A $ 10 million grant will revolutionize early melanoma detection by installing 15 3D imaging devices across the body after Queensland, South Wales and Victoria.
The University of Queensland's Diamantina Institute will lead the foundation of the ACRF Australian Center of Excellence in Melanoma Imaging and Diagnosis.
Professor H. Peter Soyer, director of the UQ Research Center for Dermatology, said the center would combine state-of-the-art 3D imaging technology with a telemedicine network.
"Melanoma is a national cancer of Australia with Australians, which is experiencing 12 times the global incidence – it is the most common cancer among Australians aged 15 to 40," said Professor Soyer.
"Early revelation is the key to saving lives and achieving our vision of a melanoma-free world."
The 3D imaging system captures the image throughout the body in milliseconds, which significantly improves the identification and tracking of lesions, greatly reducing meeting times and health care costs.
Australian Research Director of the Cancer Research Foundation, Professor Ian Brown, said the grant would boost the capacity of the country to research melanoma.
"The ACRF Australian Center of Excellence in Melanoma Imaging and Diagnosis is the first approach to improving early detection, which addresses the significant national burden of melanoma," said Professor Brown.
"By delivering machines in major and regional centers throughout Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria with the potential to expand the network in Australia, coupled with innovative telemedicine capabilities, this courageous project will improve the ability to improve early detection of melanoma and save lives."
It is estimated that each of the 15 3D imaging devices will be able to provide 3,000 examinations each year, bringing about 100,000 digital avatars in three years.
This extensive set of data will complement the center's capacity to inform other clinical trials, including artificial intelligence algorithms to help with clinical decision-making.
The Center is a collaboration between the University of Queensland, Sydney University and Monash University, along with state-owned research and health partners.
Grants were announced at the reception hosted by the Governor General of Australia, his Secretary-General, honorary Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), and Lady Cosgrove at the Admiralty House in Sydney.
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