Okuda & Marshall-Warren Lectureships
Professor Kunio Okuda was one of the pioneers of hepatology and a great supporter for gastroenterology and liver disease in the Asia Pacific region. In a career that spanned over 50 years since his first paper, he made an extraordinary number of contributions to knowledge, published many books and innumerable articles and reviews, and trained and influenced two generations of liver specialists from throughout the Asia Pacific region as well as his native Japan.
Among his many distinctions, prizes and awards (in Japan and internationally), he was very proud of having been a co-founder of the Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL), an inaugural Editor of the Journal of Gastroenterology (Editor-in-Chief until the time of his death in February 2003) and a founding Trustee of the JGH Foundation. With his permission the JGH State of the Art Lecture was renamed the Okuda Lectureship in September 2002.
First Okuda Lecture
The first Okuda Lecture was delivered at the APASL meeting in Taipei in 2002, in the presence of Professor Okuda by Professor Geoffrey Farrell from Sydney, Australia, titled ‘NASH. What is it and why is it important in the Asia Pacific Region’
From 2007, the JGH Foundation introduced a distinguished lectureship in the area of luminal gastroenterology, to be presented each year during Asia Pacific Digestive Week. From 2008 onwards, this lecture is to be known as the Marshall & Warren Lectureship, recognising the pivotal contribution to luminal gastroenterology made by Professor Barry Marshall and Professor Robin Warren, both from Western Australia. Professors Marshall and Warren received the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2005 for their discovery of the principal causal agent of peptic ulcer disease, and a major aetiological factor in gastric cancer-the bacterium Helicobacter Pylori. Their discovery has changed the landscape for the management of peptic ulcer disease throughout the world.