Meet the MAP Team

The MAP Guideline was developed by Dr Trevor Brown, Professor Adam Fox, Dr Carina Venter, Dr Joanne Walsh and Dr Rosan Meyer. They were joined by Hannah Spawls, Jolene Beatson and Dr Terri Lovis for the most recent (2019) update. Read more about them below.

Carina Venter, RD PhD

Carina Venter, RD PhD

Carina is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Allergy and Immunology at the Children’s Hospital Colorado and University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, where she is conducting research and working with children and adults with a range of food allergies. Previously, she was appointed as an Assistant Professor/Dietitian at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She is 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). She is a registered dietitian in the United Kingdom, United States and South Africa.  She has had numerous publications in international journals, and has authored book chapters and edited a book on Food Hypersensitivity. She moved from the UK in 2015 where she had been performing research into food allergies and allergy prevention as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth and at the David Hide Centre on the Isle of Wight.

She is a member of the EAACI food allergy guidelines on Allergy Prevention, and was a member of the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy guidelines group.  She was also a member of the NICE (UK) food allergy guidelines. She was appointed to the expert panel of the National Institutes for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Peanut Allergy Prevention Guidelines.
In her free time, she loves to blog on, and she is a top twitter allergy activist at most international allergy meetings (@VenterCarina).

Dr Trevor Brown, MRCP, FRCPCH

Dr Trevor Brown, MRCP, FRCPCH

Trevor is an Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Allergy, Children’s Allergy Service, Ulster Hospital, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, Northern Ireland

Trevor read Medicine at the Queen’s University in Belfast. His initial interest in Clinical Allergy began during undergraduate secondments to the medical schools at McMaster University, Canada and the University of Aarhus, Denmark. His initial postgraduate training included being a Resident at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada where his interest in allergy was further developed. Returning to the UK, he spent a few years as a Principal in general practice, before returning to hospital practice to complete his training as a General Paediatrician. He was then appointed as a general paediatrician to the Ulster Hospital.

He proceeded to set up a multidisciplinary Specialist Children’s Allergy Service at secondary care level. This was awarded the ‘Allergy Service of the Year’ by Allergy UK in 2011. Subsequently he has been part of: the UK Department of Health National Care Pathway for Food Allergy in Childhood and was a member of the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) clinical guideline development group for the assessment and diagnosis of food allergy in children and of the development group for the NICE food allergy quality standard.

He was one of the original authors of the Milk Allergy in Primary Care (MAP) guideline and is a joint first author of the more recent international version of the MAP guideline.

Joanne Walsh, MB, BCh, MSc

Jo is a GP Partner at Gurney Surgery in Norwich, part of the Castle Partnership.
She studied at University of St Andrews (BSc Medical Sciences) before undertaking clinical training in Manchester (MBChB). She later graduated from University of East Anglia (UEA) with an MSc in Health Sciences. She is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at UEA, involved in the teaching of undergraduate medical students.

After several paediatric posts in the north of England, Jo completed her GP training in Bury St Edmunds.

She was a member of the Guideline Development Group for the National Institute of Healthcare and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Guideline for the Diagnosis and Assessment of Food Allergy in children (2011) and involved with the UK Department of Health National Care Pathway for Allergy – food and gastrointestinal allergy.

She previously chaired the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Primary Care Committee and is on the clinical and scientific committees of Anaphylaxis Campaign and Allergy UK.

Dr Rosan Meyer, RD PhD

Dr Rosan Meyer, RD PhD

Rosan is an Honorary Senior Lecturer, Imperial College, London UK Visiting Professor, KU Leuven, Belgium

Rosan completed her degree in Dietetics in South Africa and specialised in paediatric nutrition in the UK. In 2004, she finished her MSc in Paediatric Nutrition and in 2008 her PhD at Imperial College London. She was the principal research dietitian at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children until December 2015, leading a project on the impact of gastrointestinal food allergies on children and their families and after this worked with the allergy team at St. Thomas Hospital as research dietitian until 2018. In addition, she has a busy paediatric dietetic practice specialising in food allergy, feeding difficulties and faltering growth in London. She has published numerous articles on paediatric nutrition, food allergy, feeding difficulties and is in particular interested in the association between growth and food allergy. She also co-authored the Dietetic Pocket Guide, covering nutritional assessment and management of paediatric conditions.

She is currently module leader for the Food Hypersensitivity Module that forms part of the MSc in Allergy at Imperial College London, and is honorary senior lecturer in paediatrics at the same university. She is also visiting Professor at KU Leuven, Belgium, on their MSc on Deglutology (swallow disorders). She is the chair of the European Section of the International Network for Diet and Allergy, secretary of the Allied Health and Primary Care Interest Group of EAACI and member of several EAACI task forces on food allergy.

Professor Adam Fox, MD, FRCPCH

Professor Adam Fox, MD, FRCPCH

Adam is a Professor of Paediatric Allergy at King’s College, London, a Consultant Paediatric Allergist & Deputy Medical Director at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals NHS Trust, London. He is also President of the British Society for Allergy & Clinical Immunology.

Adam read Medicine and Neuroscience at Cambridge University before completing his clinical training at University College, London. Having completed specialist training in Paediatric Allergy in 2006, he spent 9 years as clinical lead of Allergy at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals, London – one of Europe’s largest specialist Allergy service. He is now Clinical Director for Specialist Ambulatory Medicine and a Reader in Paediatric Allergy at King’s College London.

Adam chaired the UK Department of Health National Care Pathway for Food Allergy in Childhood and was a member of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) clinical guideline development group for the assessment and diagnosis of food allergy in children. He is the senior author of the Milk Allergy in Primary Care guideline. He previously chaired the Paediatric Committee of the British Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology and was been elected as President from October 2018.

Adam was awarded ‘Paediatric Allergist of the Year’ from Allergy UK in 2007. His doctoral thesis on peanut allergy received the Raymond Horton Smith prize from Cambridge University in 2012 and he was included in The Times ‘Britain’s 100 Best Children’s Doctor’s’ (2012). Adam received the William Frankland Award for Outstanding contribution to Allergy by the British Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology in 2015 and a National Clinical Excellence award from the UK Department of Health in 2016.

Hannah Spawls

Hannah Spawls

Hannah Spawls is a volunteer administrator for Cows’ Milk Protein Allergy Support, which is a voluntary, parent led support group for parents of children with CMA and other childhood food allergies. She manages the CMPA Support Breastfeeding group, providing practical and emotional peer support for mothers of children with food allergy to continue breastfeeding on a restricted diet and avoid the introduction of specialist formulas wherever possible.

She is mother to two atopic daughters, aged 7 and 3, and successfully breastfed both for 2.5 years and 3.5 years respectively in spite of their multiple food allergies, with varying degrees of support from her children’s health care professionals. As an experienced allergy parent in frequent contact with fellow allergy parents via the CMPA Support groups, she has a lot of insight into the patient experience and benefited from the original MAP guideline in diagnosing and managing her children’s allergies. She is keen to see more consistency in the diagnosis and management of milk allergy and better protection of breastfeeding as a result of the updated guideline.

She holds a BA (Hons) in Drama & Education and when she isn’t dealing with food challenges, eczema, asthma, or tinkering with recipes to make them Free From, works as a retail Shop Manager for a national cancer charity.

Jolene Beatson

Jolene Beatson

Jolene is the founder of the CMPA Support group and small charity.

Jolene is mother to Niamh who was born in April 2010, prior to the original MAP guideline. Niamh, who was exclusively breast fed, presented many of the common symptoms of CMPA, however, her diagnosis was delayed until she was six months old. Niamh is now 9 years old and has fully outgrown her allergy, giving Jolene unique insight in to the complete CMPA journey.

Jolene created the CMPA Support groups as she found there was little support for parents, once a diagnosis had been made, for the simple day to day management of the allergy. The CMPA Support groups provide a place where parents and carers can support each other throughout their childhood allergy journey. The groups aim to assist members in learning new recipes, to avoid allergens and to help their babies and children to live safe normal lives despite their allergies, additionally, the groups support parents throughout the tricky reintroduction stage of their journey.

Jolene also has a second child, and along with her partner, Simon, they enjoy many outdoor activities in their down time.

Jolene is currently an undergraduate at the University of Sheffield studying Law (LLB).

Dr Marie-Therese (Terri) Lovis MBBS, BSc, MRCP (2008) MRCGP (2009)

Terri is a GP Partner at The Wall House Surgery in Reigate.

Terri qualified from St George’s Hospital Medical School in 2004. She first undertook hospital medical training prior to moving into General Practice. She has an interest in women’s health and infant feeding. Her interest in infant feeding and allergy developed following personal experience with three of her four children having cows’ milk and other food allergies. Her children were diagnosed before the release of the first MAP and through her experiences as a mother and GP she realised the unmet need in supporting families through the diagnosis and management of cows’ milk allergy. Terri is a GP Programme Director and GP Tutor and strives to improve education in primary care around allergy and infant feeding. Terri is on the executive board for the GP Infant Feeding Network ( and is a GP Champion for Surrey for Infant Feeding.

The International MAP team

Dr. Anna Nowak-Węgrzyn MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Jaffe Food Allergy Institute
New York

Prof. Tong-Xin Chen MD, PhD
Shanghai Children’s Medical Center
Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine

Dr. David M.Fleischer MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
Colorado Children’s Hospital

Prof. Michael Levin MD
Associate Professor and Head of Division of Paediatric Allergy and Asthma
University of Cape Town
Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital
Cape Town
South Africa

Dr. Mario C. Vieira MD, MSc
Paediatric Gastroenterologist
Department of Paediatrics
Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Parana

Declarations of Interest

MAP, from its inception, has been produced without any financial or other support from any organisation – the time and effort involved was given freely by the authors and the guideline is hosted on the GPIFN website free of charge. However, some of the authors have worked with the manufacturers of hypoallergenic infant formulas in the past and their declarations of interest (as of August 2019) are as follows:

Carina Venter has received educational lecture fees from Mead Johnson, Nestle and Danone. Trevor Brown has received educational lecture fees from Mead Johnson, Danone and Abbott. Rosan Meyer has received research funding from Danone and educational lecture fees from Danone, Mead Johnson, Mead Johnson Scientific Advisory Board for Food Allergy UK, Nestle and Cow and Gate and Abbott. Joanne Walsh has received educational lecture fees from Mead Johnson and Danone and acted as a consultant for educational material for both these companies and also for Abbott and Nestle. Anna Nowak-Wegrzyn has received educational lecture fees from Mead Johnson, Nestle and Danone. David Fleischer has received grant support and lecture fees from Nestle Nutrition Institute and educational lecture fees from Abbott and Nutricia. Michael Levin has received research funding from Cipla, support for educational activities from Cipla and Nutricia and educational lecture fees from Cipla. Mario Vieira has received research funding from Danone and educational lecture fees from Danone, Mead Johnson and Nestle. Adam Fox has received research funding from Danone and consultancy and/or educational lecture fees from Mead Johnson, Nestle, Danone and Abbott. He is director of KCL Allergy Academy and Trustee of British Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology and Allergy UK, which have received corporate sponsorship from infant formula manufacturers.

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Published 5th October 2019