The inaugural lecture in the 2017 Great Southern Speaker Series was presented by Professor Barry Marshall to a packed and appreciative audience in the Albany Town Hall on the evening of 27 June.

This public lecture is part of the Great Southern Speaker Series. Sponsors are a consortium comprising of South Coast Natural Resource Management, the City of Albany, Great Southern Development Commission and UWA Albany.

Australian Nobel Laureate Professor Barry Marshall delivered his presentation titled “Reflections on the Road to the Nobel Prize: The Making of a Nobel Laureate”. Professor Marshall and colleague Professor Robin Warren were awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2005 in recognition of their discovery that one of the most common diseases of humankind, peptic ulcer disease, was caused by bacterial infection, not stress or spicy foods as previously thought. This was important recognition of Western Australia’s scientific achievements. Professors Marshall and Warren persisted with their theory and went to great lengths to prove it, despite widespread scepticism among the medical community at the time. Professor Marshall is director of The Marshall Centre at the University of Western Australia; the centre is conducting world class medical research.

The next speaker in the series is Richard Goyder, who is the current chairman of the AFL Commission and former Managing Director of Wesfarmers. The event will be held at the Albany Town Hall on 31 August.

Tickets for the series can be purchased from Paperback Merchants on York Street.

Picture:  (L to R): Jennifer O’Neill – director, UWA Albany Campus, Bruce Manning, CEO of GSDC, Angela Sofoulis – South Coast NRM, Prof Barry Marshall, Rani Param – Manager Community Development, City of Albany, Christine Grogan