Debbie Watson

Mollymook, New South Wales

Determined doctor, medical researcher

A medical researcher specialising in the field of transplantation and immunology, Debbie has spent many years focusing on graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), a complication of donor bone marrow transplantation. Such is her determination to overcome GVHD that when she moved back to the South Coast for family reasons she set up a genetics research lab at the University of Wollongong’s Shoalhaven campus from scratch. The AMP Tomorrow Fund grant will enable Debbie to continue her vital research: “GVHD affects half of all donor bone marrow transplant recipients and can be fatal in up to 30% of patients. This research has the potential to lead to exciting outcomes that will prevent GVHD and benefit cancer patients.”