Why Aren’t We All Allergic to Food?

Why Aren’t We All Allergic to Food?

On Friday 8 March Old Culfordian and current Governor Professor Stephen Challacombe (1958-1964) presented a Scholar’s talk to Sixth Form and Senior School pupils entitled “Why Aren’t We All Allergic to Food?”. Stephen was a Consultant in Diagnostic Microbiology and Immunology for Guys Hospital and St Thomas Hospital in London. The majority of his research has been focused on mucosal immunology, oral medicine, oral HIV infection, and food allergies. Prof. Challacombe delivered an engaging talk which the pupils greatly enjoyed:

"I found Professor Challacombe's seminar highly enlightening and it was eye opening to learn how allergies are becoming a growing health threat particularly amongst the younger generation. He spoke about various different treatments and solutions, one of which was actually to widen your diet at an early age. As a non-biologists myself, Professor Challacombe kept his talk accessible, upbeat and in places disturbing with some very graphic images!" - Lucy, Upper Sixth

"Professor Challacombe's talk was particularly interesting as it related to everyone on an everyday basis with regards to food. Additionally, it tied in with my biology A Level as he spoke to us about immunity, mucosal membranes and the advancements being made in reversing people's allergies. He also showed us some gory pictures of people with allergic reactions. I thoroughly enjoyed his seminar as he had a great sense of humour and was very interactive with the audience." - Katie, Upper Sixth