2018 Lorne Genome Conference

Professor Steve Wilton

Professor Steve Wilton is the Perron Institute’s Director and holds the Foundation Chair in Molecular Therapy at Murdoch University. Professor Wilton joined the institute in 1991 and with his colleague Professor Sue Fletcher pioneered the development of a radically new therapy for the devastating childhood disorder, Duchenne muscular dystrophy. In September 2016, a drug developed in the Perron Institute’s Perth laboratories received accelerated approval by the US Food and Drug Administration, the clinical trials continuing to produce highly positive outcomes. Professor Wilton’s research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy has been acknowledged through several awards, including the 2012 WA Innovator of the Year Award, the 2013 Eureka Prize for Medical Research Translation, the 2014 Labgear Australia Discovery Science Award, and, most recently in 2016, nominated Western Australian of the Year in the Professions category. Current research explores the use of similar drug strategies in other diseases, including spinal muscular atrophy, cystic fibrosis and Pompe’s disease.