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Biography

A/Prof Scott Wilson is a research scientist with more than 20 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 neuropsychological disorders, autism spectrum disorder, bone and thyroid 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.

Prior to 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.

Research

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); 36 publications since 2015 (inc. 12 consortium). Key publications include:

- Microdeletions of ELP4 Are Associated with Language Impairment, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Mental Retardation. Addis L, et al. Hum Mutat. 2015;36(9):842-50.

- Epigenome-Wide Association Study of Thyroid Function Traits Identifies Novel Associations of fT3 With KLF9 and DOT1L. Lafontaine N, et al. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2021;106(5):e2191-e2202.

- Functional Analysis of Calcium-Sensing Receptor Variants Identified in Families Provisionally Diagnosed with Familial Hypocalciuric Hypercalcaemia. Magno AL, et al. Calcif Tissue Int. 2020;107(3):230-239.

- Characterisation of Genetic Regulatory Effects for Osteoporosis Risk Variants in Human Osteoclasts. Mullin BH, et al. Genome Biol. 2020;21(1):80.

- Decreased Immunoglobulin G Core Fucosylation, a Player in Antibody-dependent Cell-mediated Cytotoxicity, is Associated with Autoimmune Thyroid Diseases. Martin TC, et al. Mol Cell Proteomics. 2020;19(5):774-792.

- Large-scale Genome-wide Meta-analysis of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Suggests Shared Genetic Architecture for Different Diagnosis Criteria. Day F, et al. PLoS Genet. 2018;14(12):e1007813.

- How Many Cases of Disease in a Pedigree Imply Familial Disease? Dudbridge F, et al. Ann Hum Genet. 2018;82(2):109-113.

- Whole-Genome Sequencing Coupled to Imputation Discovers Genetic Signals for Anthropometric Traits. Tachmazidou I, et al. Am J Hum Genet. 2017;100(6):865-884.

- Whole-genome Sequencing Identifies EN1 as a Determinant of Bone Density and Fracture. Zheng HF, et al. Nature. 2015;526(7571):112-7.

- The UK10K Project Identifies Rare Variants in Health and Disease. UK10K Consortium (inc. Wilson SG). Nature. 2015;526(7571):82-90.

- Whole-genome Sequence-based Analysis of Thyroid Function. Taylor PN, et al. Nat Commun. 2015;6:5681.

Patents: A/Prof Wilson has filed 8 National and International patents.

Collaborations: Collaborates in research with international leaders on neuropsychological disorders, endocrine phenotypes, thyroid phenotypes and bone phenotypes, including BLTS/QIMR (neuropsychology/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 (neuropsychology/endocrine), The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre (high-throughput analysis of whole genome sequence), 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 consortia centred on research into endocrine traits and disease. 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. Chaired the Genetics and Novel Technology session at the 1st Australia-China Conference on Science, Technology and Innovation, 2017.

Supervision and mentoring: 25 past research students. A/Prof Wilson has extensive experience supervising and mentoring postgraduate students; currently supervising 2 PhD students.

Editorial/Peer review responsibilities: Performs peer reviews for leading international journals, including Nat Genet, Ann Hum Genet, PLoS Genet, Am J Hum Genet, Hum Mol Genet, Ann Hum Biol, BMC Bioinformatics, Twin Res Hum Genet.

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

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