Home  >  Research  >  Labs  >  Cancer Program


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.


Big ideas pay off for West Australian researchers

Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research recognised by Federal Government for innovative research projects Detection of illicit drugs, cancer research and the hunt for rare muscle weakening disease genes are…

Read More

The Bald and the Beautiful

“I do have quite a bit of trepidation and my husband’s ready to leave me.” Risking marital ructions and despite nerves, Perth Rotary Club President Jill Dawson had her head…

Read More

A step closer to precision diagnoses in Autism

New tool developed in Perth makes it simpler to search for the genes causing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) Researchers at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research have narrowed down…

Read More

Help fund groundbreaking research.

Donate Now