Every dollar helps in our fight against cancer


Every dollar raised by participants in the MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer makes a huge difference in helping fund groundbreaking cancer research at Perkins.

The generous donations by riders and their friends support research projects, help us purchase new equipment and attract first-class scientists from around the world to Western Australia.

Research funded by the Ride

Several life-saving cancer research programs which include breast, prostate, melanoma, colon, head and neck and liver are underway at the Perkins as a result of Ride-funded dollars.

The purpose of these programs is to test new ideas for tackling cancer, promote new collaborations between cancer research teams and increase cross-fertilisation of ideas. Money raised through the Ride is enabling the continuity of these promising new programs

Perkins researchers

Cancer research projects funded by the Ride

  • A new way to treat breast cancer cells using nanoparticles

  • A new drug that increases blood flow to cancers increasing their response to cytotoxic/chemotherapy

  • A new way to make liver cells from stem cells

  • A new cause of prostate cancer due to an abnormality in the energy powerhouse of the cell, the mitochondrion

  • Developing new ways to treat triple negative breast cancer

  • Treating advanced melanoma with small RNAs

  • New methods to tackle pancreatic cancer 

  • Defining cancer subtypes genetically to predict patient survival 

All of these projects allow the Perkins to continue to make internationally-important discoveries with the potential to deliver better health to the global community.

Learn more about the Perkins cancer research initiatives here >>

Recruiting the best researchers

The funds raised through the MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer play an important role in enabling us to continue to attract high class cancer researchers to the Perkins.

Over the past five years, more than 50 Perkins researchers have been supported by funds raised by riders.

In partnership with you, the Perkins is committed to building and recruiting highly skilled research teams that will comprise of doctors, scientists, statisticians and other support areas, working together in large teams. These teams will translate their knowledge and discoveries into better treatments and outcomes by helping to improve our understanding of how cancers work and why they develop. This will improve our ability to match individual patients to the treatments most likely to work for them.

Some of the amazing researchers funded through the Ride include:

Professor Alistair Forrest
Professor Forrest led a major international project which won a 2016 Australian Museum Eureka Prize - the 2016 Scopus Eureka Prize for Excellence in International Scientific Collaboration. The project involves researchers systematically examining the sets of genes used in most cell types of the human body. Professor Forrest heads the Systems Biology and Genomics Laboratory which focuses on using cutting-edge DNA techniques to understand how cells work at a system level. 

Associate Professor Pilar Blancafort
The Blancafort laboratory focuses on the development of new ways to target cancers that are currently difficult to treat and which have a poor outcome, such as triple negative breast cancers and ovarian cancers. Her laboratory is focused on developing innovative ways to stop the spread of these tumours and stop growth.

Equipment and facilities

Funds raised through the Ride have enabled the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment required to carry out the vital research programs currently underway.

  • Nikon imaging and stereo microscopes
  • Applied Precision Delta Vision microscope
  • Funds have also been used to employ staff to operate the core research facilities used by all cancer researchers, a critical aspect of performing high quality cancer research. These include machines that, for example, allow us to separate cancer cells derived from patient samples into single cells for more detailed study using a “Cell sorter”.

Thank you so much you are helping the Perkins to make an enormous difference to the future of thousands of Western Australians.

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