Professor Robert (Bob) Heddle
|Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH)|
|Practice Responsibilities:||Clinical and laboratory immunology and allergy; administrative role as Chief Pathologist; Head of Clinical Immunology Unit, RAH site; providing advice on test selection and interpretation to requesting doctors|
Professor Heddle graduated with his MBBS from the University of Adelaide in 1970. After an internship at the RAH, he undertook studies toward PhD in mucosal immunity with the late Professor Derrick Rowley, and further clinical studies leading to FRCPA and FRACP at the RAH and FMC with Professors David Shearman and John Bradley respectively. This was followed by a NHMRC Applied Health Sciences Fellowship in 1982-3 at the Institute of Child Health, London, UK with the late Professor John Soothill and FMC, looking at various aspects of atopic disease.
Professor Heddle has since held senior clinical posts as a Clinical Immunologist/Allergist at the RAH, FMC, RGH and WCH, and until 2003, was also in private consultant rooms practice. He then took a position as Director of Allergy at FMC. He moved in August 2008 to the position of Head of Clinical Immunology IMVS/RAH and in March 2010 took on the role as Chief Pathologist, IMVS.
He has been active in professional associations including roles as President of ASCIA 1996-8, Specialty Advisory Board RACP 1996-2000, Hon. Secretary Flinders Medical Staff Society 2005-8, member of Medical Advisory Committee FMC 2004-8, TSANZ Working Party on Omalizumab 2008, ongoing roles as Convener of RCPA QAP in Allergy, Chairperson of SA IVIG Users' Group, and active roles in ASCIA Anaphylaxis Working Party, ASCIA Insect Allergy Working Party and MAC for Asthma SA.
Although active across a wide spectrum of immunological disorders, Professor Heddle's chief research interest has been in allergic disorders, especially atopic eczema (early in his career) and anaphylaxis to insect stings, having published widely in international journals on this topic..
Another strong professional interest is clinical training and models for delivery of clinical care, especially in the context of demographic threats to continuity of manpower in immunology/allergy and pathology in general.