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Professor Custovic has developed the NHS Allergy service at the University Hospital of South Manchester (UHSM), and has driven a step change in the size and breadth of clinical activity in the last decade. As a result, the UHSM Allergy Centre now offers diagnosis and management of adult and paediatric patients with a range of allergic conditions, including anaphylaxis, eczema, asthma, allergic rhinoconjunctivitis, drug allergy, insect venom allergy, latex allergy, urticaria and angioedema with further expansion in the neglected area of food allergy. The Allergy centre has provided care, support and reassurance for many patients referred by their GPs and those who have experienced allergic reactions within the Trust, offering also a comprehensive immunotherapy service and wide range of day challenges including oral and intravenous drug challenges and food challenges.
He has influenced the development of the UK national policy on how allergy can be better dealt with in the NHS through the membership of the National Allergy Advisory Group and presented key evidence to the House of Lords Science & Technology Enquiry into Allergy Services in the UK that led to the implementation of a new model of allergy care currently being trialled in the North West. He is a member of the North West Allergy & Clinical Immunology Network Strategy Board which co-ordinates the bringing together of tertiary allergy providers and the supporting services in primary and secondary care to form an inter-city allergy networked centre.
He served as a Secretary of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI) in two terms (2000-3, 2009-12) and represented allergy on the Royal College of Physicians Specialist Advisory Committee. He made major contribution to allergy training as a Programme Director for Allergy (July 2008-current), and acts as the BSACI-endorsed Specialty adviser for the North Western region for Allergy & Clinical Immunology. He currently serves as a President of the Asthma section of the European Academy of Allergy & Clinical Immunology (EAACI) and is a member of several World Allergy Organisation (WAO) Committees.
He acted as a Research Group Leader in the School of Translational Medicine, University of Manchester (2008-12); his success has been recognised by recent appointment as a Centre Lead for Respiratory Medicine and Allergy in the Institute of Inflammation and Repair (2012-15).
Professor Custovic delivered invited lecture at more than 150 major international congresses, including lectures at the annual meetings of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, European Respiratory Society, American Thoracic Society, American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, World Allergy Organisation, International Congress on Paediatric Pulmonology, British Thoracic Society, British Society of Immunology, British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and numerous national paediatric and allergy societies (including Australian, Canadian, South African, Japanese, Swiss, Cypriot, Greek, Croatian, Italian, Danish, Turkish Society etc.)
At the time when prevalence, severity and complexity of allergy in the population continues to increase, with serious problems in the provision of allergy healthcare and the future of the specialty, Professor Custovic brings unique expertise of a joined-up approach to provision of clinical services in allergy, clinical research and education.
Areas of interest
Food allergies and intolerances; Anaphylaxis; Asthma; Eczema; Hay fever; Rhinitis; Conjunctivitis and rhino-sinusitis; Drug allergy; Insect venom allergy; Latex allergy; Urticaria and angioedema; Multi-system allergic disease
Prof Custovic's extraordinary research contributions have been in areas of genuine unmet clinical need, especially prevention of asthma and food allergy. Of particular merit has been his recent discovery of a novel diagnostic tests for peanut allergy, which demonstrated how internationally competitive medical science can advance health and welfare and be translated into the benefit for patients.
Areas of research interest include:
Prevention of allergy
BSACI William Frankland Award for outstanding contribution to the development of clinical allergy in the UK (2013)
CIPP President’s award for the distinguished achievements in the understanding of asthma and allergies in children (2013).
UHSM Researcher of the Year award (2012).
Alain De Weck Memorial Lecture (VI World Asthma and COPD Forum, 2013)
Cas Motala Memorial Lecture (Allergy Society of South Africa, 2013)
James Hutchison's Memorial Lecture (Hong Kong Paediatric Society, 2012)
PUBLICATIONS: >200 publications in peer-reviewed journals (135 original publications, 67 review articles and 12 editorials)
AUTHORED BOOKS: Managing Allergy. Edited by Adnan Custovic and Thomas Platts-Mills. Atlas Medical Publishing, 1st edition 2009; ISBN-13: 978 1 84692 025 7, 282 pages
BOOK CHAPTERS; 26 book chapters
- MD University of Manchester 1996
- PhD University of Manchester 2000
- FRCP Royal College of Physicians 2008
- European Accreditation in Paediatric Allergy European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 2010
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Secretary British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI) 2012
- President, Asthma Section European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) 2013
- International Advisory Board CIPP (International Congress of Pediatric Pulmonology) 2012
- Education Council World Allergy Organisation (WAO) 2012
- Country Ambassador for the United Kingdom European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF) 2013
- Specialty Lead (Respiratory) NIHR Greater Manchester Comprehensive Local Research Network (GM CLRN) 2013
- Regional specialty advisor for Allergy & Clinical Immunology Royal College of Physicians (RCP) 2013
- Training Programme Director for Allergy North Western Deanery 2013
- Deputy Director NIHR Respiratory and Allergy Clinical Research Facility at UHSM 2013
Details of entry to specialist register
- Allergy, 1999
Affiliations / memberships
Elected Fellow: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
Elected Member: Collegium Internationale Allergologicum
Elected Member: Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Ireland
Member: British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Member: European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology
Honorary Member: The Allergy Society of South Africa
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