October 22, 2010
Dr. Barry Marshall, winner of the 2005 Noble Prize for Medicine, accepted an Adjunct Professorship in the Department of Cancer Biology and the Kimmel Cancer Center of Thomas Jefferson University in November of 2009.
Barry Marshall, A.C., an Australian physician and researcher, was convinced that stomach ulcers developed from a bacterial infection and not from stress as commonly believed. In 1984, when working at the Royal Perth Hospital, he tested his theory on himself by drinking a petri dish of the bacteria Helicobacter Pylori (H. pylori). He developed the classic signs of gastritis, and treated himself with antibiotics. Soon after, other researchers confirmed the connection not only between ulcers and H. pylori, but also between gastric cancer and H. pylori.
Half of the global population is infected with H. pylori, making it the most prevalent infection in the world. Dr. Marshall is also credited with developing a combination of drugs that eliminate H. pylori permanently. His work has been compared to other seminal medical breakthroughs, such as the development of the polio vaccine and the eradication of smallpox. Dr. Marshall, along with his colleague Dr. J. Robin Warren, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2005. He was also elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2008 and has been the recipient of numerous international awards.
Thomas Jefferson University honored Dr. Marshall, who is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Western Australia, with the Lennox K. Black International Prize for Excellence in Biomedical Research in November of 2008. The Lennox K. Black International Prize for Excellence in Biomedical Research is a awarded biennially to recognize researchers who have pioneered groundbreaking biomedical research on the alleviation of human disease and suffering. The photographs in the gallery above were taken as Dr. Marshall accepted the award.