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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

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‘Smart’ Plants for Space Travel

Researchers from Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and the University of Western Australia have developed synthetic genetic circuits that can turn plant genes on or off based on the…

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Perkins pioneering research gets funding boost

Perth’s Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research is set to boost its life-changing research outcomes, thanks to generous funding from the Future Health Research and Innovation (FHRI) Fund Enabling Scheme.…

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Perkins welcomes new Board Member

Lorraine Driscoll, a senior executive with extensive experience in state and local governments, associations and private enterprise, has been appointed to the Board of the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical…

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