The TSSIS is advised by a panel of medical experts who oversee and endorse all TSSIS activities and literature. The panel comprises a broad spectrum of expertise with members from a range of disciplines, including general practice and primary care as well as hospital consultants in the areas of gynaecology, paediatrics and accident and emergency.

The TSSIS Medical Advisory Panel has helped to extend the capabilities and depth of the TSSIS and can help the general public, media and professionals with any queries they might have about TSS. However, the TSSIS is only able to respond to e-mail enquiries within the UK.

Colin Michie MA FRCPCH FLS

Colin Michie qualified from Oxford in 1983, and has trained as a paediatrician with a special interest in infectious diseases. He has been involved in investigations into the effects of bacterial toxins and has treated a number of patients with TSS. Currently he is Deputy Head of the School of Medicine, at the University of Central Lancashire.


Sarah Brewer, GP/Medical Author

Sarah Brewer qualified as a GP in 1983 from Cambridge Clinical School. She has previously spent time at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge and as a GP in Plymouth. She writes regularly for a wide variety of consumer and professional magazines and has written numerous popular health books. Sarah also has considerable teaching experience, including lecturing in the areas of women’s health.

Rachel Lyons, Consultant Gynaecologist

Rachel Lyons qualified at Guy’s Hospital, London, in 1989. After initial training in psychological medicine, she undertook specialist training in obstetrics and gynaecology. She has a degree in immunology and her interest in toxic shock syndrome developed during her research years when she studied the effects of disease states, including vaginal infections, upon the female reproductive tract.