Our history

The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research was established in 1998 as the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR) with the vision of creating a multi-site Institute that would enhance collaboration between Western Australian medical researchers.

The University of Western Australia, Royal Perth Hospital and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital were our founding partners and in July 2003, Fremantle Hospital also became a partner.

Our founding sponsor, Wesfarmers, donated $5 million. Throughout the years we have relied on and been grateful for the support of individuals, companies and organisations.

Since its establishment the Institute has been led by outstanding chairmen and directors.

In October 2013, WAIMR changed its name to the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research to honour our inaugural Chairman, Harry Perkins AO.

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