BSACI President

Professor Graham Roberts

Professor Graham Roberts is Professor and Honorary Consultant Paediatrician in Paediatric Allergy and Respiratory Medicine within Medicine at the University of Southampton. He qualified in Medicine from the University of Oxford and undertook his paediatric training in Leeds and London. He completed a 4-year clinical research fellowship in paediatric allergy and respiratory medicine at Imperial College School of Medicine at St Mary’s in Professor Gideon Lack’s group. Professor Roberts was awarded a MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He completed his doctoral thesis on the safety and efficacy of immunotherapy for childhood allergic asthma. His research interests include exhaled nitric oxide, quality of life in allergic disease, severe childhood asthma, improving the diagnosis and management of childhood food allergy and, in collaboration with the ALSPAC study, the epidemiology of childhood aeroallergen, food and latex allergy. Professor Roberts completed his training in paediatric respiratory medicine at The London Hospital and the Royal Brompton Hospital.

In October 2004 he took up an appointment as a clinical senior lecturer in paediatric allergy and respiratory medicine and was promoted to Reader in 2007 and to Professor in 2011. He is the joint Director of the David Hide Asthma and Allergy Research Centre on the Isle of Wight and coordinator of the Executive Committee of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EACCI) Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Guidelines update. Previously he was on the EAACI Executive Committee and previous Chair of the EACCI Paediatric Section. He was Editor-in-Chief of the journal Clinical and Experimental Allergy (impact factor 4.217) until 2020. 

Professor Roberts has a translational epidemiological research programme which focuses on the pathogenesis and natural history of childhood and adult asthma and food allergy together with the development of new strategies to improve the management of asthma, particularly in adolescents. This involves studies in Southampton, at the David Hide Asthma and Allergy Research Centre in the Isle of Wight and in collaboration with colleagues at the Evelina Children’s Hospital, St Thomas’s Hospital, London. Professor Roberts works clinically within the Southampton University Hospital NHS Trust as a paediatrician specialising in allergy and respiratory medicine. Additionally, he supervises PhD students, lectures on the Allergy MSc and teaches undergraduate Medicine students.

 

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