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Scott White

Scott White

Consultant in Maternal Fetal Medicine, King Edward Memorial Hospital
  • Dr Scott White is a Consultant Obstetrician and specialist in Maternal Fetal Medicine at King Edward Memorial Hospital, having trained in Western Australia and the United Kingdom. His clinical work involves management of pregnancies complicated by maternal or fetal conditions, with special interests in obstetric ultrasound, fetal therapy, complicated multiple pregnancy, and the prevention of preterm birth. He has roles in several hospital committees, including as Chair of the Mortality Review Committee.

    Scott is Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at The University Of Western Australia and has a PhD in genetic epidemiology. His research interests include the developmental origins of health and disease and the prevention of preterm birth. Scott is an elected Councillor of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and sits on several committees at state and national levels.
  • Genetic epidemiology and developmental origins of health and disease
    • Scott’s PhD investigated the genetic links between abnormal fetal growth and the later development of adult metabolic disease. He developed a method of stratifying an individual’s risk of adult disease based on the genetic predisposition, and found that this risk could be reduced, particularly for those at greatest risk, by exclusive breastfeeding during infancy. Application of such methodology could be a novel primary prevention of adult metabolic disease.
    • Contributions to international consortia evaluating the genetic contributions to early life growth and other physiological parameters

    Prevention of preterm birth and its adverse consequences
    • Member of the world renowned ovine pregnancy research team at The University of Western Australia, with contributions to several studies of the role of intrauterine infection and inflammation as causes of preterm birth, including evaluating novel anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial agents.
    • Research fellowship at University College London in 2015, investigating the potential for gene therapy with antimicrobial peptides for the prevention of ascending infection-mediated preterm birth in a murine model.
    • Clinical trial underway evaluating direct fetal administration of antenatal corticosteroids in diabetic mothers with the aim of maintaining the benefit to the neonate whilst avoiding the side effects to the mother.
    • Member of the Western Australian Preterm Birth Prevention Initiative, assessing the implementation of a statewide program of multiple preventive strategies with the aim of safely lowering the rate of preterm birth across Western Australia
    • Collaboration with researchers from the Telethon Kids Institute evaluating the epidemiological trends in extreme preterm birth in Western Australia
    • Collaboration with researchers from the Stillbirth Centre for Research Excellence at the University of Queensland evaluating the causes and prevention of stillbirth
    • Collaboration with researchers from the Perkins Institute using umbilical cord blood to create humanised mouse models to test novel cancer therapies
    • The Western Australian Preterm Birth Prevention Initiative
    • Fetal Focus Trial – pilot randomised controlled trial of direct fetal steroid therapy in diabetic mothers
    • Epidemiological trends in extreme preterm birth
    • Causes and prevention of stillbirth
    • The use of stem cells from cord blood, to generate pre-clinical models to test new cancer therapies
    • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, The University of Western Australia (2002)
    • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia (2017)
    • Fellow, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (2014)
    • Certification in Maternal Fetal Medicine, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (2016)
    • Dame Ella MacKnight Memorial Oration, Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Annual Scientific Meeting (2016)
    • Jean Murray Jones Memorial Scholarship, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (2015)
    • Athelstan and Amy Saw Scholarship, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry, and Health Sciences, The University of Western Australia (2015)
    • Camille Michener Award for Obstetrics and Gynaecology Registrar of the Year, King Edward Memorial Hospital (2013)
    • Oral presentation and complimentary conference registration, Developmental Origins of Health and Disease World Congress, Singapore (2013)
    • SA/NT Regional Committee RANZCOG Prize for best presentation, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, WA/SA/NT Regional Scientific Meeting, Darwin (2013)
    • Pfizer President’s Presenter Award, Society for Gynecologic Investigation, San Diego USA (2012)
    • Pfizer President’s Presenter Award, Oral Presentation in President’s New Investigator Plenary Session, Society for Gynecologic Investigation, Miami USA (2011)
    • Tony McCartney Prize for best abstract, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (WA) Annual Scientific Meeting, Busselton (2011)
    • Athelstan and Amy Saw Scholarship, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry, and Health Sciences, The University of Western Australia (2010-11)
    • Joint first place, Membership written examination, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (2009)
    1. Newnham JP, White SW, et al. Reducing preterm birth by a statewide multifaceted program: an implementation study. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2017;216(5):434-442.
    2. Straker L, White SW, et al. Cohort Profile: The Wester Australian Pregnancy Cohort (Raine) Study – Generation 2. Int J Epidemiol 2017;dyw308.
    3. Newnham JP, Kemp MW, White SW, et al. Applying Precision Public Health to Prevent Preterm Birth. Frontiers Pub Health 2017;5:66.
    4. White SW, et al. Improving customized fetal biometry by longitudinal modelling. J Maternal Fetal Neonatal Med 2016;29(12):1888-94.
    5. Adams LA, White SW, et al. Association between liver‐specific gene polymorphisms and their expression levels with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Hepatol 2013;57(2):590-600.
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