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ASI-ASCIA Public Event | Online Fireside Chat | COVID-19 vaccine safety



ASI-ASCIA Public Event | Online Fireside Chat | COVID-19 vaccine safety


31 March 2021, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm


6.30pm (Syd/Mel)




ASI-ASCIA Fireside Chat: COVID-19 Vaccine Safety

Dr Paul Turner
Faculty of Medicine, National Heart & Lung Institute
MRC Clinician Scientist in Paediatric Allergy & Immunology, MRC & Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma, Imperial College London
Online profile

Our speaker is Dr Paul Turner who leads the COVID-19 vaccine allergy surveillance unit in the UK. Dr Turner is a Clinician Scientist and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Allergy & Immunology at Imperial College London, and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, Australia. His research, funded by the Medical Research Council, European Commission, NIHR and UK Food Standards Agency among others, focusses on the pathophysiology of severe allergic reactions to food. He is a member of the UK Food Standards Agency's Science Council, the FAO/WHO Codex Expert Consultation on Risk Assessment of Food Allergens and leads the EAACI Taskforce on Food Allergen Thresholds. 
Paul leads the food allergy desensitisation programme at St Mary's Hospital, London; the team was awarded the Best UK Clinical Team by Allergy UK in 2018. Paul was also the recipient of the 2020 PhARf Award, awarded by the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI). He is a consultant to Public Health England, and current chairperson of the BSACI Paediatric Allergy Group and the WAO Anaphylaxis Committee.  

Clinical Prof. Michaela Lucas
President, ASCIA
Co-Chair, ASI Clinical Immunology Special Interest Group
Clinical Immunologist, Allergist, Pathologist and Head of Drug Allergy Services,
Dept. of Clinical Immunology, University of WA
Online profile
Our Moderator is Clinical Professor Michaela Lucas, who is the current President of ASCIA and Co-Chair of the ASI Clinical Immunology Special Interest Group. 

Professor Lucas is a clinician-scientist making a twofold contribution to medical research. As a clinical immunologist, her research into drug allergy is directly improving patient outcomes. In her role as a transplant immunologist, she sees the opportunity to advance basic science by improving our understanding of the factors influencing transplant tolerance and longevity of grafted organs.
Following the completion of her medical training in Essen, Germany, Professor Lucas received a Marie Curie Research Fellowship and spent four years in a postdoctoral position at the University of Oxford in the research laboratory of Professor Paul Klenerman. Here, she developed a background in T-cell immunology, specifically the pathogenesis of T-cell mediated drug allergies, anti-viral T-cell responses, and vaccine development.

This early work underpins Professor Lucas’s basic scientific research focusing on the role of inflammation in the development of adaptive immunity within the context of organ transplantation. She now leads the transplantation lab (Immunology and Microsurgery) in the School of Medicine at UWA and works closely with transplant clinicians to relate relevant findings for human transplant recipients. She is addressing the clinical problem of drug allergy through her activities in clinical research (antibiotic allergy) and policy.
Professor Lucas is the current ASCIA President and works closely with allied consumer organisations on the National Allergy Strategy.




ASI-ASCIA Online Fireside Chat | COVID-19 vaccine safety

A free Q&A session, tailored to the family and friends of ASI members and the general public who simply want accurate answers.

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