Tuesday 11th January 2011

Title: Identification of Patients at risk of Gastric Cancer due to Helicobacter Pylori Infection
Speaker: Professor Andrea Varro
Liverpool Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)
Liverpool University
Most of us are likely to know someone who has died from, or been diagnosed with cancer since it causes death in rougly one in four people. It is now beginning to become an even bigger killer than heart disease. It is therefore a disease that should be of concern to us all.

Professor Andrea Varro’s research focuses on the causes of stomach cancer, the second most common type of cancer-related death worldwide. Her studies look at genetic influences and other risk factors, including certain bacteria such as Helicobacter Pylori. This particular bacterium can inhabit various areas of the stomach and may cause inflammation of the stomach lining, the development of ulcers and cancer. Her work may lead to blood tests to identify people more likely to get stomach cancer and to methods of treatment.

In her talk Professor Varro will be telling us of how we may identify people at risk of Gastric Cancer due to Helicobacter Pylori Infection and how this might lead to curing such cancer.

An introduction to the bacterium Helicobaptor Pylori.
Further interesting facts about helicobaptor pylori including a mention of the Australian researchers Barry J. Marshall, M.D., and J. Robin Warren, M.D. who discovered that it caused ulcers.
Some detailed information about ulcers and helicobactor pylori.
Can H Pylori Cause Cancer? – Dave Hompes
How H-Pylori effects Mood & Energy – Dave Hompes
H. pylori infection Testing
Further information about Professor Andrea Varro’s talk.

4 thoughts on “Tuesday 11th January 2011

  1. HP have been related to heart and vascular disease as well, haven’t they? Ulcers caused this way are treated with bismuth and an antibiotic with tremendous clear-up rates?

    Maybe I’m not remembering the 90’s-ish(?) episode of Horizon too well…

    Sad not to be able to get over there to hear the latest on this extension of the little blighters!

    I wonder, though, do they have any positive aspects for their hosts?

  2. Also, really sorry to say this, but that Dave Hompes likes to tweet strange Tony Robbins links…

    Becoming a ‘Money Master’ – “Tony is the most recognized expert in the world on overcoming inner limitations and blocks – and creating massive success in business.”

    (FYI, a quick benchmark on the man is in his willingness to flog things like this: http://www.tonyrobbins.com/products/health-fitness/inner-balance-pure-greens.php)

    …and makes some pretty wild claims as to what HP can cause.

  3. I thought Dave Hompes gave an easy introduction to some aspects of the subject, which is why he’s here. I didn’t know about the rest. (Thanks Allan, and sorry you can’t be there – but I’ll ask the question.)
    Barry J. Marshall, M.D., and J. Robin Warren, M.D won the Nobel prize for discovering that HP can cause ulcers. More details can be found on the relevant Nobel Prize webpage (http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/2005/).
    This is from the summary of the press release for this award:
    “Thanks to the pioneering discovery by Marshall and Warren, peptic ulcer disease is no longer a chronic, frequently disabling condition, but a disease that can be cured by a short regimen of antibiotics and acid secretion inhibitors.”

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