News and events Upcoming Events Another Bloody Breakfast Perth Blood Institute (PBI) regularly hosts Another Bloody Breakfast events to give the community the opportunity to hear from a variety of speakers on topics related to blood disorders. Past speakers have included health professionals and persons living with a blood condition. Do Clinical Trials Save Lives? For the upcoming Another Bloody Breakfast we are featuring the topic of clinical trials. With clinical trials in the spotlight we are opening up the discussion to patients and professionals on the importance of clinical trials to advance our medical discovery. The event will cover questions such as; How do clinical trials work? Is a clinical trial right for you? MEET THE PANELLISTS Christina Morrissy - Panel Moderator TV and Radio lifestyle host and producer, Christina Morrissy, has had personal experience with blood disorders. She was diagnosed with her first DVT when she was tripping across our nation reading the nightly news for Channel Ten. As fit non-drinking non-smoking 29 year old it was not a condition she had ever heard of but when the specialist said the words ‘pulmonary embolism’ it marked the start of a health battle she has never backed down from. Not only did the initial diagnosis almost kill her, at the time Christina was 6 months pregnant with her first child further complicating her treatment at the time. Christina will lead the panel discussion for the upcoming event. Professor Ross Baker - Consultant Haematologist, Perth Blood Institute Prof. Ross Baker is the Principal Investigator in over 125 large international phase II and III clinical trials he has contributed to a change in haematology practice through clinical and laboratory research in venous thromboembolism, thrombocytopenia, Von Willebrand disorder, haemophilia, leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. He is a founding director and secretary of the Australasian Society for Thrombosis and Haemostasis and served as scientific advisor to the World Health Organisation on DVT in 2001. John Wyatt - Clinical Trial Patient Prof. Baker invited John to participate in a clinical trial to test a new, longer-lasting Factor VIII replacement product. With three grandchildren who also have severe Haemophilia A, John was committed to participating in any trial that could potentially lead to life-changing treatments for them. Although John benefited from this treatment, and tolerated it very well, he continued to have multiple bleeding events each year, some of a serious nature. In 2017, John participated in another clinical trial with a novel investigational agent designed to mimic (instead of replace) the missing function of Factor VIII. This agent has since gone on to be approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration in Australia. Read John's full story here. Samantha Blades - Clinical Trials Manager, Perth Blood Institute Samantha joined Perth Blood Institute in early 2019 in the role of Clinical Trials Unit Manager, responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Clinical Trial Unit. Samantha has worked in the clinical trials space for five years now, across both oncology and haematology. Before Clinical Trials Samantha worked in Non Communicable Disease research at The University of Melbourne, primarily focused on cardiac and neuro research. Samantha finds great satisfaction in the clinical trials field as she can align patients with new treatment options and in turn successful outcomes. TICKETS Tickets $55 - This includes a two course breakfast. All proceeds from ticket sales directlybenefit individuals living with blood disorders. Tickets can be purchased via our website or by contacting Shelley Farrell on (08) 9200 5311. Please note: There are 8 seats per table. If you wish to purchase a full table please select 8 tickets below. For other enquiries please call (9200 5311) or email Shelley Farrell. Booking for this event has now closed.