The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research opened its doors during national science week and welcomed 720 visitors inside its Nedlands facility to explore, experiment and learn more about research into cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other diseases.
“It was the first time we’ve ever done something like this but I think we’ll definitely be holding another Open Day next year,” said Perkins Director, Professor Peter Leedman.
“There were all sorts of people who experienced our hospitality; lots of kids of all ages, mums and dads and grandparents from all walks of life. Tours were extremely popular,” he said.
“Visitors loved the concept that they got tickets and clearly felt privileged to be able to go into the labs. I think the visitors were particularly chuffed that they were being shown around by Perkins scientists who seemed to be in their element!”
One of the activities at the Open Day was to ‘Kill a Cancer Cell,” a hands-on activity in the Lotterywest BioDiscovery Laboratory which involved using pipettes, staining cells and looking at their magnified images.
Talks by top Perkins researchers included information on stem cells, breast cancer and melanoma, the exciting new technologies which will benefit patients and also shone a spotlight on heart attacks and stroke.