Speakers - 2020 ITP Support Association Convention

Dr Jecho Thachil

Jecko ThachilDr Jecho Thachil is a Consultant in Haemostasis and Thrombosis, as well as an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. His research work focuses on the role of platelet interactions with white cells in inflammation and sepsis, new therapies in haemophilia and anticoagulation in kidney disease.

Dr Thachil serves as the chairman of the DIC subcommittee of the International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed papers, served as a reviewer for 25 journals and edited and written chapters for books including Haematology in Critical Care and Handbook of Venous Thromboembolism.


 Dr Nichola Cooper

Nichola CooperDr Nichola Cooper trained at Cambridge University and Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. She completed her haematology training at University College Hospital and subsequently gained research experience at Cornel Medical College, New York and the Institute of Child Health, University College London.

Dr Cooper has an expertise in Immunohaematology, autoimmune diseases, thrombocytopenia, immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) and runs a clinical and laboratory research group focusing on immune haematology, in particular immune thrombocytopenia (ITP).


Dr Drew Provan 

Drew ProvanDr Drew Provan is currently Emeritus Reader in Autoimmune Haematology at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Provan studied molecular genetics at Leicester University before studying medicine. After junior medical posts in the UK, he undertook research at The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute from 1993-4 on an American Traveling fellowship awarded by the Medical Research Council.

Dr. Provan took up the post of Consultant Haematologist in Southampton in 1995 and moved to Barts and The London in 2000. As a general haematologist, his main area of interest within the field of haematology is immunohaematology which includes diseases such as autoimmune thrombocytopenia (ITP), neutropenia and haemolytic anaemia. Dr. Provan has established the UK ITP Registry (www.ukitpregistry.com) a clinical and laboratory database of patients with ITP. This facilitates the collection of clinical information related to adults with ITP throughout the UK, Europe and other countries, in addition to allowing for DNA samples to be obtained for genetic analysis, in an attempt to determine the underlying mechanisms leading to autoantibody production. This database is a potential tool for identifying surrogate markers of likely clinical outcomes and may allow for the identification of treatment response genes. Examining gene expression profiles in patients with ITP at various stages in the disease history, might allow for the identification of causal genes that may be over or under-expressed in patients with ITP.

Dr Provan, along with International colleagues published the consensus guidelines for the diagnosis and management of ITP in children and adults published in Blood.


 Dr John Grainger

John GraingerDr Grainger is Chair of British Society of Haematology Paediatric Haematology committee, national lead for paediatric ITP, national lead for IVIg in haematology and national lead for paediatric haematology training.

He has a special interest in Bleeding disorders and thrombosis, Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), haemoglobinopathy, childhood leukaemia and haematology training.

He is the local lead for haemophilia, haemoglobinopathy and non-malignant haematology, and for early phase clinical trials. He is also the medical advisor for the ITP Support Association.


Dr Sue Pavord

Sue PavordDr Sue Pavord is a Consultant Haematologist at Oxford University Hospitals and Associate Senior Lecturer in Medicine at St Edmund Hall. She qualified from the University of Leicester in 1988 and in her early career, spent time at McMaster University, Canada, researching Immune haematology. She has over 25 years’ experience in clinical and laboratory haematology.

Her specialist areas of interest are anaemia and iron management, immune haematology, inherited and acquired bleeding disorders, thrombosis and anticoagulation, thrombosis prevention and obstetric haematology.



Dr Cindy Neunert

Cindy NeunertDr Cindy Neunert is an Associate Professor of Paediatrics at Columbia University at CUMC, New York and an Attending Physician Paediatrics at New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, New York. She joined our medical advisers in 2016 and has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Professor James George of Oklahoma and George Buchanan from Dallas, Texas.








 Dr Susan Robinson

Sue RobinsonDr Susan Robinson became a consultant at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust in 2010 and is also the co-clinical director with Claire Harrison. She is the lead clinician for patient blood management, pre-operative and post-operative correction of anaemia, transfusion medicine, immune thrombocytopenia, and obstetric haematology  (anaemia, thrombocytopenia, thrombosis, antiphospholipid syndrome, myeloproliferative neoplasms in pregnancy).

Susan Chairs the British Society for Haematology Transfusion Task Force and is a writing group member of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence transfusion guidelines, specialist committee member NICE quality standards for transfusion and Serious Hazards of Transfusion (SHOT) working group expert.




 Prof Adrian Newland

Adrian NewlandAdrian Newland is Professor of Haematology at Barts Health National Health Service (NHS) Trust, London, UK. He has a research department within the Medical School, where he is a former Head of the Division of Haematology, Oncology and Imaging. Professor Newland has a particular interest in novel treatments and support therapy, and is involved in guideline development and a multidisciplinary approach to patient care. His clinical interests are in immune haematology and he jointly developed the National Registry for Immune Thrombocytopenia to collect comprehensive epidemiological and clinical data. Professor Newland’s group undertakes research into the molecular and immune basis of autoimmune disease and he has an active clinical research programme in novel treatments. He helped develop the ITP Clinical Network in the UK as a basis for clinical studies. Professor Newland co-chairs the WHO Strategic Advisory Group of experts on in-vitro diagnostics, is clinical advisor for pathology to NHS England and was President of the Royal College of Pathologists from 2005–2008 and the International Society of Hematology (ISH) from 2014–2016. Professor Newland is Senior Editor of Hematology, the journal of the ISH, and he has published over 300 peer-reviewed papers in international journals. Prof Newland is also the Chair of Trustees of the ITP Support Association.


Dr Vickie McDonald

Vickie McdonaldDr Vickie McDonald is a consultant haematologist with a specialist interest in coagulation and platelet disorders at the Royal London Hospital. She completed her haematology training at Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and a PhD at University College London, following which she became a consultant in haemostasis and thrombosis at Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in 2012. In 2017 she moved to the Royal London Hospital working with patients with inherited and acquired coagulation disorders but also taking the national lead for the UK ITP registry. She runs specialist clinics in ITP and is actively involved in several clinical trials in ITP, both early and late phase studies.




Dr Waleed Ghanima

waleed ghanimaDr Waleed Ghanima, is head of research and a Clinical Professor at Østfold Hospital and Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway. He has a major interest in thrombosis and in Immune thrombocytopenia. He has published widely on ITP and has a particular interest in quality of life for patients and the development of guidelines and the evaluation of new treatment options. He has been involved with the Nordic Country Patient Registry for Immune Thrombocytopenia (ncpritp): a cohort of patients with chronic immune thrombocytopenia in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway.