Executive Committee

Dr Adam Fox

Director

Dr Adam Fox

Consultant Paediatric Allergist in Children’s Allergy Service at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals

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 - Europe’s largest specialist Allergy service. He Is now Clinical Director for Specialist Ambulatory Medicine and 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 senior author of the Milk Allergy in Primary Care guideline. He is currently chair of 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 Doctor’s’ (2012).  Adam received the William Frankland Award for Outstanding contribution to Allergy by 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, gastrointestinal allergy, immunotherapy and medical education.

Dr Tom Marrs

Director

Dr Tom Marrs

Consultant Paediatric Allergist in Children's Allergy Service at Guy's & St Thomas's Hospitals

Dr Tom Marrs is a Consultant in Paediatric Allergy working in the Children’s Allergies Department at St Thomas Hospital. Tom is also the director of the Allergy Academy. Tom read Medicine, Psychology and Medical Law at Clare College, Cambridge, before completing his clinical training at St Bartholomew’s and Royal London Medical School.

In 2011, Tom joined the team running the Enquiring About Tolerance (EAT) Study which investigated whether the early introduction of allergenic foods may prevent the development of food allergy. His research investigates how the microbiome influences the development of allergic disease. After his four years as Clinical Lecturer, he is now developing new initiatives within the Allergy Academy.

Sandra Hobbs

Allergy Academy Coordinator

Sandra Hobbs

Allergy Academy Coordinator

Sandra Hobbs is the Allergy Academy Administrator and has worked with the Academy since its inception in 2006. Sandra has worked in medicine for 23 years. Initially working in the Haematology department at Farnborough Hospital, Kent. Latterly involved in clinical trials at King’s College London. She has completed a diploma in life coaching affiliated to Middlesex University. Sandra is also a qualified adult and baby masseur.

Dr Constantinos Petrides

Paediatric Doctor and Education Fellow

Dr Constantinos Petrides

Paediatric Doctor and Education Fellow

Constantinos is the Allergy Academy’s Education fellow. He graduated from UCL and has just completed his paediatric registrar core training at the Whittington Hospital. He is developing the educational content of the Allergy Academy website and has a clinical role in the paediatric allergy department at Evelina Children’s Hospital. He is currently undertaking the MSc in Allergy at Imperial College London.

Professor Gideon Lack

Professor Gideon Lack

Professor of Paediatric Allergy at KCL and head of the Children’s Allergy Service at the Evelina Children’s Hospital

Prof Gideon Lack is Professor of Paediatric Allergy at KCL and head of the Children’s Allergy Service at the Evelina Children’s Hospital. He is an international expert in food allergy as in principal investigator of the LEAP study – an interventional study looking at strategies to prevent the development of peanut allergy.

Prof Carsten Flohr

Prof Carsten Flohr

Head, Unit for Population-Based Dermatology Research
St. John’s Institute of Dermatology
Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London

Carsten Flohr studied at Cambridge and Oxford Universities and then trained in both paediatrics and dermatology. He was the first UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinician Scientist in Dermatology (2009-2014) and currently holds a senior Career Development Fellowship from the NIHR.

He directs the Unit for Population-Based Dermatology Research at St John’s Institute of Dermatology. Carsten Flohr is also a Professor at King’s College London and Honorary Consultant in Dermatology as well as Research & Development Lead at St John’s Institute of Dermatology, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK.

Prof Flohr has a particular interest in population-based dermatology research and clinical trials with a focus on atopic eczema. For instance, he is Chief Investigator of the UK-Irish TREatment of severe eczema in children Trial (TREAT), which compares ciclosporine with methotrexate in children with recalcitrant atopic eczema. He is also Chief Investigator of the UK-Irish Atopic Eczema Systemic Therapy Register (A*STAR).

Prof Flohr is a Director of the International Eczema Council and Secretary of the British Society of Paediatric Dermatology. He also chairs the British Association of Dermatologists Biologics Intervention Register (BADBIR) Data Monitoring Committee.

He is Editor of the Evidence-Based Dermatology Section of the British Journal of Dermatology and the Clinical Trials Editor of the F1000 Atopic Dermatitis Section.

Rachel De Boer

Rachel De Boer

Rachel has worked as a Dietitian for 15 years. She specialises in diagnosing and managing children with food allergy and has worked within Children’s Allergy service at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital for over 6 years.

She is a committee member of the Food Allergy and Intolerance Group of the BDA and is on the Executive committee of the Allergy Academy. She is currently involved in research into cow’s milk and fish allergy.  

Roisin Fitzsimons

Roisin Fitzsimons

Roisin Fitzsimons is Allergy Consultant Nurse and Allergy Service Lead for Quality, Patient Experience and Transformation at Guys and St Thomas Hospital.  Roisin has worked in the Children’s Allergy Service, since it began in 2006, she has been instrumental in developing the nurse-led service, which includes the food and drug challenge service.  Roisin’s particular areas of interest include drug allergy and sublingual immunotherapy.  Roisin has successfully completed the MSc in Allergy at Southampton University and is privileged to now lecture on the course.  Roisin is also an honourary lecturer at The University of Hertfordshire and is a committee member of the BSACI Nurses in Allergy group, conference planning committee and BSACI Council.  Roisin has pioneered nursing involvement within the Allergy Academy, speaking at events and is the nursing course director.