UQ marks milestone at Alan Cooper Epiderm lecture

15 Aug 2017
Prof Soyer, Prof Cooper OAM, Prof Emery, Prof Clarke, Prof Ward AM
Prof Soyer, Prof Cooper OAM, Prof Emery, Prof Clarke, Prof Ward AM

An important 10 year milestone for skin cancer research has been celebrated at the 2017 Alan Cooper Epiderm Lecture.

This year’s event acknowledged a decade of The University of Queensland’s Chair in Dermatology, and Dermatology Research Centre, the state’s first research unit led by specialist dermatologists.

The third annual Alan Cooper Epiderm Lecture was hosted by the UQ Faculty of Medicine at the Translational Research Institute in Brisbane on Friday August 11.

Queensland’s first Dermatology Chair and keynote speaker, Professor H. Peter Soyer, addressed more than 130 attendees on the future of melanoma detection.

“Artificial intelligence will have a major impact on how we manage the early detection of melanoma in the future.” Professor Soyer said.

“We now are at a timely junction regarding developments in genomics, imaging technology and artificial intelligence.”

UQ Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) Professor Robyn Ward presented Professor Soyer with a service award acknowledging his pioneering work in early diagnosis of melanoma and teledermatology.

Other speakers at the lecture included Australasian College of Dermatologists President Elect, Dr David Francis, and Professor Alan Cooper OAM. 

Successful projects in the Australian Skin and Skin Cancer Research Centre (ASSC) Enabling Grant Scheme were announced on the night by Professor David Whiteman, Deputy Director QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, and Professor Joanne Aitken, Cancer Council Queensland.

ASSC draws together some of the world’s leading experts from The University of Queensland and QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute to work on collaborative research projects.

Read more about the 2017 ASSC awards.

View highlights from the 2017 Alan Cooper Epiderm Lecture, including the Event Program, Professor Soyer’s Presentation and more Event Photos.


Media: Melissa Kerr, melissa.kerr@uq.edu.au, +617 3443 7395; Kim Lyell, k.lyell@uq.edu.au, 0427 530647.