ASSC Enabling Grants to support collaborative research projects between UQ and QIMR Berghofer were announced at the annual Alan Cooper Epiderm Lecture at UQ’s Diamantina Institute.

The 2017 round of Grant applications attracted strong competition for projects across the skin and skin cancer field.

Successful projects in the Australian Skin and Skin Cancer Research Centre (ASSC) Enabling Grant Scheme were announced on the night by Professor David Whiteman, Deputy Director QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, and Professor Joanne Aitken, Cancer Council Queensland.

ASSC draws together some of the world’s leading experts from The University of Queensland and QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute to work on collaborative research projects.

2017 ASSC Enabling Grant Awards

Professor Riccardo Dolcetti, Professor Nick Hayward, Dr Michele Teng, Dr Antonia Pritchard:  Identification of immunogenic neo-epitopes from acral melanoma for cancer immunotherapy. $50,000

Associate Professor Kiarash Khosrotehrani, Professor Stuart MacGregor, Professor Mark Morrison, Professor H. Peter Soyer, Professor Nick Hayward, Professor David Whiteman: Pilot study to evaluate feasibility of a skin genome-phenome-microbiome project. $46,000

Associate Professor Michael Piper, Dr Glen Boyle, Professor Ben Panizza, Dr Fiona Simpson: Development of an in vitro model for perineural invasion of squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck. $14,700

Associate Professor Helmut Schaider, Associate Professor Glen Boyle, Heinz Hammerlindl, Dr Jacinta Simmons: Preventing permanent drug resistance in melanoma by targeting OGT-TET1. $39,000

Dr James Wells, Dr Glen Boyle, Associate Professor Helmut Schaider, Dr Jazmina Cruz: Characterisation of inflammatory signatures to enable rapid diagnosis of suspicious skin rashes. $43,000