Scientific Committee

Lord Richard Best

Lord Richard Best chairs the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications, co-chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care for Older People, chairs the Council of The Property Ombudsman, co-chairs the Home Office’s Landlords Consultative Group and the Empty Homes Group of the APPG on Housing and Planning. He has been President of the Local Government Association and Chair of Hanover Housing Association. He was previously chief executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and, before that, the National Housing Federation. Currently he is preparing to pilot the Homelessness Reduction Private Member’s Bill through the House of Lords.

Prof. Sir Harry Burns

Sir Harry Burns is Professor of Global Public Health at Strathclyde University and was previously Chief Medical Officer for Scotland. He graduated in Medicine at the University of Glasgow and went on to become Consultant Surgeon at the Royal Infirmary in Glasgow. Working with patients in the east end of the city gave him an insight into the complex inter-relationships between social and economic status and illness. In 2011, he received a Knighthood in the Queen´s Birthday Honours and in 2014 was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Scottish Government and the Scottish Parliament for Public Service.

Prof. Rosa María Lastra

Rosa Lastra is Professor in International Financial and Monetary Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), Queen Mary, University of London. She is a member of Monetary Committee of the International Law Association (MOCOMILA), a founding member of the European Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee (ESFRC), a senior research associate of the Financial Markets Group of the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an affiliated scholar of the Centre for the Study of Central Banks at New York University School of Law. She has consulted with various governmental and intergovernmental institutions.

Dr. Luigi Camporota

Dr. Camporota is a Consultant in intensive care medicine at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. He is also an honorary senior lecturer in critical care at the Asthma, Allergy & Lung Biology Division of King’s College London. Luigi collaborates with industry and grant-funded clinical trials and supports multicentre CLRN/NIHR trials. His areas of expertise include respiratory failure, advanced mechanical ventilation, haemodynamic monitoring and extracorporeal membrance oxygenation (ECMO). He has a PhD from Southampton University.

Dr. Matthew J. Knight

Dr. Knight is a Consultant at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, having trained as a doctor at London's Royal Free Hospital and completed a postgraduate at the North West Thames Respiratory Training programme and gained a PGCert in Allergy Medicine at Imperial College. His particular field is the investigation and management of difficult to control asthma. He has a specialist interest in pleural diseases and is working on the setting up of a new cardiopulmonary exercise testing service. Dr. Knight is actively involved with the provision of the Sleep medicine, lung cancer, Interstitial lung disease, bronchoscopy and COPD community services.

Dr. Robert Boyle

Dr. Boyle is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Allergy, St Mary's Campus. He was appointed to Imperial College London as NIHR Clinical Lecturer in 2007, Clinical Senior Lecturer in 2009, and Director of the Paediatric Research Unit from 2013. Dr. Boyle's Paediatric Research Unit is a specialist Clinical Research Facility for Studies of Children and Young People. He was commissioned by the UK Food Standards Agency to undertake the evidence that dietary exposures during pregnancy or infancy are linked to allergic diseases. He is Deputy Co-ordinating Editor for the Cochrane Skin Group, a Co-Editor for Clinical and Experimental Allergy and Deputy Director of the ICL Allergy MSc program.

Dr. Michela Piredda

Dr. Piredda is Assistant Professor in Nursing Science at the University Campus Bio-Medico di Roma. She gained extensive clinical experience as a Registered Nurse there for a number of years, developing an interest in clinical nursing research, specialising in the field of oncology. She went on to complete a Masters in Nursing Research at King’s College London. Dr. Piredda gained a PhD in Nursing Science on nursing care dependence and has researched and published extensively about nursing topics, in particular cancer nursing. She was made a Research Fellow at the Centre of Excellence of Nursing Culture and Research in 2011.

Dr. Enrique Rojas

Enrique Rojas is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Spanish Institute of Psychiatric Research in Madrid. He is a visiting professor at the New York University and Associate Professor at IEBusiness School in Madrid. He is also the President of the Rojas-Etape Foundation, set up in 2009. He received the Prize for Outstanding Work in Psychiatry, the Conde de Cartagena Award from the Royal Academy of Medicine in Madrid for his research work on depression and in 1995 he was named Humanist Doctor of the Year by the Spanish Ministry of Health. In 2004 he received the Boehringer Ingelheim prize for medical journalism.