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OUR LABORATORIES & RESEARCH PROGRAMS

Research laboratories at the Perkins are organised into the following programs and centres. 

CANCER PROGRAM

Perkins researchers have made major discoveries in the field of cancer including uncovering the SLIRP gene which controls hormone production in breast and prostate cancers, the tumour suppressor gene HLS5 and a process for normalising blood vessels in tumours to allow more effective absorption of cancer-combating drugs.

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CARDIOVASCULAR SCIENCE
AND DIABETES PROGRAM

The Cardiovascular Science and Diabetes Program at the Perkins is focussed on translational research to improve health outcomes. The research teams investigate diseases ranging from heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease and cancer. The program also encompasses the biomedical engineering teams that develop new medical devices.

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GENOME BIOLOGY AND
GENETIC DISEASES PROGRAM

The Genome Biology and Genetics Program focuses on factors that affect health and well being at the genetic, protein and population levels, with the common aim of improving diagnosis and treatment of disease.

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CENTRES AND FACILITIES

The Perkins houses and provides support to a number of leading research centres and facilities. These facilities offer essential services to the community or to researchers in Western Australia.

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RESEARCH NEWS & EVENTS

Reasons for hope this festive season

Prof Peter Leedman AO, Director of the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, provided the following end-of-year observations about the outlook for medical research in WA to The West Australian,…

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Associate Professor Gina Ravenscroft and PhD candidate Carolin Scriba from the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research

New gene discovery published in New England Journal of Medicine

Disease-causing genetic mutation finding to impact thousands of patients world-wide The genetic cause of a brain disease that leads to vertigo, speech difficulties and loss of coordination, and which can…

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Plants in space research gets funding boost

The University of Western Australia is one of five Australian universities to receive a $90 million funding boost to create food and medicines for space explorers. The Australian Government is…

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