Queensland is infamously known as the "Skin Cancer Capital of the World". At this special Global Leadership Series event, join our world leading researchers as they discuss the issues facing clinicians and the future of skin cancer research.

Can vaccination prevent the formation of cancer? Can we diagnose melanoma by a click on our cell phone or a simple prick on a suspicious lesion? Can we identify and treat the damage caused by sun exposure before the emergence of cancer?

Listen to three of UQ's leaders in skin cancer research, including Professor Ian Frazer as they discuss the future of skin cancer.


Professor Ian Frazer AC, FRS, FAA
Prof Ian Frazer, Australian of the Year 2006 and co-inventor of the cervical cancer vaccine (HPV), is the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Research of the TRI
Prior to being appointed in this role in February 2011, Prof Frazer held the position of Director of the University of Queensland Diamantina Institute. He was also a key member of the visionary team that established the TRI to become Australia’s first translational research institute (and one of only a few in the world) to research, trial and manufacture breakthrough treatments all within the one location.

Professor Peter Soyer
Professor Soyer is an academic dermatologist with more than 30 years’ experience in the field. He was appointed as the inaugural Chair in Dermatology at The University of Queensland in 2007 and as Director of the Princess Alexandra Hospital Dermatology Department in 2008.

He has a strong focus on translational skin cancer research in his dual role as the Director of the Dermatology Research Centre, part of UQ’s School of Medicine, and leadership of the Dermatology Department at Princess Alexandra Hospital. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the UQ Diamantina Institute. Peter is internationally recognised in the field of dermatology with particular expertise in the areas of clinical dermatology, dermatooncology, dermatopathology and dermatologic imaging (dermoscopy and reflectance confocal microscopy). He is a pioneer and world leader in the field of dermoscopy of pigmented skin lesions, a non-invasive diagnostic method. Peter has led the development of the morphologic classification system currently used worldwide. Recently, his research focus has been to expand the concept and applications of teledermatology and teledermoscopy. 

A/Professor Kiarash Khosrotehrani
Associate Professor Khosrotehrani is a clinical scientist interested in skin biology, regenerative medicine and skin cancer.

He was recently appointed at the University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR) and the newly established Translational Research Institute in Brisbane, Australia. Dr Khosrotehrani obtained his MD from the Cochin-Port Royal School of Medicine at René Descartes University, Paris, France, specialized in Dermatology and a fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists.

He is also a former graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the Institut Pasteur of Paris (Université Paris VI, Pierre et Marie Curie) where he obtained a PhD in Physiology and Physiopathology. During his post-doctoral training at Tufts-New England Medical Center, Boston, USA, Dr. Khosrotehrani helped establish the contribution of pregnancy-associated stem cells to tissue repair by demonstrating their multipotent capacity with a specific potency towards the endothelial lineage. The originality of this work was recently acknowledged by the NHMRC through an achievement award (2011) and he is currently an NHMRC Career Development Fellow.

The main focus of his laboratory, the Experimental Dermatology Group, is on mesenchymal-epidermal interactions in stem cell maintenance and cancer. His research has broad applications in skin wound healing, regenerative medicine and cancer initiation and progression.

About Global Leadership Series

The Global Leadership Series (GLS) is a lively program of events for alumni and community members. Join us for lectures and discussions with the best of the best UQ-related speakers on matters that impact your community and shape your ideas of the world.

The series is an opportunity for you to engage with great minds on global matters, participate in thought-provoking discussions and network with UQ alumni and community members. All alumni, parents, community members and friends are welcome to attend the Global Leadership Series events.

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