The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research is a world leading medical research hub, conducting innovative research that translates into lasting health benefits. A key focus of the Institute is to engage community and school groups into the world of medical research, through the Lotterywest BioDiscovery Centre.
One of the BioDiscovery Centre’s key program is to Perkins Profs which enables students to observe and interact with dynamic research scientists. Lab sessions include staining cancer cells, amplifying genes, introduction to bioinformatics, viral outbreak and protein identification using nanoparticles for drug delivery.
In 2018, the Fogarty Foundation sponsored a Perkins Profs 3 day intensive. This opportunity for 16 students from four EDvance schools, was a unique offering to allow students who are not able to attend term programs, immersion into medical research techniques and give them access to leading medical researchers. The students were a mix of Year 10 and 11’s and all science ATAR or heading to ATAR courses in 2019. At the conclusion of the course, 100% of students were considering a career in STEM.
Perkins Profs intensives will be offered in 2019 to students of low SES schools with the support of the Fogarty Foundation.