Charles Perkins Centre's decade of discovery

1 November 2022
Key milestones in multidisciplinary research
Over 10 years, the Charles Perkins Centre has made significant inroads in the fight against chronic diseases, such as diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.

Ten years ago, the anonymous donation of a Picasso painting provided a $20.7 milllion kickstart for the Charles Perkins Centre and its vision of a multidisciplinary approach to tackling chronic disease.

A decade on, the CPC's collaborative research, industry partnerships and some more unexpected collaborations - many made possible by the gifts of generous donors - have helped to reshape thinking around some of the most significant health challenges of modern times.

TIMELINE: 10 years of achievement

  • Construction workers looking at the beginnin of contruction of the Charles Perkins Centre building


    Above ground construction of Charles Perkins Centre begins
  • The Charles Perkins Centre's Academic Director Steve Simpson AC stands in front of the CPC's spiral staircase


    Academic Director Steve Simpson AC appointed
  • Young woman in exercise wear sits in a yoga pose in front of two other people engaged in yoga


    World Health Organisation partnership promotes exercise, nutrition
  • Charles Perkins Centre Nepean building


    Charles Perkins Centre Nepean established
  • Charles Perkins Centre's internal spiral staircase


    Charles Perkins Centre official opening
  • Interior of the Charles Perkins Centre Royal Prince Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Clinic, with as  sign reading 'THE CLINIC'.


    Charles Perkins Centre Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Clinic opened
  • 2014

    Over 500 researchers move into Charles Perkins Centre Hub; recruitment of 18 professors, early and mid-career researchers; four Core Research Facilities established
  • 2015

    Obesity Australia comes under Charles Perkins Centre leadership
  • Two people walking outdoors near the see, showing from the waist down.


    Breakthrough in using advanced proteomics to understand effects of exercise on metabolism
  • 2015

    Roadmap of what happens in human muscle during exercise leads to breakthrough drug mimicking beneficial effects
  • 2015

    Landmark study finds swapping one hour of sitting with physical activity can dramatically decrease risk of early death
  • A bowl of colourful, healthy food


    Study shows low protein, high carbohydrate diets could be as effective at extending life as calorie-restricted diets (Photo: Anh Nguyen)
  • Author Charlotte Wood, smiling with arms folded


    Judy Harris Writer in Residence Fellowship program launched with author, Charlotte Wood (Photo: Chris Chen)
  • A researcher at work in the lab, looking through a microscope


    Charles Perkins Centre Westmead launched, improving outcomes for Type 1 diabetes, heart disease and child health
  • 2016

    Research partnership launched with NSW Office of Sport - the Sport and Active Recreation Intervention & Epidemiology Research Group (SPRINTER)
  • Baby's hand being held by a parent as it lies in cradle at hospital


    BABY1000 Study into the influence of our first 1000 days on the risk of developing chronic disease
  • An artistic representation of a heart all in white


    Cardiovascular Initiative launched, bringing cardiovascular researchers together from across disciplines and locations. Played a leading role in establishing the Australian Cardiovascular Alliance
  • 2017

    Family Metabolic Clinic launched at Charles Perkins Centre Nepean to tackle obesity
  • 2017

    Charles Perkins Centre Qantas Health and Wellbeing in the Air launched, world-first long-haul air travel health and wellbeing partnership
  • Qantas Dreamliner plane flying in the air, with a blue sky and clouds


    Perth-London Dreamliner service launched – the first major output from the CPC-Qantas partnership
  • 2018

    University biotech spinoff company, Elastagen, bought by leading global biopharmaceutical company, after it develops a product with the potential to repair skin tissue
  • A room full of seated people shot from behind looking to a screen which reads 'THE OBESITY COLLECTIVE'.


    The Obesity Collective launched - a cross-sectoral national initiative to change the way we think and act on obesity
  • 2018

    Australia's first national research centre for eating disorders, the InsideOut Institute launched
  • 2018

    Sydney Imaging’s flagship Hybrid Theatre opens, providing cutting-edge imaging technologies, a research and training hub
  • 2019

    The Decadal Plan for the Science of Nutrition, 'Nourishing Australia', launched at Parliament House.
  • Qantas plane flying in a blue sky with wispy clouds


    Qantas research flights for Project Sunrise, Perth-London route, help to minimise the impacts of long-haul travel on the human body
  • 2019

    Sydney Food and Nutrition Network launched from the Charles Perkins Centre Nutrition Theme
  • Visual depiction of the Covid virus


    Charles Perkins Centre-based researcher Professor Eddie Holmes is the first to publicly release SARS-CoV-2 genetic sequence worldwide, initiating a rapid shift to research around COVID-19, tests and vaccines
  • 2021

    Drug treatments identified to treat 'cytokine storm', a major complication of COVID-19, which affects the heart, leading to clinical trials
  • Mother holds a little girl's shoulders as a nurse's hands prick her finger to draw blood


    Australian Type 1 Diabetes National Screening Pilot project launched with the support of Junior Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
  • A hand rests under a creative visualisation of a light globe, with text reading, 'Australian Eating Disorders Research and Translation Centre - InsideOut Institute'.


    Australian Eating Disorders Research and Translation Centre launched, led by the InsideOut Institute
  • 2022

    Charles Perkins Centre Boden Initiative launched to advance obesity, metabolic health research and policy

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