Medical advisory panel

PID UK is fortunate to have the support of a panel of respected medical experts with extensive experience in the diagnosis, treatment and care of primary immunodeficiencies. Several of our panel members were involved with the Primary Immunodeficiency Association (PiA), which closed in 2010.

This section gives information on our medical advisory panel members and their role in supporting PID UK.


Dr Matthew Buckland, Chair of Medical Advisory Panel and Consultant immunologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts

Dr Matthew Buckland, Chair of Medical Advisory Panel and Consultant immunologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts

Dr Buckland is the chair of our medical advisory panel. He is a consultant immunologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital NHS Foundation trusts. He undertook his training in immunology in London, at Barts, Hammersmith Hospital and King's College Hospital. He specialises in immunodeficiency, with expertise in both primary and acquired immunodeficiency. Working across the two internationally renowned trusts that comprise the UCL centre for immunodeficiency he is involved in the diagnosis of PID in children and adults, transitional care between the paediatric and adult centres and bone marrow transplantation in PID. At present he is the chair of the UK Primary Immunodeficiency Network (UKPIN) registry and leads the national registration programme for UKPIN. He sits on a variety of other national committees relevant to immunology.

Dr Peter Arkwright, Consultant Paediatric Immunologist, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

Dr Peter Arkwright, Consultant Paediatric Immunologist, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

Peter is a senior lecturer in paediatric immunology at the University of Manchester and an honorary consultant at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital in the United Kingdom. He trained at the universities of Western Australia and Oxford as well as Birmingham, Southampton, London, Newcastle and Manchester NHS hospitals. Peter has developed and helps to run the tertiary paediatric immunology and allergy service for the north-west of England. His research interests include the etiology and management of primary immunodeficiency diseases, on which he has published widely. Other clinical and research interests include paediatric vaccinology, anaphylaxis and atopic dermatitis.

Fran Ashworth, Senior Immunology and Allergy Nurse Specialist, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Fran Ashworth, Senior Immunology and Allergy Nurse Specialist, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Fran started her nursing career at Musgrave Park Hospital in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in acute medicine. She has worked in the field of immunology and allergy since 1997 and now leads a team of nurses delivering the immunology and allergy service for Sheffield and the surrounding region. The service includes the care of patients with primary antibody deficiency, including running the home therapy and C1 replacement programme for hereditary angioedema. Fran undertakes home visits and acts as a resource for other disciplines to educate and support them about primary immunodeficiencies. Fran sits on the UK Primary Immunodeficiency Network accreditation committee.

Dr Claire Bethune, Consultant Immunologist and lead for immunology and allergy services for the South West Peninsula

Dr Claire Bethune, Consultant Immunologist and lead for immunology and allergy services for the South West Peninsula

Claire qualified from Corpus Christi College in Cambridge having undertaken clinical training at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London. She trained in general medicine in Oxford and then specialised in immunology in Newcastle. Briefly working as a consultant in Newcastle, she moved to the south-west in 2004 and has been a consultant immunologist in Plymouth since then. Claire is the service line lead for the immunology and allergy services in Plymouth and has developed regional home therapy programmes for both immunoglobulin replacement in antibody deficiency and for the treatment of attacks of hereditary angioedema. An enthusiastic teacher, she has developed courses for GPs and medical students in the south-west and has been invited to lecture at national and international meetings. She is also a member of the UK Primary Immunodeficiency Network committee and has responsibility for organising the accreditation of immunodeficiency centres.

Emily Carne, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff

Emily Carne, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff

Emily’s experience is extremely varied. She worked in several clinical areas, including infectious disease, wound healing and gastroenterology, and in an intensive therapy unit, before discovering immunology. After joining the clinical immunology team in Cardiff, in 2001, as a clinical nurse specialist, she completed an MSc in health sciences (immunology focus) in 2006 and obtained an advanced nurse practitioner qualification a year later. Emily publishes widely on different aspects of primary immunodeficiencies, including quality of life, home therapy and auditing of services for those affected. She sits on the UK Primary Immunodeficiency Network steering committee as chair of the Immunology and Allergy Nurses Group.

Dr Helen Chapel, Professor of Clinical Immunology, University of Oxford

Dr Helen Chapel, Professor of Clinical Immunology, University of Oxford

Helen is professor of clinical immunology at the University of Oxford. She has been clinical immunology consultant at the Oxford Radcliffe hospitals since 1978 and has a particular interest in primary immune deficiencies (PIDs). She has published on the several types of common variable immunodeficiency disorders, as well as on patient outcomes of immunoglobulin therapies for replacement and immunomodulation. She started the European Society for Immunodeficiencies (ESID) summer school in 1999 and continues to serve on the faculty, as well as to teach at other PID schools elsewhere. She is a member of the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS) PID committee and medical vice-president of the International Patient Organisation for Primary Immunodeficiencies (IPOPI).

Dr Niall Conlon, Consultant Immunologist, St. James

Dr Niall Conlon, Consultant Immunologist, St. James's Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.

Niall trained in medicine in Belfast before undertaking specialist immunology training in regional centres in Belfast and Dublin. He holds a PhD in immunology from Trinity College Dublin. He has recently been appointed as Consultant Immunologist at St. James's Hospital in Dublin.

Dr Tariq El-Shanawany, Consultant Clinical Immunologist, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Dr Tariq El-Shanawany, Consultant Clinical Immunologist, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Tariq graduated from Cambridge University and Guy’s and St Thomas’ School of Medicine and then undertook general medicine training in London, Worthing and Oxford. After specialising in immunology at the University Hospital of Wales, he was appointed, in 2010, as consultant clinical immunologist at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, which provides immunology clinics for patients across south Wales. His research interests include the use of microarray technology to improve the diagnosis of immunodeficiencies. Tariq represents immunology both at a local and national level by chairing the Immunology Specialist Advisory Group, reporting to the Welsh Assembly; being the lead writer of the clinical immunology curriculum for medical students across Wales and organising national training days for doctors specialising in immunology across the UK.

Dr Bobby Gaspar, Consultant in Paediatric Immunology, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London

Dr Bobby Gaspar, Consultant in Paediatric Immunology, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London

Bobby Gaspar is a physician/scientist working in paediatric immunology at the Institute of Child Health (ICH) and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London. He is a professor of paediatrics and immunology, and an honorary consultant in paediatric immunology. He initially trained in paediatrics and became interested in primary immunodeficiencies early in his career and undertook a PhD at the Molecular Immunology Unit at ICH, where he continues his academic and clinical career today. His interests in primary immunodeficiency include understanding the molecular and cellular defects and disease pathogenesis, bone marrow transplantation for severe immunodeficiencies and the development of gene therapy for these conditions. Over the last decade, his team has conducted clinical trials that have shown that gene therapy can successfully correct the immune defect in specific immunodeficiency conditions.

Dr Tomaz Garcez, Consultant Immunologist, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Tomaz Garcez, Consultant Immunologist, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Tomaz Garcez graduated from Aberdeen University in 1997 and completed postgraduate general professional training in Cardiff (adult medicine) and higher specialist training in Bristol (immunology and general internal medicine). He was appointed to Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) as consultant immunologist in July 2011. Tomaz leads the clinical and laboratory immunology service in CMFT and is chair of the North West Adult Immunology Network Group. Tomaz has recently been elected to the UK Primary Immunodeficiency Network Steering Group and holds a senate seat on the immunology and allergy Clinical Reference Group (NHS England).

Dr Richard Herriot, Consultant Immunologist, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

Dr Richard Herriot, Consultant Immunologist, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

Richard Herriot has been a consultant immunologist in Aberdeen since 1991. He is past chair of the UK Primary Immunodeficiency Network and has contributed to a range of advisory, educational and governance structures in the Royal Colleges of Physicians and Pathologists, to recent development of UK therapeutic immunoglobulin guidelines and to the medical panels of several patient and carer support organisations. In Scotland, he has served as national specialty adviser, co-authored a national report on clinical immunology services and chaired a recent review of NHS allergy services for the Scottish Government. His clinical interests include allergic and immunodeficiency disorders and diagnostic laboratory services.

Dr Alison Jones, Consultant Clinical Paediatric Immunologist, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London

Dr Alison Jones, Consultant Clinical Paediatric Immunologist, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London

Dr Alison Jones trained in Cambridge, qualifying in 1978. She spent two years at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, USA, in adult medicine, followed by GP training back in Cambridge, but diverted to paediatrics from 1984, training in Cambridge and at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH). Following a PhD in molecular immunology at GOSH and the Institute of Child Health in 1988, Dr Jones completed paediatric immunology training at GOSH. She became a consultant there in 1993 and works as a clinical paediatric immunologist, with expertise in antibody deficiency and immunoglobulin therapy.

Dr Siraj Misbah, Lead Clinical Immunology Consultant, Oxford University Hospitals Trust

Dr Siraj Misbah, Lead Clinical Immunology Consultant, Oxford University Hospitals Trust

Dr Misbah is lead consultant in clinical immunology at Oxford University Hospitals Trust and honorary senior clinical lecturer in clinical immunology at Oxford University. He has particular interests in immunodeficiency, systemic autoimmune disease and complex drug allergy. His longstanding interest in immunoglobulin therapy for both antibody replacement and immunomodulation in autoimmune neuropathies is coupled with clinical leadership for his Trust of the UK Department of Health’s immunoglobulin demand management programme, thus ensuring that its use across different medical specialties is evidence-based. Dr Misbah has published widely on the subjects of immunodeficiency, therapeutic immunoglobulin, autoimmunity and allergy. His interest in medical education is reflected in past chairmanship of the specialty advisory committee in allergy and immunology for the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board in the UK and co-authorship of 'Essentials of Clinical Immunology', a widely used undergraduate textbook. He has edited and co-authored the rheumatology and clinical immunology module of 'Medical Masterclass', the leading textbook on internal medicine, published by the Royal College of Physicians of London.

Dr Penny Titman, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London

Dr Penny Titman, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London

Penny Titman is a consultant clinical psychologist and has worked in a range of child services both within a mental health setting and within general and specialist paediatric settings. For the last nine years she has worked with children with immunodeficiencies and their families, including children treated by stem cell transplant. Penny has also carried out research looking at long-term outcomes following transplant and the impact of immunodeficiencies on quality of life.