Popular Open Day ‘a roaring success’ for Perkins

The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research welcomed almost 700 visitors to its Nedlands facility on Saturday for its second annual Open Day.

Open day visitorCommunity members were invited to visit the Perkins state-of-the-art building housed at the QEII Medical Centre 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 researchers, on the latest research and treatments for the most 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.

“Saturday’s Open Day was a roaring success. The feedback I’ve received so far is that everyone left overjoyed with their time at Perkins - impressed, stimulated and wanting more,” Professor Leedman said.

MLC student, Christina Friars, 15, came to the Open Day with her parents and younger brothers and said her visit to the Perkins had strengthened her love of science. 

“The Perkins is amazing. We saw some incredible things during our tour, like a demonstration of the equipment the scientists use to look at cancer cells,” Christina said.

“I also loved seeing the original penicillin mould sample signed by Alexander Flemming up close. After hearing about the futuristic research the Perkins is doing, it’s great to hear about the history of medicine and research.” 

Photos from the day can be found on the Perkins Facebook page.

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