Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and University of Western Australia (WA)

Professor Peter Leedman

Professor Peter Leedman AO completed medicine at The University of Western Australia (UWA), then trained in endocrinology at Royal Melbourne Hospital in the mid-1980s. He completed his PhD at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne with Len Harrison on autoimmune thyroid disease from 1987-1991. From 1991-1994 he was a Lucille P Markey Fellow with Bill Chin, a Howard Hughes Investigator, in the Division of Genetics, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston where he worked on the molecular mechanisms of thyroid hormone action.

Peter returned to Perth in 1994 as a Senior Lecturer in Medicine at UWA and became a Professor in 2003. Professor Leedman is Director of the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, an endocrinologist, Head of the Laboratory for Cancer Medicine and was inaugural Chairman of Linear Clinical Research Ltd, a state-of-the-art 32-bed early phase clinical trials facility, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Perkins.

Peter was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the Australia Day 2021 Honours List for distinguished service to medicine, health and medical research as a physician-scientist, to professional societies, and to tertiary education.

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