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Dr. David Scott is an exercise scientist and completed a PhD on lifestyle factors associated with skeletal muscle mass and function in older people at the University of Tasmania in 2010. He was a Research Fellow at the Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Science from 2012-15, and has since been employed at the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health as a Senior Research Fellow. He is the founder of the Sarcopenia, Obesity and Lifestyle Laboratory within the Bone and Muscle Research Group.

Dr. Scott has published over 130 journal articles and two book chapters, and regularly provides presentations at national and international conferences. He was awarded a NHMRC Career Development Fellowship in 2016 and also received a Victorian Young Tall Poppy Award and American Society of Bone and Mineral Research Rising Star Award in 2017. He currently supervises 6 PhD students and regularly supervises Masters and Honours students. He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research and JBMR Plus, and has served as a Guest Editor on multiple journals.

Research interests

Dr. Scott’s work as head of the Sarcopenia, Obesity and Lifestyle Laboratory focuses on age-related changes in skeletal muscle quality (sarcopenia) and adiposity (obesity), their effect on risk for falls, fracture and disability in older adults, and potential lifestyle interventions. He is a collaborator on a number of large cohort studies including the Tasmanian Older Adult Cohort, Concord Health and Ageing in Men Project and Healthy Ageing Initiative (Sweden). He also leads several clinical trials exploring the effects of exercise and nutrition interventions on improving body composition, physical function and bone health in older populations. He has a keen interest in objective assessments of physical activity and musculoskeletal imaging.

Community service

Dr. Scott has previously served on human research ethics committees and contributed to development of community well-being plans. He is a member of the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research, Australian Association of Gerontology, and Australian and New Zealand Society for Sarcopenia and Frailty Research (ANZSSFR). In 2017, he led the ANZSSFR Task Force on Diagnostic Criteria for Sarcopenia, and regularly provides education to clinical experts and community groups.

Industry and Patents

Dr Scott has provided advisory expertise international pharma companies including Pfizer and Amgen.

He holds a current Australian Government IP Australia Innovation Patent (#2018101099: “A wearable device for quantification of plantar pressure and ground-reaction forces during osteogenic exercise and physical activity”.)

Education/Academic qualification

Epidemiology, PhD, Menzies Institute for Medical Research

Exercise and Sport Science, Bachelor Degree (Honours), University of Tasmania

External positions

Honorary Research Fellow, The University of Melbourne

2015 → …

Honorary Research Fellow, Menzies Institute for Medical Research

2010 → …


  • Falls prevention
  • Fractures
  • sarcopenia
  • physical activity
  • vitamin D
  • ageing
  • body composition

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Projects 2015 2020

Research Output 2009 2018

Effect of 16-weeks vitamin D replacement on calcium-phosphate homeostasis in overweight and obese adults

Mesinovic, J., Mousa, A., Wilson, K., Scragg, R., Plebanski, M., de Courten, M., Scott, D., Naderpoor, N. & de Courten, B., 25 Oct 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Effects of Vitamin D supplementation on inflammatory markers in heart failure: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials

Rodriguez, A. J., Mousa, A., Ebeling, P. R., Scott, D. & De Courten, B., 18 Jan 2018, In : Scientific Reports. 8, 1, 8 p., 1169.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Associations between hip bone mineral density, aortic calcification and cardiac workload in community-dwelling older Australians

Rodríguez, A. J., Scott, D., Hodge, A., English, D. R., Giles, G. G. & Ebeling, P. R., 1 Jul 2017, In : Osteoporosis International. 28, 7, p. 2239-2245 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Development of a wearable plantar force measurement device for gait analysis in remote conditions

Hamid, R., Wijesundara, S., McMillan, L., Scott, D., Redoute, J. M., Ebeling, P. R. & Yuce, M. R., 13 Sep 2017, 2017 39th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC 2017). Woo, E. J., Zhang, Y. & Penzel, T. (eds.). Piscataway NJ USA: IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, p. 139-142 4 p. 8036781

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review


NHMRC Career Development Fellowship

David Stephen Scott (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

Activities 2018 2019

  • 3 Editorial responsibility
  • 1 Contribution to workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Expert/ advisor

Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (Journal)

David Scott (Editorial board member)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (Journal)

David Scott (Guest editor)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

Journal of Clinical Medicine (Journal)

David Scott (Guest editor)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

ANZSSFR Taskforce on Diagnostic Criteria for Sarcopenia

David Scott (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

External Consultant

David Scott (Fellow)

Activity: External Academic EngagementExpert/ advisor