It's quokka birthday month!
Discover Billy’s story
and how the quokka
gave birth to
our research institute

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Full Circle -
50 years
from a quokka
to a miracle


The man whose quokka research
formed the basis of a new treatment
for Duchenne muscular dystrophy
and a walking talking miracle
visit Rottnest Island
to see where it all began

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The Perron Institute is WA’s longest established medical research institute

The Perron Institute is WA’s longest established medical research institute

The Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science (formerly the Western Australian Neuroscience Research Institute – WANRI) is Western Australia’s longest established medical research institute. We undertake cutting edge research on a broad spectrum of conditions including stroke, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease, muscular dystrophy, myositis and multiple sclerosis. One of our special strengths is the connection between the Institute’s laboratory research and its 15 specialist clinics. This multidisciplinary approach enables us to translate research outcomes into treatments aimed at providing a better quality of life for millions of people around the world who suffer with devastating neurological conditions.

Our Patrons

The Honourable Kim Beazley AC

Governor of Western Australia – Patron

The Honourable Kim Beazley AC became the thirty-third Governor of Western Australia in May 2018. Born and raised in Western Australia, Mr Beazley has dedicated almost three decades to a career in Federal Parliament. In 2009, Mr Beazley was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia.

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Professor Lyn Beazley AO

Vice Patron

Professor Lyn Beazley AO FTSE is a well known neuroscientist and educator. Professor Beazley was Western Australia’s Chief Scientist from 2011-2013. In 2009, Professor Beazley was both appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia and elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

Our Research

Leaders In Molecular Genetics

Molecular Genetic Therapy Research

The Perron Institute’s Molecular Genetic Therapy Research led by Professors Steve Wilton and Sue Fletcher at Murdoch University has a long history of cutting-edge research on novel genetic therapies for neuromuscular disorders, particularly Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Their exon skipping drug Exondys 51 (eteplirsen) received accelerated approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2016. More

The main focus of their research is the use of small genetic ‘patches’ called antisense oligonucleotides (AOs) to mask part of a genetic message associated with a particular inherited disease. More

Stroke Research

Stroke Research

The objective of the Perron Institute’s Stroke Research led by Adjunct Associate Professor Bruno Meloni and Clinical Professor Neville Knuckey is to develop treatments to minimise brain damage after stroke and cerebral ischaemia.

Stroke is Australia’s second biggest killer after coronary heart disease and a leading cause of disability. One in six people will suffer from a stroke during their lifetime with over 400,000 Australians currently living with the debilitating aftereffects of the disorder. By 2032, it is estimated that over 700,000 Australian will be living with the effects of stroke. More

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Research

Multiple Sclerosis Research

Our Demyelinating Diseases Research is dedicated to investigating the causes of multiple sclerosis (MS) and improving the treatment and management of those suffering from MS and related diseases. More

Making a Difference

Working With Children

Professor Steve Wilton | Professor Sue Fletcher | Molecular Therapies Research

Billy Ellsworth

Billy Ellsworth (pictured) completed the Pittsburgh Kids marathon. This is extra special because Billy can still walk, due to a clinical drug trial in the US, based on novel research created here in Western Australia. This ground-breaking research led by Professors Steve Wilton and Sue Fletcher, has enabled kids like Billy, who have Duchenne muscular dystrophy, to do things which they would not have ordinarily been able to do. This dedicated research team is committed to changing young lives, like that of Billy Ellsworth.

Working With Adults

Peter Coghlan

Peter Coghlan’s Remarkable Story

Peter’s stroke in 2011 had left him with an acute neurological condition known as locked-in syndrome. He was paralysed, imprisoned in his own body. In the months that followed Peter was only able to communicate through the blink of an eye and an alphabet board. For months Peter felt overcome by hopelessness and wanted to die. Then one day he saw a flicker of movement in his thumb. This was the turning point. Hope had returned and Peter began his astounding journey of recovery, fighting the most incredible odds on a daily basis. Today the 36-year old is walking, speaking and working fulltime. By sharing his story, he is committed to inspiring others, particularly his fellow stroke survivors who he urges to never give up hope that they can transform their life chances.

Peter Coghlan is a surviving stroke patient of Medical Director Clinical Professor David Blacker. The new Perron Institute Centre for Restorative Neurology will continue to assist many patients, like Peter, in their recovery.

Working With The Elderly

Stroke Clinics

The Stroke Survivors Support Group gather every Monday afternoon at the Perron Institute to share their stories over a cuppa and afternoon tea.
Please email us if you would like to come along.

Latest Publications

Affiliates and Ambassadors


Professor Steve Wilton | Professor Sue Fletcher | Molecular Therapies Research
Professor Steve Wilton | Professor Sue Fletcher | Molecular Therapies Research