• Previous School of Science. Dean's Seminars

    Helicobacter pylori Before and After the Nobel Prize

    FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2011



    Dr. Barry J. Marshall, MBBS

    Clinical Professor, University of Western Australia

    Dr. Barry J. Marshall


    Dr. Marshall (together with Dr. J. Robin Warren) was awarded the 2005 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, and is a bacteria contributor to gastric cancer.

    In 1984, while at Fremantle Hospital, Dr. Marshall proved H. pylori to be harmful, via a well-publicized experiment in which he drank a culture of H. pylori. Despite widespread skepticism, Dr. Marshall determined that a combination of drugs that killed H. pylori,eliminated peptic ulcers permanently. Affecting 50% of the global population, H. pylori is recognized as the most common chronic infection worldwide. 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.

    Dr. Kary Mullis, shown above with Dean Palladino and MU alumni, was the speaker in 2010

    The annual School of Science Dean's Seminar Series was created by Dean Michael A. Palladino in 2009 to provide Monmouth University students, faculty and staff, and the University community with an opportunity to interact with leading scientists, educators, and policy makers in the sciences. Seminars are free and open to the public, and anyone interested is welcomed to attend. Dr. Kary Mullis was the speaker in March 2010.




    Dr. Kary Mullis, Nobel Laureate (chemistry, 1993) and President of Altermune LLC. The Unusual Origin of PCR(March 1, 2010)


    Dr. John D. Gearhart, James W. Effron University Professor and Director of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Challenges in Regenerative Medicine (April 30, 2009)