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Dr Thorsten Stanley, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health


Senior Lecturer in the Department of Paediatrics


Dr Thorsten Stanley completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and his paediatric specialty training in Yorkhill and Royal Maternity hospitals, Glasgow with a special interest in immunology before coming to NZ initially as a lecturer and then Senior Lecturer in 1980.

Dr Stanley has clinical and after-hours responsibilities within both general paediatrics and neonatology and his clinics specialise in allergic disease and epilepsy/neurology.
He has been convenor of the DCH diploma CHHX702 course since 1997 and established and convenes the annual regional paediatric update meetings for GPs since 2001. He also has extensive commitments in undergraduate teaching to both 5th and 6th year medical students. He has been actively involved in introducing videoconferencing via the internet using Adobe Connect.

Research Interests

Dr Stanley's research interests have included paediatric infectious disease, neonatology, neurology and neonatal seizures but increasingly over the past decade have tended to focus on paediatric allergy and asthma.
Dr Stanley has been acting Head of the Academic Department from 1995-1997, 2007-2010, and March –July 2011.
Dr Stanley has developed expertise in medical misadventure and regularly advises both ACC and the Medical Council of New Zealand.
He has recently developed a closer clinical and research collaboration with Xiamen, China
Dr Stanley's research has focused on the areas of allergy and infectious disease and he has increasingly been involved in collaborations with the Department of Medicine and in particular WARG (Wellington Asthma Research Group) and Public Health, and valuable collaborations with the Department of Paediatrics at Auckland Medical School, Massey University, Perth, West Australia and University of Kuopio, Finland.
Recent research has looked at the role of probiotics in preventing infant eczema and atopy, Vitamin D in bronchiolitis, dampness and fungal spores in childhood wheeze, gut permeability in eczema, the use of exhaled nitric oxide in assessing asthma control and effectiveness of allergen desensitisation.
HRC grants have been approved to look at the use of probiotics in early pregnancy in preventing premature labour, maternal vaginosis, maternal Group B Streptococcal carriage and infant atopy, and the role of dampness in the home on bronchiolitis severity. Future research pending successful HRC applications include the role of dampness on the viability and infectivity of rhinoviruses in wheezy children; the effect of early food allergen exposure on the development of infant food allergy and eczema; the long term effects of probiotic supplementation on the development of asthma and rhinitis and the potential role of the infrared camera in paediatric research.