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OUR 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 GENETICS 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

Can community BioDiscovery initiative and commitment to science be the winners?

An initiative for community science education and a biomedical engineering PhD student at the Perkins are finalists for the WA Premier’s 2021 Science Awards. The WA Premier’s Science Awards recognise…

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Bioengineers to the rescue, overcoming a common hospital problem

Whether you are in hospital for minor or major surgery it is almost certain you will need a catheter inserted, usually in your forearm, so fluids or medicine can be…

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WA leading the way with Mackenzie’s Mission

WA is leading the way in a national $20 million genetic screening study testing selected couples for genetic mutations that cause severe diseases. The study known as Mackenzie’s Mission, co-led…

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