Harry Perkins Institute – Perkins Profs
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 the 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.
I enjoyed this program incredibly. It has inspired me to consider getting a PhD in the future. We learnt a lot in really interesting ways. Thank you for putting the effort in to make us feel welcome.
Since 2018, the Fogarty Foundation has been sponsoring a Perkins Profs 3 day intensive for students from EDvance schools. In 2019, over 90 students from five EDvance schools attended the intensive. This unique opportunity offers students immersion into medical research techniques and access to leading medical researchers. The Year 10 and 11 students are all science ATAR or heading to ATAR courses. At the conclusion of the course, 100% of students were considering a career in STEM.