Imperial College London

Dr Robert Boyle

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Medicine

Reader in Paediatric Allergy



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Paediatric Research UnitQueen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Wing (QEQM)St Mary's Campus





Clinical Reader in Paediatric Allergy, St Mary's Campus.

Dr Boyle was appointed to Imperial College London as NIHR Clinical Lecturer in 2007, Clinical Senior Lecturer in 2009, Director of the Paediatric Research Unit from 2013 and Clinical Reader from 2017. Prior to this he trained in Paediatric Allergy and Immunology at the Royal Children's Hospital and Melbourne University, Australia where his PhD investigated the mechanisms through which dietary interventions may prevent eczema.

Dr Boyle's Paediatric Research Unit is a specialist Clinical Research Facility for studies of Children and Young People, with a focus on the development of new ways of preventing, diagnosing and treating inflammatory conditions which affect young people. His main research focus is the primary prevention of allergic diseases, using both nutritional and non-nutritional interventions.

Dr Boyle's recent work for the UK Food Standards Agency has influenced infant feeding guidance in the UK and internationally. Key findings were that early introduction of egg and peanut reduce risk of allergy to these foods JAMA and that there is no evidence to support recommending hydrolysed formula for prevention of allergic disease BMJ. Full reports are on the Food Standards Agency website Timing of Allergenic Food Introduction and Hydrolysed Formula. Dr Boyle's current clinical trial work is focussed on the possibility that we may be able to prevent eczema and food allergy by improving infant skin care during the first months of life. He is leading food allergy assessment in the UK BEEP trial, and conducting a prospective meta-analysis of infant skin care studies for preventing allergic outcomes.

Dr Boyle is Associate Professor of Evidence-Based Dermatology at the University of Nottingham, where he helps to coordinate the Cochrane Skin Group. He is also a Co-Editor for the journal Clinical and Experimental Allergy, and contributes to teaching through his roles as Director of the Follow my Footsteps course, and Deputy Director of the Allergy MSc.

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Turner PJ, Jerschow E, Umasunthar T, et al., 2017, Fatal Anaphylaxis: Mortality Rate and Risk Factors, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology-in Practice, Vol:5, ISSN:2213-2198, Pages:1169-1179

Chalmers JR, Haines RH, Mitchell EJ, et al., 2017, Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of daily all-over-body application of emollient during the first year of life for preventing atopic eczema in high-risk children (The BEEP trial): protocol for a randomised controlled trial, Trials, Vol:18, ISSN:1745-6215

Munblit D, Treneva M, Peroni DG, et al., 2017, Immune Components in Human Milk Are Associated with Early Infant Immunological Health Outcomes: A Prospective Three-Country Analysis, Nutrients, Vol:9, ISSN:2072-6643

Stiefel G, Anagnostou K, Boyle RJ, et al., 2017, BSACI guideline for the diagnosis and management of peanut and tree nut allergy, Clinical and Experimental Allergy, Vol:47, ISSN:0954-7894, Pages:719-739

DunnGalvin A, Koman E, Raver E, et al., 2017, An Examination of the Food Allergy Quality of Life Questionnaire Performance in a Countrywide American Sample of Children: Cross-Cultural Differences in Age and Impact in the United States and Europe, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology-in Practice, Vol:5, ISSN:2213-2198, Pages:363-+

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