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March 14, 2016

SPECIAL LECTURES by Professor Barry Marshall and Professor Bruce Robinson

On 14 March 2016, Eijkman Institute had the honor to host a special lectures by Prof. Barry Marshall and Prof. Bruce Robinson, both are from University of Western Australia. The Cytoplasm Auditoriun was packed with scientists coming from all around the city to meet and interact directly with these two reputable researchers. 

Prof. Barry Marshall has manage continuous research of Helicobacter pylori almost since the discovery of H. pylori in 1982. Throughout his research, Prof. Marshall has received many honours for his work, most notably The Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology in 2005. In 2007, he was also awarded the honour of Western Australia of the Year. Prof. Marshall holds professional memberships with the Australia Academy of Science, Brtitish Royal Society, the Institute of Medicine (USA), the Australian Gastroenterological Society, and more. To date, he is a clinical professor of microbiology and medicine of the University of Western Australia. In the past few years, Prof. Marshall’s laboratory has developed enhanced methods for non-invasive studies on the molecular epidemiology of H. pylori, and published many scientific journals and books. Recently, he succeeded in creating Ondek; a small biotech company focused on developing new biologic delivery systems for vaccines and therapeutics, utilizing the unique characteristics of genetically modified
H. pylori

Prof. Marshall's lecture topic was "The exciting journey of research that led to Nobel Prize and the latest developments in research"

Prof. Bruce Robinson is a co-leader of a large group studying cancer immunology and asbestos disease. Many discoveries have been obtained during the study including the first blood test for mesothelioma and first cancer gene therapy trial. Prof. Robinson holds membership of Australian Society for Immunology, British Society for Immunology, Royal Collage of Physicians, International Mesothelioma Interest Group, and many more. He has received prestigious awards, including International Wagner Medal, the Research Medal of the Thoracic Society of Australia and NZ, Western Australia of the Year 2013/2014, and the Premier’s Science Award. Prof. Robinson has 35 years teaching experience in medical school, and has been awarded 3 times of Medical School Teacher of the Year in the University of Western Australia. To date, he has published more than 150 peer reviewed papers and books.

Prof. Robinson's lecture topic was "The recent breakthroughs in cancer therapy using immune attack strategies to destroy cancer"

Prof. Barry Marshal answering questions from the audience
Prof. Bruce Robinson giving lecture on Cancer Vaccines
Senior Researchers of Eijkman Institute had a meeting with Prof. Barry Marshall and Prof. Bruce Robinson