Ioana Maris graduated from University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Victor Babes” Timisoara, Romania in 1995. She completed a PhD in Paediatric Nephrology in 2009, focussed on the epidemiology of renal disease in children, while working as a Consultant Paediatric Nephrologist in the University Emergency Children′s Hospital “Louis Turcanu”, Timisoara, Romania and Assistant Professor, University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Victor Babes” Timisoara, Romania. She moved to Ireland in 2011. In 2013 she was the recipient of a Fellowship Award from the National Children’s Research Centre, Dublin, for the project “A Prospective Study of the Incidence of Anaphylaxis in Irish Children”, supervised by Professor Jonathan Hourihane and Professor Ronan O’Sullivan.
My primary area of clinical and research interest is in paediatric anaphylaxis with focus on epidemiologic data, management, and awareness of anaphylaxis among paediatricians and emergency physicians in Ireland. Anaphylaxis remains the most feared consequence for patients with allergy and this fear impacts significantly on their normal daily life. A better estimate of the incidence of anaphylaxis in the paediatric population would enable an evidence based management programme to be initiated for anaphylaxis in Irish children. The need for educational and other support strategies for patients and physicians is supported by the rising prevalence of anaphylaxis, especially in young children.