GAIRDNER FOUNDATION NATIONAL PROGRAM
Barry Marshall, M.D: Helicobacter: the past 50,000 years and the next 50
WHEN: Moday, October 26, 2009, 4:00-6:00pm
WHERE: Life Sciences Centre, Lecture Theatre 1 (LSC1), UBC campus. [Map]
1996 Gairdner International Awardee, 2005 Nobel Prize Recipient
Clinical Professor of Microbiology and Medicine, University of Western Australia
In 2005 Barry J. Marshall and J. Robin Warren were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in recognition of their 1982 discovery that a bacterium, Helicobacter pylori, causes one of the most common and important diseases of mankind, peptic ulcer disease. The hypothesis that H.pylori is a causative factor of stomach cancer was accepted in 1994 by the World Health Organisation. This work has now been acknowledged as the most significant discovery in the history of gastroenterology and is compared to the development of the polio vaccine and the eradication of smallpox. In 2008 Professor Marshall was elected into the prestigious US National Academy of Science, an institution that was established in 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln.