Skin cancer is an enormous problem in Australia because of the amount of sunlight and the fact that many Australians have fair skins. Two out of every three Australians will develop skin cancer at some stage during their lifetime.
Australia has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world with 434,000 new cases per year. Skin cancer costs the Australian health system more than $250 million each year.
Research conducted in the dermatology laboratories focuses on the genetic and cellular changes caused by sunlight that lead to skin cancer, and the immune responses to skin cancers that can cause their destruction. Once these mechanisms are fully understood we will be able to provide new and better treatments for skin cancers and improved methods of prevention and early diagnosis.
Visit our research groups page for more information about our current research projects.