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Professor Danny Altmann

Danny is Professor of Immunology at Imperial College London, where he heads a lab.. During the pandemic he has advised policymakers including the House of Commons and House of Lords Science Committees, the APPG on Coronavirus, the Cabinet Office, Sir Keir Starmer and the Shadow Cabinet, the Welsh Assembly, the EU, The Scottish Parliament, WHO, NICE and the Department of Health. For over 20 years Danny has edited medical journals including Oxford Open Immunology, Immunology, and Vaccine. He is a trustee at the Medical Research Foundation and a board member for the African Research Excellence Fund. He previously headed strategy on infection, immunity and population health at the Wellcome Trust. His research interests focus on the immunology of infectious diseases including severe bacterial infections, SARS-CoV-2, Zika virus and Chikungunya virus. He also has a long record in autoimmunity research. Danny’s SARS-CoV-2 research is published in journals including the Lancet, Nature and Science. He heads an NIHR-funded research programme to look at mechanisms of pathogenesis and development of new diagnostic tests in a large cohort of individuals with Long Covid.

External website: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/d.altmann

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Dr Gail Carson

Gail trained in adult infectious diseases in England with a special interest in emerging pathogen preparedness and response. Her first Consultant post, from 2008 to 2012, was at the Special Pathogens Unit for the Public Health Agency of England. In 2011 she helped set up the International Severe Acute Respiratory and emerging Infection Consortium (ISARIC) at the Pandemic Sciences Institute, University of Oxford, and is currently responsible for building research preparedness with ISARIC. Gail is also Chair of the Global Outbreak Alert & Response Network (GOARN). Whilst working on the pandemic response for ISARIC and the GloPID-R research funders’ consortium she met a number of people living with Long Covid. Together, Long Covid Support, ISARIC and GloPID-R organised one of the first international research conferences on Long Covid in December 2020.

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Jo Dainow

Jo has lived experience of Long Covid and is a founder member of Long Covid Support. She is one of the administrators of the Long Covid Support Facebook group and co-facilitates the charity’s peer support work, managing wellbeing activities for members. Jo is experienced in coaching and mentoring, is a volunteer walk leader for Walk Wandsworth and a Director of a Vintage VW Campervan hire company. Her previous professional experience was within the creative operations area of the entertainments industry and marketing agencies.

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Margaret O’Hara

Margaret is a founder Trustee of Long Covid Support. She co-facilitates the charity’s work with researchers, and runs an associated Facebook group called Covid-19 Research Involvement Group. As a person with Long Covid, she has worked with organisations such as NHSEI and NIHR, as well as academics and clinicians. She has co-authored peer reviewed articles on Long Covid, presented at international and national conferences and has co-created research with professional academics and health practitioners. Margaret’s previous patient involvement and advocacy experience is in Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) and she is deputy Chair of Trustees of the charity Pregnancy Sickness Support (PSS). She has conducted, published and presented patient-led research, and has co-authored clinical practice guidelines and a James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership. She is a scientist by profession and is currently a Patient Involvement in Research professional in the NHS.

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Monique Jackson (Chair)

Monique Jackson is an artist and has personal experience of Long Covid. 

Monique created The Still Ill Corona Diary, an online graphic journal illustrating her experiences with Long Covid. A selection of these drawings are hosted on the London based museum The Wellcome Collections website.

Monique twice worked as a public panel member for the UK’s National Institute of Health Research funding call into the longer term effects of Covid-19 in non-hospitalised individuals, as a result of which £18.5 million and a further £19.6 million was awarded to new research projects in 2021.

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Elaine Maxwell (Deputy Chair)

Elaine is a former nurse who has held Executive and Non-Executive Director positions in three NHS Trusts. Following the completion of her PhD, she moved into academic roles, focusing on leadership and service improvement. From 2017 to 2021 she worked as a knowledge broker for the National Institute for Health Research, bringing together different types of evidence to identify the current state of knowledge around health care issues. In March 2020, she rejoined the nursing register and went back to work in a local hospital's Intensive Care Unit during the first wave of Covid-19. On Elaine’s return to NIHR, she led the NIHR's two reviews into the ongoing impact of Covid-19, also known as Long Covid. Elaine is currently working as a member of the panel of the statutory public inquiry into abuse of patients at Muckamore Abbey Hospital in Northern Ireland.

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Natalie Rogers

Natalie is a founder member of Long Covid Support and is herself a person with Long Covid. She has contributed to the organisation's advocacy work, campaigning for accessible and equitable health and welfare services for people with Long Covid and other long-term chronic health conditions. Natalie sits on the NHS England Task Force Education and Information subgroup and the Cheshire and Merseyside Post Covid Steering Group. Natalie advocates for equitable access to services at regional level as the patient voice representative for the NHS North West Health Inequalities group. Natalie has been actively involved in co-designing research priorities, has participated in research and co-authored journal articles on Long Covid. Natalie also co-facilitates the Long Covid Europe Alliance, a network of patient organisations spanning many countries. Her professional background is in education leadership.




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