Be a med­i­cal re­searcher for a day

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

TRY on a lab coat, kill a can­cer cell and see med­i­cal re­search up close and per­sonal at the Harry Perkins In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Re­search on Au­gust 22 from 10am to 3pm.

The Ned­lands in­sti­tute will open its doors to the public for the first time since Prime Min­is­ter Tony Ab­bott of­fi­cially opened the $122 mil­lion fa­cil­ity 18 months ago.

Di­rec­tor Peter Leed­man said he hoped the be­hind-thescenes tours and au­di­to­rium pre­sen­ta­tions would in­spire en­thu­si­asm and ex­cite­ment for science.

“Our open day is an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to see where we work, what we do and who we are,” Pro­fes­sor Leed­man said. Com­mu­nity ed­u­ca­tion man­ager Pauline Char­man said visi­tors could book hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties at the Lot­tery­west BioDis­cov­ery Lab and ex­pe­ri­ence what it is re­ally like to work as a med­i­cal re­search sci­en­tist.

“We are hop­ing to in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion of med­i­cal re­searchers and in­crease un­der­stand­ing and aware­ness of our work within the com­mu­nity,” Ms Char­man said.

“The public de­serves to know ex­actly why we are on the global stage in terms of med­i­cal re­search.

“Our lab re­searchers will be on call to show ex­actly what your money goes to­wards when you do­nate. It is go­ing to be a truly unique and ex­cit­ing day.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d442041

Prof Peter Leed­man with Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Ed­u­ca­tion man­ager at the Harry Perkins In­sti­tute. The in­sti­tute is hav­ing an open day this month.

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