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. 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 will allow him to undertake the project at the University of New South Wales.