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Peter Leedman is the Director of the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (Perkins), a Professor of Medicine at UWA and an endocrinologist (hormone specialist) at Royal Perth Hospital (RPH). 

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.

Together with Professor Peter Klinken, Leedman was instrumental in the establishment of the Perkins, the development of it into WA’s major adult medical research institute and the building of two new state-of-the-art $190m research facilities at the QEII medical campus and at the new Fiona Stanley Hospital.

He is internationally recognized for his 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 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.  

He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (FAHMS), a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Director's (GAICD), Chairman of the Perkins’ early phase clinical trials facility called Linear Clinical Trials Ltd and co-founder of miReven, a biotech company focused on developing a novel way to treat liver cancer. He continues to practice as a physician (endocrinologist) based at RPH and in his spare time loves to spend time with his family, play rock and roll in his band, ride, ski, read, experience new food/wine/cultures and travel.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Industry keywords

  • Clinical Trials
  • Health
  • Medicine and Pharma
  • Not for Profit
  • Bioengineering
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biotechnology

Research expertise keywords

  • Cancer—breast, prostate, glioma, head and neck, colorectal
  • Endocrinology—nuclear receptors and hormones
  • mRNA and miRNAs


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