News about grants & recipients

Dec 2016

New Opportunity for PhD Scholarship Funding

COCA Research in conjunction with Chiropractic Australia and ANZMUSC are pleased to announce the funding of a PhD Scholarship.  This joint initiative will enable a PhD student with a background in chiropractic or osteopathy to work on a project led by an ANZMUSC member. Applications close on 30th June 2017 and more detailed information on this funding can be accessed via the ANZMUSC website.

Jan 2016

Inaugural recipient of  COCA Research PhD Scholarship, Dr Katie de Luca, awarded PhD degree.

Dr Katie de Luca, who was the first recipient of a PhD scholarship from the COCA Research Fund in the inaugural round of grants in 2011 has announced that she has been officially admitted to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the School or Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medicine at the University of Newcastle.

In announcing her achievement Dr de Luca acknowledged and thanked her supervisors Prof Lynne Parkinson, Dr Fiona Blyth, Prof Julie Byles and Dr Henry Pollard and her co-authors Dr Thomas Lo, Dr Aron Downie and Prof Scott Haldeman and the many colleagues that assisted her including Chiropractic Australia President Prof Rod Bonello, COCA Executive member Associate Professor Peter Tuchin, fellow COCA PhD scholarship recipient Dr Matthew Fernandez and Dr Michael Swain.

Preliminary research from Dr de Luca’s project: A cross sectional analysis of older women with arthritis: investigating pain mechanisms was recently published in the prestigious Pain Medicine journal.

The Executive of COCA and COCA Research Ltd are delighted to congratulate Dr de Luca on her achievement and wish her every future success.