Professor Peter Klinken appointed Chief Scientist of WA

The former Director of the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, and internationally renowned cancer researcher, Professor Peter Klinken, is the new Chief Scientist of Western Australia. Professor Peter Klinken

In March, Professor Klinken stood aside from his role as Director of the Institute, a role which he held since it began as the Western Australian Institute of Medical Research (WAIMR) in 1998. The Institute changed its name in honour of its  inaugural Chairman, Harry Perkins, late last year.  

He began his new appointment on the 1st of July and will also continue his leukaemia research at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. 

Professor Klinken said that he looked forward to being involved in strategic work to ensure that there would be many opportunities for young scientists in Western Australia in future years.  

“I have a great passion for science and collaboration between scientists and I look forward to engaging with the State Government on some vitally important issues,” he said.

The Chair of the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Laurence Iffla said, “all of us at the Harry Perkins Institute are delighted by this news which is wonderful recognition of a truly committed scientist who led our Institute so admirably since its inception.  Professor Klinken's extraordinary depth of engagement with all areas of science, commerce and government will be some of the qualities he will bring to his new role.”

The Institute’s new Director, Professor Peter Leedman, who has worked closely with Professor Klinken for the past 15 years, said that his predecessor was the perfect choice for the job.

“We have recently moved into a state-of-the-art facility within the QEII Medical Centre and Peter Klinken was instrumental in securing the $200 million funding to build this building, as well as another at the Fiona Stanley Hospital.”

“He has shown great leadership in biomedical research, but also in his capacity to work with all sectors in science including government, academia, teachers and schools.

Peter will be a wonderful ambassador for all scientists in WA," Professor Leedman said.

Click here to view Premier and Science Minister Colin Barnett's media statement

Listen to Professor Klinken's interview with Geoff Hutchison on 720 ABC

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