BPSU - Scientific Committee

The BPSU Scientific Committee oversees the scientific matters of the BPSU, providing advice and support for researchers wishing to undertake surveillance of rare paediatric disorders through the BPSU 'electronic orange card' reporting scheme.


Membership comprises representatives from each of the BPSU's parent bodies, three medical advisers, two lay representatives, a Republic of Ireland representative, a trainee representative and clinical/academic expertise from individuals interested in child health research.

Current members are:

  • Chair: Dr Shamez Ladhani, Infectious Disease Consultant Paediatrician, St George's Hospital, London
  • Medical advisor: Dr James Lopez Bernal, Specialist Registrar in Public Health, Public Health England
  • Medical advisor: Dr Jonathan Fok, Specialty Registrar, Public Health Medicine, Public Health England
  • Medical advisor: Dr Lamiya Samad, Research associate, UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
  • Scientific coordinator: Richard Lynn, BPSU
  • UCL GOS Institute of Child Health representative: Dr Rachel Knowles, Clinical Research Fellow, UCL GOS Institute of Child Health 
  • PHE representative: Dr Gavin Dabrera, Public Health England
  • RCPCH representative: Professor Anne Greenough, Vice President for Science and Research, RCPCH
  • Royal College of Physicians (Ireland) representative: Dr Robert Cunney, Consultant Microbiologist, Dublin Children's Hospital
  • Republic of Ireland representative: Dr Susanna Felsenstein, Cork University Hospital, Republic of Ireland
  • Trainee representative: Dr Seilesh Kadambari, Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Specialist Registrar in Paediatric Infectious Disease, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford
  • Patient/carer representative: Madeleine Wang
  • Patient/carer representative: Dr Jane Sutton
  • Committee member: Dr Simon Lenton, Consultant Community Paediatrician, Retired
  • Committee member: Dr Simon Nadel, Consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care, Imperial College London
  • Committee member: Professor Alastair Sutcliffe, Professor of General Paediatrics, UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
  • Committee member: Dr Marc Tebruegge, Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology, Evelina Children's Hospital
  • Committee member: Dr Rachael Wood, Public Health Specialist, Information Services Division, NHS National Services Scotland
  • Committee member: Dr Larissa Kerecuk, Consultant Paediatric Nephrologist, Birmingham Children's Hospital
  • Committee member: Dr Hani Ayyash, Consultant Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician, Peterborough City Hospital