Mandy and Edward Yencken Postgraduate Research Scholarship

Crohn’s & Colitis Australia is the nation’s peak organisation representing more than 85,000 Australians living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) – both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

It is our vision is that no one suffers IBD and our purpose is to support the IBD community in Australia by driving improvement in quality of care, educating, supporting, increasing awareness, advocating and research.

In recognition of their long term support for IBD research, CCA proudly announces the next offering of the Mandy & Edward Yencken Postgraduate Research Scholarship.

2019 Scholarship

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The value of this scholarship totals $75,000, with $25,000 per annum for up to three (3) years full-time (part-time equivalent). Funding to commence in 2019.

A post-graduate research award, this Scholarship shall encourage and advance either clinical or basic science research into IBD in Australia.

The applicant must:

  • Be enrolled or about to enrol in a higher research degree in Australia (MD or PhD);
  • Be an Australian citizen or hold permanent Australian resident status;
  • Have shown an ability to successfully carry out research; and
  • Outline a research proposal that specifically applies to patients with inflammatory bowel disease.

Preference is given to proposals for work that align with the priority areas of CCA as listed below.

  • Diagnosis
  • Prevention
  • Better disease management and improved well being
  • Epidemiology

2019 recipient: Betty Wu

CCA is proud to announce that the 2019 Mandy and Edward Yencken Postgraduate Research Scholarship was awarded to Dr Betty Wu. The scholarship is for three years and has a total value of $75,000. It is generously funded by CCA’s dear friends Mandy and Edward Yencken.

“My research forms part of the Australia IBD Microbiome Project, a multi-centre effort to understand the microbiome throughout course of illness. Gene sequencing technologies are better than ever and we are starting to become aware of the microbial ‘dark matter’ – fungi and viruses, which live alongside the bacteria. The Microbiome Research Centre at St George Hospital is state-of-the-art, and I feel very privileged to be a part of the team.” – Dr Betty Wu

2015 recipient: Christopher Poulton

Through the generosity of CCA friends Mandy and Edward Yencken, we proudly presented the very first Mandy and Edward Yencken Postgraduate Research Scholarship at our AGM in December 2015. This postgraduate research scholarship of $75,000 over a three-year period was set up in recognition of the long-term support of the Yencken family and seeks to build capacity within the field of IBD research in Australia.

The award is designed for candidates at an early stage in their careers. They include, among others, advanced trainees who have completed core clinical training at the time of taking up the scholarship and are either enrolled or about to enrol in a higher research degree (MD or PhD).

After a rigorous judging process the first Yencken scholarship was given to applicant Christopher Poulton of Bakers Hill, Western Australia, who impressed the judging panel with his proposed PhD project ‘New Paradigm of Infectious Disease – Defining How Multiple Bacteria Cause Disease.’ His scholarship allowed him to undertake the project at the University of New South Wales.