Speakers

Prof Salim S. Abdool Karim

Salim S. Abdool Karim is a clinical infectious diseases epidemiologist widely acknowledged for his scientific contributions and leadership in AIDS and Covid-19. He is the Director of CAPRISA (Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa) and Professor of Global Health at Columbia University. He is an Adjunct Professor at Cornell and Harvard Universities and Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has served as President of the South African Medical Research Council. He is a member of the WHO Science Council and the WHO TB-HIV Task Force. He is Vice-President of the International Science Council. He is a member of the Africa Commission on Covid-19 and The Lancet Commission on Covid-19.

Dr Kate Browde

Dr Kate Browde recently completed her fellowship in paediatric allergology at Red Cross Children’s Hospital and will sit for the certificate exams in January 2023. She is currently facilitating Red Cross Hospital’s Allergy Outreach Portfolio, is actively involved in clinical trials and consults at the weekly Tygerberg Hospital Paediatric Allergy clinic. She also has a private practice in Paediatrics and Allergies in Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard. She completed her undergraduate training at Wits and subsequently moved to Cape Town to pursue a career in paediatrics. She completed her specialist training in Paediatrics at Red Cross Children’s Hospital, received her Masters of Medicine in Paediatrics from UCT and obtained her Diploma in Allergology from the Colleges of Medicine in South Africa in 2017. She is a member of the Allergy Society of South Africa (ALLSA) and regularly presents in the allergy masterclasses hosted by the allergy Foundation of South Africa (AFSA)

Dr Mimi Deetlefs

Dr Deetlefs is currently a Medical Officer in the Department of Allergology and Clinical Immunology at Groote Schuur Hospital in the Western Cape. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Pretoria and completed her internship and community service in Cape Town. She has been working in the field of Internal Medicine since 2008. In 2019 she joined the Allergy and Immunology Department at GSH and completed her Diploma in Allergology in the same year. She is involved in various projects and studies within the department, with a special focus on angioedema and beta lactam allergies

Dr Shaunagh Emanuel

Dr Shaunagh Emanuel graduated from the University of Cape Town with an MBChB. After working in the fields of allergy and asthma at the UCT Lung Institute in the Allergy Diagnostic and Clinical Research Unit f or 10 years she established a primary care allergy and asthma clinic in Cape Town. She is also the clinical director at Synopsis Research in Claremont. She is an honorary lecturer at the University of Cape Town Medical School, and has made contributions to several publications that include the regularly featured ‘ABC of Allergy’ in the Current Allergy and Clinical Immunology Journal and is responsible for the trademark artwork that illustrates them. Dr Emanuel has a special interest in creative medical education and serves in the education portfolio on the executive committee of the Allergy Foundation of South Africa.

Dr Sarah Karabus

Dr Karabus graduated from the University of Cape Town Medical School in 1999. She worked in paediatrics in the United Kingdom and passed the membership examination of the Royal College of Paediatrics in 2004. She returned to Cape Town to specialise as a Paediatrician at the Red Cross Children’s War Memorial Hospital.Thereafter, she completed further sub-specialist postgraduate training in Allergology in the Division of Allergy and Asthma at UCT, obtaining the Diploma of Allergology in 2008.She is registered with the Health Professional Council of South Africa as a sub-specialist paediatric allergologist.She has published several allergy and non-allergy related articles in accredited medical journals presents regularly at national and international allergy conferences and has contributed to a number of chapters in the Allergy Society of South Africa Handbook of Allergy.Dr Karabus also maintains the position of consultant and senior lecturer In Allergology in the Department of Allergy and Asthma at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and UCT.Dr Karabus serves on the executive committee of the Allergy Society of South Africa and is co-director of the Allergy Foundation of South Africa. She is a member of various organisations including the Allergy Society of South Africa, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. She serves on the editorial board of the Current Allergy and Clinical Immunology journal as well as the European Medical Journal, Allergy and Immunology section.

Heidi Facey-Thomas

Heidi Facey-Thomas is a research coordinator in the Allergy and Respiratory Department of Red Cross Children’s Hospital Cape Town. She has worked on both the SAFFA and Alpha-Gal Studies as well as various clinical trials. She tutors 5th year medical students in the practical aspects of allergy and asthma and runs the Allergy in Africa webinar series. She has recently started an infusion/biologics clinic at Red Cross, a joint project with Rheumatology. She is an active member of the Allergy foundation of South Africa (SAFA). A member of The Allergy Society of South Africa (ALLSA) and is involved in the National Asthma Education Program (NAEP).

Dr David Fleischer

Dr David Fleischer completed his undergraduate training at the University of Pennsylvania, medical degree training at Emory University School of Medicine, and both Pediatric Residency and Pediatric Allergy/Immunology Fellowship training at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Fleischer is currently the Section Head of Allergy & Immunology at Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO) and a Professor of Pediatrics at CHCO and the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. He is the Director of the Allergy and Immunology Center at CHCO that opened in February 2018. Dr. Fleischer’s primary clinical interest is food allergy. His research has focused on the natural history of food allergy and novel treatments for food allergy, including oral, sublingual, and epicutaneous immunotherapies. Dr. Fleischer has authored many original, peer-reviewed articles, review articles, and book chapters on food allergy.

Prof Claudia Gray

Claudia Gray is a paediatrician with subspecialist accreditation in allergology and subspecialtytraining in paediatric pharmacology. She undertook her medical degree at the University of CapeTown, specialised in in London, and subsequently returned to South African soil to work in the fieldof allergology.Claudia has a private paediatric and allergology clinic at Vincent Pallotti Hospital in Cape Town. She isalso a part time consultant at the Allergy and Asthma clinic at Red Cross Children’s Hospital, and anAssociate Professor in Paediatrics at the University of Cape Town. Her research interests are inallergy pharmacology, and in food allergies in eczema patients, on which she based her PhD.Claudia thoroughly enjoys teaching and presents regularly at local and international conferences.She has over 100 publications in local as well as international high-impact international journals. Sheis on the editorial team of the journal “Current Allergy and Clinical Immunology” and co-editor/coauthorof the new 2017 South African Allergy Handbook and, more recently, the book “FoodAllergies in a Nutshell.” Claudia is a regular examiner at the postgraduate Diploma in Allergy andAllergy Fellowship exams, and is Honorary Secretary of the Allergy Society of South Africa. She isalso the author of several children’s books, and has a passion for educating/enlightening the young.

Prof Mike Levin

Prof Levin is responsible for training of the Allergy Senior Registrar as a specialist in Allergology, as well as additional subspecialist trainees funded via the African Paediatric Fellowship Programme. General paediatric registrars rotates through allergy to receive appropriate training in this discipline. He also lectures on allergy-related topics to medical officers preparing for the Diploma in Child Health (2 lectures/year) and Fellowship in Paediatrics (1-2 lecture/year). Training is also provided for allergy diagnosis, management and procedures for candidates preparing for the Diploma in Allergology.

Dr Marshé Maharaj-Setlalekgosi

Dr Marshé Maharaj-Setlalekgosi is a Paediatrician, that qualified at the University of Pretoria. She has been working in a Regional hospital as a General Paediatrician for the last 5 years. She has an interest in the effect of allergies on the paediatric population. After completing her Allergy Diploma she opted to further her studies in allergies, and has recently joined Red Cross Hospital to pursue a fellowship in Allergology.

Prof Refiloe Masekela

Professor Refiloe Masekela is a Paediatric Pulmonologist and is the Head of Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, at the University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban South Africa. She is an Honorary Visiting Associate Professor at the Queen Mary University London, UK. She obtained her medical degree at Witwatersrand University, and completed her specialist Paediatrics training at the University of Pretoria. She completed her fellowship in Paediatric Pulmonology at the Catholic University in Leuven, Belgium and the University of Pretoria. She has served on many executive committees as the current member and incoming co-Chair for the Steering Committee of the Global Asthma Network. She is the current Vice-Chair of the Adult and Child Lung Health Section of the International Union of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (Union) and Vice president of the Pan African Thoracic Society. Refiloe has been a member of the South African Thoracic Society since 2007 and has served on the executive committee since 2010. Her research interest include paediatric asthma and lung physiological testing, particularly lung function testing in children and the determination of normative lung reference equations in African children and adults, and is a member of the European Respiratory Society Global Lung Initiative Network of Clinical Research Collaboration Committee. She is also a member of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society Diagnostic Working Group, the South African Cystic Fibrosis Scientific Committee and is a past chairperson of the South African National Asthma Education Programme (2011-2013). She has published in peer-reviewed publications and has written seven book chapters on respiratory diseases in children. She has been invited to present her research and given invited lectures at national and international congresses. She is passionate about research capacity strengthening in Africa, has mentored and graduated many students and is the current Co-Director of the Pan African Thoracic Society Methods in Epidemiology, Clinical and Operational Research (PATS-MECOR) course.

Dr Ahmed Ismail Manjra

Dr. Ahmed Ismail Manjra is a Paediatrician and Allergologist registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.He graduated with his MBChB from Natal Medical School in 1983 and obtained his FCP in Paediatrics in 1988. He further went on to gain his Diploma in Allergology in 2003 (Cum Laude).Dr. Manjra was awarded the Eugene Weinberg Gold Medal by the College of Medicine of South Africa for outstanding performance in the Allergology Examinations in 2003. He also obtained his Masters Degree in Clinical Pharmacology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2009.He is an International Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and a Fellow of the American College of Allergy & Clinical Immunology. He is also a member of the European Academy of Allergy & Clinical Immunology.Dr. Manjra served as the past president of the Allergy Society of South Africa and is currently an Executive Member of the Allergy Society of South Africa.He is a Director of the Allergy Foundation of South Africa and has published over 60 articles in peer reviewed local and international journalsHe is the Co-Editor of the ALLSA HANDBOOK of Allergy and has also contributed many chapters to the book.

Dr Kassim Mapondela

Born June 10th 1981, in Kilimanjoro region, Tanzania. He is married to Aysha Msami and has two children-a son and a daughter. He is a medical doctor specialised in ENT, Working at Muhimbili national hospital in Dar es Salaam Tanzania but currently finalising his fellowship training in Allergology. Because of his passion on Allergy conditions, He has been struggled for so many years post his MMED training to treat children with allergies of different type until he met with Prof Mike Levin in 2018 while attending EACI annual conference in Munich-Germany and offered him a post to train with him at Red Cross War Memorial children Hospital for 2 years. With this training he is going to be the first Tanzanian with the proper Allergology training and qualifications. His aim is to go back to Tanzania end of this year and establish a centre of excellence for managing allergy conditions and research.

Dr Lizelle Nagel

Dr Lizelle Nagel completed her medical studies at the University of Pretoria in 2003. She qualified as a chemical pathologist in 2011 at the same university, after which she worked as a consultant pathologist for the National Health Laboratory Service until 2021. She now pursues a full-time career in Medical Immunology at Ampath’s National Reference Laboratory in Centurion, Pretoria, under the mentorship of Dr Sylvia van den Berg. Her specific interests include the rational use of laboratory testing in autoimmunity and disorders of immune regulation. She is also a member of the Allergy Society of South Africa (ALLSA).

Prof André van Niekerk

André is a Paediatrician and Paediatric Pulmonologist. He works as session consultant at the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Pretoria and in private practice at the NetCare Clinton and NetCareAlberlito Hospitals. The NetCare Clinton practice is a HPCSA accredited sub-specialist training unit. André received an Honorary Professorship from the University of Pretoria. He is the Vice Chair of the Allergy Society of South Africa (ALLSA), the ALLSA liaison for the PimaryImmunedefficiency Working Group (PIDDSA) of ALLSA, a director of the Allergy Foundation of South Africa (AFSA) and a member of the South African Thoracic Society (SATS) and the African Society for Immunodeficiencies (ASID).

Prof Jonny Peter

Associate Professor Jonny Peter is a physician, specialised in internal medicine at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. In February 2016, Jonathan was registered with the HPCSA as the first adult allergologist in South Africa, and is Head of the Division of Allergology and Clinical Immunology at Groote Schuur Hospital, University of Cape Town and the Allergy and Immunology unit, UCT Lung Institute. Current clinical and research interests include: i) immune-mediated adverse drug reactions ii) urticaria and angioedema, as well as the intersection between COVID19 and immunogenomic pathways associated with Angioedema iii) primary immunodeficiencies, and iv) the aerobiology of South Africa. Jonathan has over 100 publications in high impact factor journals, and H-index of 38. His research work is supported by international and local grant funding from the NIH, EDCTP, SA NRF and MRC. He is a member of the National Immunisation Safety Expert Committee.

Mireille Porter

Mireille Porter, MBChB, MPH (UCT), is a Research Medical Officer at the University of Cape Town in the Division of Allergology and Immunology. As an investigator in the Immune-mediated Adverse drug Reactions in African TB HIV endemic settings: Registry and biorepository (IMARI) - a collaboration with the Divisions of Dermatology and Infectious Disease -her key area of focus is that of Cutaneous Adverse Drug Reactions.

Prof Jason Trubiano

A/Prof Trubiano is an Infectious Diseases Physician and NHMRC Research Fellow in Melbourne, Australia. Dr Trubiano is the Director of Infectious Diseases, Antimicrobial Stewardship and Drug Allergy Service at Austin Health (Melbourne, Australia). A/Prof Trubiano is also the Head of The Centre for Antibiotic Allergy and Research, which leads translational and clinical research in antibiotic allergy. A/Prof Trubiano was awarded an NHMRC-supported PhD in antibiotic allergy testing in Antimicrobial Stewardship, and in 2020 completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the National Centre for Infections in Cancer exploring antibiotic allergy in immunocompromised hosts. His primary research remains in translational antibiotic allergy diagnostics, point-of-care tools and health services penicillin allergy testing programs.

Dr Carina Venter

Dr. Venter is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Allergy/Immunology at the Children's Hospital Colorado and University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, where she is conducting research in allergy prevention and working with children with food allergies. She is the past chair of the International Network of Dietitians and Nutritionists in Allergy, and a member of the American Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (AAAAI), American College of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (ACAAI), European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) and the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI). Dr. Venter is a senior advisor to Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE). She is a registered dietitian in the United Kingdom and United States. She has had publications in international journals, book chapters and edited a book on Food Hypersensitivity. She moved from the UK in 2015 where she had been performing research into allergy prevention and prevention. She was a member of the EAACI and AAAAI food allergy guidelines on Allergy Prevention and the EAACI guidelines on the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy guidelines., the NICE (UK) food allergy guidelines and the National Institutes for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Peanut Allergy Prevention Guidelines. Dr. Venter is currently the chair of the EAACI work group on Immunomodulation and nutrition.

Idonette van Zyl

Idonette van Zyl is a registered dietitian in private practice, with her main focus area being paediatric food allergies and – intolerances. As a mother of three food allergic – and intolerant children, she understands the challenges faced, and continues to strive at improving the quality of life of families living with allergies. She has been employed as a part-time senior academic advisor for dietetic students at the North West University (NWU) since 2015. Idonette graduated from the University of Pretoria (UP) in 2007. In 2018, she completed her master’s degree (cum-laude) the NWU. She has been elected as the new chair of the ALLSA Allergy Dietitians Interest Group (ADIG) in 2022. Idonette enjoys teaching at congresses and other events.