03/08/2021 - 12:00

$9m for medical research

03/08/2021 - 12:00

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Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and its projects have won a $1.7 million grant from the state’s medical research fund, while UWA researchers will receive $1.2 million.

Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research is in Nedlands. Photo: Gabriel Oliveira

Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and its projects have won a $1.7 million grant from the state’s medical research fund, while University of Western Australia researchers will receive $1.2 million.

The grants are part of a $9.2 million distribution from the Future Health Research and Innovation Fund, which will support 126 researchers and general support for six institutes.

Telethon Kids Institute was the biggest winner, receiving $3.7 million, while the Institute for Respiratory Health will be given nearly $900,000.

The Harry Perkins funding was split between more than $1 million for research projects and about $650,000 for the institute itself.

The main laboratories being recognised for Harry Perkins are in cancer research, genome biology and genetics, and cardiovascular research.

"The MHRIF program enables outstanding WA researchers to remain competitive in their pursuit of national and international funding,” Health Minister Roger Cook said.

His media release highlighted the work of Professor Tomás Corcoran studying use of the drug Lidocaine to reduce ongoing pain following breast cancer surgery.

"Thanks to the support they receive through MHRIF, they are able to run important research projects such as this international multi-centre trial,” Mr Cook said.

"This project will give WA breast cancer patients the chance to participate in world-class research, and potentially be spared from a lifetime of pain and related health issues."

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