For UK healthcare professionals only

Getting it right from the
start: Improving outcomes
in infant food allergy

Practical live webinar series on infant allergies, led by experts and taking place in September and October 2021

A healthy start to life has always been important, and the right nutrition is a key building block for early infant development. Feeding problems and food allergies can interfere with this and, if left unmanaged, potentially lead to adverse health outcomes for the infant – as well as stress and worry for their family.

We would like to welcome you to the ‘Getting it right from the start: Improving outcomes in infant food allergy’ live webinar series, taking place in September and October 2021. In this series we will be hearing from a range of expert speakers on how you can confidently identify, assess and manage gastrointestinal disorders including cow’s milk allergy in your infant patients. Each webinar will be followed by a live Q&A session with the speakers where you will have the opportunity to ask any questions that you might have.

Your registration enables you to attend all four webinars.
Join us at either 13.00 or 19.00 and ask your questions.

What does this programme offer?

Four free-to-attend 1-hour webcasts

Live Q&A with eminent speakers

CPD accredited: 1-hour of CPD credit per webinar

Access online resources by clicking here

Upcoming webinars

From cow’s milk protein allergy to functional gastrointestinal disorders:
What you need to know

In this 1-hour webinar, including a live Q&A, our speakers will explore functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) and what healthcare professionals need to know. The webinar will cover the relationship between cow’s milk protein allergy (CMPA) and FGIDs, as well as offering practical advice on how healthcare professionals can identify, assess and manage these disorders in your young patients.

Topics that will be covered:

  • Gut-Brain response during intestinal anaphylaxis
  • Early life programming
  • What are FGIDs, and how common are they?
  • Signs, symptoms, and the relationship between FGIDs and CMPA
  • The role of extensively hydrolysed formula in preventing FGID in children with CMPA
  • Live Q&A

Differential diagnosis of gastrointestinal symptoms in infancy

This 1-hour webinar, including a live Q&A, takes a look at common gastrointestinal symptoms in infants, and how careful examination and assessment can be used to reach a confident diagnosis on the cause.

Topics that will be covered:

  • Differential diagnosis and potential red flags
  • Useful examinations and assessments for diagnosing food allergy
  • Tolerance acquisition: Is it ever too early to impact the course of allergy?
  • Live Q&A

Improving referrals, shared care and online consultations

Coordinating care for infants with food allergies can be complex – what can primary care healthcare professionals do to manage these patients, and when should referral to a paediatrician, allergist, gastroenterologist and/or dietitian be considered? This 1-hour webinar, including a live Q&A, offers guidance on this topic, as well as advice on providing care in the new world of remote consultations.

Topics that will be covered:

  • A discussion of selected patient cases, including:
  • Bridging the gap: Effective referral and shared primary/secondary care
  • Managing the infant with multiple food allergies
  • The new normal: Diagnosing allergy through remote consultations
  • Live Q&A

From pregnancy to early childhood: A practical guide to allergy prevention

In this 1-hour webinar including a live Q&A, we review evidence and guidelines for allergy prevention, starting in pregnancy and going through to weaning. The webinar will explore how healthcare professionals can advise and guide patients on making choices that will give their child the best chance of avoiding or minimising food allergies.

Topics that will be covered:

  • Before birth: Guidelines on prenatal allergy prevention
  • Early infancy: Breastfeeding advice and formula choice
  • Weaning and beyond: When and how to introduce allergenic foods
  • Live Q&A

Speakers

Dr Osvaldo Borrelli

Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterology, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London

Dr Borrelli graduated from University of Naples “Federico II” Medical School in 1996. He is now Head of Clinical Services for Gastroenterology at the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, with clinical interests in disorders of gastrointestinal motility as well as being an Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London (UCL) Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health.

Together with Dr Rybak, Dr Lindley and Dr Saliakellis, he runs a specialist motility centre for children with severe congenital and acquired gut motility disease, including Chronic Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction (CIPO). He is also the lead of the motility diagnostic lab at GOSH, where state-of-art diagnostic investigations are performed, including antroduodenal manometry and colonic manometry.

Osvaldo is a member of the GI Committee of European Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN). He is also a member of different international working groups on the development of new clinical guidelines for the diagnosis and management of CIPO, and on the standardization of complex motility investigations.

Osvaldo has authored more than 90 original papers in international scientific journals, and numerous book chapters as well as participating as a speaker in more than 40 conferences and meetings.

Dr Helen Howells

GP with extended role in Paediatric Allergy, Southampton

Dr Howells qualified from Southampton University in 2005. After rotating through several hospital posts, she undertook GP training and completed this in 2015, now working as a portfolio GP for the Bournemouth GP Urgent Treatment Centre and as a visiting GP for several local surgeries.

Helen became interested in allergy due to her own experiences of managing a child with milk and nut allergies. As a result, she undertook the MSc in Allergy at Southampton University.

Helen worked with the paediatric allergy team at the University Hospital of Southampton for over four years but is currently focusing her efforts on helping primary care with the Covid-19 pandemic. Helen has just stepped down as the chairperson of the primary care group of British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI) and spends a great deal of her free time running allergy education sessions for primary care staff and is an honorary lecturer at Southampton University.

Dr Bruce McLain

Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist, North Tees University Hospital, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle

Presently lead in paediatric gastroenterology for Newcastle and the North East, Dr Mclain’s main interests are CMPA, Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Eosinophilic Oesophagitis.

Bruce trained in Melbourne, where his main research was the relationship between milk allergy and reflux disease, and Vancouver, where trainees’ acquisition of endoscopy skills were evaluated.

Bruce has continued to develop services for children in paediatric gastroenterology from medical student through primary care to specialist trainees and tertiary care. He remains committed to the education of all in a rapidly developing field of medicine.

Internationally, he has led the Royal College of Paediatrics in exam delivery throughout the Middle and Far East, ensuring high standards of care in 15 overseas countries.

 

Dr Rosan Meyer

Paediatric Dietitian, HCA Healthcare UK, London

Dr Meyer completed her Bachelor of Diabetics from the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 1995 and went on to work as a Paediatric Nutrition Specialisation (T1-T4) at the Institute of Child Health/Accredited by the British Dietetic Association. UK (1998-2001). Rosan went on to achieve her masters degree in Nutrition from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa in 2004 and completed her PhD. in Division of Medicine at Imperial College London UK 2008.

Rosan has previously worked as a Primary Care Pediatrician and Pediatrician at Regional Hospital and currently works as a Specialist Paediatric Dietician.

Rosan is currently CEO of Step-by-Step Kidz Nutrition Ltd; Visiting Professor, Faculty of Medicine, KU Leuven, Belgium; Honorary Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics; Lecturer and Food Hypersensitivity Module leader for MSc Allergy and MSc Supervisor and PhD co-supervisor, Imperial College London.

On top of this, Rosan is also a member of the European Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology, and the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology as well as authoring of more than 40 original papers in international scientific journals, and numerous book chapters only in the previous 3 years.

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