Prize winner donates winnings to AOECS Central Emergency Fund

  • 30th May 2022
  • 3 min read

Generous donations to
AOECS Central Emergency Fund

Dr. Joseph A. Murray was recently appointed by the American association Celiac Disease Foundation as the inaugural prize winner for Excellence in Celiac Disease Research. He requested the total sum of his prize winnings (25,000 USD) should be donated to support coeliacs affected by the war in Ukraine.

The Celiac Disease Foundation with the national office in California, U.S. has earlier this year already donated 30,000 USD to the AOECS Central Emergency Fund acquired through fundraising efforts in the U.S. to support the aid for coeliac people affected by the war in Ukraine.

– We continue to commend the AOECS and its member countries for the work to assist the Ukrainian refugees and send the wishes of the American people to end this terrible crisis, says Marilyn G. Geller, Chief Executive of the Celiac Disease Foundation.

Dr. Murray is a Professor of Medicine from Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota working as a clinician investigator and consultant in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and Department of Immunology. He is also an adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Southern Denmark.

His research includes the clinical epidemiology of celiac disease, the role of genetics in predicting disease and the development of animal models for the disease and its associated dermatologic condition, dermatitis herpetiformis. Dr. Murray’s work spans the spectrum from bench to population studies both in the United States and Europe, and he led the first clinical trials of novel methods for treating celiac disease.

Dr. Murray is also the founder and past president of the North American Society for the Study of Celiac Disease and past chair of the Intestinal Disease Section of the American Gastroenterological Association. 

He has published countless scientific papers and written books on celiac disease and esophageal reflux, including the development of clinical guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of celiac disease, establishing the frequency of celiac disease in the U.S., and describing the prevalence of morbidity and mortality in patients with celiac disease.

– I am extremely touched and grateful for such a noble and generous gesture from Dr. Joseph A. Murray and the support from Celiac Disease Foundation. We will continue supporting the tireless work of the different national coeliac societies nearby Ukraine helping refugees and sending gluten-free foods to people in need, replies Veronica Rubio, Secretary General of the AOECS.

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Dr. Joseph A. Murray. Photo: Mayo Clinic