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

Encouraging careers in STEM

Wed, 08 Mar 2017

This week, Marshall Centre advisory board member Professor Lyn Beazley and Dr Mary Webberley were out and about at WiTWA's techtrails program. Techtrails is designed to encourage young people to consider careers in technology.

 

The first Techtrails STEM incursion for 2017 was held at Ashdale Secondary College in Darch. The students were thrilled to learn about the Noisy Guts Project and potential career pathways in medical technologies and wearable devices. 

Scientists make breakthrough in fight against superbugs

Wed, 15 Feb 2017

Today, the three-dimensional structure of the enzyme required for polymyxin resistance was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This project was funded by an NHMRC grant awarded to Associate Professor Alice Vrielink (UWA), Dr Keith Stubbs (UWA), Dr Martin Scanlon (Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Monash University) and Deputy Director Associate Professor Charlene Kahler at the Marshall Centre for Infectious Diseases.

A Current Affair

Thu, 19 Jan 2017

Associate Professor Charlene Kahler, Deputy Director of the Marshall Center, appeared on A Current Affair last night to talk about meningococcal vaccination. In the past, the majority of meningococcal disease in Australia was caused by MenB and MenC strains. However, last year 75% of all cases in Western Australia were MenW. A similar rise in prevalence of MenW was also seen across Australia. The National Immunisation Program contains a vaccine against MenC which has disappeared since 2000.