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Professor Nicholas J. Talley (AC, MD (NSW), PhD (Syd.), FRACP, FAFPHM, FAHMS, Gastroenterologist) is a distinguished physician scientist and gastroenterologist, with a special interest in functional and inflammatory gastrointestinal diseases. He is currently Distinguished Laureate Professor of Medicine at the University of Newcastle; Nick has protected time for research and clinical practice as part of this appointment. He is a Past President of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, a past Chair of the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges, former committee member of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, a former member of the NHMRC Research Committee and MBS taskforce, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Medical Journal of Australia. Nick has an outstanding highly cited academic track-record with over 1000 publications. He is CIA on a NHMRC CRE in Digestive Health and is a chief investigator on several other successfully completed NHMRC and NIH grants, and has attracted funding worth more than AUD$15 million dollars in the last 5 years. Nick has won several prestigious research awards including the Distinguished Research Prize from the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA), Newcastle Innovation Excellence in Innovation Award, the NSW Excellence in Biological Sciences (Cell and Molecular, Medical and Veterinary and Genetics), 2018 NSW Scientist of the Year, and– Bruce Shepard Medal from Research Australia, Mayo Clinic Distinguished Alumnus 2020, PlosOne most cited in Gastroenterology 2020 and the UNSW Alumni Award 2021. He is invited to deliver lectures and present his research around the world, and is considered an international authority in the field.
Professor Pete Smith (MBBS, BMedSci, FRACP PhD, Allergist and Immunologist) is a leading allergist and immunologist in Australia. Pete commenced his medical studies at the University of Tasmania and went on to specialise in paediatrics in Adelaide, before completing his PhD in molecular immunology with Flinders University. He has worked as an allergy specialist at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, and was a senior lecturer at the Institute of Child Health, University College London. In 2002, Pete set up Queensland Allergy Services in Southport, on the Gold Coast. Here he provides patients the highest level of quality medical care in the diagnosis and treatment of allergies. Pete is a Professor in Clinical Medicine at Griffith University and Bond University. He currently conducts research studies into the molecular aspects of pain in allergic conditions. Pete is also doing studies in genetic profiling in rhinitis and is part of an international study that is attempting to treat peanut allergy.
Dr Looi Ee (MBBS, FRACP, PhD, Paediatric Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist) trained in paediatric gastroenterology in Perth and Cincinnati, USA, and completed her PhD in Queensland. She has an interest in childhood nutrition, paediatric endoscopy and liver transplantation. She is the Medical lead of the Parenteral Nutrition Service at Queensland Children’s Hospital and established the first multidisciplinary Gastrostomy Clinic in Queensland in 2005. In addition to general Paediatric Gastroenterology, Dr Ee also sees patients in specialised services including Home Parenteral Nutrition/Intestinal failure, Liver Disease/Transplant, Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disease and Aerodigestive clinics. She is a committee member of the Conjoint Committee for Recognition of Training in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and is accredited to perform endoscopy and colonoscopy in both paediatric and adult patients. She has previously been on the committees of Gastrointestinal Expert Group for Therapeutic Guidelines (2016, 2011), and Digestive Health Foundation; and is a past president of the Australian Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition.
Dr Sam Mehr (MBBS, BMedSci, FRCPA, FRACP, Paediatric Allergist, Immunologist and Immunopathologist). Dr Mehr completed his medical degree at the University of Melbourne and trained both at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne and Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney. He has been a Consultant Allergist/Immunologist for 12 years in both public and private practice. His current appointments include Consultant Staff Specialist in Allergy and Immunology at the Royal Children's Hospital, Honorary Medical Officer at the Children's Hospital at Westmead, Immunopathologist at Dorevitch Pathology, and Sub-editor of the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. He has an ongoing strong interest in non-IgE food allergy, including FPIES, multiple food protein intolerances and eosinophilic oesophagitis.
Dr Hamish Philpott (MBBS, MRCP, FRACP, PhD, Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist). Dr Philpott has a special interest in diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal disease, particularly in the appropriate use of diagnostic investigations including gastroscopy and colonoscopy. Dr Philpott is involved in research involving a number of gastrointestinal conditions including irritable bowel syndrome, coeliac disease, the use of ultrathin transnasal gastroscopy and eosinophilic esophagitis. His PhD (Monash University) considered the role of food and aeroallergens in eosinophilic oesophagitis, and he since was awarded the 2016/2017 Bushell Travelling Fellowship (Royal Australasian College of Physicians) to further studies at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Dr Jeremy Rosenbaum (MBBS (Hons) FRACP, Paediatric Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist). Jeremy graduated from Monash University Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery with Honours (MBBS, Hons) and then trained at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. Additional postgraduate training includes a Clinical Academic Fellowship in Paediatric Inflammatory Bowel Diseases at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada. He is now a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) and a specialist Paediatric Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist with publications in the field and ongoing active research. He is also clinical lead of endoscopy services at The Royal Children’s Hospital. Jeremy is an honorary lecturer at University of Melbourne and an honorary research fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. He is a current member of the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA) and accredited to perform paediatric gastroscopy, colonoscopy and capsule endoscopy by the Conjoint Committee for Recognition of Training in Gastroenterological Endoscopy (CCRTGE). Jeremy is an RACP college supervisor first both basic and advanced trainees. He also sits on the RACP Advanced Training Committee for gastroenterology as the paediatric representative.
Dr Ajay Sharma (MBBS, MD, FRACP, Paediatric Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist). After completing his Paediatric specialty training through the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) in Melbourne and Perth, Dr Sharma further undertook sub specialty training in Paediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology at The Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Perth. He subsequently worked as a clinical fellow for a year in Paediatric Gastroenterology and Liver transplantation at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. Dr Sharma is committed to improve gastrointestinal health and nutrition for WA children. He has special interests in inflammatory bowel diseases including Crohn disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Eosinophilic esophagitis, Celiac disease, GERD, Nutrition and liver conditions in children. Dr Sharma is fully accredited for Paediatric endoscopy and colonoscopy procedures. He is also the member of North American Society For Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN), American Association For The Study Of Liver Diseases (AASLD) and Gastroenterology Society Of Australia (GESA).
Dr Vicki McWilliam (PhD, Adv APD, Clinical Allergy Dietitian and Researcher) is the dietitian for the Department of Allergy and Immunology at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, where her role involves patient care, teaching, training, resource development and research. Vicki is involved in food allergy training of dietitians, nurses and doctors and is a frequently invited to participate in conferences, training sessions, and resource development in the area of food allergy. She also has a private practice specialising in food allergy at the Melbourne Allergy Centre and Children's Specialists, based in Parkville. She is the past chair of the dietitian subcommittee of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA). Vicki is involved in food allergy research and has several publications related to food allergy she completed her PhD with the Centre for Food and Allergy Research based at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the University of Melbourne.
Wendy Birks (Paediatric Dietitian - Feeding Clinic and Allergy) has over 30 years of experience as a clinical dietitian. She has worked in a variety of hospitals and community settings for both adults and children. Wendy has been practising at the Children’s Hospital Westmead for the last 10 years as well as establishing her private practise. She provides dietetic care for infants and children with food allergies, feeding difficulties and faltering growth. She has a particular interest in working with families of children with complex nutritional issues relating to their medical condition. Her aim is to maximise their nutrition and growth without compromising the pleasure associated with eating. Along with this she has an extensive knowledge of cooking and meal planning to help families adjust to changing their diets.