Through the study of early environments, maternal and paternal physical health and genetics, The ORIGINS Project aims to build a research platform to enable world class investigations into when and why NCDs develop
Professor Susan Prescottheads the ORIGINS Project at Telethon Kids Institute, and is a leading international authority on environmental influences on early immune development and intervention studies for allergy prevention. Her research team is recognised as one of the foremost groups in the world in this field.
Professor Prescott's landmark studies on early immune development (Lancet 1999) led to a paradigm shift in the understanding of the pathogenesis of allergic disease, and the importance of the early environment. Professor Prescott is a major influence in this field, regularly invited to give plenary and keynote addresses at the top international meetings in her field. With more than 15 years' experience running clinical trials, and generating over 200 highly cited publications, she brings considerable expertise to the ORIGINS Project.
She has paediatric immunology practices at both the Perth Children's Hospital and the Fiona Stanley Hospital.
Professor Desiree Silva is the Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Western Australia and Joondalup Health Campus. She is the current Head of the Paediatrics Department at Joondalup Health Campus and also provides a rural Paediatric service.
Desiree has been involved in a number of strategic reviews including the impact of swimming pools in Aboriginal communities and paediatric planning for Western Australia. She recently completed her PhD and published a number of articles on the early environmental risk factors and education and justice outcomes for children diagnosed with ADHD in Western Australia. She has been a strong advocate for understanding early brain development and improving the lives of children and parents who have mental health conditions.
She is on the board of Nature Play WA and St Marys Anglican Girls' School. Desiree is a strong advocate of having a healthy lifestyle, good work life balance and a sense of adventure.