Professor Maria Makrides
Maria Makrides is a National Health & Medical Research Centre (NHMRC) Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Women’s & Children’s Health Research Institute. She has recently been appointed as the theme leader of Healthy Mothers, Babies and Children at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and holds the title of Professor of Human Nutrition at the University of Adelaide. As a research dietitian, Maria is committed to improving the nutrition and health of mothers and their babies through the conduct and translation of high quality research. She has over 200 peer reviewed publications including in the prestigious journals The Lancet, The Journal of the American Medical Association and the British Medical Journal. Maria currently leads 5 NHMRC project grants in the area of perinatal nutrition and has a special interest in the conduct of dietary intervention trials. She leads the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Foods for Future Australians.
A/Prof Richard Loh is the Head of the Immunology Department at Princess Margaret Hospital and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia. Richard is a graduate of the University of Queensland and trained in Immunology and Allergy at the Children’s Hospital in Boston and Harvard Medical School. Richard is the President of Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA). Richard is actively involved in anaphylaxis management and chaired the ASCIA Anaphylaxis Working Party for 4 years during which time, ASCIA commenced the development of its online anaphylaxis training. Richard is the chair of the Anaphylaxis Expert Committee developing an anaphylaxis model of care in Western Australia as well as a member of the Western Australia Anaphylaxis Project Advisory Group.
Dr Raymond Mullins
Dr Raymond Mullins graduated from the University of Sydney in 1982, and trained in clinical immunology and allergy at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. He completed a PhD on the immunology of mycobacterial disease (University of Sydney, 1992). Between 1992-4 he was a recipient of a Neil Hamilton Fairley NHMRC Research Fellowship and worked at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology (London) on autoimmune thyroid disease. He practices as a consultant physician in clinical immunology and allergy (FRACP, FRCPA) in Canberra with teaching appointments at the Australian National University Medical School and the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Canberra. Current research interests include the epidemiology of food allergy and anaphylaxis in Australia and the potential role of socio-economic factors and vitamin D in pathogenesis, in collaboration with Dr Carlos Camargo, Harvard Medical School, Boston. He is past President of the Australasian Society for Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA), chairs of ASCIA’s Anaphylaxis Committee and is a member of other ASCIA Educational committees. He serves on the Medical Advisory Board of Allergy Anaphylaxis Australia, a patient support group. Current research interests include the cause and epidemiology of food allergy and anaphylaxis, vitamin D status and food allergy risk and the relationship between tick bites and allergic reactions to red meat and gelatin. He also chairs the Board of the Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australasia (AIFA), established to promote research into immune and allergic diseases in Australasia.
Associate Professor Mike Gold
A/Professor Mike Gold is a Paediatric Allergist and Immunologist who holds the joint positions in the Discipline of Paediatrics (University of Adelaide) and is Head of Paediatric Allergy and Immunology at the Women’s and Children’s Health Network. His recent appointments as an expert advisor to national and international committees include; the World Health Organisation Global Advisory Committee for Vaccine Safety (2010), the Hovarth Working Party of Experts (2011) and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) Advisory Committee for the Safety of Vaccines (2012). Additional appointments include the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) Anaphylaxis Working party, the scientific advisory committee of the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance and the advisory committee for the Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination in Victoria. His main food allergy research interests include the diagnosis and prevention of cow’s milk and egg allergies and he is co-investigator on 3 National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) allergy clinical trials. His vaccine research interest has been monitoring vaccine safety and he is principal investigator on an Australian Research Council grant which is investigating the feasibility and acceptability of cross-jurisdictional data linkage. He is co-investigator on a further NHMRC vaccine study investigating seizures after vaccination. He currently supervises 4 PhD students in the fields of allergy and vaccinology.
Professor Pete Smith
Prof Pete Smith is an allergy specialist working in Southport and supervising a GP lead allergy practice, AllergyMedical in Brisbane and Sydney. He is a professor in Clinical Medicine at Griffith University and he is conducting research on molecular pain, skin health, rhinitis, why food allergy develops and mechanisms of hypersensitivity. He is a member of National and International allergy associations and is on the Board of Delegates of the World Allergy Organisation. He is on several national and international advisory boards related to allergy.
Dr Ralf Heine
Dr Ralf Heine (MD FRACP) is a Paediatric Gastroenterologist in the Department of Gastroenterology & Clinical Nutrition at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. In 2000, Dr Heine also commenced clinical work as a gastroenterologist in the Department of Allergy & Immunology, and he has since held joint appointments as Senior Staff Specialist in both departments. Dr Heine is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne, and a Research Fellow at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne. Furthermore, Dr Heine is a member of the Research Advisory Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP), the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA), the Australasian Society of Allergy & Immunology (ASCIA), the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), the European Society of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) and the Special Committee on Food Allergy of the World Allergy Organization (WAO). Dr Heine is actively involved in clinical trials in the field of gastrointestinal food allergy and is chief investigator of the first randomised, controlled trial on the role of elimination diets in children with eosinophilic oesophagitis. Dr Heine has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles, eight book chapters and has given many invited presentations at national and international scientific meetings.
Dr Jane Peake graduated from the University of Queensland. She commenced general paediatric training at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), Brisbane and obtained her FRACP in general paediatrics. She went overseas for seven years to train and get experience in Immunology and allergy and worked with world renowned experts in the United Kingdom, France and Canada. She returned to Brisbane in 1999 and is currently director of the Queensland Paediatric Immunology and Allergy Service based at RCH. She is also a senior lecturer at the University of Queensland. Her special interests include food allergy, anaphylaxis, severe eczema and primary immune deficiency. She has numerous publications in these areas. She is on a variety of state and national committees for anaphylaxis, immunoglobulin usage, primary immunodeficiency and food allergy and is on the council of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy.
Dr Melanie Wong
Dr Melanie Wong is a paediatric immunologist and immunopathologist. She is co-Head of Allergy and Immunology, Director of the Immunology Laboratory and head of the Immunodeficiency service at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (CHW), NSW. Her clinical interests span the spectrum of paediatric immunodeficiency, autoimmune diseases, allergy and immunisation. Dr Wong has had a long standing interest in the impact of food introduction on potential and established allergy, especially in migrant populations. Dr Wong is a member of a number of government and professional expert bodies providing advice regarding complex, expensive and/or resource limited therapies. She is an active member of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunologists and Allergists (ASCIA), having been the Honorary Treasurer, Secretary and now President. She is a board member and medical advisor for the patient support organisation, Immune Deficiency Foundation of Australia (IDFA). Dr Wong is a regular invited speaker in a range of national clinical immunology and immunopathology focused meetings. She is a reviewer for national and international peer reviewed journals and has over 50 peer reviewed publications. She has a longstanding commitment to medical education and assessment, with executive roles in a number of areas involving training and examination for both the Colleges of Physicians and Pathologists (RACP, RCPA). She has been an associate supervisor for a number of post-graduate research students.
Dr Wainstein is a paediatric immunologist and allergist working as a staff specialist at Sydney Children’s Hospital and in private practice in Sydney. He received his MBChB undergraduate degree in South Africa before migrating to Australia in 1999 and receiving his FRACP in 2005. He then undertook training in Allergy and Clinical Immunology and Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick. His clinical work includes caring for children with allergic disease as well as immune deficiency and inflammatory disorders. His research interests are mainly in the area of food allergy and anaphylaxis. Dr Wainstein holds a PhD from the University of New South Wales (2010) on the topic of “Diagnostic testing for peanut allergy and predictability of peanut anaphylaxis”. He has authored or co-authored 11 peer reviewed articles and has authored a number of textbook chapters and GP medical publication articles on topics such as peanut allergy, gastrointestinal allergies and chronic urticaria. Dr Wainstein is actively involved in the teaching of medical student and registrars and holds a position as a Senior Conjoint Lecturer at the UNSW. In addition to his clinical role, Dr Wainstein in the chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia (AAI) and Deputy Chair of the Anaphylaxis Working Party of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA), as well as the paediatric representative on the Immunology and Allergy Specialist Advisory Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). Dr Wainstein has been invited to speak at various academic meetings in Australia including the ASCIA ASM as well as educational meetings for specialists, GPs and allied health professionals. He has also had abstracts accepted for poster presentations at ASCIA and overseas scientific meetings of the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology (AAAAI). He has also been the recipient of various research grants from external funding bodies that have helped to fund ongoing research at Sydney Children’s Hospital.
Associate Professor Andreas Lopata is a molecular immunologist with special focus on food allergies. Andreas is Co-Director of the Centre for Biodiscovery and Molecular Development of Immunotherapeutics and Head of the Molecular Immunology Group at James Cook University in Townsville. His research received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), GlaxoSmithKline, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), and is currently holder of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship. Andreas is member of Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) and on the editorial board of the journal Molecular Immunology. His research interest is on the development of improved diagnostics and future therapeutics for food allergy, with special focus on the detection and molecular characterization of seafood allergens. Andreas has written 10 book chapters and published over 100 scientific articles in the field.