Gideon Lack is Professor of Paediatric Allergy at King’s College London and Head of the Children’s Allergy Clinical Academic Group at King’s Health Partners Institute of Women and Children’s Health at Evelina London, Guy’s & St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. He studied medicine at Oxford University before training as a Paediatrician in New York and specialised in Allergy at National Jewish Center in Denver, Colorado. He was Professor of Paediatric Allergy and Immunology at Imperial College London for 12 years before moving to King’s College London in 2006.
His research focuses on the prevalence of food allergies in children and the relationship between food allergies, eczema, and asthma. He works on novel immune-modulatory treatments for food allergies and on developing new strategies to prevent the development of allergies and asthma in children and adults.
The LEAP (Learning Early About Peanut allergy) study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine (2015) showed that early consumption of peanuts in atopic infants reduces the development of peanut allergy by >80%. In 2016-17 these findings were translated into changes in public health policy in the USA and Australia.
Among other affiliations, he is a Member of the British Medical Association, the European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology, and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.