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Monmouth University: Dean’s Seminar
May 6, 2011 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
3rd Annual School of Science Dean’s Seminar
Before and After the Nobel Prize
Friday, May 6, 2011
Speaker: Dr. Barry J. Marshall, Clinical Professor at the University of Western Australia.
Dr. Marshall (together with Dr. J. Robin Warren) was awarded the 2005 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in recognition of the 1982 discovery that a bacterium, Helicobacter pylori, causes one of the most common and important diseases of mankind, peptic ulcer disease, and is a bacteria contributor to gastric cancer.
In 1984, while at Fremantle Hospital, Dr. Marshall proved that H. pylori was harmful in a well-publicized experiment in which he drank a culture of H. pylori. Despite widespread skepticism, Dr. Marshall determined that a combination of drugs which killed H. pylori eliminated peptic ulcers permanently. Affecting 50% of the global population, H. pylori is recognized as the most common chronic infection in the world. The hypothesis that H. pylori is a causative factor of stomach cancer was accepted in 1994 by the World Health Organization. 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.
Attendance is free but seating is limited. If you plan to attend, please register at http://www.monmouth.edu/academics/schools/science/deanseminar.asp. Seminar details will be updated on the website and, as available, further information about the evening will be circulated to registrants via e-mail.