Institute of Cellular Medicine

Staff Profile

Dr Mario Abinun

Associate Lecturer


Current posts since retirement from the NHS in 2017:

Emeritus Consultant in Paediatric Immunology, GNCH, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS FT

Associate (Honorary) Lecturer, Primary Immunodeficiency Group, ICM, Newcastle University


MD (1976), Medical School, Sarajevo University. Board exam in Paediatrics (1983); MSc (1988); DSc(PhD) (1996); Medical School, Belgrade University. British Council/WHO Visiting Fellowship in Paediatric Immunology (1986); Great Ormond Street Hospital, Institute of Child Health, London. Consultant in Paediatric Immunology (1987); Head, Department of Clinical Paediatric Immunology, Mother and Child Health Institute, Belgrade (1989-92); Assistant Professor of Paediatrics, Medical School, Belgrade University (1991-92). Together with D Lilic (, leading the team performing the 1st T cell depleted  haematopoietic  stem cell transplantation (HSCT) for severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) in Yugoslavia (1990).

Invited to join AJ Cant ( in Newcastle (1992) in the national Supra-regional HSCT Unit for SCID/primary immunodeficiency (PID). FRCPCH (1997); FRCP (2004). I had a pivotal role in building and developing the team/Unit to become one of the leading in Europe. As a national/international lead I developed HSCT for severe autoimmune, rheumatological deiseaes in children.

Clinical research: underlying causes and treatments of rare PIDs and autoimmune / autoinflammatory disorders in children, integrated within the NHS centre of excellence and part of national and international collaborative network (European Socitey for Immunodeficiency/ESID, European Group for Bone Marrow Transplantation/EBMT, European Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases/ESPID, Pediatric Rheumatology European Society/PRES).

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Research Interests and areas of expertise

Primary Immunodeficiencies (PID)
Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT)
Paediatric Rheumatology/Autoimmune/Autoinflammatory Disorders

Research Roles

Collaborator in multi-centre, national and international projects; planning, supervising and data evaluation; writing papers.

Postgraduate Supervision

Clinical research, MD/PhD theses


Postgraduate Teaching

Paediatric immunology and rheumatology (RCPCH; RCP; RCPath).