Clinical and Professional Nutrition

Prevention of Food Allergies & Atopic Disease: The Atopic March - Can it Be Halted?

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Location: Ballroom C


Susan Prescott, MD, PhD

University of Western Australia
Crawley, Western Australia, Australia

Susan Prescott is a Professor of Paediatrics in the School of Medicine at the University of Western Australia. She is a Paediatrician and an Immunologist at the Perth Children’s Hospital. Susan is a Founding Director of the ORIGINS Project at the Telethon KIDS Institute, a Federally funded legacy project based at Joondalup Health Campus examining how the environment influences health throughout life, and how we can improve this.

Her interests and expertise are focused around early life risk factors for inflammation as an antecedent (and preventive target) for a broad range of noncommunicable diseases (NCD), with a particular interest in early onset NCDs such as allergy, obesity and mental health. She works at the highest international level of her field, and is a former Director of the World Allergy Organisation.

Prof Prescott is founding President of the multidisciplinary ‘DOHaD’ Society in Australia and New Zealand (Developmental Origins of Health and Disease). She is also founding Director of the inFLAME Global Network, an interdisciplinary research network focused on the links between personal and planetary health through social and ecological justice

In addition to over 300 scientific publications, she is also author of several books for an international public audience: The Allergy Epidemic – a Mystery of Modern Life, The Calling, and Origins - Early Life Solutions to the Modern Health Crisis, and most recently The Secret Life of Your Microbiome: Why Nature and Biodiversity are Essential to Health and Happiness.

She has received numerous prizes, awards and fellowships including a Winston Churchill Fellowship. Over the course of her career Susan has raised over $50 million in research funding as Chief Investigator. In 2009 she was awarded a prestigious Practitioner Fellowship (2009-2018) by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and in 2010 her work was recognised in the “10 of the best” in Australia. Susan cares deeply about the social determinants of health, and takes a holistic approach to life.

Her inspiration to study medicine came from her grandmother, one of the few women to study medicine in the 1930s, and her love of research and academia was inspired by her grandfather Sir Stanley Prescott, former Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Australia.


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David M. Fleischer, MD

Associate Professor, Pediatrics-Allergy
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Denver, Colorado

Dr. David Fleischer completed his undergraduate training at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadephia in 1992, medical degree training at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta in 1997, and both Pediatric Residency and Pediatric Allergy/Immunology Fellowship training at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore in 2005. Dr. Fleischer is currently the Associate Section Head of the Section of Allergy & Immunology at Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO) and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at CHCO and the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.
Dr. Fleischer’s primary clinical interest is food allergy. His research has focused on the natural history of food allergy and novel treatments for food allergy, including oral, sublingual, and epicutaneous immunotherapies. He is the Global PI for the pivotal Phase III peanut epicutaneous immunotherapy and open-label extension trial that is being conducted at more than 30 sites across the world. He has been involved in several projects examining the primary prevention of allergy, including as a member of the 2015-16 National Institutes for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Expert Panel that updated the 2010 NIAID Food Allergy Guidelines on the topic of the Prevention of Peanut Allergy. He is Co-Director of the Food Challenge and Research Unit at CHCO, and he will direct the new Allergy and Immunology Center at CHCO when it opens in February 2018.
Dr. Fleischer has authored many original, peer-reviewed articles, review articles, and book chapters on food allergy. He is the Chair for the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI) Adverse Reactions to Foods Committee and a Fellow of the AAAAI and the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.


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Robert Boyle, MD PhD

Clinical Reader in Paediatric Allergy
Imperial College London
London, England, United Kingdom

Dr Boyle is Clinical Reader in Paediatric Allergy at Imperial College London. Dr Boyle works in a specialist Clinical Research Facility for studies of Children and Young People, with a focus on the development of new ways of preventing, diagnosing and treating inflammatory conditions which affect young people. His main research focus is the primary prevention of allergic diseases, using both nutritional and non-nutritional interventions.

Dr Boyle's recent work for the UK Food Standards Agency has influenced infant feeding guidance. Key findings were that early introduction of egg and peanut reduce risk of allergy to these foods, that there is no evidence to support recommending hydrolysed formula for prevention of allergic disease, and that specific maternal dietary supplements during pregnancy and lactation may reduce risk of allergic disease in young children. Dr Boyle's current clinical trial work is focussed on the possibility that we may be able to prevent eczema and food allergy by improving infant skin care during the first months of life. He is leading food allergy assessment in the UK BEEP trial, and conducting a prospective individual participant data meta-analysis of infant skin care studies for preventing allergic outcomes.

Dr Boyle is also Associate Professor of Evidence-Based Dermatology at the University of Nottingham, where he works as Joint Coordinating Editor of the Cochrane Skin Group. He is also a Co-editor for the journal Clinical and Experimental Allergy, and contributes to teaching through his roles as Director of the Follow my Footsteps longitudinal learning programme, and Deputy Director of the Imperial College London Allergy MSc programme.


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Carina Venter, PhD, RD

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Aurora, Colorado

Dr. Venter is currently an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Allergy and Immunology at the Children's Hospital Colorado and University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, where she is conducting research and working with children and adults with a range of food allergies. Previously, she was appointed as a Research Associate/Dietitian at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She is currently the chair of the International Network of Dietitians and Nutritionists in Allergy, and a member of the American Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (AAAAI), American College of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (ACAAI), European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) and the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI). She is a registered dietician in the United Kingdom, United States and South Africa. She has had numerous publications in international journals, and has authored book chapters and edited a book on Food Hypersensitivity. She moved from the UK in 2015 where she had been performing research into food allergies and allergy prevention as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth at the David Hide Centre on the Isle of Wight.

She was a member of the EAACI food allergy guidelines on Allergy Prevention, as well as Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy. She was also a member of the NICE (UK) food allergy guidelines. Since her arrival in the US, she was appointed to the expert panel of the National Institutes for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Peanut Allergy Prevention Guidelines, making her the only dietitian that has had presentation on US, European and UK food allergy guidelines.


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Marion Groetch, MS, RDN

Director, Nutrition Services
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, New York

Marion Groetch, MS, RDN is the director of Nutrition Services at the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in NYC. Marion is a frequent invited lecturer both nationally and internationally on diverse topics related to the nutritional management of food allergies and has written 9 text book chapters and more than 20 peer reviewed publications with over 400 citations, including authorship on two American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) Consensus Guidelines in 2017. Marion earned the 2015 AAAAI Allied Health Professional Recognition Award for her service to the allergy/immunology allied health community as a leader, mentor and educator.


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