The ADAPTrial Children's Eczema Study Team​


Childhood Eczema Study Doctors

Professor Gideon Lack

Professor Lack is a Professor of Paediatric Allergy, Kings College London and a member of the MRC-Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma. He is also Head of the Children’s Allergy Service, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Having completed his medical degree and senior house officer appointments at the John Radcliffe in Oxford he spent 4 years specialising in paediatric allergy and immunology in Denver, Colorado. Over the past 10 years he has worked at St Mary’s Hospital London where he ran the Department of Paediatric Allergy and Immunology. Professor Lack’s research has focused on the prevalence or food allergies in children and the relationship between food allergies, eczema and asthma. He is currently  Principle Investigator on the LEAP (Learning Early About Peanut allergy) and EAT (Enquiring About Tolerance) studies, also being run within the Evelina Children’s Hospital at St Thomas’ Hospital.


Dr Susan Chan

Dr Chan is a Biomedical Research Centre Clinical Research Consultant in Paediatric Allergy and a member of the MRC-Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma. Having trained in Medicine at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals, she completed her specialist training in Paediatrics in London. She has undergone extensive training in allergy and eczema, and jointly runs the Allergy and Dermatology Clinic for patients with difficult eczema. Her research interests focus on the use of skin-homing cells to examine the mechanism of peanut allergies in children, and childhood eczema.


Dr Victoria Cornelius

Dr Cornelius completed a PhD in statistics at the University of Wales College of Medicine following a degree in Mathematics at Cardiff University. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Medical Statistics at King’s College London and the Deputy Director of the London Research Design Service. Her research interests include collaborative research with clinical academics, and her own statistical research into the monitoring and reporting of drug harms. She is a member of the planning and delivery team for  King´s Imaging Technology Evaluation External Assessment Centre (EAC)  for NICE and forms part of the Kings Health Partners Clinical Trial Unit statistical team. 


Dr Emma Wedgeworth

Dr Emma Wedgeworth is a Consultant Dermatologist at St John’s Institute of Dermatology, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Trust. She studied her preclinical medicine at Cambridge University, and graduated with a first class degree. Her clinical studies were at Imperial College School of Medicine,where she was awarded the Edgar Lawley prize for Best Overall Performance in Finals and was Proxime accesit to the University of London Gold Medal. After attaining Membership of the Royal College of Physicians, she trained in dermatology at the prestigious St John’s Institute of Dermatology, where she holds her current substantive consultant post. She has a specialist interest in Paediatric Dermatology and severe inflammatory skin disorders. She has a number of publications and is actively involved in clinical research. She is a member of the BAD, BSPD and St John’s Dermatological society. 


Helen Fisher

Helen is a research nurse who has worked on several allergy and eczema related clinical trials over the last 10 years and has extensive experience working with children who have allergies and eczema and their families. She has been involved in setting up and running studies including the UK23 immunotherapy for hayfever trial, the Xolair for treatment of peanut allergy trial, and the LEAP study which is exploring whether early consumption or avoidance of peanuts is the best way to prevent peanut allergy. She has also completed a PhD examining participation in paediatric research.


Una O'Dwyer-Leeson

Una trained in nursing at the Royal Free Hospital, London. She has worked in both Acute and Primary Care health sectors in general paediatrics and public health. Una joined the LEAP Study (Learning Early About Peanut Allergy)  in 2011 and left in August 2014. Una has a keen interest in research , the social/emotional impact allergy has on children and their families and allergic diseases as a public health issue.


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.  


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. 


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.




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.


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