Nobel Laureate to give free public lecture Sept. 10

September 02, 2010

Nobel Laureate Barry Marshall will give a free public lecture as the keynote address at a Penn State conference for medical professionals called "The Rising Threat of Infectious Disease."  The keynote address will take place at 3:45 p.m. on Sept. 10, in the HUB-Robeson Center auditorium on Penn State's University Park campus. The title of his lecture, "Man Versus Helicobacter," refers to his well-publicized 1982 experiment, in which Marshall drank a culture of Helicobacter pylori bacteria to prove that the organism was harmful to human health. After developing a peptic ulcer along with inflammation, Marshall cured himself through antibiotic therapy. Until Marshall's ground-breaking experiment proving the ulcer-causing effects of the bacteria, the medical and scientific communities had maintained that ulcers were caused by stress, spicy foods and stomach acid. Marshall will speak about his discovery and his pioneering research on the link between chronic infections and diseases such as cancer.

Marshall is a professor of clinical microbiology at the University of Western Australia and Francis R. and Helen M. Pentz Professor at Penn State. Marshall's lecture is part of a continuing-medical-education (CME) program and physician-alumni gathering, hosted by Penn State's Eberly College of Science.

Other events that are free and open to the public during the conference include three additional lectures by leaders in the field of infectious-disease research. Peter Hudson, Director of The Huck Institute of Life Sciences at Penn State, will open the event at 1 p.m. with welcome remarks and will discuss his research on parasites and their spread in wildlife and host populations. Penn State professor of biology and entomology, Andrew Read, will discuss the ecology and evolutionary genetics of infectious disease, evolution-proof drugs, vaccines, and insecticides at 1:15 p.m. Mary Poss, a Penn State professor of biology and veterinary and biomedical sciences, will speak at 2:30 p.m. on the molecular genetics of disease-causing viruses.

Medical professionals who wish to register for the event and obtain CME credits may visit

  • From left: Peter Hudson, Barry Marshall, Mary Poss, Andrew Read

    IMAGE: Penn State
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