The Australian Skin and Skin Cancer Research Centre (ASSC) was established in 2016 by The University of Queensland and QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in recognition of the internationally recognised talent in skin and skin cancer research in Brisbane.
The ASSC drives skin and skin cancer research by attracting talented local and international researchers to The University of Queensland and the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. This enhances the critical mass and expertise housed within the centre.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in Australia and accounts for eighty percent of all cancers diagnosed each year. Queensland has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world.
Skin diseases affect the health and wellbeing of a substantial number of Australians and represent a major cost to the Australian health budget.