2024 Scholarship awarded

We are thrilled to announce that the CCA IBD PhD Scholarship of $96,000 over three years has been awarded to Dr Richard Fernandes, University of Queensland. Dr Fernandes is a gastroenterologist who is undertaking the project  ‘Improving our understanding of post-operative Crohn’s disease recurrence’

Many patients with Crohn’s disease require surgical resection of diseased bowel. However, surgery is not a cure, with high recurrence rates after surgery. This remains poorly understood; however, some factors associated with risk of recurrence include surgical technique, immune signalling, and the bacteria living in the gut (microbiome). This study aims to evaluate the impact of surgical technique on disease recurrence, methods for detecting recurrence, and changes in immune signalling and the microbiome following resection.’

You can see CCA’s previous scholarship winners here.