35 years ago, over Easter weekend in April of 1982, Professor Barry Marshall cultured H.pylori from patients with gastritis and ulcers for the first time, after Robyn Warren, a pathologist, observed the previously unknown spiral- shaped bug in stomach lining biopsies.
Scientists at The University of Western Australia, in collaboration with researchers at Imperial College London and Perth-based biotech Ondek Pty Ltd, have revealed new insights into the structure of an important biomolecule in Helicobacter pylori, the bacterium that causes stomach ulcers.
This week, Marshall Centre advisory board member Professor Lyn Beazley and Dr Mary Webberley were out and about at WiTWA's techtrails program. Techtrails is designed to encourage young people to consider careers in technology.
The first Techtrails STEM incursion for 2017 was held at Ashdale Secondary College in Darch. The students were thrilled to learn about the Noisy Guts Project and potential career pathways in medical technologies and wearable devices.
Today, the three-dimensional structure of the enzyme required for polymyxin resistance was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This project was funded by an NHMRC grant awarded to Associate Professor Alice Vrielink (UWA), Dr Keith Stubbs (UWA), Dr Martin Scanlon (Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Monash University) and Deputy Director Associate Professor Charlene Kahler at the Marshall Centre for Infectious Diseases.
Associate Professor Charlene Kahler, Deputy Director of the Marshall Center, appeared on A Current Affair last night to talk about meningococcal vaccination. In the past, the majority of meningococcal disease in Australia was caused by MenB and MenC strains. However, last year 75% of all cases in Western Australia were MenW. A similar rise in prevalence of MenW was also seen across Australia. The National Immunisation Program contains a vaccine against MenC which has disappeared since 2000.
The Noisy Guts Project was recently awarded the Start Something CSIRO Commercialisation Award. The judges were impressed with the project's commercial potential and scientific rigour, as well as the project manager's potential as a communicator, leader and entrepreneur.
The award was presented by the Vice Chancellor at the UWA Research Awards and Honours ceremony during Research Week.
Congratulations to the team at the Marshall Centre that have been successful in gaining a place on the CSIRO ON Prime Program. The pre-accelerator program helps research teams validate their research and discover a real world application for it. It provides researchers with an opportunity to test paths for IP, know-how or tech, and helps to unlock the entrepreneurial nous required to take ideas to the next level.
Dr Mary Webberley from the Marshall Centre for Infectious Diseases celebrated National Science Week with year 5&6 students from North Cottesloe Primary School. The students learned about acids and bases and the pH scale through hands on activities with a pH indicator made from cabbage water.
What a delight to welcome Professor Peter Klinken, WA Chief Scientist, to the Marshall Centre this week. Professor Klinken and Professor Marshall discussed a range of topics that are important to the future of science in Western Australia.
Professor Barry Marshall met with special guests yesterday from the University of Science and Technology of China. Coordinated by Mr. Zhou Zhengkai (Deputy Director, Office of International Cooperation, USTC), Professor Marshall was invited to share his research journey with visiting students from China. The delegation have already invited five Nobel Prize winners to present their work at USTC this year.
It is hoped that the visit will encourage further collaboration between UWA and USTC by promoting joint research and the exchange of staff and students.
Perth based charity, Australian Doctors for Africa (ADFA) today announced that two distinguished West Australian gastroenterologists associated with the charity have been honoured for their contribution to public health services in Madagascar following a Conference which convened Research Specialists, Specialist Physicians and NGO’s to discuss the heavy burden of Helicobacter pylori related disease, Schistosomiasis and other Gastro-intestinal diseases in Madagascar.
Associate Director of the Marshall Centre Assoc Prof Charlene Kahler made the news this week, speaking out about lifesaving vaccines. The UWA researcher specialising in meningococcal disease is backing calls for a government-funded vaccine against the B strain.
The West Australian is following the story of two-year-old Robbie Buchan who lost his hands and feet after developing the disease when he was aged just five months of age.
Key researchers from the Marshall Centre for Infectious Diseases went back to school yesterday with Dr Carina Ecremen Marshall, CSIRO Scientists in Schools. Carina arranged for Dr Alfred Tay and Dr Mary Webberley to visit middle and high school students at the Beehive Montessori School in Mosman Park to do biochemistry and microbiology experiments.
Two Marshall Centre researchers, Dr Alfred Tay and Prof Samuel Lundin showcased their research at the Science on the Swan medical research conference this week. The theme of the conference this year was “Cutting Edge". The pair exemplified this topic with their research associated with the personalised medicine approach.