Susan Prescott is a Winthrop Professor in the School of Paediatrics and Child Health at University of Western Australia.
She is also a Paediatric Allergist and Immunologist at the Children’s Hospital in Perth, and a Research Strategy Leader at the Telethon KIDS Institute.
She is internationally recognised for her research in the area of allergy and early immune development, and established an 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 early life interventions to reduce the development of chronic inflammation and the burden of many noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).
Professor Prescott is a director of the World Allergy Organisation (WAO), the peak global organisation on allergy, comprising over 95 national and regional allergy and immunology societies.
She 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 Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) Global Public Health Challenge.
She is also President of the DOHaD Society in Australia and New Zealand.
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.