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Professor Danny Altmann

Professor of Immunology, Department of Immunology and Inflammation, Imperial College London, UK

Danny is Professor of Immunology at Imperial College London, where he heads a lab at the Hammersmith Hospital Campus. Professor Altmann has acted in a range of roles during the pandemic in advice to policymakers, including the House of Commons and House of Lords Science Committees., Layla Moran MP’s APPG on Long Covid, advice to the Cabinet Office, to Sir Keir Starmer and the Shadow Cabinet, the Welsh Assembly, the EU, The Scottish Parliament, WHO, NICE and the Department of Health. He has served for over 20 years as Editor across medical journals including Oxford Open Immunology, Immunology, and Vaccine. He is a trustee at the Medical Research Foundation as well as Long Covid Support and a board member for the African Research Excellence Fund. He previously headed up strategy on infection, immunity and population health at the Wellcome Trust. Professor Altmann’s research interests focus on the immunology of infectious diseases including severe bacterial infections, SARS-CoV-2, Zika virus and Chikungunya virus, as well as a long record in autoimmunity research. His SARS-CoV-2 research is published in journals including the Lancet, Nature and Science. He is currently heading 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 & response. Her first Consultant post was at the Special Pathogens Unit for the Public Health Agency of England 2008 - 2012. In 2011 she helped set up the International Severe Acute Respiratory and emerging Infection Consortium (ISARIC) at the Pandemic Sciences Institute, University of Oxford. Gail Carson is currently responsible for building research preparedness with ISARIC. In 2018 until present day, she was elected Deputy Chair of the Global Outbreak Alert & Response Network (GOARN). Whilst working on the pandemic response for ISARIC and GloPID R (research funders consortium) she met a number of people living with Long Covid. Together Long Covid Support, ISARIC & GloPID R co-hosted a meeting in December 2020. ISARIC has several active working groups studying Long Covid in children and adults. 

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Jo Dainow

Jo has lived experience of Long Covid and is a founder member of Long Covid Support, is one of the administrators for the Long Covid Support Facebook group and co-facilitates their peer support group, managing wellbeing activities for its members. She is experienced in coaching and mentoring and 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 research subgroup, 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 and professional academics and clinicians. She has co-authored peer reviewed articles in Long Covid, presented at international and national conferences and is co-creating research with professional academics and health practitioners. Her previous patient involvement and advocacy experience is in Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) and she is deputy Chair of Trustee 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 currently a Patient Involvement in Research professional in the NHS. Her PhD is in breath analysis using specialised mass spectrometry for human disease diagnosis and previous professional background is as a research physicist, medical physicist and school teacher.

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Monique Jackson (Chair)

Monique Jackson is an artist and trustee of Long Covid Support.

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 has twice worked as a public panel member for the UK’s National Institute Health Research funding call into the longer term effects of COVID-19 in non-hospitalised individuals in 2021 where £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 academics 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 Covid19. On her return to NIHR, she led the NIHR's two reviews into the ongoing impact of Covid19, 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 is an NHSE patient and public voice  partner. She also 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 background is in education leadership.




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