Are you Curious?

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The curiosity of medical researchers drives discoveries. Many times, breakthroughs are a result of observation, inspiration and the fascination with our world around us. At the Perkins, we are shoulder to shoulder with multidisciplinary teams of the best and brightest minds in science and biomedical engineering, working together and collaborating across the world for you, your families and your loved ones.

We invite you to get curious and explore the people behind so many medical breakthroughs and discoveries – and why they do what they do… for you.

Hear from Perkins Program and Theme Heads about their work

Associate Professor Pilar Blancafort

Program Head, Cancer and Laboratory Head of Cancer Epigenetics

Watch the video to hear Assoc Prof Pilar Blancafort talk about the work in Cancer happening here at the Perkins.

Associate Professor Barry Doyle

Joint Program Head, Cardiovascular Science and Diabetes

Watch the video to hear Assoc Prof Barry Doyle talk about the work in Cardiovascular Science and Diabetes happening here at the Perkins.

Professor Shirley Jansen

Joint Program Head, Cardiovascular Science and Diabetes

She is also Head of Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital along with other appointments – actively engaged in cross-disciplinary collaborations locally and internationally in the areas of imaging, treatment modalities and outcomes for vascular diseases.

Some recent work of her research group has focussed on diabetes.

“At the Harry Perkins Institute we’ve been adapting established technology that measures oxygen saturation levels in the brain and applying it to the foot to give us detailed information, for the first time, about blood flow.

“It can tell us when blood flow is low so we can intervene earlier with balloons to stretch narrowed arteries or stents to keep the arteries open before a patient gets a wound or when the wound is new, which ultimately is going to save limbs.”

The new technology and a new Diabetic Foot Unit at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital which brings together all disciplines to optimise patient care will reduce rates of amputation.

“We’re currently trying to get funding so we can integrate the technology into patient care for all people treating Diabetic Foot Disease.”

Professor Ryan Lister

Program Head, Genome Biology and Genetics

He was also the elected 2020 Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and awarded joint Scientist of the Year in the 2020 WA Premier’s Science Awards. He is a pioneer in the field of epigenomics – the study of the molecular code that controls gene activity. His research into plant and animal systems has revolutionised our understanding of genome regulation, stem cell biology and brain development.

Professor Ryan Lister has made understanding the genome his life’s work and he continues to make major impacts in this discipline. His research focuses on the epigenome, the molecular code superimposed on the genome that plays an important role in controlling how the information stored in the DNA is used by cells.

“If you were to imagine the DNA as a musical instrument, the epigenome could be thought of as the sheet music that dictates which notes of the instrument are played.”

Professor Lister’s research sheds light on the patterns and roles of the epigenome, which are critical for cellular function and the growth of humans, animals, and plants. His work is driving advances that will provide benefits to agriculture, human health, and medicine.

Professor Daniel Fatovich

Theme Head, Improved Patient Care

Watch the video to hear Professor Daniel Fatovich talk about the work to Improve Patient Care happening here at the Perkins.

Dr Brendan Kennedy

Theme Head, Biomedical Engineering

Watch the video to hear Dr Brendan Kennedy talk about the work in Biomedical Engineering happening here at the Perkins.

Professor Oliver Rackham

Theme Head, Synthetic Biology

Watch the video to hear Professor Oliver Rackham talk about the work in Synthetic Biology happening here at the Perkins.

Associate Professor Juliana Hamzah

Theme Head, Therapeutic Targeting

Watch the video to hear Assoc Prof Juliana Hamzah talk about the work in Therapeutic Targeting happening here at the Perkins.

Discover what Perkins research focuses on, who we are and why we do it for you – our WA community and the world at large.

The Perkins is committed to medical breakthroughs and kinder treatments for the diseases that most affect your families – cancer, heart disease, diabetes and rare genetic diseases.


Our teams are working with researchers from all over the world to
find new and better ways to improve health for our families and yours.
Thank you for contributing to this important work.





We are proud to be West Australian. A thriving research environment draws the brightest medical professionals to our State and improves access to the latest treatments. Your donation will help fund local research projects driven by the needs of our community.

For every $1 invested into medical research, Australia enjoys a $3.90 return on investment (source: AAMRI). Your donation reduces the emotional and economic costs imposed by disease –to families and healthcare systems.

As little as 16% of research funding applications are granted nationally. Your donation equips our researchers and keep our labs running, ensuring promising research projects can reach their potential no matter what.


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