In the 20 years to 2012 there was a 615% increase in the rate of hospital admissions for anaphylaxis in the UK. Allergies are on the rise and we can no longer relegate research into these conditions to the margins. Natasha’s tragic death must be a catalyst for a radically different approach to how we as a society, invest in finding solutions to this illness that now impacts so many lives around the globe.
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Dr Tom Marrs, PhD, MSc, MA(Cantab), FRCPCH, MBBS, FHEA
Consultant in Paediatric Allergy, St Thomas' Hospital, Guy's and St Thomas' Foundation Trust. Co-Director of the Allergy Academy, King's College London. Senior Honorary Lecturer in Paediatric Allergy, School of Immunobiology, Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, King's College London.
Dr Tom Marrs is a Consultant in Paediatric Allergy working in the Children's Allergies Department at St Thomas' Hospital. Tom read Medicine, Psychology and Medical Law at Clare College, Cambridge, before completing his clinical training at St Bartholomew's and the Royal London Medical School.
Tom is now a Consultant in Paediatric Allergy as St Thomas' Hospital. He leads the Peanut Introduction Service for babies referred to the department and co-leads the Joint Allergy Gastroenterology service. Alongside this, he is developing new initiatives as Co-Director of the Allergy Academy and leads the Scientific Programme Committee for the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at their annual conference.
Professor Stephen Holgate
Professor Stephen Holgate is MRC Professor of Immunopharmacology at the University of Southampton. After qualifying in Medicine in London, he pursued a research career on the mechanisms of asthma and allergy involving a wide range of different approaches. He has a particular interest in the toxicology of air pollutants and the roles of viruses and allergens as drivers of airway inflammation and remodelling. His work has resulted in 1000 peer reviewed publications. He has received a number of awards including the RCP Graham Bull Prize, the King Faisal International Prize for Medicine, the Canadian J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine and the 32nd Khwarizmi International Award. In 2018, he was awarded the RCP President’s Medal for outstanding services to medicine.
He was a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, was founder chair of the DH Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollution, Past President of the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and British Thoracic Society, the British Association for Lung Research and the Collegium Internationale Allergologicum. He is currently a Member of the Natural Environment Research Council and is Special Advisor to the RCP on Air Quality. He is a Trustee of CRUK, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and is the Chair of the Kennedy Trust for Rheumatology Research. He chaired the Main Panel A (Medical, Health and Biological Sciences) of REF2014, and currently chairs the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) Board.
Professor Hasan Arshad
Professor Arshad was appointed to the Chair of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the University of Southampton in 2009. He is also a consultant Physician at Southampton University Hospital Trust and Director of The David Hide Asthma and Allergy Research Centre in Isle of Wight. He completed his DM from Southampton University working on prediction and prevention of asthma and allergic disease. Following a post-doc fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and a Senior Lectureship at Keele University, he was appointed to his current position in Southampton.
In the last 10 years, Professor Arshad has attracted grants of over £10 million, published over 155 articles in peer reviewed journals, authored or edited 3 books and 7 book chapters, and supervised several MSc, DM and PhD students. He has contributed to national and international guidelines, including the European guidelines for asthma and allergy prevention and National Institute of Health (US) guidelines for the diagnosis and management of food allergy. He is also a member of the expert panel of the National Institute of Health (US), to review grants and formulate strategy for research. He was awarded Pfizer Visiting Professor to the Michigan State University, Michigan, USA in 2004 and recently his David Hide Centre team won the "excellence in research" award at the Isle of Wight NHS Trust annual award ceremony. In 2015, he was awarded the prestigious Jack Pepys award by the British Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology of outstanding contribution to the science of allergy and immunology.
Dr Adam Fox, MD, MA(Hons), MSc, MB, BS, DCH, FRCPCH, FHEA, Dip Allergy
Consultant Paediatric Allergist
Adam read Medicine and Neuroscience at Cambridge University before completing his clinical training at University College, London. After specialist training in Paediatric Allergy in 2006, he spent 9 years as clinical lead for Allergy (Adult & Paediatric) 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 Deputy Medical Director (Commercial) for Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
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’ (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. His clinical and academic interests include food allergy and allergen desensitisation.