Brisbane will become Australia’s hub for skin cancer research following the launch today of the Australian Skin and Skin Cancer Research Centre.
The centre is a partnership between QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute and The University of Queensland (UQ), in collaboration with Mater Research.
It will involve researchers from a range of disciplines including QIMR Berghofer epidemiologists Professors David Whiteman and Adele Green, geneticists Professor Nick Martin and Associate Professor Stuart MacGregor, and immunologists Professor Mark Smyth and Dr Michele Teng, as well as UQ skin cancer researchers Professors Ian Frazer and Peter Soyer.
The Centre’s co-leader, Professor Whiteman, said it was a virtual research network that combined the research expertise of both QIMR Berghofer and UQ.
“This centre will be one of the biggest of its kind in the world, and the research expertise it brings together will be almost unparalleled,” Professor Whiteman said.
“The centre will drive research into skin and skin cancer in Australia, and globally, by combining strong basic and clinical research.
“In doing so, it will help QIMR Berghofer and UQ to attract the most talented researchers in this field, partner with industry and attract vital funding.”
The centre’s research focus will include skin cancers, melanoma, naevus, and skin stem cell research and regeneration.