"I am a new investigator having graduated with a PhD in Medicine from The University of Adelaide, Australia in December 2006. I have been successful in obtaining a Cancer Council South Australia Travel Grant in 2005, 2006 and 2007 to travel to the annual Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) meeting. I have also been invited to travel to Boston to work in the laboratory of Professor Steve Sonis, an internationally recognised expert in oral mucositis, who I met through MASCC. In 2006, and again in 2007, I received a MASCC Young Investigator Award and presented the winning abstract at the MASCC symposium in St Gallen, Switzerland 2007. These awards have recognised my detailed research into the activation of cellular pathways associated with chemotherapy-induced intestinal tissue damage. I am a current member of MASCC/ISOO and an active member of the Mucositis Study Group.

Being involved with MASCC and presenting my work at the annual international symposium has proved invaluable for gaining contacts with leading experts in the field of mucositis research, and exposing my work to a wide audience of researchers. I hope to continue contributing within this supportive environment for many years to come."

Joanne Bowen, PhD, MPhil, B.HSc, Adelaide, Australia