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Biography

Biography

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.

In 2019, he was a successful applicant in the inaugural round of NHMRC Inestigator Grants (Emerging Leadership Level 2) for his research program titled "Optimising Exercise Interventions for Maintaining Physical Function, Bone and Muscle Health in Older Adults with Obesity and Osteoarthritis".

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 became Chair of 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.

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”.)

Optimising Exercise Interventions for Maintaining Physical Function, Bone and Muscle Health in Older Adults with Obesity and Osteoarthritis

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 → …

Research area keywords

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

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Research Output 2009 2019

Abdominal aortic calcification, bone mineral density and fractures: A systematic review and meta-Analysis protocol

Rodríguez, A. J., Leow, K., Szulc, P., Scott, D., Ebeling, P., Sim, M., Wong, G., Lim, W. H., Schousboe, J. T., Kiel, D. P., Prince, R. L. & Lewis, J. R., 1 Apr 2019, In : BMJ Open. 9, 4, 5 p., e026232.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleOtherpeer-review

Open Access

Associations of health-related quality of life, fear of falling and objective measures of physical function with bone health in postmenopausal women with low bone mass

Gandham, A., McMillan, L., Ng, C-A., Humbert, L., Bonham, M., Zengin, A., Ebeling, P. & Scott, D., Sep 2019, In : Journal of Clinical Medicine. 8, 9, 13 p., 1370.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
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Associations of Sarcopenia and Its Components with Bone Structure and Incident Falls in Swedish Older Adults

Scott, D., Johansson, J., McMillan, L. B., Ebeling, P. R., Nordstrom, P. & Nordstrom, A., 1 Jul 2019, In : Calcified Tissue International. 105, 1, p. 26-36 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Associations of Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D with Physical Performance and Bone Health in Overweight and Obese Older Adults

Dang, M., Shore-Lorenti, C., McMillan, L. B., Mesinovic, J., Hayes, A., Ebeling, P. R. & Scott, D., 12 Feb 2019, In : International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 16, 3, 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
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Body Composition and Falls Risk in Older Adults

Xu, C., Ebeling, P. R. & Scott, D., 6 Jun 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Current Geriatrics Reports. 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Prizes

CASS Foundation Travel Gramt

David Scott (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

ESCEO-AgNovos Young Investigator Award

David Scott (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

John and Eileen Haddon Memorial Award

David Scott (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

John Haddad Young Investigator Award

David Scott (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

NHMRC Career Development Fellowship

David Scott (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

Activities 2017 2019

Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (Journal)

David Scott (Editorial board member)
2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

National Injury Prevention Round Table - Invited Member

David Scott (Fellow)
2019 → …

Activity: External Academic EngagementCommittees and working groups

Call for Junior and Senior Research Projects – External Reviewer

David Scott (Fellow)
2019 → …

Activity: External Academic EngagementGrant review responsibilities

Australian and New Zealand Society for Sarcopenia and Frailty Research Early and Mid-Career Researcher Committee

David Scott (Fellow)
2019 → …

Activity: External Academic EngagementCommittees and working groups

Exercise and Bone Health

David Scott (Contributor)
15 Oct 2019

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Press / Media

“Special Report: Renew Your Body”

David Scott

1/10/19

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

“Contemporary Bone and Muscle Mass Research”

David Scott

1/02/19

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Profile/Interview

“Osteosarcopenia: big word, little value?”

David Scott

1/11/18

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

“Young Researcher in the Spotlight”

David Scott

1/10/18

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Profile/Interview

“Chewing the fat – A chat about sarcopenic obesity”

David Scott

1/07/17

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Profile/Interview