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Professor Peter Leedman AO

Professor Peter Leedman AO

Peter Leedman is the Director / CEO of the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (Perkins) and a Professor of Medicine at The University of Western Australia (UWA).

He graduated in Medicine from UWA then undertook specialist training in Endocrinology at Royal Melbourne Hospital in the 90s. He completed PhD studies at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and post-doctoral studies at Harvard Medical School, before returning to Perth.

He is internationally recognised for his RNA-based research on hormone-dependent cancers (breast and prostate) and more lately on poor prognostic tumours (liver and head and neck cancer). His team is developing new microRNA-based therapies for these solid tumours that they are translating towards the bedside. He is passionate about driving the Perkins to become a global Centre of Excellence, known for its innovative and collaborative approaches to solving some of the more challenging questions in medicine.

Peter Leedman is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (FAHMS), a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Director’s (GAICD), Director and Past-Chairman of the Perkins’ early phase clinical trials facility called Linear Clinical Research Ltd and co-founder of miReven, a biotech company focused on developing a novel way to treat liver cancer with micro RNAs.

Other GPRWMF awards received by awardee Year
Conjoint GrantNovel hydrogel-based delivery of a new RNA-therapeutic to treat oral cancer2024