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Scientific Committee

CLDF’s Scientific Committee is an eminent body of leading medical professionals which assesses the research grant applications made to the Foundation and reviews how research projects are progressing. This vital work gives hope to so many families.

Committee members:

  • Professor Salim Khakoo, Professor of Hepatology, Southampton General Hospital
  • Professor Richard Thompson, Consultant Paediatric Hepatologist, King’s College Hospital, London
  • Professor David Wilson, Consultant and Professor in Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Child Life and Health, University of Edinburgh, Royal Hospital for Sick Children
  • Professor Wendy Best, Professor of Communication Science and Language Therapy, University College London. Lay member
  • Professor Humphrey Hodgson, Emeritus Professor of Medicine,  University College London
  • Dr Jane L Hartley, Consultant Paediatric Hepatologist, Birmingham Children’s Hospital
  • Dr Emer Fitzpatrick, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Hepatology and Honorary Consultant
  • Dr Suzanne M Davison, Consultant Hepatologist, Leeds Children’s Hospital
  • Dr Gideon Hirschfield, Senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant Transplant Hepatologist, University of Birmingham
  • Dr Luke Boulter, Chancellor’s Fellow and Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Hannah Mitchison, Reader in Molecular and Medical Genetics, University College London
  • Ms Lindsay Hogg, Clinical Nurse Specialist Team Leader, Birmingham Children’s Hospital
  • Ms Pam Rogers, GI & Liver Nurse Specialist, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh
  • Mr Hector Vilca-Melendez, Consultant Transplant Surgeon, King’s College Hospital, London
  • Ms Helen Thomas, Lay member

CLDF's scientific committee also includes lay members.

Find out more from Helen...

Helen and daughter MeganHelen Thomas served as a lay member of the scientific committee and has been a supporter of CLDF since her daughter Megan (now age 6) was diagnosed with Tyrosinaemia Type 1 in 2011.

Helen has raised funds for CLDF in the past, most recently by organising a Winter Ball in 2012. She says; 'After organising a fundraising event, I was keen to help CLDF in a different way. Being involved in the scientific committee gave me the opportunity to find out more about where the money goes, and what the process of choosing a research projects entails. It was also a great opportunity to meet other parents.'

Being involved in clinical research in her professional life, Helen felt that she had quite a good understanding of whether the projects were realistic in terms of plans and timescales. However she is keen to stress that a medical or scientific background is not necessary in order to get involved with the committee. 'CLDF provided all the necessary training to enable us to understand the research process and make comments on the projects. It was a really interesting experience and I’m really glad I took part.'

To find out more about getting involved, please contact us.