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Professor Tara Dean

Visiting Professor

Tara Dean


After obtaining my PhD in King's College, I commenced my research career in the Paediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology Unit at the Royal Brompton and National Heart Hospital, London. While there, I was involved in a number of research projects in asthma and allergy. I then joined the University of Southampton Child Health Department as a Senior Research Fellow in 1991 where I led the food allergy research group.

I joined University of Portsmouth in 2000 and have continued with my research in the area of allergic disorders whilst leading a successful team. I am also the Honorary Deputy Director at the Asthma and Allergy Research Centre on the Isle of Wight whose activity in this area is internationally recognised.

In 2007 I was made the Professor of Health Sciences and Associate Head of School of Health Sciences and Social Work. I was made Associate Dean (Research) at the Faculty of Science in 2009 and in 2011 was promoted to the role of Director of Research for the University. This is a University-wide strategic role where I advise the Vice Chancellor Executive on all research policy matters, including institutional relationships with the Research Councils, the European Commission, major charities and HEFCE. I lead on the development and implementation of the University’s Research Strategy and coordinate the REF submission for the University.

I am still an active Principal Investigator and I supervise PhD students in the School of Health Sciences and Social Work.

Research Interests

  • Allergy and inflammation
  • Epidemiology of food allergy
  • Health Services Research
  • Clinical trials and Systematic Reviews

Current Research Projects:

  • A multi-centre, randomised, double blind, placebo-controlled, parallel group trial of the effectiveness of the nocturnal use of a Temperature Controlled Laminar Airflow (TLA) Device (Protexo®) in adults with poorly-controlled, severe allergic asthma: the LASER trial
  • Randomised controlled trial of silk therapeutic clothing for the long-term management of eczema in children (CLOTHES Trial: CLOTHing for the relief of Eczema Symptoms)

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