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Dr. Leung is Professor of Pediatrics at University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. He attended the University of Chicago where he received his PhD in 1975 and a MD in 1977. He did a pediatric internship and residency at Boston Children's Hospital and was a Fellow in Allergy-Immunology at Boston Children's Hospital between 1979-1981. He subsequently joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School with appointments as Assistant Professor (1983) and Associate Professor (1987) in Pediatrics. Since 1989, Dr. Leung has been Head of Pediatric Allergy-Immunology at National Jewish Health. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) as well as The American Board of Allergy and Immunology (ABAI). Since 1994, he has been Director of the NIH funded, University of Colorado Clinical and Translation Research Center Site at National Jewish Health. Between 1998-2015, he was Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the most highly cited journal in its field. He is the current Executive Editor of The Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
Dr. Leung has an H-index of 112 and is the author of more than 600 publications and has received over 30 federally funded grants. In 1983, he received the NIH Young Investigator Research Award for research on allergic responses in atopic dermatitis; Between 1995-2005, he was the recipient of a ten year NIH /NHLBI MERIT Award for his work in Kawasaki Syndrome, and in 1997, he won the E. Mead Johnson Award for Outstanding Research in Pediatrics; In 2003, he received the WAO Scientific Achievement Award; in 2004, he was the recipient of The American Skin Association/SID Psoriasis Achievement Award for his work on the role of infection in inflammatory skin diseases; the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) named him to their list of World’s Most Highly Cited Authors in Immunology (top 0.5% of cited articles in past 20 years) in 2006; In 2004-present, he was appointed Principal Investigator of a multi-medical center NIH/NIAID Atopic Dermatitis Research Network to study mechanisms underlying bacterial and viral infections in atopic dermatitis. In 2012, he was awarded the AAAAI Distinguished Service Award for his contributions as Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. In 2013, he was chosen to deliver the prestigious Robert A. Cooke Lectureship at the AAAAI Annual meeting commemorating its founder and adding to numerous named lectureships that Dr. Leung has presented. In 2015, he also named by US News and World Report as being amongst the top 1% of physicians. In 2015, he was honored with The NJH Kauvar Presidential Award. In 2016, the AAAAI voted to name a 2016 AAAAI Foundation Faculty Development Award in his honor, i.e. “The Dr. Donald Y. M. Leung/JACI & AAAAI Foundation Faculty Development Award. In 2018, he received the AAAAI Distinguished Scientist Award for his work in Atopic Dermatitis.
Dr. A. Wesley Burks is Executive Dean for the UNC School of Medicine. In this role he is responsible for providing overall academic leadership for the School of Medicine and the UNC Health Care System. He is also the Curnen Distinguished Professor in teh Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Burks’ research interests are in the allergic diseases, particularly adverse reactions to foods. Dr. Burks’ heads a research team whose work centers on the molecular identification of the allergens in specific foods, a better understanding of the mechanism of adverse food reactions, and the development of treatment for food allergy in animal models and in clinical studies. Dr. Burks and his colleagues have several ongoing clinical studies with different types of mucosal immunotherapy. His laboratory funding comes from many sources, including the National Institutes of Health and private foundations. Dr. Burks has been published in many distinguished journals and has authored or coauthored numerous articles, chapters and abstracts. He is a past Chair and member of the NIH Hypersensitivity, Autoimmune, and Immune-mediated Diseases study section and is Past President of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Dr. Burks graduated from the University of Central Arkansas and then the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He completed a pediatric residency at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Burks subsequently completed a fellowship in allergy and immunology at Duke University Medical Center. He was previously on the faculty at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital and Duke University Medical Center.
Jonathan Hourihane has been Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health in University College Cork, Ireland since 2005. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1987. He undertook his higher training in Southampton, and London, UK. His primary area of clinical and research interest is in paediatric food allergy and anaphylaxis. He is co-Principal Investigator of the BASELINE, Ireland’s only birth cohort study (www.baselinestudy.net.) and the INFANT Research Centre in UCC. He was a Board member of RCPI Faculty of Paediatrics 2015-2018. He is a Board member of the National Childrens Research Centre, Ireland and is a member of the NCRC Strategy Committee. He is a founding Board member of the Clemens von Pirquet Foundation, and of the Irish Food Allergy Network (www.ifan.ie). He is current President of the Irish Association of Allergy and Immunology.