[Now at the rescheduled date of 6 Feb 2019]
Join Rotary of Elizabeth Quay at the Ernst and Young building as we welcome our guest speaker, the WA Chief Scientist, Professor Peter Klinken.
Event Topic: Perth as a Centre of Innovation and Creativity, building on a 65 000 year heritage
Professor Klinken is a leading Western Australian medical research scientist, highly regarded for his work in advancing the understanding of genes involved in leukaemia, cancer and anaemia. His many research achievements include the discovery of a gene that suppresses the growth of tumours.
After obtaining his PhD from the University of Western Australia, he undertook research at the US National Institute of Health in Washington and at the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne.
His previous roles have included Professor in Clinical Biochemistry at the University of Western Australia, Director of Research at the Royal Perth Hospital, and; Director of the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (previously the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research).
Under his stewardship, the Perkins Institute attracted world-class national and international researchers to the State and made numerous acclaimed medical discoveries. He also spear-headed the development of two new state-of-the-art medical research facilities, Perkins North in Nedlands (QEII Medical Centre) and Perkins South in Murdoch (Fiona Stanley Hospital).
Professor Klinken brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the role of Chief Scientist. His input will support the Government in growing the State’s science industries to achieve future prosperity for Western Australians. Professor Klinken was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in the June 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours.