In 2009, CCA established the largest Australian charity-funded IBD fellowship with the $150,000 Angela McAvoy Fellowship.
Named in recognition of the pioneering work of Angela McAvoy AM, who founded Crohn’s & Colitis Australia (CCA), the aim of this Research Fellowship is to foster the development of a health professional or scientist in clinical research into inflammatory bowel disease in Australia.
Dr Antonina Mikocka-Walus
CCA’s inaugural $150,000 Angela McAvoy AM Fellowship was awarded to Dr Antonina Mikocka-Walus in 2009 for her study into whether cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can improve the psychological and clinical outcomes in IBD.
Her research found that CBT was effective in reducing the number of people with poor coping with IBD at six and 12 months and increasing the number of people who are confident in actively managing the disease at 12 months.
IBD Unit, Monash Medical Centre
In November 2012, CCA awarded the second Angela McAvoy Research Fellowship to the IBD Unit of Monash Medical Centre and Monash University to undertake a study entitled Mesenteric Fat, Adipocytokines and Sarcopenia in Crohn’s Disease, with Dr Gregory Moore as lead researcher.
With increasing numbers of overweight and obese individuals in the Crohn’s population, the study aims to identify the role that visceral fat and its metabolic and immunological effects have on Crohn’s disease and identify new therapeutic targets and biomarkers to predict more severe disease.