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WA No­bel Prize win­ner Barry Mar­shall vis­ited the Icon Can­cer Cen­tre in Rock­ing­ham last Thurs­day for the un­veil­ing of a ra­di­a­tion bunker named in his hon­our.

Pro­fes­sor Mar­shall, who dis­cov­ered one of the causes of stom­ach ul­cers, shared his pas­sion for science with a group of stu­dents from Kolbe Catholic Col­lege and Mother Teresa Catholic Col­lege at the cen­tre, where he also toured the chemo­ther­apy and ra­di­a­tion fa­cil­i­ties avail­able for pa­tients in the Rock­ing­ham area.

Can­cer is an in­creas­ing is­sue with about 1173 peo­ple liv­ing with the con­di­tion in the Rock­ing­ham area. The bur­den is ex­pected to in­crease by about 70 per cent be­fore 2030 .

Icon Can­cer Cen­tre and Pro­fes­sor Mar­shall hope a new science award — the Icon-Mar­shall An­nual Science Award — also an­nounced on Thurs­day, will in­spire stu­dents to take an in­ter­est in science.

The first re­cip­i­ents, Year 7 Mother Teresa Catholic Col­lege stu­dent Adam Der­rick and Year 10 Kolbe Catholic Col­lege stu­dent Blake Edgell, were pre­sented with cer­tifi­cates by Pro­fes­sor Mar­shall. They will also have an op­por­tu­nity to spend a day at the Harry Perkins In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Re­search. Icon Group chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Mid­dle­ton said Icon was proud to hon­our the work and con­tri­bu­tions to science of Pro­fes­sor Mar­shall and fu­ture sci­en­tists.

Pic­ture: Chloe Fraser

Blake Edgell, Barry Mar­shall and Icon Group WA’s Rus­sell Hill.

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