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The Cancer Program is led by Associate Professor Pilar Blancafort.

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. Detailed information about our cancer laboratories can be found below.

Associate Professor Pilar Blancafort

Associate Professor Pilar Blancafort

Cancer Epigenetics (Program Head - Cancer)

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Gender affected lung cancer risk

Leading researcher in genetics of complex diseases, Professor Grant Morahan, publishes ‘Identification of Genetic Variants Associated with Sex-Specific Lung-Cancer Risk’ in peer-reviewed journal Cancers   Fast Facts Lung cancer is the…

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New drug hope to slow liver cancer tsunami

Perth researchers funded to test new RNA drug.                                             …

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WA’s role in cancer research

WA's role in cancer research OpEd Opinion piece, The West Australian: 20 January 2022, by Professor Leedman AO   In the treatment of cancers, there’s both good and bad news.…

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