The ADAPTrial Children's Eczema Study Team​ Alumni

Claire Hearn

Claire qualified as a nurse at King’s College University in 2012. Claire worked in medical and surgical in gynae and stroke for four years at Guys and St Thomas’, before moving to the Allergy team in late 2015. Claire joined the ADAPT team in 2016 and continues to work as an Allergy Nurse in the Children’s Allergy outpatients department.


Claire joined the team looking to gain research experience.


Patricia Kane

Patricia Kane worked for many years in general paediatrics and has held respiratory nurse specialist and paediatric nurse practitioner posts before joining the Children’s Allergy Service where until recently she was the Allergy Matron. Patricia drove the sublingual immunotherapy service and set up and ran the anti IgE (Omalizumab) therapy for children with severe atopic disease. Patricia has been involved in several research projects including GAP immunotherapy for grass pollen, and SNIFFLE which looked at the safety of the flu vaccine for egg allergic children.


She is very interested in improving psychological services for families and children with atopic conditions. 

Prabalini Thaventhiran

Prab qualified as a Paediatric Nurse in 2013 at Southbank University. Prior to joining St Thomas’ Hospital, she worked in general paediatrics at West Middlesex Hospital. Prab joined the ADAPT team in 2016 and currently works as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Children’s Allergy outpatients department.


Prab joined the team looking to gain experience in research.

Muhsinah Adam

Muhsinah trained and qualified as a children’s nurse in Preston, Lancashire. She then worked on a general paediatric ward, looking after children with acute and chronic medical and surgical needs. Whilst working on this ward, her main interests were respiratory and high dependency care. In 2010, Muhsinah joined the LEAP study, (Learning Early About Peanuts) and gained much knowledge of, and a particular interest in, children’s allergies and eczema.


She enjoys the research element of her work, valuing the positive impact on improving care and knowledge for the future.

Freda Adjei

Freda trained and worked in Ghana as a Paediatric nurse in general paediatrics before coming to the UK. She worked at the Royal London Hospital for 9 years in the respiratory, haematology and oncology departments as well as the general paediatric ward.


She moved to Guys and St Thomas’ children allergy services to further her career in allergy research. 

Jo Gambell

Jo has a degree in nutrition & food science and has extensive experience in research study and clinical trial management. Jo worked as a Research Assistant at the Medical Research Council in Cambridge, coordinating nutrition based research studies, before moving to University College London to manage clinical trials in haematological and brain malignancies. Jo most recently worked at Moorfields Eye Hospital setting up a portfolio of clinical trials in Ophthalmology.


She joined the team in December 2014 as the Study Delivery Manager, looking to gain experience of delivering research in the NHS.