2018 Conference Co-Chair and Vaccines Initiative Chair. Chair of the General Medical Council (GMC) in the United Kingdom and Nuffield Professor of Child Health at the Institute of Child Health at University College London.  UNITED KINGDOM

Terence Stephenson DM FRCP FRCPCH is a consultant pediatric doctor in the UK and chair of the General Medical Council (GMC). He was formerly Dean of the Medical School and Professor of Child Health at the University of Nottingham from 2003-2009, and the Nuffield Professor of Child Health. He was President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health from April 2009 until May 2012. 

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2018 Conference Co-Chair. Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine and Department of Pediatrics, Lausanne University Hospital, SWITZERLAND.

Head of the Research Group on Adolescent Health at the Institute of Social and preventive Medicine and an associated physician at Department of Pediatrics, both at the Lausanne University Hospital. His main research interests are the psychosocial aspects of chronically ill adolescents, exploratory behaviors in adolescence and the relationship between adolescents and their parents.

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2018 Conference Scientific Program Coordinator. Professor and Chairman of Paediatrics at the University of Thessaly, School of Medicine in Larissa

His clinical work is in the fields of general paediatrics and infectious diseases. His main interests in research are respiratory and central nervous system infections. He has published 70 articles in peer-reviewed international journals. He is member of the Editorial Board of The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal and Chairman of the Committee of Scientific Affairs and Awards of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases.

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Professor A. V. Ramanan, FRCPCH, FRCP, is a Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children and Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Bath, UNITED KINGDOM.

After postgraduate training in London and Manchester, he completed a two year Fellowship in Paediatric Rheumatology at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada. Prof. Ramanan's major research interests include genetic aspects of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM), biologics for uveitis in children with JIA and macrophage activation syndrome (MAS). 

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Chief Executive of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, UNITED KINGDOM

Alison is chief executive of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education which provides high quality higher education leadership development programmes for universities and higher education colleges in and for higher education wherever it exists.  Prior to her current role she was head of Policy for Leadership, Governance and Management (LGM).  She also had responsibility for the internal HR and organisational development function at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce). 

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Pediatrician with Speciality Allergies, University College London, UNITED KINGDOM

Dr Penny Salt qualified in South Africa and completed her paediatric training in London and Oxford. She is a general paediatrician at University College London Hospital with an interest in paediatric allergy and was the service lead for 8 years until 2016. Dr Salt presented data on adolescent quality of life scores at British Society of Allergy and Immunology (BSACI) Annual Meeting BSACI 2016.  She developed the allergy service from a small single consultant service with 2 clinics a month to the current service that includes 4 consultants, a dedicated paediatric allergy dietician and an allergy clinical nurse specialist running 24 MDT clinics per month.

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Professor of Paediatrics and Honorary Consultant Paediatrician, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UNITED KINGDOM

Stephen Allen has been Professor of Paediatrics at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Honorary Consultant Paediatrician at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool, UK for the past 3 years.  He is Chair of the Joint NIHR Children / British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Research Working Group and also an Editorial Board member for Nature Scientific Reviews and Paediatrics and International Child Health. 

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Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Neonatology at the University of Thessaly, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine in Larissa, Greece. 

Ioanna has 21 years of experience training medical students in pediatrics with lectures, and teaching in the wards, training of pediatric residents and continuing education of pediatricians with lectures and seminars. Her research is focused on infectious diseases and vaccinations. She has been responsible for the development of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Research Laboratory, Department of Pediatrics, University of Patras and the Pediatric Infectious Disease Research Laboratory, Department of Pediatrics, University of Thessaly.

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University Reader and Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. UNITED KINGDOM

Tim Cheetham is a University Reader and Honorary Consultant Paediatrican based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, UK. He was appointed in 1996 following paediatric/endocrine/diabetes training in Oxford and Cambridge.  He is Associate Editor of Archives of Disease in Childhood and is also trustee and advisor to the British Thyroid Foundation (BTF).  In addition to his daytime clinical and academic responsibilities he has a paediatric diabetes / endocrine and general paediatric on-call commitment.  

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