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Susan Prescott B.Med.Sci, Ph.D, M.B.B.S [MD], FRACP

Susan Prescott is a Winthrop Professor in the School of Paediatrics and Child Health at University of Western Australia. She is also a Paediatric Allergist and Immunologist at the Children’s Hospital in Perth. She runs a dynamic interdisciplinary clinical and laboratory research group with a particular focus on the developing immune system. Her landmark studies led to the characterization of early immune development in allergic and nonallergic children, and her research team continues to explore the early life factors that predispose to a range of inflammatory diseases. She has a particular interest in novel multimodal strategies for the prevention of not only allergic disease, but a number of other noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

Prof Prescott is a Director on the Board of the World Allergy Organization (WAO). She is chair and founder of the International Inflammation ‘In-FLAME’ network targeting inflammation as a common antecedent in the pathways and prevention of NCDs as part of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) Global Public Health Challenge. She also founded and leads the multidisciplinary ‘DOHaD Consortium’ (Developmental Origins of Health and Disease) in Western Australia and is leading the establishment of a DOHaD Society in Australia and New Zealand. She is on the editorial boards of several EAACI journals including Paediatric Allergy and Immunology (PAI) and Allergy for European Academy Of Allergy And Clinical Immunology (EAACI). 

As well as authoring more than 200 scientific publications, she is also author of the popular book The Allergy Epidemic: A Mystery of Modern Life published for an international public audience, and more recently, The Calling inspired by the life of her grandmother as a missionary doctor in China during the 1930s.