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Biographical entry Warren, John Robin (Robin) (1937 - )

Born
11 June 1937
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Occupation
Pathologist

Summary

Robin Warren and Barry Marshall in their laboratories in Perth, Western Australia were able to isolate spiral, unease producing bacteria in mucosal specimens of patients suffering with gastric and duodenal ulcers. This bacterium, which came to be known as Helicobacter pylori, made its home between the gastric epithelial cell surfaces and the mucus layer above them, and was also found to cause antral gastritis. All three conditions could be cured by simply eradicating the bacteria. These studies have revolutionised the field of gastroenterology, as H. pylori is seen as the cause of almost 90% of all duodenal ulcers and 80% of all gastric ulcers.

In 2005 Warren and Marshall were awarded The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discovery.

Details

Born Adelaide, 11 June 1937. Educated University of Adelaide (MBBS 1961). RMO, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Adelaide 1961-62; Haematology Registrar, Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science Adelaide 1962-63; Lecturer in pathology, University of Adelaide 1963-64; Pathology Registrar, Royal Melbourne Hospital 1964-68; staff specialist in pathology, Royal Perth Hospital 1968-98; Emeritus Consultant in Pathology, Royal Perth Hospital from 1998. Warren Alpert Foundation Prize, Harvard Medical School 1994; Australian Medical Association Western Australian Branch 1995 Award; Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia Distinguished Fellows Award 1995; Medal of the University of Hiroshima 1996; University of Adelaide Distinguished Alumni Award 1996; Paul Ehrlich & Ludwig Darmstaedter Award Germany 1997; Honorary MD, University of Western Australia 1997; Centenary Florey Medal, Adelaide 1998; Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, Stockholm, 2005

Events

1961
Career position - Appointed Junior Resident Medical Officer, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woodville, SA
1961
Education - Completed Bachelor of Medicine (Bachelor of Surgery), University of Adelaide
1962
Career position - Appointed Registrar in Haematology and Clinical Pathology, Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science, Adelaide
1964 - 1966
Career position - Appointed Registrar in Clinical Pathology, Royal Melbourne Hospital
1966 - 1968
Career position - Appointed Registrar in Pathology, Royal Melbourne Hospital
1967
Award - Appointed Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia
1968 - 1969
Career position - Appointed Pathologist, Royal Perth Hospital
1994
Award - Co-recipient of the Warren Alpert Prize (shared with B.J. Marshall)
1995
Award - Recipient of the Distinguished Fellows Award, Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia
1995
Award - Co-recipient of the Australian Medical Association (WA Branch) Medical award (shared with B.J. Marshall)
1996
Award - Recipient of the Inaugural Award, The First Western Pacific Helicobacter Congress
1996
Award - Recipient of the medal of the University of Hiroshima
1996
Award - Recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award, The University of Adelaide
1997
Award - Co-recipient of the Paul Ehrlich Prize (shared with B.J. Marshall)
1997
Award - Awarded Honorary Doctorate of Medicine by the University of Western Australia
1998
Award - Recipient of the Howard Florey Centenary Medal

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