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 Ellen Pringle, Specialist Registrar in Public Health, 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 David Elliman, Consultant in Community Child Health, UCL GOS Institute of Child Health 
  • PHE representative: Dr Gavin Dabrera, Public Health England
  • RCPCH representative: Prof Nick Bishop, 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: Vacant
  • Trainee representative: Dr Chenqu Suo, Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD Fellow, University of Cambridge
  • Trainee representative: Dr Sarah Clarke, Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Bristol
  • 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: Dr Rob Negrine, Consultant Neonatologist, New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton
  • Committee member: Dr Marc Tebruegge, Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology, Evelina Children's Hospital
  • Committee member: Dr Okike Ifeanyichukwu
  • Committee member: Dr Peter Davis, Consultant Paediatric Intensivist, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children
  • Committee member: Dr Hani Ayyash, Consultant Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician, Peterborough City Hospital
  • Committee member: Dr Arlene Reynolds, Senior Epidemiologist, Health Protection Scotland