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Children and eczema: an update for parents and families – free webinar

Thursday 15 September, 4:30-5:30pm

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National Eczema Society and St John’s DermAcademy are pleased to collaborate to bring you this free webinar of informative talks from experts at the forefront of eczema research and practice. In this webinar, dermatology experts will explore allergy and eczema, and how to help children break the eczema itch-scratch cycle using the habit reversal technique. There will be time after the talks for you to ask questions of the panel.

4:30pm Welcome and overview of the evening
Professor Carsten Flohr

4.35pm Fact-checking allergy myths
Dr Tom Marrs

4.50pm How children can break the eczema itch-scratch cycle using the habit reversal technique
Dr Susannah Baron

5:05pm Question and answer session with a panel including webinar speakers, plus Rukshana Ali, Maria Akinde, Sarah Guard, and Andrew Proctor, Chief Executive of National Eczema Society. Participants are encouraged to ask questions on the topics being presented, as well as other areas of eczema care.

5.30pm Close

Webinar speakers and panel

Professor Carsten Flohr

Professor Carsten Flohr
St John’s Institute of Dermatology
Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London

Professor Flohr studied at Cambridge and Oxford Universities and then trained in both paediatrics and dermatology.

He was the first UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinician Scientist in Dermatology (2009-2014) and the only dermatologist awarded a Career Development Fellowship from the NIHR (2014-2019).

Professor Flohr directs the Unit for Population-Based Dermatology Research at St John’s Institute of Dermatology, King’s College London, where he holds the Chair in Dermatology and Population Health Science.

He has a particular interest in novel methods of atopic dermatitis (AD) prevention (early life risk factors) and therapeutics, especially in severe AD.

He is Chief Investigator of the UK-Irish TREatment of severe eczema in children Trial (TREAT), which compares cyclosporine with methotrexate in children with recalcitrant atopic eczema. He is also Chief Investigator of the Softened water for eczema prevention trial (SOFTER), the UK-Irish Atopic Eczema Systemic Therapy Register (A-STAR), and the EU-funded TRANS-FOODS consortium.

Professor Flohr is a Founding Director of the International Eczema Council and Past President of the British Society of Paediatric Dermatology.

He leads the European treatment guideline for atopic eczema.

He is also Founding Editor of the Evidence-Based Dermatology Section of the British Journal of Dermatology and the Clinical Trials Editor of the F1000 Atopic Dermatitis Section.

Dr Tom Marrs

Dr Tom Marrs
Consultant in Paediatric Allergy, St Thomas’ Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
Director of the Allergy Academy, King’s College London
Senior Honorary Lecturer in Paediatric Allergy, School of Immunobiology, Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, King’s College London

Dr Marrs is a Consultant in Paediatric Allergy working in the Children’s Allergies Department at St Thomas’ Hospital. He read Medicine, Psychology and Medical Law at Clare College Cambridge, before completing his clinical training at St Bartholomew’s and the Royal London Medical School.

Dr Marrs joined King’s College London as part of the team running the Enquiring About Tolerance (EAT) Study. This randomised trial showed that the regular consumption of peanut and egg by infants can prevent the development of peanut and egg allergy. He continued his clinical research as a Clinical Lecturer at King’s College London to investigate how the microbiome and lifestyle factors such as bathing and pet ownership may influence the development of allergic disease.

As a Consultant in Paediatric Allergy as St Thomas’ Hospital, Dr Marrs leads the Peanut Introduction Service as well as the Joint Allergy Gastroenterology service. He is Director of the Allergy Academy from within King’s College London, which is the largest post-graduate institute for post-graduate allergy teaching in the UK.

Dr Susannah Baron

Dr Susannah Baron
Consultant Dermatologist, St John’s Institute of Dermatology
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Baron is a Consultant Dermatologist working at the St John’s Institute of Dermatology. She specialises in Paediatric Dermatology and has established a multi-disciplinary paediatric psychodermatology service at St Thomas’ Hospital where together with a Clinical Psychologist she manages children with psychological distress associated with their skin disease and psychological disorders presenting with skin signs.

Dr Baron’s other field of expertise is in the management of severe eczema in children where she manages the psycho-social impact on children and families alongside the severe eczema. She is involved in population-based research and clinical trials in severe eczema and current ongoing studies are using the newer biologic agents and research exploring the interaction between mind and skin is in the early stages.

Dr Baron is current Chair of Psychodermatology UK and Treasurer of the British Society of Paediatric Dermatology.


Dr Rukshana Ali

Dr Rukshana Ali
Clinical Psychologist, St John’s Institute of Dermatology
Senior Psychologist, Evelina Children’s Hospital
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Ali is the Clinical Psychologist within the Paediatric Dermatology team at the St John’s Institute of Dermatology. She is also a senior Psychologist within the Evelina Children’s Hospital and leads the Evelina Trauma Service. She qualified with her doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) from Royal Holloway, University of London and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Dr Ali has extensive experience in working with long term health conditions with children and adults. She has contributed to research, publications and conference presentations concerning the role of psychology and psychological wellbeing in dermatology, weight management, surgery and bariatric surgery. She has a specialist interest in psychodermatology and the psychological wellbeing of people living with skin conditions. She currently sits on the Psychodermatology UK executive committee.

Maria Akinde

Maria Akinde
Paediatric Dermatology Clinical Nurse Specialist
St John’s Institute of Dermatology

Maria Akinde is a paediatric dermatology clinical nurse specialist in St John’s Institute of Dermatology at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital. She completed her undergraduate nurse training at King’s College London where she obtained a BSc in Adult Nursing. She has 10 years of experience in dermatology, providing a range of specialist dermatology care to adult, adolescent and paediatric populations. She runs nurse led clinics for paediatric and adolescent patients living with chronic conditions, incorporating a holistic, patient/family orientated and practical approach to management regimes that are achievable and facilitate age-appropriate self-management, where possible. Maria is experienced in the use of systemic and biologic therapies for paediatric and young patients with eczema, psoriasis, HS amongst others and is also involved in the paediatric severe eczema and psoriasis clinic. She plays a key role in communicating between families and multi-disciplinary teams for patients with complex medical, social and psychological needs. Maria was nominated by her colleagues for the GSTT Staff Nurse of the Year in 2016 and twice for the RCN’s rising star award in 2020 and 2021.

Sarah Guard

Sarah Guard MPharm (Hons) PG Dip GPP
Independent Pharmacist Prescriber
Highly Specialist Clinical Pharmacist – Dermatology and Allergy
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Sarah is a highly specialist clinical pharmacist in dermatology and allergy. Her areas of expertise include pharmaceutical management of severe psoriasis and eczema, non-medical prescribing (prescribing of biologics in psoriasis), medicines management, medicines information in dermatology and allergy, commissioning and funding requests.