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Cuts to the NHMRC budget will undermine the health of all Australians — today and in the future

Garry L R Jennings, Stephen MacMahon and Geoffrey A Donnan
Med J Aust 2011; 194 (9): 436-437.

Our health and medical research sector is under threat and needs the support of the clinical community

Until quite recently, it was believed that peptic ulcers were caused by stress and lifestyle and that the most effective treatment was a bland diet and rest. However, in 1982, two Australian medical researchers (Barry J Marshall and J Robin Warren) discovered the bacterium Helicobacter pylori and demonstrated its role in gastritis and peptic ulcer disease.1 Thanks to this discovery, millions of people worldwide are now cured of peptic ulcer with a short regimen of antibiotics and acid secretion inhibitors.

  • Garry L R Jennings1
  • Stephen MacMahon2
  • Geoffrey A Donnan3

  • 1 Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 The George Institute for Global Health, Sydney, NSW.
  • 3 Florey Neuroscience Institutes, Melbourne, VIC.


Competing interests:

The George Institute has received grant funding from Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, manufacturer of the polypill currently being trialled, and grant funding and travel assistance for meetings from Servier International.

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