21 August 2019

Neuromuscular Foundation acknowledged in appreciation of long-standing support

The significant support of the Neuromuscular Foundation of WA for the work of the Perron Institute and its forerunners was warmly acknowledged recently at a morning tea for members of the Foundation’s Board. The Foundation’s valuable contribution to research into neuromuscular diseases spans more than 40 years.

The occasion at the Perron Institute marked the transfer of funds from the Foundation to the Perron Institute to be used in perpetuity for the Byron Kakulas Prestige Scholarships. The scholarships, introduced in 2018 are named in honour of the Perron Institute’s Founding Director, Emeritus Professor Byron Kakulas AO.

In thanking the Board members and others present, Professor Kakulas said the support had been wonderful and he had been very proud to learn that the $1.3 million transferred from the Foundation would be used to create research scholarships in his name.

“Australia boxes above its weight in neuromuscular research and the Foundation has played an important part in this, supporting research and improving quality of life for people with neuromuscular conditions,” he said.

Perron Institute senior advisor Professor Frank Mastaglia said the Neuromuscular Foundation had provided security for researchers and support for their work.

In the support provided, the Foundation had been a cornerstone for the development of neuromuscular diseases research in WA, he said.