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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

Waking up silent genes

Testing proven cancer research on a devastating childhood condition For parents whose child has been diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS), their concerns usually start when their baby fails to thrive.…

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WA leading in $20 million pre-pregnancy genetic carrier screening research

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

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A tennis tournament to celebrate a life and help save others

Ross Sawatzky was the big, gentle straight-talking President of the North Shore Country Club who teammates said was great to play doubles with and even better to play against because…

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