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 the University of Western Australia (UWA). She is also a Paediatric Allergist and Immunologist at the Children’s Hospital in Perth.
Professor Prescott completed her medical training in Perth at UWA. She went on to train in general paediatrics specialising in paediatric immunology and allergy. After completing PhD studies with distinction she travelled overseas to work as an immunology fellow in Toronto at the Hospital for Sick Children. Since returning to Australia in 1999, she established and continues to run a dynamic interdisciplinary clinical and laboratory research group with a particular focus on the developing immune system. Her landmark studies led to the characterisation 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 diseases but a number of other noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).
She has over 200 (highly cited) publications and she is also author of the popular book The Allergy Epidemic: A Mystery of Modern Life published for an international public audience.
Prof. Prescott is a Director on the Board of the World Allergy Organisation (WAO), and 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 World 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. She is on the editorial Boards of four international allergy and immunology journals, including Allergy and Paediatric Allergy and Immunology.