Conducting world-class medical research

The Marshall Centre was founded in 2007 to celebrate the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to Professor Barry Marshall and Emeritus Professor Robin Warren.

Marshall and Warren discovered H. pylori and its role as the causative agent of gastritis, peptic and duodenal ulcer disease. Prior to their work, it was believed that bacteria could not persist in the acid environment of the stomach, and that ulcers were largely due to stress or spicy food.

Marshall and Warren's discovery was the first step in developing more effective treatments for ulcers and in understanding the causative link between H. pylori and stomach cancer. In addition to H.pylori, the Marshall Centre is at the forefront of infectious disease identification and surveillance, diagnostics and drug design, and transformative discovery.

The Barry J Marshall Library: UWA Science Library renamed in Nobel Laureate's honour

Research projects

  • The Noisy Guts Project

    Up to one in five Australians suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Our team is developing an acoustic belt that listens, records and analyses gut noises.

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  • Tropical diseases

    Neglected tropical diseases such as melioidosis are endemic in Northern Australia. Find out how the Marshall Centre is tackling new medical countermeasures.

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  • Superbugs

    Support the Marshall Centre's fight against antimicrobial resistance.

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  • Painful bladder

    Interstitial Cystitis is a chronic and painful problem. Our researchers are currently recruiting volunteers for this study.

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The social impact

Latest news

Happy 35th anniversary helicobacter

Tue, 11 Apr 2017

35 years ago, over Easter weekend in April of 1982, Professor Barry Marshall cultured H.pylorifrom patients with gastritis and ulcers for the first time, after Robyn Warren, a pathologist, observed the previously unknown spiral- shaped bug in stomach lining biopsies.

Study reveals how ulcer-inducing bacteria survive in the stomach

Tue, 04 Apr 2017

Scientists at The University of Western Australia, in collaboration with researchers at Imperial College London and Perth-based biotech Ondek Pty Ltd, have revealed new insights into the structure of an important biomolecule inHelicobacter pylori, the bacterium that causes stomach ulcers.

Happy graduation!

Fri, 31 Mar 2017

Congratulations to the Master of Infectious Diseases Graduates.