Susan Prescott is a Professor of Paediatrics in the School of Paediatrics and Child Health at University of Western Australia. She is also a Paediatric Allergist and Immunologist at the Perth Children’s Hospital, and Associate Director of Research at the Telethon KIDS Institute.
Her interests and expertise are focused around early life risk factors for inflammation as an antecedent (and preventive target) for a broad range of noncommunicable diseases (NCD), with a particular interest in early onset NCDs such as allergic disease.
She is founding President of the multidisciplinary ‘DOHaD’ Society in Australia and New Zealand (Developmental Origins of Health and Disease). As part of the World Universities Network, she also founded and continues to chair an international interdisciplinary research network (‘in-FLAME’) with over 175 members from more than 40 partner institutions.
Prof Prescott works at the highest international level of her field. She is a Director of the World Allergy Organisation, the peak global organisation on allergy, comprising 95 national and regional allergy and immunology societies.
Prof Prescott has over 250 scientific publications, and is also author of several books: The Allergy Epidemic – a Mystery of Modern Life (published for an international public audience), The Calling, and Origins - Early Life Solutions to the Modern Health Crisis.
She has received numerous prizes, awards and fellowships including a Winston Churchill Fellowship and has been a finalist for the Telstra Business Woman of the Year. In 2009 she was awarded a prestigious Practitioner Fellowship (2009-2018) by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and in 2010 her work was recognised in the “10 of the best” in Australia.
Her inspiration to study medicine came from her grandmother, one of the few women to study medicine in the 1930s, and her love of research and academia was inspired by her grandfather Sir Stanley Prescott, former Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Australia.