Open Day showcases WA medical research

The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research welcomed hundreds of visitors to its Nedlands facility on Saturday for its third annual Open Day.  

The community was invited to visit the state-of-the-art Perkins building at the QEII Medical Centre in Nedlands and were treated to an exclusive look inside Perth’s leading adult medical research institute.  

The programme included guided tours of the building by medical researchers, hands-on activities in the Lotterywest BioDiscovery Centre and presentations from some of WA’s most esteemed doctors and scientists, on the latest research and treatments for challenging human diseases.

Perkins Director, Professor Peter Leedman, said he was delighted to see so many people eager to hear about the Perkins and the future of medical research.

Hugh and Jan

“The Perkins Open Day was a huge success with people of all ages treated to a variety of wonderful scientific offerings within the Institute,” Professor Leedman said.

“Every person I met really enjoyed their visit, and in particular they loved hearing from our researchers about their work and our aspirations to build a healthier future for everyone.”

Hugh Payne and his wife Jan listened to all seven lectures in the Open Day series.

“I’m impressed by the quality of personnel, the Perkins seems to be very successful in recruiting top talent to Western Australia and it’s great to get an opportunity to see them here,” Hugh said.


“A lot of the researchers seem to be relatively early in their careers, which is great because they have a lot of questions we need them to answer.”

“We were fascinated to hear about how the speed of advancement in technologies available are enabling new and exciting discoveries.”

Perth Modern School student, Hannah Clapperton (16), came to hear about the work being done by award-winning Perkins researcher, Professor Ryan Lister.

“I’m really interested in gene work and epigenetics. It's a very fast moving area of science, so there are a lot of opportunities in the field and it’s something I’d like to pursue,” Hannah said.

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