National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit

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National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit

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NPARU hosts the Midlands Paediatric Allergy Group

NPARU hosted the Spring meeting of the Midlands Paediatric Allergy Group at the University's City Campus with more than 30 allergy specialists from all over the midlands region attending.    The members meet twice a year with invited speakers giving talks on the latest developments in allergy and the opportunity to discuss difficult cases within the group setting.   These meetings are rotated around at different locations in the region and over seen by Dr Nick Makwana, Paediatric Consultant, City Hospital and Sandwell General Hospital. The Midlands is fortunate to have a number of Paediatric Allergy Teams based at hospitals around the region including the Alexandra Hospital (Redditch), Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital (BHH) Foundation Trust,   Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust,   University Hospitals Coventry, and Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.  Between them they provide specific allergy clinics, skin prick testing, dietician input and food challenge facilities.

The meeting was chaired by Professor Roy Kennedy, Director of NPARU with talks from Adam Fox, Consultant & Reader in Paediatric Allergy Guy's & St Thomas' Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on Immunotherapy in Aeroallergen Sensitisation,   Lynne Regent, Chief Executive of the Anaphylaxis Campaign on how the charity can help within the region and Dr Tom Dawson, Consultant Paediatrician, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust on Pollen-food syndrome.  Professor Kennedy also gave a talk on climate change and airborne allergens.


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