Associate Professor Nicole McCarthy MBBS (Hons), MHSc, FRACP is a Consultant Medical Oncologist at Icon Cancer Care at the Wesley Medical Centre and Wesley Hospital in Brisbane and her academic appointment is with the School of Medicine, University of Queensland . She completed a 3 year Medical oncology fellowship at the National Cancer Institute, Bethesda MD and a Masters in Health Sciences in Clinical Trial Design through Duke University. She is an academic clinician and her clinical practice and translational research focuses on the multifaceted aspects of breast cancer care and management. She led the Breast Cancer Clinical trials unit at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital for over 10 years and now provides leadership for the breast cancer clinical trials component of ICON Research Foundation Clinical Trials Unit, the largest national private oncology provider. A/Prof McCarthy is considered an opinion leader in breast cancer management at a local and national level and her own investigator-initiated clinical trials have been incorporating new agents into neoadjuvant breast cancer treatment. A/Prof McCarthy has been the Chair of the Systemic Therapy Subcommittee of the ANZ Breast Cancer Trials Group Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) since 2007 and a member of the SAC since 2004. She has been the Australian Principal Investigator on several international clinical trials. A/Prof McCarthy has been a member of a number of national breast cancer guideline panels and has played a close role with breast cancer consumer advocacy groups.