The latest edition of the podcast series Ingest published by the Primary Care Society for Gastroenterology (PCSG) features a very special guest from the world of gastroenterology.
This month, PCSG committee member Dr Charlie Andrews talks to Nobel Prize laureate Professor Barry Marshall about his discovery of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori and its role in gastritis and peptic ulcer disease.
Professor Marshall, along with his colleague Dr Robin Warren, proved that H. pylori infections cause peptic ulcers and they went on to successfully cultivate the previously unknown bacteria Helicobacter pylori. In 1982, they showed that gastric ulcer patients could only be cured if the bacteria were eliminated. This is now achieved by treatment with antibiotics and gastric ulcers are no longer a chronic illness. Professor Marshall was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his body of work in 2005.