The Dermatology Research Centre was established in 2007, when Professor H. Peter Soyer from the Medical University of Graz, Austria, was appointed as the inaugural Chair in Dermatology for The University of Queensland, School of Medicine and as director of the Princess Alexandra Hospital Dermatology Department. From small beginnings the group has quickly proliferated to become the multi-disciplinary, dynamic team of 20 plus academics, clinicians, researchers and students that it is today.

With a strong focus on translational clinical research, the work implemented by the Dermatology Research Centre ranges from innovative research on improving trans-dermal drug delivery, diagnosis and image analysis for skin conditions, to advanced clinical research including pharmaceutical sponsored clinical trials, establishing registries for skin conditions, surveillance of skin lesions, and identifying genes associated with increased skin cancer risk.

The centre will undoubtedly continue to grow, instigating novel research concepts, expanding projects with collaborators across the globe, and continuing our dedication to training and mentoring higher degree students and supporting them in establishing their careers. 

Current research projects:

Key Researchers
Tarl Prow
Helmut Schaider
H. Peter Soyer
Rick Sturm
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Key Aims
  • Overall to continue our high quality work on multiple research projects and develop clinical applications to improve the outcomes in prevention, diagnosis and treatment for people with skin conditions.
  • Correlating which genes may be associated with an increased risk of skin cancer
  • Surveillance of pre-cancerous skin lesions over time to characterise the metamorphosis into skin cancer
  • Novel biopsy techniques for pain-free diagnosis and novel skin delivery technologies for enhanced drug delivery
  • Image recognition software to detect pre-cancerous and cancerous skin lesions
  • Developing a new model for drug resistance in melanoma
Bold bid to beat melanoma gets $10 million boost ACRF funding awarded to revolutionise early detection of melanoma UQ Professor H. Peter Soyer has been awarded $10 million by the Australian Cancer...Read more
Genodermatoses - Where Genomics Meets Dermatology Presented by Professor Ingrid Winship MBChB, MD (Human Genetics), FRACP, FACD, FAICD. Executive Director Research, Melbourne Health Professor Adult...Read more
My experience in a Clinical Trial International Clinical Trial Day is the 20th May. Our Digital Communications & Marketing Officer volunteered for the skin scan clinical trial, being held at the...Read more
translating innovation Programs A variety of research is underway at TRI, but in the past three years many projects have achieved results which qualify them as 'translational' research. The...Read more
Is Skin a Barrier or Portal to Nanoparticle Exposure? A guest speaker: Prof Nancy Monteiro-Riviere Prof. Monteiro-Riviere is a Fellow in The Academy of Toxicological Sciences, and in the American...Read more
Automated analysis of dermoscopic imagery for recognition and detection of skin cancer Conducted by Dr Prow T (UQ DRC) and PhD Candidate Sam Hames in collaboration with Professor H. Peter Soyer (UQ...Read more
Image-guided skin microbiopsy technology development Study conducted by Dr Prow T (UQ DRC) in collaboration with Professor H. Peter Soyer (UQ DRC). The aim of this study is to develop two visually...Read more
Topical Application of Minimally Invasive, Novel Microbiopsy Device Study conducted by Dr Prow T (UQ DRC) and Lin L (UQ DRC) in collaboration with Professor H. Peter Soyer (UQ DRC). Our group has...Read more
Trans-dermal Drug Delivery using Elongated Microparticles Study conducted by Dr Tarl Prow (UQ DRC) and Dr Anthony Raphael (UQ DRC) in collaboration with Professor H. Peter Soyer (UQ DRC). Delivery of...Read more
Development of Nanoparticle Mucosal Delivery Systems for siRNA-based Cancer Therapies This study is carried out at the Dermatology Research Centre in collaboration between Principal Investigator...Read more