Founder and Director:
Prof. Susan L. Prescott, University of Western Australia
Susan Prescott is a Professor of Paediatrics in the School of Medicine at University of Western Australia. She is a Paediatrician and an Immunologist, specialising in Allergy at the Perth Children’s Hospital. Susan is a Founding Director of the ORIGINS Project at the Telethon KIDS Institute, a legacy project examining how the environment influences health throughout life. 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 allergy, obesity and mental health. She works at the highest international level of her field, and is a former Director of the World Allergy Organisation. She is also founding President of the multidisciplinary ‘DOHaD’ Society in Australia and New Zealand (Developmental Origins of Health and Disease). She founded and continues to chair the International Inflammation Network (‘in-FLAME’), an interdisciplinary research network with over 400 members from more than 50 partner institutions. She has over 300 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, and most recently The Secret Life of Your Microbiome: Why Nature and Biodiversity are Essential to Health and Happiness. Susan cares deeply about the social determinants of health, and takes a holistic approach to life. 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.
Prof. Dianne E. Campbell, University of Sydney
Professor Dianne Campbell is the Chair of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at Children's Hospital Westmead, Sydney and immediate past Head of the Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney. She is the immediate past Chair of the Paediatric Subcommittee for Australian Society for Clinical Allergy and Immunology (ASCIA). She is a member of the WUN in-FLAME network and a CI in the NHMRC centre for research excellent in Paediatric Food Allergy. She completed a PhD at Melbourne University and subsequently held a postdoctoral position at Stanford University, researching in the field of childhood atopic disease (atopic dermatitis and asthma). She has extensive experience in overseeing and developing paediatric graduate and postgraduate curriculum. She has active roles in clinical Allergy and Immunology, Allergy research and Medical Education. Current research areas include: Mechanisms and treatment of childhood atopic dermatitis which focus on T regulatory cell dysfunction in atopic dermatitis; the immuno-biology of FPIES and; the primary prevention and induction of tolerance in food allergy.