Study Team

Dr Gideon Lack - Principal Investigator

Prof Gideon Lack
Principal Investigator

Professor Lack is a Professor of Paediatric Allergy, Kings College London and a member of the MRC-Asthmas 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. Dr 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 also one of the Principle Investigators on the LEAP study (Learning Early About Peanut allergy) also being run within the Evelina Children’s Hospital at St Thomas’ Hospital.

Declaration of Interest:
Personal remuneration: Lectures (SHS Nutricia, Nestle, SHS International); Consultancy for Advisory Board (Synovate, Novartix Xolair, ALK Abello).
Research funding: Immune Tolerance Network, National Peanut Board, Food Standards Agency, Food Allergy Initiative, Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, Medical Research Council.
Volunteer positions held: Scientific Advisor (Anaphylaxis Campaign, National Peanut Board)

Dr Michael Perkin - Co-Principal Investigator

Dr Michael Perkin
Co-Principal Investigator

Dr Perkin is a Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Allergy, Kings College London and Co-Principal Investigator on the EAT Study. He is also a Consultant in Paediatric Allergy at St George’s Hospital. He undertook allergy subspecialty training which included working in the paediatric allergy departments at both St Mary’s Hospital and Southampton General Hospital. He held a Wellcome Fellowship in Clinical Epidemiology under the supervision of Professor David Strachan, the original proponent of the hygiene hypothesis. His PhD was on the relationships between the farming environment and atopy in children and his research interests are the epidemiology of allergy.

Declaration of interest:
Personal remuneration: Lecture (SHS Nutricia)
Research funding: Food Standards Agency, Medical Research Council, Wellcome Trust

Dr Carsten Flohr - Co-Investigator

Dr Carsten Flohr

Dr Flohr trained in paediatrics and dermatology and is a Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Dermatology, King’s College London. Dr Flohr is also a Steering Committee member of the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC), the biggest allergy study ever conducted. Dr Flohr’s particular research interest is childhood eczema. In the EAT Study, he will examine how genes that are known to contribute to breakdown of the natural skin barrier interact with environmental influences, such as house dust mites and washing practices, and how such interactions can lead to eczema and food allergies. Dr Flohr is funded through a Clinician Scientist Award from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), which is part of the UK Department of Health.

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Dr Kirsty Logan- Research Fellow & Study Coordinator

Dr Kirsty Logan
Research Fellow & Study Coordinator

Kirsty is a paediatric epidemiologist with a Masters in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a PhD in paediatric HIV and Hepatitis C virus infections from the University of London. She joins the EAT study team after 5 years working in the Centre for Paediatric Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the UCL Institute of Child Health in London carrying out research on a study of HIV infected pregnant women and their children and coordinating this large-scale clinical network.

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Research Nurses
Our two research nurses are Vicky Smith and Louise Young.

Research Dieticians
Our two research dieticians are Anna Tseng and Bunmi Raji.

The two EAT recruiters are Sharon Tonner and Ella Silk.

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