Nobel laureate Marshall makes case for physical meetings

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Nobel laureate Prof Barry Marshall Cropped image of Barry Marshall Photo Credit: By WikiEdtingProfile2021 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Nobel laureate professor Barry Marshall will chair the organising committee of a major conference in Perth, Australia – 40 years after he presented ground-breaking work at the same event.

The 22nd International Workshop on Campylobacter, Helicobacter and Related Organisms (CHRO 24) is taking place in October, 2024, and is expected to attract around 500 delegates.

Marshall attended the 2nd International CHRO, in Brussels, in 1983, where he presented his first publication on the bacteria Helicobacter pylori, the start of work which would eventually lead to his winning the joint Nobel Prize in 2005 with professor Robin Warren. 

Marshall famously drank a petri dish containing Helicobacter pylori  to prove the link between the organisms and stomach ulcers, a link which led to the development of treatments which have saved countless lives. 

On chairing the 2024 event, he said: “When I am asked why international conferences are important for the academic community I often reflect on my own experience. When a discovery is made in one location you can’t truly feel the context until you’ve spoken to an international audience.

“This is when you can see how it fits into the physical context of that field of research. The CHRO24 conference will play a crucial role in initiating collaboration on a global scale, and Perth is a fantastic location to do this.”

Western Australia’s bid for next year’s conference was presented by the Marshall Centre, at the University of Western Australia, in partnership with Business Events Perth. 

Perth Central Business DistrictPerth Central Business District Photo Credit: Image courtesy of Business Events Perth

Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism, the Hon. Roger Cook MLA said the event was a great opportunity to promote Western Australia to high-spending business travellers and to shine a spotlight on the state’s growing life sciences sector.

“Securing business events and conferences like CHRO 24 plays a critical role in advancing the health and medical life sciences industry as well as supporting our state’s tourism sector,” Cook said.

“Supported by the WA Government, through Tourism WA, and Business Events Perth, CHRO 2024 will bring the medical community together and show delegates and their teams what Western Australia has to offer.

"Life sciences is one of many growing sectors in Western Australia and I’m pleased our state has been selected to host this important event, bringing it back to Australian shores for the first time in 18 years, and showcasing Perth as a world-leading business events destination.”

Medical Research Minister, the Hon. Stephen Dawson MLC said the WA Government’s boost towards the Medical and life sciences sector continues to drive the state as a hub of opportunity for innovative health and medical research on a global level.

“In 2021, Campylobacter was responsible for the majority of enteric infections affecting Western Australians. Tapping into global knowledge to solve some of the world’s biggest health issues is a priority for the McGowan Government. Securing events such as CHRO 24 will help us achieve this.”

Business Events Perth CEO Gareth Martin said Western Australia has a strong base in medical research and is at the forefront of developing solutions with new treatments and technologies.

“The 22nd International Workshop on Campylobacter, Helicobacter and Related Organisms 2024, is a platform to showcase the research-rich state that is Western Australia.

"CHRO will contribute upwards of $3.4 million to the state’s economy, showcasing Perth on the global stage as a destination for continued knowledge exchange.”


James Lancaster
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