Associate Professor Jonny Peter

Unit Head

Associate Professor Jonny Peter

MB ChB, MMed, FCP (SA), PhD

Associate Professor Jonathan Peter is Unit Head and also serves as Head of the Division of Allergology and Clinical Immunology at Groote Schuur Hospital, University of Cape Town.

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The Allergy and Immunology Unit is headed by Associate Prof Jonathan Peter, who is also Head of the Division of Allergology and Clinical Immunology in the Department of Medicine at the University of Cape Town.

He has been the recipient of several awards, both for undergraduate and postgraduate medical training, as well as for research. In 2013, he was award the prestigious Oxford Nuffield Medical Fellowship to undertake a fellowship in Clinical Immunology and Allergy at the John Radcliffe Hospital, and a post-doctoral fellowship in laboratory immunology at the Jenner Vaccine Insitute. In 2015, he was award a Silver Medal from the SA MRC as a leading early career researcher; he was also a finalist in the same year in the NSTF BHP-Billiton Research awards. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers including a first author publications in The Lancet, a leading general medicine journal and JACI in practice, a leading allergy and immunology journal. His Scopus and Google H Index is 25. He serves as an associate editor of BMC infectious diseases, and as reviewer for multiple scientific journals. His current clinical and research interests include: i) drug and food additive allergy, ii) urticaria and angioedema, iii) indigenous therapies for allergic diseases and iii) primary immunodeficiency diseases.

In February 2016, he became the first HPCSA-registered allergologist with a base speciality in adult internal medicine. He has a keen interest in medical education from undergraduate to post-graduate levels, and including training in research. He is the chairman of the Department of Medicine Research committee, and member of both the Faculty Research committee and Human Research Ethics Committee; he co-chairs the immunology curriculum development group for undergraduate medical students, and has written guest editorials in the SAMJ on the promotion of immunology teaching and training. He has served as acting director of UCT Faculty of Health Sciences Clinical Research Centre in 2017. He supervises several current Masters and doctoral students.

Prof Peter is head of the Division of Allergology and Clinical Immunology at Groote Schuur Hospital and the University of Cape Town which provides tertiary facilities to a population of 3.74 million people including for atopic diseases e.g. asthma, angioedema and urticaria, drug and food allergies, and immunodeficiency and immunedysregulation. Several new services have been introduced at Groote Schuur Hospital including a combined multidisciplinary drug allergy clinic, as well as adolescent bridging clinic at Red Cross Hospital. We have also expanded the drug allergy desensitisation programme, and have several ongoing investigator-led research projects.

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