Scott Wilson


  • The University of Western Australia (M503), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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A/Prof Scott Wilson is a research scientist with more than 30 years of experience in endocrinology and genetics including clinical and basic scientific research. The major focus of current research is the genetic basis of common complex disease, including thyroid disease, reproductive endocrinology and bone disease.

A/Prof Wilson heads the laboratory at the Department of Endocrinology & Diabetes, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Western Australia (1 of the 3 major Teaching Hospitals in WA) and continues to work actively in the Molecular Genetics laboratory. His current appointments include: Principal Investigator/Senior Medical Scientist in Charge (Head of Laboratory), Endocrinology & Diabetes, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, 2017 – present; Senior Lecturer (Visiting), King’s College London, UK, 2018 – present; Adjunct Associate Professor, The University of Western Australia, 2007 – present.

Preceding his current appointments, A/Prof Wilson was a Principal Investigator/Scientific Officer and led the Molecular Endocrine Genetics laboratory in the Department of Endocrinology & Diabetes, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital from 2002-2016; he returned to Australia from Cambridge, UK to take up that role early in 2002. Prior to that he was Head of the Clinical Division of Sequenom-Gemini Ltd in Cambridge, UK, where he managed the function of five clinical service departments. Earlier, as a Senior Research Fellow at Gemini Genomics PLC in Cambridge UK, he headed a multi-centre international collaborative study, completing two whole-genome screens and downstream positional cloning of complex disease genes. He played a major role in the industrialisation of protocols for GeneChips (Affymetrix) in the year 2000 including pilot genome-wide association studies, which were a foundation of the modern GWAS. A/Prof Wilson also worked with scientists at Celera Genomics in 2001 on a collaborative project that reached a successful gene discovery endpoint in December of that year. Before that time, A/Prof Wilson worked at University of Western Australia as a Research Officer and gained training in genetic analysis at the Garvan Institute.


Contribution to field of research: Summary of key publications: Nature (3), Lancet (1), Nat Genet (3), Nat Commun (6), Am J Hum Genet (7), PLoS Genet (6), BMC Med Genet (3), Hum Mol Genet (2), Eur J Hum Genet (2), J Bone Miner Res (the premier journal in the bone field; 7), J Clin Endocrinol Metab (the premier journal in the endocrine field; 7); 33 publications in the last 5 years (inc. 12 consortium). Some key examples of Prof Wilson’s work on functional studies include Mullin et al. PLoS One. 2014 May 19;9(5):e98116; Yang et al. Bone. 2011 Oct;49(4):790-8; Wilson et al. J Bone Miner Res. 2009 Dec;24(12):1989-97; Mullin et al. J Bone Miner Res. 2018 Jun;33(6):1044-1051; Payne et al. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2009 Aug;94(8):2998-3002.

Patents: A/Prof Wilson currently has filed 8 local and international patents.

Collaborations: Collaborates with international leaders concerning endocrine phenotypes, thyroid phenotypes and bone phenotypes, including BLTS/QIMR endocrine, International GEFOS Consortium, UK10K Consortium, Prof Nicole Soranzo - Wellcome Sanger Institute (UK), Prof Brent Richards - McGill University (Canada), International PCOS Consortium, International ThyroidOmics Consortium, Dr John Perry - University of Cambridge (UK), Dr Nicholas Timpson -University of Bristol (UK), Raine Study (Endocrine), The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, among others.

Professional involvement: A/Prof Wilson is a member of ASHG, ASBMR, ANZBMS, AIMS, ACPSEM. He served on the Scientific Program Organising Committee for the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society and was on the Scientific Program Organising Committee for the International Bone and Hormone Meeting (Hamilton Island). A/Prof Wilson has also served on Local Organising Committees for other international (Perth International Bone & Hormone Conference) and national meetings (Endocrine Society of Australia; New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society; Australasian Human Gene Mapping).

International standing: Participates actively in numerous international GWAS meta-analysis consortia centred on endocrine phenotypes. Recent research presented at: the American Society for Human Genetics, American Society for Bone and Mineral Research 2017, Epigenomics of Common Disease Conference (UK) 2017, the 1st Australia-China Conference on Science, Technology and Innovation, 2017; chaired the Genetics and Novel Technology session and a platform presentation.

Supervision and mentoring: Extensive experience supervising and mentoring acting as supervisor for 3 PhD (1 current), 21 Hons, 1 Masters plus undergrads.

Editorial/Peer review responsibilities: Performs peer reviews for leading international journals, including Nat Genet, Ann Hum Genet, PLoS Genet, Am J Hum Genet, Osteoporosis International, Bone, Calcif Tissue Int, Hum Mol Genet, Ann Hum Biol, BMC Bioinformatics.

Contributions to NHMRC: NHMRC Grant Review Panel - Genetics on 3 occasions and provides reviews on grant applications for the NHMRC (including project and fellowship schemes), RGC- Hong Kong, MRC-UK, Arthritis UK, CDRF-UK, ISF- Israel.


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