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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 16, Issue 8, Pages 559-563

Two Decades of Helicobacter pylori: A Review of the Fourth Western Pacific Helicobacter Congress

Carlo A Fallone,1 Naoki Chiba,2 Alison Buchan,3 Bin Su,4 and Diane Taylor5

1Division of Gastroenterology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
2Division of Gastroenterology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
3Department of Physiology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
4Department of Laboratory Medicine Pathology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
5Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Received 17 April 2002; Accepted 13 June 2002

Copyright © 2002 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


From March 3 to 6, 2002, Helicobacter enthusiasts gathered in Perth, Australia for the Fourth Western Pacific Helicobacter Congress to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the modern discovery of this organism by Barry Marshall and Robin Warren. The meeting included state-of-the-art lectures highlighting the breakthroughs that have occurred since the discovery of this bacterium. As well, advances from the forefront of current Helicobacter pylori research were presented, particularly in the realm of genomics and molecular biology. A symposium about vaccines and trends for future H pylori research completed this congress. The purpose of the present review is to summarize the highlights from this conference, emphasizing new advances.