Grants for Perkins' Researchers

Researchers at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research have received substantial grants through this year’s Federal government’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NH&MRC).

The funding for important medical research projects was announced today by the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. Tony Abbott MP, together with the Federal Health Minister, the Hon. Peter Dutton MP.

Perkins Director, Professor Peter Leedman said it was fantastic to see talented Western Australian researchers recognised and to have their vital projects supported.

“We have some fantastic talent here at the Perkins and I was proud to see that Professor Kevin Pfleger was awarded a Career Development Fellowship and was part of two teams to receive grants,” Professor Leedman said.

“It’s also a feather in Professor Pfleger’s cap that one of the researchers in his laboratory, Dr Carl White, received an Early Career Fellowship.”

Professor Leedman’s own work on MicroRNAs received joint funding with Professor George Yeoh, who is a renowned liver researcher and the Head of Perkins Liver Disease and Carcinogenesis Laboratory.

“This will be an exciting project for us, as the incidence of liver cancer is increasing across the world, particularly in third world countries,” Professor Leedman said. 
“I’m also delighted to see that Perkins’ Deputy Director, Professor Peter Thompson received substantial support for his work in coronary heart disease. We really want to increase our cardiovascular research and this is a big step in the right direction.”  

Other Perkins Researchers who received grants included:

  • Mitochondrial specialist Aleksandra Filipovska’s project, Functional genomic analyses of mitochondrial disorders.
  • World expert on neuromuscular disorders, Professor Nigel Laing’s project, Identifying disease genes for neurogenetic disorders using next generation sequencing.
  • Anaphylaxis researcher Professor Simon Brown’s project, A randomised controlled trial of interventional versus conservative treatment of primary spontaneous pneumothorax.


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