The first paper from Hayley’s PhD was published in the highly prestigious journal, European Respiratory Journal.
I decided to get into research because I love to help people, I love to meet new people and I love to learn. Research offers me all of these things. I meet new people all the time, as volunteers in my research studies, and I get to see first-hand how changing their diet, exercise habits, and managing their weight can improve their life. Then I get to share these findings with other researchers, with the goal that our work will benefit the whole community. I enjoy researching asthma because we all need to breathe to live. One in 9 Australian’s have asthma, so it is common and it can have a profoundly negative impact on people’s lives. I believe my research can help make the life of someone living with asthma better.
My research goal is simple: to help improve the lives of people with lung disease. I hope to do this by discovering the ideal dietary pattern and exercise program, as well as the optimal approach to weight management, for someone with lung disease. We all eat and move every day, so understanding how both diet and exercise influence asthma is really important for optimising asthma management.
Dr Hayley Scott is a mid-career researcher within the HMRI VIVA research progam, driving new research towards better understanding the roles of obesity, nutrition and exercise in the treatment of lung disease. She graduated with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Hons) from University of Newcastle (UoN) in 2006, a PhD in Medicine from UoN in 2012, completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at The University of Queensland from 2014-2016, then returned to UoN in 2017.
Dr Scott has developed guidelines for the management of obesity in people with severe asthma, published by the NHMRC Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma - https://toolkit.severeasthma.org.au/co-morbidities/extra-pulmonary/obesity/. She also contributed to the booklet Better Living with COPD: A Patient Guide (2015), by providing expertise regarding the management of obesity in people with COPD.
In 2017, Dr Scott was invited to present her research into obesity in people with asthma at the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology International Conference. She co-convene a Nutrition Special Interest Group (SIG) for the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, with the goal of promoting nutritional research and developing nutrition guidelines for people with respiratory disease in Australia and New Zealand.
I hope my career will contribute to the development of management guidelines and improvements in the way people with lung disease are cared for, by providing evidence regarding the positive effect that diet, exercise and weight management can have in this population.