Professor Brandon Wainwright
Professor Brandon Wainwright

23 August 2012

Skin cancer research by a University of Queensland team features in a new National Health and Medical Research Council publication launched this month. 

The research led by the Director of the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, Professor Brandon Wainwright, is highlighted in the publication, Ten of the Best Research Projects 2012

Professor Wainwright, his Co-Chief Investigator Pritinder Kaur and their team are researching skin cancer, and Basal Cell Carcinoma in particular. 

At least two-thirds of Australians will develop a skin cancer by the age of 70. 

Professor Wainwright and his team have made great headway in understanding the genetic pathway behind skin cancer and generating the replenishment of damaged skin. 

Federal Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek, launched the publication that showcases the work of some of the finest medical researchers in the country. 

“From new and innovative approaches to helping bridge the gap between the health of older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their non-Indigenous counterparts or new ways of better caring for premature babies, Australian researchers are involved in groundbreaking research that is improving the health of our community,” Ms Plibersek said. 

“Ten of the Best Research Projects 2012 features NHMRC-funded researchers who are leading the way in finding innovative solutions to some of our nation's greatest health challenges." 

“These projects were picked for Ten of the Best on the basis of the strength of the science and significance of outcomes,” NHMRC CEO Professor Anderson said. 

“Four of the 10 research teams have had their work translated into new health policy and practice that is improving the lives of Australians and people around the world.” 

“This is a fantastic example of how health and medical research is being used to inform public health reform,” Ms Plibersek said. 

'I congratulate these ten researchers and their teams for their important, life-changing work,” Ms Plibersek said. 

“Their commitment and innovative approach to problem-solving is helping to keep Australia on the cutting edge of health and medical research.” 

For media inquiries, contact Simon Crittle in Minister Plibersek’s office on 0466 773 531, Professor Brandon Wainwright on 07 3346 2112 or IMB Communications on 07 3346 2134/0418 575 247

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