Cancer patients to benefit from unique collaboration

Research in Western Australia is set to benefit from an exciting new collaboration between the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and Perth Radiological Clinic’s philanthropic trust the PerthRadClinic Foundation.

Together they have established the Perth Radiological Clinic Associate in Translational Imaging – a three year clinical research position at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research in Nedlands.

The Associate in Translational Imaging will be involved in the investigation of tumours in preclinical models of disease; a critical bridge between discoveries in the laboratory and their translation into new treatments for cancer patients.

The new appointment will be part of a team involved in fast-tracking a number of current projects and the translation of successful outcomes into investigator driven new human clinical trials.

The Associate will benefit from the Perkins new preclinical facility (Australian Cancer Research Foundation Cancer Imaging Facility) which is at the leading edge internationally and is a key element in the fight against human cancer, allowing earlier disease detection, discovery of better prevention strategies and testing of new cancer treatments.

The facility provides preclinical MRI, PET/CT and SPECT/CT machines, which are non-invasive, high resolution imaging scanners, allowing researchers to non-invasively monitor tumour progression in preclinical models of cancer and develop new and more effective drug treatment.

“It’s an exciting collaboration for us” says Perth Radiological Clinic Chairman Dr Martin Blake, pictured right. “One of the key drivers for us when we established the PerthRadClinic Foundation was to support innovation in medicine and being involved with the Harry Perkins Institute in this way is a perfect fit for us. The new position will be intimately involved with the imaging side of preclinical cancer research and looking at how breakthroughs in preclinical model research can be translated to human clinical trials. As one of the premier providers of diagnostic medical imaging services in Western Australia it’s a privilege to be in a position to support this very valuable research”.

“We look forward to announcing the new appointee soon”, he added.

The Director of the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Professor Peter Leedman, pictured left, says the support of the PerthRadClinic Foundation is greatly appreciated.

“By working in collaboration and partnering with key organisations like the Perth Radiological Clinic, the Perkins is focused on driving discovery which will result in better health outcomes for Western Australians”, said Professor Leedman.