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.
Previously, Steve led the international programme of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. He undertook his medical training and received his M.D. at Birmingham Medical School UK. As well as clinical training in paediatric gastroenterology and nutrition in Oxford, UK, he has lived and worked in The Gambia, West Africa and Papua New Guinea undertaking research, clinical work and teaching.
His research focuses on improving gut health and nutrition in children. Current research in Liverpool focuses on the measurement of faecal volatile organic compounds in the diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease and novel therapeutic feeds to achieve mucosal healing and maintain clinical remission in Crohn’s disease. Previous research in the UK has evaluated probiotics in the prevention of atopy in infancy and antibiotic-associated diarrhoea in the elderly. Previous work overseas has been in malaria, thalassaemia, H. pylori transmission and malnutrition. Recent research in Malawi has evaluated novel therapeutic feeds in children with complicated severe acute malnutrition. A continuing interest is the potential to modulate the development of the gut microbiome in early life in children in lower-income countries to improve health outcomes.