating immunofluorescent Antibody staining techniques within the PCD diagnostic pathway [pub 2017], leading to a clinical roll out of this technique across the national Service.
Claire is UK lead for the first clinical trial in PCD as part of an EU programme grant [BESTcilia FP-7], Head of the BEAT-PCD training School [EU COST Action grant] and a member of the EU PCD Taskforce. Claire leads the PCD domain for the current Genomics UK project, tasked with improving genetic diagnosis for all patients with rare diseases.
Dr Don Urquhart
Don Urquhart is a Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and University of Edinburgh.
Don trained in respiratory paediatrics in London (before undertaking a sleep fellowship in Brisbane. His MD research studied the relationship of sleep and exercise hypoxia with measures of inflammation in children with Cystic Fibrosis (CF).
Don is co-chair of the British Paediatric Sleep Association. His post in Edinburgh has a large clinical caseload of children with respiratory sleep problems. He has active sleep research including work (funded by Action Medical Research and The RS MacDonald Charitable Trust) on the prevalence of sleep-disordered breathing in children with epilepsy.
Don is a member of the Exercise Working Group of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society and the European Respiratory Society Task Force on Standardisation of Exercise Testing in Respiratory Disease. He PI on several clinical trials of investigational medicinal products in Cystic Fibrosis
Dr Colin WallisMB, ChB, MD, DCH, FCP(SA), MRCP, FRCPCH
Colin Wallis is a consultant paediatrician in respiratory medicine at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust.
He received his undergraduate training at the University of Cape Town and after completing an MD degree joined the paediatric registrar rotation at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town. After additional jobs in the UK, and further experience in Canada he joined the respiratory team at GOS in 1993.
Dr Wallis has a specific interest in the care and management of children with chronic lung disease in particular cystic fibrosis and the child with long term ventilatory needs. He is chairman of a UK working party looking at the needs of the chronically ventilated child and was awarded an NHS HTA grant to review the current status of paediatric long-term ventilation in the UK. He also established the “Aspiration Clinic”at GOSH – a decision of dubious wisdom.
Dr Wallis is an examiner for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and past president of the BPRS. He has published over 80 articles in peer review journals and is the author of several chapters in leading paediatric respiratory texts.
Dr Noel Baxter
Noel is an NHS GP in Southwark, London. He is the respiratory champion there, providing peer support to primary care colleagues and working with specialist respiratory colleagues within a population based integrated respiratory service and is the Clinical Director for Quality at NHS Southwark CCG.
He is the Chair of the Primary Care Respiratory Society (PCRS-UK), leads the primary care workstream of the RCP national asthma and COPD audit and was a member of the recent NICE clinical guideline group for asthma management. Dr Baxter is a clinical advisor to the British Lung Foundation. He was co-lead of the London respiratory strategic clinical network from 2010 until its end in September 2016 and the London Clinical Senate ͚Helping smokers quit͛ delivery team programme that completed in August 2016.
Dr Nicki Barker
Clinical Research Fellow and Advanced Physiotherapist, Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.
Nicki is an expert on Dysfunctional Breathing (DB) and the creator of BreathWorks, the UK’s first clinic for paediatric patients with DB. Nicki is also a key member of the Sheffield paediatric difficult asthma service and presents at events in the UK and Europe. Her other responsibilities include positions on the Scientific Advisory Committee for The Childrens’ Hospital Charity, and the Clinical Research Steering Group at SCH. Nicki is also a committee member of the national Complex Breathlessness Interest Group, representing paediatrics.
Nicki’s current research priorities are into the efficacy of physiotherapy for children with DB, developing a tool for the early identification of DB and the development of medical technology to aid diagnosis and treatment of respiratory conditions.
Dr James Paton
James Paton has been Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Respiratory Disease at the University of Glasgow since 1989 and a Reader since 2003.
He is one of 5 paediatric respiratory consultants at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow. James has a long-standing interest in clinical audit and guidelines. He initiated the annual paediatric asthma audit run by the BTS and is currently co-chair of the BTS/SIGN Asthma Guideline group.
Dr Neil Gibson
Neil trained in Edinburgh, Leicester, Glasgow and Perth, Western Australia and has been Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine in Glasgow since 1996 with particular clinical interests in sleep breathing problems and non-invasive respiratory support.
Neil has been heavily involved in postgraduate training at a local and national level and is currently Chair of the RCPCH CSAC. He thoroughly enjoyed being BPRS Secretary/Treasurer for six years. Out of work he loves music and over the last few years has been combining this withhis knowledge of respiratory physiology ashe learns to play the saxophone!
Dr Hazel Evans
Hazel Evans is a consultant respiratory paediatrician working at the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.
She leads the respiratory diagnostic sleep and long term ventilation services. She is actively involved in research and has a number of publications in the field of paediatric sleep disorders. She is interested in improving patient care through education of other health professionals and innovations that lead to service development.
Dr Louise FlemingMB, ChB, MRCP, MRCPCH, MD
Dr Louise Fleming is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Respiratory Paediatrics at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London.
She is an Asthma UK Senior Clinical Fellow. Her research interests include phenotyping asthma and preschool wheeze, biomarkers, identification of novel therapeutic targets and non-pharmacological management of asthma, particularly in relation to adherence and exercise induced breathlessness.
Clinical interests include assessment and characterisation of children with asthma and pre-school wheeze and the transition of young people with asthma and other respiratory conditions.
Dr Jane Kirkby
Jane Kirkby is a Highly Specialist Clinical (Respiratory) Physiologist currently managing the clinical lab at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
She completed her PhD thesis entitled “Application and Interpretation of Paediatric Lung Function Tests in Health and Disease” in 2012 at UCL Institute of Child Health and alongside her clinical work, has been involved in a number of international research studies and collaborative initiatives including the Global Lung Function Initiative (GLI).
She regularly lectures on lung function and interpretation courses, and runs several teaching sessions within her Trust.
Dr Andrew MorleyBSc, RPSGT
Andrew Morley is the Manager of Respiratory & Sleep physiological services at the Royal Hospital for Children (Glasgow).
Having graduated from at Glasgow University in 1997 he has gone on to work in field of sleep medicine over the last fifteen years. He has experience in both Clinical & Research settings which included working at the University of Auckland.
He is currently a co-opted member of the British Sleep Society executive committee and Association for Respiratory Technology and Physiology Sleep & Paediatric committees.
Dr Paolo PianosiMD
Paolo obtained his MD from University of Toronto, completed a paediatric residency at University of Ottawa, and paediatric respiratory medicine fellowship at McGill University in Montreal, where he was well-schooled in respiratory physiology.
He went on to become an Assistant Professor of Paediatrics & Child Health at University of Manitoba, then Associated Professor at Dalhousie University. After practicing in Canada for 15 years, Paolo moved to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN where he practiced another 12 years, reaching the Full Professor level in Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine.
Paolo moved to King’s College Hospital in April 2017, where he now works full time. He hopes to replicate his earlier success at King’s College Hospital and open an exercise testing lab for paediatric subjects.
Dr Glenis Scadding
Glenis Scadding is Honorary Consultant Physician in Allergy and Rhinology at the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital, and Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London.
She was President of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI) 2009-11, having been its Secretary 2007-9. In 2006, she won the BSACI William Frankland Award for outstanding contribution to clinical allergy in the UK and she has been awarded the title of Allergist of the Year 2011 by Allergy UK. In 2012 she was awarded Outstanding Clinician by WAO and in 2013 she won two awards: the Clemens von Pirquet from EAACI and the Walter Jobson Horne from the British Medical Association for clinical research in ENT.
Glenis is the author of over 300 peer- reviewed papers. She instigated the BSACI UK Rhinitis guidelines, with a recent new edition. She is also a member of the World Health Organization’s Allergic Rhinitis and its Impact on Asthma and Sublingual Immunotherapy committees, European Paediatric Rhinosinusitis and Allergic Rhinitis Task Forces, with contributions to each of these guidelines.
Dr Adam Fox
Adam read Medicine and Neuroscience at Cambridge University before completing his clinical training at University College, London.
Having completed specialist training in Paediatric Allergy in 2006, he spent 9 years as clinical lead of Allergy at Guy's & St Thomas' Hospitals, London – one of Europe's largest specialist Allergy services, recognised as an International Centre of Excellence by both the World Allergy Organisation and GALEN (European Asthma & Allergy Network). After 3 years as Clinical Director for Specialist Ambulatory Medicine, he recently took up the post of Commercial Medical Director for Guy's & St Thomas' Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He is also a Reader in Paediatric Allergy at King's College London.
Adam chaired the UK Department of Health National Care Pathway for Food Allergy in Childhood 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 in children. He is also the senior author of the iMAP (International Milk Allergy in Primary Care) guideline. He currently chairs the Paediatric Committee of the British Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology and has been elected as President 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 Doctors' (2012).
Adam received the William Frankland Award for Outstanding contribution to Allergy from the British Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology in 2015 and a National Clinical Excellence award from the UK Department of Health in 2016. Adam's particular interests are food allergy, immunotherapy and medical education.
Dr Gary RuizAKC, BSc, FRCP, FRCPCH
Dr Ruiz trained in paediatric respiratory medicine in London and Birmingham and did research with Prof John Price in asthma and allergy.
He was appointed consultant in 1994 at King’s College Hospital where he created the paediatric TB clinic and paediatric bronchoscopy and empyema services. He has been a senior member of the cystic fibrosis network with a major commitment to outreach work in the southeast region.
He became head of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine in 2010. He has wide interests in all aspects of respiratory disease in children, but particularly lung infection, including tuberculosis and mycobacterial disease in cystic fibrosis and was the BPRS representative on the BTS tuberculosis SAG. He is also a member of the ERS and ECFS and was a Trustee of the BLF.
Dr Jayesh BhattMBBS, MD, DCH, FRCPCH
Dr Bhatt is a Consultant in Respiratory Paediatrics at Nottingham Children’s hospital and his special interests include chronic lung disease of prematurity, Cystic Fibrosis, asthma, pre-school wheeze, chronic cough, orphan lung diseases, inhalant allergies in children.
He was appointed consultant in 1994 at King’s College Hospital where he created the paediatric TB clinic and paediatric bronchoscopy and empyema services. He has been a senior member of the cystic fibrosis network with a major commitment to outreach work in the southeast region.
Jayesh provides Respiratory expertise for the nationally funded Ataxia Telangiectasia (A-T) clinic. He chaired a European Task force and produced a statement on multi-disciplinary Respiratory management in A-T. Jayesh works with multi-disciplinary CF and Respiratory teams which provide centre and shared care to children with Cystic Fibrosis in five hospitals across East Midlands region.
He remains very active in delivering and quality assuring training in Paediatric respiratory medicine in the UK since 2009. He is the current President of the British Paediatric Respiratory Society.
Dr Michael Farquhar
Dr Michael Farquhar is a consultant in children’s sleep medicine.
He joined the Children’s Sleep Department at Evelina London Children’s Hospital in 2012, having trained at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (Glasgow), Nottingham Children’s Hospital, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead (Sydney), Sydney Children’s Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital. He has particular interests in narcolepsy, adolescent sleep, and the effect of shiftwork and fatigue on NHS staff.
Prof Paul Gringras
Paul Gringras is Professor of Sleep Medicine, Kings College London and Consultant in Paediatric Neurodisability and Sleep Medicine, at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
His basic medical and paediatric training took place in the UK, but he worked in Sydney in 2000 on a neuroimaging and behaviour project, and Chicago to focus on Paediatric Sleep Medicine training more specifically.
Professor Gringras is founder and service lead of one of the few UK paediatric specialist sleep clinics with a holistic approach that addresses behavioural, genetic and neurological causes of sleep disorder, in addition to commoner sleep related breathing problems.The clinic provides a national narcolepsy service supporting over 200 children and young people with narcolepsy at present.The Children’s Sleep Medicine Department integrates fully with the adult sleep service already established at St Thomas’ hospital, as part of the ‘lifespan sleep disorders’ group. Over five thousand children pass through the department each year.
Professor Gringras has published widely in peer reviewed journals, and books. He lectures internationally and serves on the International Paediatric Sleep Association and British Paediatric Sleep Association executive committee.
His research is clinically orientated and focuses on the causes and treatment of sleep disorders in children with autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, Downs’s syndrome, Tourette’s syndrome and other neuro developmental problems.
Studies include epidemiological work tracking sleep patterns in large numbers of UK children as well as interventional studies, including two of the largest randomised controlled trials of melatonin in neuro developmental disorders to date, a trial of weighted blankets in Autism, sleep related breathing problems in children with Downs’s syndrome, and the cognitive impact of acute sleep restriction in children. He leads two NIHR intervention studies and continues with national epidemiology work into the causes of narcolepsy.
He has co-developed novel tools to assess sleep-related learning in children (Sleepsuite), wrote KidssleepDr a free iOS app to help parents whose children have sleep problems, and authored the MindEd tutorial on sleep difficulties.
Rachael Morris-JonesFRCP, PhD, PCME Consultant Dermatologist
She has a national reputation as an expert in clinical dermatology both adult/paediatric and is international name in cutaneous infection.
She leads the paediatric dermatology service at Kings College Hospital, London. She is particularly passionate about the management of children with atopic dermatitis.
She has written numerous dermatology textbooks (including ABC of Dermatology, 100 Cases in Dermatology (including paediatric cases) and has over 100 publications in the medical literature. She recently published a book for the public called ‘Dermatologist Tested’ busting common myths about the skin including eczema.
She has a particular clinical interest in medical education and is an Honorary Senior Lecturer for GKT School of Medical Education, Kings College London, where she was previously the Associate Clinical Dean.
Dr Sue Leech
Dr Leech has been a consultant paediatric allergist at Kings College Hospital since 2001.
She leads the paediatric dermatology service at Kings College Hospital, London. She is particularly passionate about the management of children with atopic dermatitis.
She is clinical lead for the paediatric allergy department and leads the South East Regional Paediatric Allergy Network. She is the London representative on the Paediatric Medicine Clinical Reference Group for specialised services commissioning for NHS England.
She is treasurer of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology and chaired the Paediatric group of the BSACI from 2010 –2015. As a member of the BSACI Standards of Care Committee she has co-authored several national guidelines for the management of allergic conditions. She was the national allergy training advisor for the RCPCH CSAC from 2003 to 2010 and is the UK delegate to the European Training Committee for Paediatric Allergology
Prof Robert Horne
Rob Horne is Professor of Behavioural Medicine at University College London.
After 10 years as clinical pharmacist in the NHS, Rob undertook a PhD in health psychology at Kings College London followed by a 20 year programme of research in behavioural medicine. This has resulted in 233 peer-reviewed publications, supported by £66m in research funding.
His research focuses on the role of psychological and behavioural factors in explaining variation in response to treatment. His current interests centre on the development of interventions to support engagement with essential treatments and on optimising the non-specific effects (placebo and nocebo components) of medicines. A key focus is on understanding patient and public representations of illness and treatment and how representations influence self-regulation in illness and treatment outcomes. He is UCL academic Lead for CASMI and a Founding Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and Fellow of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine
Dr Hui-leng Tan
Dr Hui-leng Tan is a Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at the Royal Brompton Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Imperial College, London.
She completed her paediatric respiratory training at Royal Brompton Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospitals and her sleep fellowship at the University of Chicago. Her research interests are in Sleep disordered breathing in children.
Mira Osinibi earned her degree in her birth country Slovakia and has 15 years of nursing experience and 3 years’ experience as a Respiratory/CF specialist nurse.
For the past 3 years she overseen the care of paediatric patients in Kings College Hospital alongside with her team, developed improved care for Paediatric patients with Empyema and chest drain that she presented in Birmingham for National Paediatric Respiratory Specialist Nurses Award and won 3rd place. Mira is passionate about improvement in order to enhance patients care and health , she and her team introduced Smoking cessation in clinics and has been a smoking cessation lead for Paediatrics since 2016 helping smokers quit for the benefit of reducing second hand smoke exposure to paediatric patients.
Mira has a drive and passion to assist in the development of guidelines and procedures that reduce paediatric respiratory illness. She is a member of National Paediatric Respiratory and Allergy Nurses (NPRANG) and Cystic Fibrosis Nursing Association (CFNA).
Dr Cara Jayne BossleyMD (Res) MRCPCH MB.ChB
Dr Cara Bossley has been a consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine at Kings College since 2013. She offers expertise in specialist clinics in difficult asthma, non-invasive ventilation, non-CF bronchiectasis and Cystic Fibrosis.
She initially embarked on a research degree at the Royal Brompton Hospital in 2007, investigating airway inflammation and remodelling in children with severe asthma. She was awarded MD(res) at Imperial College in October 2012. Dr Cara Bossley has presented at international conferences and has 30 scientific publications.
Her particular research interest being childhood severe asthma. Dr Cara Bossley is an active reviewer for a number of paediatric journals including Pediatrics, Archives of Disease in Childhood & PLOS one.Cara is principal investigator in a number of ongoing research projects at King’s College Hospital. She is an expert for NIHR and NICE.
Dr Helen BroughMA (Hons) MSc (Allergy) PhD MB BS FRCPCH
Helen read Medicine at King’s College, Cambridge University before completing her clinic training at the Royal Free & University College London Medical School.
She is a Consultant in Paediatric Allergy, Clinical Lead for the Children’s Allergy Service at the Evelina Children’s Hospital and is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s College London.
Helen's clinical and research interests are in food allergy prevention, diagnosis and management, immunotherapy, asthma, eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders and eczema. She runs the Specialist Difficult Asthma and Allergy Service at the Evelina Children’s Hospital. She is the lead author for the BSACI Standards of Care Committee guideline for atopic eczema. Helen has authored multiple research publications on environmental risk factors for food allergy, food allergy diagnosis and management.
Dr Nichola BrathwaiteMBChB, FCPaed(SA), FRCPCH Consultant Paediatric Allergist
Dr Nicola Brathwaite is a Consultant Paediatric Allergist at Kings College Hospital, London, appointed in 2005. She completed her specialist training in Paediatrics and Paediatric Allergy in Cape Town, South Africa.
Her interests include all aspects of paediatric allergy especially food allergy, the role of allergy in asthma, allergic rhinitis, drug allergies and allergen immunotherapy. She is an elected Council member of the British Society for Allergy andClinical Immunology (BSACI) and serves on the BSACIStandards of Care Committee.
She represented the Royal College of Paediatrics on the NICE technology appraisal of Pharmalgen for venom immunotherapy and worked on the RCPCH Allergy Care Pathways project for the Drug, Latex and Venom allergy pathways. She is joint Lead for the Respiratory and Allergy Module and International Child Health modules of the KCL Advanced Paediatrics MSc.
Dr Catherine McDougall
Catherine McDougall is a Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine and Paediatric Intensive Care Medicine at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh.
She was appointed in 2012 after clinical training in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Vancouver and London. She also has a PhD in airway epithelial cell biology from the University of Aberdeen.She has a particular interest in all forms of respiratory support.She is the clinical lead for Paediatric Long-term Ventilation in the East of Scotland.
Dr Michelle Chatwin, PhDPhysiotherapist in Respiratory Support
Michelle Chatwin is a lead member of the Respiratory Support Service at the Royal Brompton Hospital. This service is unique in providing diagnostic sleep studies, treatment, equipment and expertise for patients with nocturnal respiratory failure across the age spectrum.
Her clinical practice is focused on the transition of paediatrics patients to adult services; this is a time of recognised vulnerability. The respiratory muscle weakness patients She cares for require complex ventilation strategies and airway clearance techniques.She has over 15 years’ experience in all aspects of respiratory support.nShe regularly participates in education forums, and is committed to the professional development of the field.
Michelle Chatwin is also a member of the Academic Unit of Sleep and Breathing, at Imperial College London. The team has an active translational research programme in sleep-related respiratory disorders and respiratory support. Her own research is focused on the development and evaluation of treatment strategies for patients with hereditary neuromuscular disorders. She has published many papers in the field, and frequently contributes at international and national meetings.
Prof Kevin Southern
Professor Southern joined the University of Liverpool and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital on the 1st January 2000 and is Director of the Cheshire, Merseyside and North Wales Network of Paediatric Cystic Fibrosis Care with responsibility for thecare of over 300 children with CF in the North West of England.
He is the Chief Investigator for the national UK CF START study, a trial funded by the UK government to evaluate the safest and most effective antibiotic treatment strategy for infants with CF. In 2007, he helped establish the national UK Newborn Screening Programme for CF and he now chairs the national Board overseeing this programme. He is the Leader of the European CF Society Neonatal Screening Working Group.
Professor Southern is an Editor for the international Cochrane Review Group evaluating evidence for therapies for people with CF. In addition to his editorial role, he has written and contributed to 12 systematic reviews and his research is focused on translating evidence into practice. He has published over 100 peer reviewed articles on cystic fibrosis and is internationally respected for his work on newborn screening. He is currently the joint editor of a textbook sponsored by the European CF Society, the “Early CF Years”. He is an elected member of the ECFS Board and, as such, has a global perspective on the issues facing people with CF.
Dr Shravanthi Chigullapalli
Dr Chigullapalli is a year 6 Specialty Trainee in Paediatrics at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, Yorkshire and Humber deanery.
She earned her medical degree from University of Health Sciences, India and then MRCPCH from Royal college of Paediatrics and Child Health. She also completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Child Health from the University of Leeds.
Suja Chandran is a Senior Social worker at Kings College Hospital. Since 2007, Suja has worked with children with chronic illness along with their families as part of the multidisciplinary team within Paediatric Liver, Neurosciences, Cystic Fibrosis and Respiratory medicine.
Since 2000, she has worked with vulnerable children and families both in the voluntary and statutory sectors, nationally and internationally. She provides social work practice education to undergraduate and post graduate social work students.
Suja is a Research co-ordinator and a committee member for the UK Psychosocial Professions in Cystic Fibrosis. She is part of the Steering group member for the Cystic Fibrosis James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership, based at The University of Nottingham. Suja has a continued interest in addressing the impact of social determinants of health and to improve psychosocial service delivery through small projects.
She is currently involved in reviewing psychosocial care of young people with cystic fibrosis who are due to transition to adult services. She has taught on The International Child Health module at Kings College London. She is a Training Facilitator for the Janki Foundation for Spirituality in Health care.
Dr Christopher John Grime
Christopher read medicine at The University of Liverpool, graduating in July 2005 with the Blair Bell Memorial prize for Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
He completed a paediatric themed foundation programme with St. Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust before accepting a training number in paediatrics with the Mersey Deanery. There he completed his basic general paediatric training before relocated to London for respiratory sub-speciality training in 2012. This entailed working at Royal Brompton Hospital, Evelina London Children’s Hospital, Kings College Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital.
During sub-speciality training, Christopher took time out of programme as a research fellow in paediatric sleep medicine also at Royal Brompton Hospital and submitted his thesis on the relationship between obstructive sleep apnoea, asthma and atopic disease in children. In 2019 he will be awarded an MDRes from Imperial College London. Currently Chris is working as a fellow in Long-Term ventilation at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Dr Claire Edmondson
Claire is a paediatric registrar taking time out of her medical training to work on a PhD exploring the feasibility of home monitoring in children and young people with Cystic Fibrosis at the Royal Brompton Hospital and Imperial College London.
During her time at the Royal Brompton Hospital she has been exposed to lots of interesting respiratory cases. With the help of her colleague Dr Louise Selby and their senior Professor Andy Bush, she has prepared an interesting case history for presentation at the first LPRG Grand Rounds presentation at the John Price Paediatric Respiratory Conference.
Dr Federica Trucco
After having specialized in Paediatrics in Genoa (Italy), Dr Trucco has been working three years as Neuromuscular Clinical Research Fellow at Gaslini Children Institute, taking part, as Sub-Investigator, to clinical trials on medical therapies for paediatric neuromuscular disorders.
She is particularly interested in the respiratory complications of these diseases, the core of her PhD project. During a one-year fellowship at Royal Brompton Hospital, she has improved her skills in the diagnosis of sleep disordered breathing and in their management with non-invasive and invasive ventilation.
Dr Simon Broughton
Simon is a General Paediatrician with an interest in systems of care to maximise patient safety. Simon course directs the KCL MSc in Advanced Paediatrics, which is now entering its fifth year. He also co-leads for Simulation training at Kings College Hospital.
His PhD was on the long term consequences of bronchiolitis on prematurely born infants and he has over 30 publications. Simon is the South Thames Paediatric Training Programme Director lead for ST 1-5 and aims to improve the Paediatric trainee experience across South Thames and to maximise the GP training opportunities in South London.
Professor John PriceMD, FRCP, FRCPCH.
Professor John Price was appointed Consultant Paediatrician at King's College Hospital in 1978 where he founded the Paediatric Respiratory and Cystic Fibrosis Service.
In 1992 he was made Professor of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, King's College London and was Head of the Academic Department of Child Health from 1995 to 1998. He was Director of Children’s Services in the Variety Children’s Hospital at King’s College Hospital for 12 years until 2007. He is now retired but continues to teach Paediatric Respiratory Medicine at King’s College.
He is a past Chairman of the British Paediatric Respiratory Society, Asthma UK, the Specialist Advisory Committee in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine of the RCPCH and the Cystic Fibrosis Newborn Screening Programme Advisory Board. He has been Paediatric Editor of Respiratory Medicine, a member of the Editorial Board of the European Respiratory Journal, a member of the Council of the European Respiratory Society and the British Thoracic Society and a Trustee of the British Lung Foundation and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust He is currently a Vice President of Asthma UK a Trustee of Demelza Hospice Care for Children and Medical Advisor to the Variety Children’s Charity.
Shahamah AlShaher is from Kuwait and currently studying as a fourth year medical student in the University of Manchester.
Her interest is in respiratory medicine and she hopes to play a role in the development and progress in this field. Shahamah has worked on her first research project in asthma and allergy titled, “The effect of pet allergen sensitisation and exposure in asthmatic children” which she will be presenting in this conference.
Dr Sormeh SalehianMBBS BSc(Hons) MRCPCH
Sormeh is a paediatric respiratory registrar at Kings College Hospital London. She qualified from Imperial College School of Medicine with distinction in 2010.
Following completion of the foundation programme in London, Sormeh accepted a paediatric training number with rotations in general paediatrics and specialities including respiratory at the Royal Brompton Hospital. Now a sixth year paediatric trainee, she has started her subspecialty training in paediatric respiratory medicine.
Dr Fran BeresfordPrincipal Clinical Psychologist in Paediatrics
Dr Fran Beresford works as a Senior Clinical Psychologist and is the Psychology Lead in Paediatric Respiratory Department at Royal Brompton Hospital.
She trained as a Clinical Psychologist at UCL and worked in community and in-patient mental health services for children before specialising in Paediatrics. She has a special interest in Difficult Asthma and is lead Clinical Psychologist in the Difficult Asthma Team. She has supervised doctoral level research and marks doctoral level papers.
She help found and chairs the National Respiratory Special Interest Group for Psychologists. She has been involved with research in asthma, focusing on adherence and psychosocial issues. She teaches and supervises. She uses a variety of therapeutic approaches, including CBT, Behavioural, Systemic and Solution Focused Brief Therapy.
Dr Bushra Ahmed
Bushra is an ST6 Paediatric registrar in the London Deanery. She trained at the Royal Free and University College Medical School in London obtaining an intercalated BSc in Psychology in 2004 and MBBS in 2007 and began Paediatric training in 2009.
She trained as a Clinical Psychologist at UCL and worked in community She recently completed a PhD on the airway microbiota in children with Chronic Suppurative Lung Disease supervised by Professors Andy Bush, Jane Davies and Miriam Moffatt at the National Heart and Lung Institute
Dr Biju ThomasMD, DNB, FRCPCH (UK), CCT (UK), RPSGT (USA), RST (USA)
Dr. Biju Thomas was trained in India, Australia and the United Kingdom. He worked at Royal Manchester Children’s hospital UK as Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, before moving to Singapore in 2011.
He is currently a senior consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Singapore and also holds academic appointments with the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, in Singapore. Dr. Thomas’s fields of research interests include pediatric sleep medicine, asthma and Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia.
He is a member of the European Respiratory Society and a fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
Dr Beatrice Zanetti
Born in Italy but graduated from Medical School in Madrid, Spain. Dr Zanetti travelled the world until she started her paediatric training in the United Kingdom.
She joined the East of England deanery in 2015, subsequently transferring to London in March 2017. Today she has the pleasure to present the audit that she undertook during her neonatal rotation in Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.
Dr Athanasios Kaditis
Dr. Athanasios Kaditis is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology at First Department of Pediatrics, University of Athens School of Medicine and Aghia Sophia Children’s Hospital, Athens, Greece.
He completed his pediatric residency training at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota (USA) and his pediatric pulmonology subspecialty training at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA).
Dr. Kaditis is on the American Board of Pediatrics certified in Pediatric Pulmonology. Dr Kaditis has a specific interest in the care of children with chronic lung disease and sleep-disordered breathing. He was a chair of an ERS Task Force preparing two statements on the diagnosis and management of obstructive sleep apnea in childhood. Dr. Kaditis is an author in 95 PubMed-listed publications.
Ashley DeanBSLT, MNZSTA, RCSLT
Ashley qualified in Speech and Language Therapy at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand.
After completing post-graduate studies in infant feeding she has worked across both community and acute inpatient paediatric settings. Ashley has pursued her passion for assisting children and their families to India, where she has worked closely with the Uma Mano Vikasa Kendrum providing services to children in remote areas.
Ashley’s clinical interests include paediatric dysphagia and augmentative communication, particularly the areas of aerodigestive difficulties and early communication intervention for children with disabilities.
Dr Mark Rosenthal
Dr Mark Rosenthal largely retired from the NHS as a consultant respiratory paediatrician at the Royal Brompton Hospital in September 2017 to spend more time with his wife and to further perfect his misanthropy.
In terms of workload he cannot tell the difference. There are now at least 14 professors who were his trainees but his paranoia about his own failings in this regard is controlled by injections. He continues to hope the days of James Robertson Justice in Doctor in the House would return. He sleeps well, abhors cant and is trying to become a thoroughly disreputable pensioner, found wandering the streets shouting at lamp-posts. His hobbies include music and annoying people.
Prof Paul Seddon
Paul Seddon is Consultant Respiratory Paediatrician at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, Brighton and honorary Professor at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. He trained in Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol and Montréal.
He has developed a tertiary level paediatric respiratory service in Brighton, including cystic fibrosis, bronchoscopy and long term ventilation. He designed and set up the Child Health curriculum at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School. He is also a Trustee of the Brighton-Lusaka Health Link, and set up Advanced Paediatric Life Support training in Zambia..
His research interests include lung function measurement in infants and preschool children, wheezing disease and asthma in early life, and non-invasive respiratory monitoring. His current research is funded by the NIHR, and he is Research Lead for Division 3 (Children, Women, Haematology and Genetics) for the NIHR Kent Surrey and Sussex Clinical Research Network. He is a member of the American Thoracic Society / European Respiratory Society Working Group on Lung Function Measurement in Infants and Young Children, and recently led a working group which published international recommendations for Respiratory Function measurement in Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5461957/). Other activities include grandchild care, choral singing, canoeing, and struggling to learn Italian....
Dr Atul Gupta
Atul Gupta is a Paediatric Respiratory Consultant and Senior Lecturer at the King's College Hospital.
He is the clinical lead for asthma and specialises in all areas of paediatric in all areas of paediatric respiratory medicine including asthma, allergy, hay fever, chronic cough, recurrent chest infections, sleep medicine, wheezy infants, cystic fibrosis, lung diseases and snoring. Dr Gupta is an active member of the respiratory research team at King's and his research interests centre on asthma and airway disease.
He has written widely on a range of respiratory-related conditions and has over 70 papers. Dr Gupta has lectured internationally in Europe, the USA, United Arab Emirates and India. Dr Gupta has received Lorber Prize awarded by the Royal College Of Paediatrics and Child Health, The James Fellowship awarded by the British Medical Association, VASR Memorial Gold Medal & S.S Manchanda Research Gold Medal.
Dr Charles Southey
Eugene Yap, Stuart Innes, Helen Blamey, Ashley Draper, Charles Southey and Veerakorn Achakulwisut (left to right) are currently fourth year medical students at King's College London, supervised by Dr Atul Gupta and Ms. Sarah Latham. They have implemented a Quality Improvement Project at King's College Hospital from September 2017, focusing on using mobile direct observation therapy (mDOT) to improve asthma inhaler technique in paediatric patients.