9 October 2019

St Catherine’s College visit

Residents of St Catherine’s College, (affiliated with UWA) gained valuable insight on a recent tour of the Perron Institute.

The visiting students were taken on a tour of our treatment clinics and laboratory, led by Dr Jane Cross, Manager Laboratory Operations and Joanne Borrelli, Clinical Trials Research Coordinator,

They heard about our latest research during a series of talks from the institute’s researchers and students including Professor Anthony Akkari, head of Motor Neurone Disease Research, Dr Jane Cross of the Stroke Research group, Dr Ryan Anderton, head of Neurodegenerative Diseases Research, PhD student Gabby MacDougall, and Honours students Eden Ouliel and Abbey Ford.

Abbey Ford, currently a resident of St Catherine’s, is undertaking her Honours at the institute as part of the Neurodegenerative Diseases Research group. Abbey’s project aims to characterise the effects of disease severity and genetic variation on trait impulsivity (tendency towards impulsive behaviour) in Parkinson’s.

In the lab, Leanne Jiang, a PhD student at UWA and part of the Motor Neurone Disease Research group, demonstrated an MND gene amplification experiment. Callum Moore and Maddie Hoes showed some of the tissue culture and cell work from their Honours projects.

Feedback from the excursion was overwhelmingly positive..

Rebecca Ong, who is studying neuroscience and genetics at UWA, said: “It was such an informative experience touring around the laboratory space as well as hearing directly from postgraduate students about their research projects and the incredible work that is being done at the Perron Institute. The enthusiasm of the people at Perron for what they do is electric and certainly sparked my interest to continue pursuing a future in medical research.”

Thank you to all involved.