Nobel Prize laureate sees patients in local hospital

An international digestive disease center was opened at Shanghai East Hospital on Wednesday with the participation of Noble Prize laureate Barry Marshall.
Ti Gong / Shanghai East Hospital

Dr Barry Marshall, a Nobel Prize laureate, conducts a gastroscopy check on a local patient at Shanghai East Hospital on Wednesday.

An international digestive disease center was opened at Shanghai East Hospital on Wednesday with the participation of Noble Prize laureate Barry Marshall.

The first patient, a 24-year-old man, received a gastroscopy check conducted by Marshall Wednesday morning.

The center will receive patients, conduct scientific research, and develop new therapies for more precise and personalized treatment of Chinese patients.

Marshall, together with J. Robin Warren, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in recognition of their 1982 discovery that Helicobacter Pylori, a bacterium, can cause peptic ulcer disease.

Marshall said HP infection is common in China, but the treatment is quite different from that of Western countries due to the prevalence of antibiotic resistance in China. His team will perform DNA tests on each patient to offer individualized treatment.

“HP infection is a leading cause of gastric cancer, which is the No.3 cancer in China. We hope our research and treatment can help reduce prevalence in the following years,” he said.

Wang Yujie, the patient receiving a gastroscopy, said Marshall’s clinic is more patient-oriented and meets international standards.

“He spent about one hour asking about my condition and giving detailed explanations, which is quite different from local doctors, who only give each patient several minutes,” he said.

The registration fee for Marshall’s outpatient service is 2,000 yuan (US$292), and reservations can be made by calling 58822171.

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