Our medical advisory board consists of committed and experienced doctors, dietitians and psychologists. Allow us to introduce them to you on this page.
Dr George Du Toit - Medical board chair
George du Toit is a Consultant in Paediatric Allergy and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, King's College London.
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, Allergy Diagnostic Clinical Research Unit. In 2000, George took up a post as Consultant Paediatric Allergist at Imperial College London, St Mary's Hospital, moving to the Children's Allergy Service at the Evelina Children's Hospital at St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust in 2003.
George runs dedicated clinics in paediatric food allergy, drug allergy and chronic urticaria at the Evelina Children's Hospital, George is the Co-Investigator on two NIH-funded research studies aimed at the prevention of peanut allergy; the recently published "LEAP" study and the soon to complete "LEAP-On" Study. Additional research interests include FPIES and exercise-induced anaphylaxis syndromes. George is an Honorary Consultant at Great Ormond Street Hospital and an Hon. Senior Lecturer in the Department of Child Health, University of Cape Town where research is focusing on the rise of food allergy in the developing world.
Dr. Rosan Meyer
Honorary Senior Lecturer, Imperial College, Principal Paediatric Principal Research Dietitian, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. Rosan completed her degree in Dietetics in South Africa and specialised in paediatric nutrition in the United Kingdom, focusing on nutritional support, feeding behaviour and allergy. In 2004 she went on to finish her Masters in Paediatric Nutrition, focusing on paediatric gastroenterology, allergies, nutritional assessment, feeding support and performed research on the use of feeding protocols on the intensive care unit. In 2008, she completed her PhD in energy expenditure in critically ill children at Imperial College London. She currently is the principal research dietitian at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, leading a project on the impact of gastrointestinal food allergies on children and their families.
She is also module leader for the Food Hypersensitivity Module that forms part of the MSc in Allergy at Imperial College London, and is honorary senior lecturer in paediatrics at the same university. In addition she Chair of both the specialist Food Allergy and Intolerance Group of the British Dietetic Association and the European Section of the committee of the International Network for Diet and Nutrition in Allergy. She is also an author of numerous peer reviewed publications and book chapters.
Dr Gary Stiefel
Since 2012, Gary has been a Consultant in Paediatric Allergy at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, having been trained at St Mary Hospital, London and University Hospital Southampton Foundation Trust. He completed an Allergy MSc at Imperial College London and now regularly lectures on the food allergy module for the Allergy MSc at University of Southampton. Gary has extensive experience in the management of food allergy, eczema, asthma and hayfever. He works within an NHS team including consultant colleagues, specialist allergy nurses and specialist allergy dieticians.
Dr Neil Shah
Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist and Senior Lecturer at Great Ormond Street Hospital and recently appointed Professor at Katholoic University Leuven, Belgium. Dr Shah is involved in the development of regional/national guidelines for practical identification and treatment of GI allergy. He leads a large prospective research study on GI food allergy called the Burden project. Dr Shah also leads the genetic identification of rare gastrointestinal conditions with two PhD students working on early onset inflammatory bowel disorders. He is also co-director of the Academy of Paediatric Gastroenterology, which deliver 10 courses per year in the several areas of paediatric gastroenterology.
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 is now a consultant in Allergy at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, the UK’s largest specialist allergy service. He was clinical lead for Allergy services from 2007-2014 before taken up the role of Clinical Director for specialist ambulatory medicine at the trust. Adam chaired the Department of Health commissioned RCPCH National Care Pathway for Food Allergy in Childhood and was part of the National Institute of Healthcare and Clinical Excellence (NICE) clinical guideline development group for Assessment and Diagnosis of Food Allergy in Children. He continues as an Expert Advisor to NICE. He is secretary of the BSACI and a member of the Paediatric Medicine Clinical Reference Group advising the NHS Commissioning Board for the strategic planning of specialist services. He is also a trustee and Chair of the Advisory Board of Allergy UK, member of the Anaphylaxis Campaign Clinical and Scientific Panel and the Advertising Standards Authority. Adam has previously been a commissioning editor for the journal Pediatric Allergy & Immunology and an external advisor and examiner for Southampton University MSc in Allergy.
Adam has an interest in medical education and he is director of the King’s College London Allergy Academy. His clinical role involves the management of children with multiple allergic disease including food allergy, asthma and rhinoconjunctivitis as well as children with difficult eczema where food allergy plays a role.
Dr Louise Michaelis
BSc(Hons) MB ChB (Edin) MSc MRCPCH
I graduated from Edinburgh (1994) and trained in London (2008) whilst reading for a PhD in Immune Tolerance in early Childhood (2013).
I undertake clinics in paediatric allergy in collaboration with Immunology, Respiratory, Gastroenterology, Dermatology, ENT and Dietetic specialties.
I have a keen interest in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education and lecture for the Universities of Newcastle, Southampton and Imperial College MSc Allergy programmes.
I am involved in developing and delivering courses regionally within specialty, regionally (NPAG), and nationally (BSACI).
I co-ordinate phase I, II, and III clinical trials (GNCH-RU) in food allergy, drug allergy and immune modulation).
Dr Carina Venter
Carina is appointed as a Research Associate/Dietician at the Cincinnati Center for Eosinophilic Disorders, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center where she is doing research into Eosinophilic diseases and food allergies. She was until recently working as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth where she was doing research into food allergies, based at the David Hide Centre on the Isle of Wight.
Carina is vice-chair of the International Network of Dietitians and Nutritionists in Allergy and she is a registered dietician in the United Kingdom, United States and South Africa.
Carina is a member of the AAAAI, BSACI and EAACI. She has had a number of publications in international journals, and has authored book chapters and edited a book on Food Hypersensitivity.
Dr Scott Hackett
Consultant in Paediatric Immunology, Allergy and Infectious Diseases MB ChB, DTM&H, FRCPCH, MD.
He leads the nationally accredited paediatric immunology service, based at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, covering the West Midlands.
“I run the largest paediatric allergy service in the West midlands with my 2 allergy / immunology nurse specialists. My allergy areas of interest include gastrointestinal particularly non-type 1 / intolerances, drug allergy and chronic urticaria. I see complex patient referred from other paediatric centres with difficult to diagnoses allergies. A large proportion of these have gastrointestinal allergies including FPIES. We offer a weekly food and drug challenge service including foods suspected of previously causing FPIES
I have recently become the chair for the RCPCH Immunology, Allergy and Infectious Diseases training CSAC and with colleagues hope to get paediatric allergy services accredited as has happened with immunology services and is happening with adult allergy services.”
Dr Audrey DunnGalvin
Is the degree Director EYCS, School of Applied Psychology at University College Cork in Ireland, where she is also a research Fellow at the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health.
Audrey has written over 80 publications/in press, 5 book chapters, and more than 100 oral presentations. Audrey is also on the editorial board for, Frontiers in Psychology, Journal of Clinical Paediatrics, Frontiers in Science.
Her fields of interest include: Psychological Medicine, Food Allergy, Bio psycho social model applied to chronic disease, Quality of Life, Questionnaire Development, Psychometrics/Predictive modelling, Risk Assessment, Psycho-educational intervention and Developmental Pathways/Lifespan Psychology.