Dr Hayley Scott completed a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2006, then obtained her PhD from the Centre for Healthy Lungs at the University of Newcastle in 2012. She later completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Lung and Allergy Research Centre at The University of Queensland, and has since returned to The University of Newcastle to continue her postdoctoral research programme. Hayley’s research aims to better understand the roles of obesity, nutrition and exercise in promoting or impeding inflammation and, ultimately, the effect this has on the pathogenesis and treatment of respiratory disease. She was the first internationally to demonstrate an inflammatory mechanism driving the association between obesity and asthma, which has since been replicated by other groups. Her weight loss research led to the proposal of the first weight loss target for obese asthmatics, which has been translated into clinical practice guidelines published by the National Asthma Council Australia.