Researcher Profile

Professor Susan Prescott

Susan Prescott
Susan Prescott

Phone: +61 8 9340 8171

Research Expertise:
  • Paediatric allergy, asthma and immunology




Prof Prescott is internationally recognised as one of the leading researchers in the area of allergy and early immune development. She is the founding chair of an international multidisciplinary research network (‘in-FLAME’) which examines the risk factors for early life inflammation as an antecedent (and preventive target) for a broad range of noncommunicable diseases (NCD). She is also chair and co-founder of the ‘DOHaD Consortium’ (Developmental Origins of Health and Disease) in Western Australia, and is leading the establishment of a regional ‘DOHaD’ Society in Australia and New Zealand.

She has held a prestigious NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship since 2008. In addition to her clinical practice in the Department of Immunology at the Children’s Hospital in Perth, and her academic role at UWA, she leads the Children’s Allergy and Immunology Research (CAIR) Group at the School of Paediatrics and Child Health, at the University of Western Australia

Key contributions: Her studies on early immune development have already been translated into novel concepts and lead to a paradigm shift in the pathogenesis of allergic disease. She runs an interdisciplinary research team which examines not only immune effects of early life environmental exposures and dietary interventions, in the context of allergic disease, but also neurodevelopmental and cardiometabolic outcomes. 

In 2013 she was recipient of The John E. Salvaggio Memorial Lectureship, a prestigious honorary lectureship of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) in recognition of her ‘outstanding service to the specialty and science of allergy and immunology’.

Publications: Prof Prescott has published widely in international peer reviewed journals with more than 200 published manuscripts. Her publications are widely quoted (collectively more than >7500 citations as at June 2013). Of these 17 papers have been cited >100 times and 2 have reached classical citation status (cited >700 times). She has been invited to contribute >85 authoritative editorials, book chapters and reviews in the field. She is also author of ‘The Calling’ and 'The Allergy Epidemic: A Mystery of Modern Life' (published for a public international audience and nominated for the Western Australian Premier's Book).

Invitations: She has received >120 personal invitations to speak at international conferences, most of these as a Keynote or Plenary speaker, including 'Presidential' plenaries at the top international meetings of her field (AAAAI, EAACI and WAO).

Professional Leadership: Prof Prescott is a Director of the World Allergy Organisation (WAO), which encompasses 92 regional and national member societies. She is an active member of a number of international committees and working groups, on the Editorial Boards of several major international journals, and a member of the prestigious Collegium Internationale Allergologicum (CIA).

Independent Research: Prof Prescott has already demonstrated her research leadership potential by establishing a new independent, productive research group in 1999 (currently supporting 25 staff). To this end, she was involved in raising infrastructure funding to fully equip the new laboratories for this growing group. She has also independently raised around $13 million (as chief investigator) including 16 NHMRC grants since 2001, and a recent NHMRC Centre of Excellence (CRE) on food allergy (CIC). In 2009 she was awarded a prestigious Practitioner Fellowship (2009-2013). In 2010 her work was recognised in the “NHMRC 10 of the best” nationally. She has supervised 16 postgraduate students (12 PhD students and 4 clinical fellows) and 3 honours students.

Media and Public engagement: She has given over 200 presentations to local and international newspapers, radio and television in the last eight years. She gives public lectures and writes books for the general public.

Awards: Prof Prescott has received numerous awards and 8 fellowships in recognition of her achievements, including a Winston Churchill Fellowship and 2 Royal Australasian College of Physician Fellowships (1998, 2004). She was awarded a Distinction for her PhD (1998) and was a state finalist in the 2003 Telstra Business Woman of the Year Awards. She was awarded an NHMRC Career Development Award (CDA) 2004-2008 followed by the NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship 2009-2013.

Collaborations: Prof Prescott has extensive local and international research collaborations (in Europe, Africa, Asia and North America) as well as several major links with industry, and is highly active through the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN).

Administration: She was appointed as the Head of the School of Paediatrics and Child Health (at UWA) at the end of 2002 and development significant administrative experience. She was subsequently awarded a 5 year NH&MRC Career Development Award (NHMRC 303246 2004-8) which allowed her to release these administrative commitments in 2004.

Clinical: She has worked in the department of Immunology at Princess Margaret Hospital since 1995, and was appointed permanently as a Consultant Immunologist in 1999 and still has clinical duties.

Teaching and Learning: She was responsible for the development and implementation of problem based learning methods into the undergraduate paediatric curriculum. She also received a Faculty of Medicine Teaching Award for innovative assessment methods (2001).

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Most frequent publishers
  • Blackwell

    United Kingdom, Denmark, Australia


  • Springer

    Netherlands, United States, United Kingdom, Japan, France, India, Germany

    Publisher: ERA2018

  • Marcel Dekker

    United States

    Publisher: ERA2018

  • S Karger AG


    Publisher: ERA2018

  • Elsevier

    Netherlands, United States, United Kingdom, Taiwan, Province of China, Singapore, Ireland, Germany, France, Poland, Italy

    Publisher: ERA2018

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