This week the Australian Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott MP, officially opened our new $122 million flagship research facility at Nedlands. See photo gallery.
More than 400 guests, including His Excellency the Governor and Mrs McCusker, toured the state-of-the-art laboratories, dedicated clinical research space and community exhibition areas of the 10-storey building.
Perkins Chairman, Mr Larry Iffla, said the new building has room to accommodate 750 scientists, doctors and students which would foster a new level of collaboration between WA researchers.
“This magnificent facility will encourage researchers to work together to conquer serious diseases,” Mr Iffla said.
Perkins Director, Professor Peter Leedman, said the new working environment for researchers will support quicker translation of discoveries into more effective treatments for patients.
“This new building provides us with a foundation on which to 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.”
Members of the public will have the opportunity to experience hands-on medical research under the guidance of scientists and teachers at the Lotterywest BioDiscovery Centre, a specialist teaching laboratory for community groups and high school students.
Meeting areas in the building which are open to the public for booking include a 250 seat auditorium, a 100 seat seminar room and a 70 seat Community Resource room.