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A/Prof Lea-Ann Kirkham

Telethon Kids Institute

A/Prof. Lea-Ann Kirkham is an infectious disease microbiologist at the Telethon Kids Institute in Perth, Western Australia. She co-leads the Bacterial Respiratory Infectious Disease Group, with a mission to develop improved therapies to prevent and treat childhood ear and lung diseases. She has invented a nasal spray vaccine that prevents otitis media in mice and is now translating this into an NHMRC-funded first-in-human trial to evaluate the safety and tolerability of this novel vaccine. A/Prof Kirkham is an investigator on a Phase 2b clinical trial of an anti-biofilm therapy to prevent repeat grommet surgery. She also leads Industry-funded vaccine studies to develop the best approach to protect high-risk infants from otitis media and other respiratory tract infections.

Prof Sarah Wise

Emory University School of Medicine

Sarah K. Wise, MD, MSCR is Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the Emory Otolaryngology Residency Program Director, Rhinology Fellowship Director, and Director of Otolaryngic Allergy. Dr. Wise completed medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, residency at Emory University and rhinology fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Wise has served on the Board of Directors of the American Rhinologic Society and the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy. She will become President of the American Rhinologic Society in September 2022, serving as the Society’s first female president. Her clinical interests include inflammatory rhinology, otolaryngic allergy, relationship of allergy and chronic rhinosinusitis, and cerebrospinal fluid leaks. Dr. Wise lectures nationally and internationally. Her most notable publication is the International Consensus Statement on Allergy and Rhinology: Allergic Rhinitis, where she served as first author/primary editor.

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