The relocation of researchers to the new 10 storey building has been just one of the significant changes for the Perkins in recent times. In 2013 the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR) was renamed the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.
“We have changed our name in honour of our inaugural Chairman, Harry Perkins, who had the vision and drive to bring medical researchers together in a spirit of collaboration,” said the Institute’s Chairman, Larry Iffla.
“Harry would have been delighted to be here today and see this magnificent facility, which encourages researchers to work together to conquer serious diseases,” he said.
“We welcome researchers from the University of Western Australia, the Lions Eye Institute, the Heart Research Institute, the Lung Institute of WA, the Keogh Institute and others, who will be working alongside Harry Perkins Institute researchers to identify the genetic causes of and develop new treatments for cancer, heart attacks, diabetes and many other diseases.”
In another big change for the Institute, today’s opening ceremony will also mark the appointment of Perkins new Director, Professor Peter Leedman.
Professor Leedman thanked his predecessor for his tireless efforts to secure funding for the new facilities.
“Peter Klinken was instrumental in securing support from the Federal and State governments the latter being matched by the University of Western Australia,” he said. “We would not be standing here today without Peter’s passion, dedication and vision.
“This new building provides us with a foundation on which to expand and develop large multidisciplinary teams which are integrated into the hospital and medical health care sectors. We also have a stimulating environment for science and medical students where they are exposed to a flood of new technology and new ideas and a culture of collaboration,” he said. “The Centre will be designed to translate the latest research discoveries into clinical practice.”
Professor Peter Klinken, who was Director of the Institute for most of its 15 year history, said that financial support from the Federal and West Australian governments, the University of Western Australia, Lotterywest, and the McCusker Charitable Foundation had been vital in achieving the vision of a state-of-the-art new facility.