A Perkins Community Q&A Event
It’s back on! RESCHEDULED from early July due to COVID concerns at that time. New registrations are now open. If you registered before, your ticket is valid for the new date. Please email [email protected] if the date no longer suits you to let us know.
We look forward to seeing you all soon for…
The Importance of Nature in Medical Research
Join us for an expert panel discussion including scientists, a medical researcher and a practitioner who will talk about the importance of nature and natural elements in their work.
Many discoveries have been derived from nature. For example, Perkins Associate Professor Pilar Blancafort and Dr Ciara Duffy’s discovery made global news in 2020 when venom from honeybees was found to kill aggressive breast cancer cells.
History is rich with these discoveries. Aspirin comes from Spiraea, a biological genus of shrubs that includes natural sources of the drug’s key ingredient: salicylic acid. Alexander Fleming’s famous work on fungi ultimately led to the development of penicillin. And naturally derived statins were developed into treatments found to be effective at lowering cholesterol and protecting against heart attack and stroke.
The curiosity of medical researchers drives discoveries. Many times, breakthroughs are a result of observation and inspired by nature. Our distinguished panellists will discuss this further in a conversation facilitated by former ABC 7:30 Report journalist, Miriam Borthwick.
- Professor Peter Klinken AC
Chief Scientist of Western Australia
- Associate Professor Pilar Blancafort
Perkins Cancer Epigenetics and Program Head – Cancer
- Professor Kingsley Dixon
Botanist, emphasising ‘science-into-practice’
- Dr Mark Nidorf
Cardiologist, co-discovered that gout drug prevents heart attacks
For further information on this event at the Perkins contact us.
We encourage you to register as soon as possible.
Arrive 5:45pm for 6pm start. Panel discussion will run approximately 40 minutes followed by 15 minutes Q&A when the panel will invite questions from the audience. Light refreshments will be served after the event in the foyer to welcome further discussion.
Date and time
Monday 20 September [NEW DATE]
RESCHEDULED from Tues 6th July 2021
6- 7pm (light refreshments to follow)
Arrive 5:45pm for a 6pm start. Panel discussion will be approximately 40 minutes followed by 15 minutes for audience Q&A’s.
Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research - McCusker Auditorium,
6 Verdun Street, Nedlands, WA