Joanne Bowen

Associate Professor Joanne Bowen

Associate Professor

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Associate Professor Joanne Bowen
M.Phil (Clin Sci), PhD, B. Hlth.Sci (Hons).

Her research has focused on the molecular control of chemotherapy-induced gastrointestinal tissue injury. She was awarded an NHMRC Australian-based Biomedical Training Fellowship (2009 – 2012) to conduct novel research focused on discovery of peripheral blood mRNA expression profiles associated with risk of toxicity during treatment for oesophageal cancer. She is head of the highly active Gastrointestinal Pathophysiology Laboratory (node of the Cancer Treatment Toxicities Group) which focuses on mechanisms and treatment of cancer therapy-induced gastrointestinal injury in patient-based, rodent and tissue culture models.

Overview: A/Prof Bowen's research has focused on the molecular control of chemotherapy-induced gastrointestinal tissue injury. She was awarded an NHMRC Australian-based Biomedical Training Fellowship (2009 – 2012) to conduct novel research focused on discovery of peripheral blood mRNA expression profiles associated with risk of toxicity during treatment for oesophageal cancer. She is head of the highly active Gastrointestinal Pathophysiology Laboratory (node of the Cancer Treatment Toxicities Group) which focuses on mechanisms and treatment of cancer therapy-induced gastrointestinal injury in patient-based, rodent and tissue culture models.

Contribution to field of research:  A/Prof Bowen is an author of over 100 peer-reviewed research publications and 6 book chapters. Her h-index is currently 41 and i10-index is 71, with articles accruing 4300 citations (Google Scholar). 

International standing: She held the co-chair role for the MASCC Mucositis Study Group from 2009 to 2015, organised the annual Mucositis Workshop (over 100 participants) each year and was the co-organiser of the MASCC/ISOO mucositis guidelines update, which culminated in 12 systematic review publications. She is also a member of the MASCC Governance Committee and was elected to the MASCC Board in 2018.  Mucositis forms part of the larger field of cancer survivorship and patient support which is emerging into a priority area for oncology. She has been an invited speaker and/or session chair at the MASCC/ISOO Symposium 2009 - 2017. In 2018 she was an invited speaker at the International Meeting for Nutrition and Molecular Medicine (Malaysia).

Peer review involvement: A/Prof Bowen regularly reviews manuscripts for journals including Supportive Care in Cancer, Gut, and American Journal of Gastroenterology. She has reviewed NHRMC project grants continuously since 2011 and also reviews applications for Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation. A/Prof Bowen was a member of the NHMRC Postdoctoral Reference group in 2012, and a panel member for the ECR Fellowships in 2018. She is a editorial board member for the journal Gastroenterology Research and Practice.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2017 Associate Professor University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2016 Award Telstra Women's Business Public Sector and Academia Award
    2014 Award MASCC Young Investigator Award
    2009 Award SA Young Tall Poppy Science Award Australian Institute of Policy and Science
    2009 Fellowship NHMRC Australian-based biomedical research fellowship University of Adelaide Australia
    2008 Award MASCC Young Investigator Award
    2007 Award MASCC Young Investigator Award
    2006 Award MASCC Young Investigator of the Year
    2003 Scholarship Royal Adelaide Hospital Research Committee Dawes Postgraduate Research Scholarship
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2010 - 2012 University of Adelaide Australia M.Phil (Clin Sci)
    2002 - 2006 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    1997 - 2001 University of Adelaide Australia B. Hlth.Sci (Hons)
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    0 Grad. Cert. Online Learning (Higher Education) University of Adelaide Australia
    0 Grad. Cert. Public Health Charles Darwin University Australia
  • Research Interests

Funding

A/Prof Bowen’s research program has been funded by NHMRC, Cancer Council SA, SA Cancer Research Collaborative, Cure Cancer Australia, Australian Dental Research Foundation, the Ray and Shirl Norman Cancer Research Trust, the Royal Adelaide Hospital Research Committee, Flinders University and University of Adelaide. With her co-investigators, funding has totalled almost $2M since 2006. Industry support has been a major funder and continues to be an area of increasing linkage. Current and previous industry partners include GlaxoSmithKline (CI), Helsinn Healthcare (CI), Pfizer (PI), Puma Biotechnology (PI) and AstraZeneca (CI), and funding has totalled almost $1.5M since 2009.        

Teaching

In 2011, A/Prof Bowen was appointed a lecturer in Physiology, University of Adelaide, promoted to senior lecturer in 2014 and associate professor in 2016, which has provided opportunities to teach and train the next generation of researchers. She teaches within the Programs of B.HlthMedSc, B.DS, and B.Nurs. In addition, A/Prof Bowen co-coordinates the Adelaide Medical School Honours Program. She is Deputy Chair of the Faculty Gender Equity and Diversity committee and implements inclusive practices for courses she teaches.

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Principal Supervisor The Role of TLR4 in Response to Chemotherapy Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Elise Ellen Bruning
    2018 Principal Supervisor Using silica nanoparticles to target inflammation in pre-clinical models of intestinal disease Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Shu Yie Janine Tam
    2017 Principal Supervisor Does an individuals microbiome profile affect susceptibility to gut injury from chemotherapy Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Kate Secombe
    2017 Principal Supervisor The role of the microbiome-immune axis in response to radiotherapy and development and severity of radiotherapy-induced oral mucositis Master of Philosophy (Medical Science) Master Full Time Mrs Ghanyah Hamid Hussein Al-Qadami
    2016 Co-Supervisor Inflammatory Response Markers to Predict Risk of Severe Gastrointestinal Toxicity in Patients Treated with 5-Fluorouracil Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Samantha Kaitlyn Korver
    2016 Co-Supervisor The Link between Aquaporins and Cerbo Spinal Fluid Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Pak Hin Chow
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2014 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Characterisation and Treatment of Pan-Human Epidermal Receptor Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor-Induced Gastrointestinal Toxicity Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ysabella Van Sebille
    2013 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Toll-Like Receptor 4-Dependent Barrier Dysfunction and its Impact on Irinotecan-Induced Gut Toxicity and Pain Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Hannah Rose Wardill
    2011 - 2016 Co-Supervisor In vitro and in vivo Models to assess the mechanism of Lapatinib - Induced Diarrhoea Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Wan Nor I'zzah Wan Mohamad Zain
    2010 - 2015 Principal Supervisor A Study Linking Toll-like Receptors and Irinotecan-induced Gastrointestinal Mucositis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Khloud Ghazi Fakiha
    2008 - 2012 Co-Supervisor Chemotherapy-Induced Mucositis: The Role of Matrix Metalloproteinases and the Extracellular Matrix Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Noor Al-Dasooqi
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  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2018 - ongoing Board Member Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer MASCC United States
    2014 - ongoing Director Australian Society for Medical Research Australia
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2014 - ongoing Member Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer Governance Committee
    2008 - ongoing Member South Australian ASMR committee
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2015 - ongoing Editor Gastroenterology Research and Practice
  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 83131374
  • Email: joanne.bowen@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 6387
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Helen Mayo South, floor 2
  • Room: S232
  • Org Unit: Medical Sciences

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