While having an eminent guest speaker is usual for the students of Welingkar’s Institute, the excitement was at the paramount level for the visit of Nobel Laureate Dr. John Warren. “Dr. Warren was awarded Nobel in Physiology (Medicine) along with Dr Barry Marshall for the discovery of bacterium Helicobacter pylori. He is a Companion of the Order of Australia,” informs Uday Salunkhe, Group Director of WeSchool.
Dr Warren spoke about dedication and diligence for carrying on research in an untapped field of science for more than two decades. “When we started our research, scientific and technological tools were not advanced. Science believed that bacteria couldn’t grow in stomach, good biopsies were rare, and there were no clinical specimens.”
But refusing to be discouraged, they kept experimenting and after years of hard work, discovered the bacterial strain, a miracle that opened new vistas in discovering treatments for gastritis and peptic ulcers. The biggest challenge, he said, was “To convince the clinicians to see what was right in front of their eyes.”
His lecture reinforced WeSchool’s AAA philosophy of acquisition, application and assimilation of knowledge. His passion for photography helped him capture the finer details of specimens under the microscope while he creatively integrated art with medical science and innovations for societal benefits.
On being asked his opinion of the belief that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to chisel out a genius, Dr Warren humbly said that he didn’t consider himself to be a genius as he was really trying to prove what was already there.