About this event

  • Date and time Mon 24 Feb 2020 from 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Clinical Immunology and Allergy

There have been several high profile cases of fatal anaphylactic reactions in the last three years. In order to prevent these from happening we need to learn from these tragic events, increase awareness of the risk factors for fatal anaphylaxis and optimise treatment strategies. The RSM Allergy and Clinical Immunology Section is bringing together leading experts in the management of anaphylaxis in both adults and children to provide a comprehensive overview of this topic.

Topics include: 

  • To understand the epidemiology and risk factors for fatal allergic reactions in children and adults 
  • To learn about the mechanism of anaphylaxis and best practice in the management of anaphylaxis 
  • To understand difference between anaphylactic reactions to venom, drug and food 

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Registration, tea and coffee

Symposium 1: Epidemiology and novel insights into mechanisms of anaphylaxis

Chair: Tabi Leslie and Helen Brough

President’s prize

Dr Tabi Leslie, President, Clinical Immunology and Allergy Section at the Royal Society of Medicine

New discoveries in genetic predisposition towards anaphylaxis

Veronica Varney, Consultant in respiratory medicine, allergy and Immunology, St Helier Hospital

What happens during anaphylaxis and how do treatments work?

Dr Paul Turner, Clinician Scientist and Hon Consultant in Paediatric Allergy an Immunology, Imperial College London

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break

Symposium 2: Risk factors for fatal food anaphylaxis

Chair: Helen Brough

Epidemiology of fatal anaphylactic reactions in children - what are the risk factors?

Professor Graham Roberts, Professor and Honorary Consultant Paediatrician in Paediatric Allergy and Respiratory Medicine within Medicine, University of Southampton

Overview of food anaphylaxis in adults

Dr Isabel Skypala, Consultant dietician and Clinical lead for food allergy, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust and Dr Nisha Shah, Consultant Psychiatrist, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

Cofactors in anaphylaxis - what can we tell patients?

Dr Andrew Clark, Consultant in paediatric allergy, Addenbrooke’s Hospital

Panel discussion

Symposium 3: Overview of fatal anaphylaxis in children

Chair: Helen Brough

What is being done to protect children in schools?

Lynne Regent, Chief Executive Officer, Anaphylaxis Campaign

Lessons learned from fatal food anaphylactic reactions

Dr Adam Fox, Consultant Paediatric Allergist, Evelina London Children’s Hospital

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break

Symposium 4: Perioperative anaphylaxis

Chair: Helen Brough and Dr Chris Rutkowski, Consultant Allergist and Clinical Lead for Adult Allergy, Department of Allergy, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, Difficult Urticaria Clinic, St John’s Institute of Dermatology

Overview of fatal drug and venom anaphylaxis - how this differs from food

Dr Chris Rutkowski

Perioperative anaphylaxis: how to prevent fatalities

Dr Sophie Farooque, Allergy consultant and clinical lead, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

What can we learn from perioperative anaphylaxis (NAP6) registries?

Amena Warner, Head of Clinical Services, Allergy UK

Panel discussion
Closing remarks and close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

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  • Location Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom