What is the SKIN Research Project?

This study aims to assess whether new technology can help with early detection of melanoma. The technology we are investigating is called a "dermatoscope". This device can be attached to a Smartphone and allow consumers to take magnified images of moles which are sent to a doctor for diagnosis remotely.

We need your help with testing mobile dermatoscopes.



Who We Need

Males and females

18+ years of age

High risk of skin cancer

Access to an iPhone 5, 6, 7 or 8

Willing to conduct skin checks

What's Involved

3 online surveys

3 skin self-examinations

Free skin check by a doctor

Participants receive a $50 gift voucher

Selected participants test a dermatoscope at home

How do I participate?


Visit the contact us page and fill in your contact details or email skin@qut.edu.au for further information. 

The research team will email you the eligibility survey and call or email you to discuss your enrolment. 

About the Project

Skin cancer, in particular melanoma, is a serious health burden in Queensland, Australia where residents have one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Melanoma is often cured when it is detected before it embeds itself deeper into the body, thus early detection is thought to improve melanoma survival prospects.

Skin self-examination is currently recommended by public health authorities, but adding teledermoscopy may make this behaviour much better suited to find melanomas early.

The purpose of this project is to test whether mobile dermatoscopes can help assist consumers conduct home skin examinations to detect potentially cancerous skin spots or moles. 

What is Mobile Teledermoscopy?

Mobile teledermoscopy combines a dermatoscope (a skin microscope with a bright light source) and a smartphone. Mobile dermatoscopes have specifically been designed to attach to a smartphone to utilise the smartphones’ camera and connectivity features.

If a suspicious lesion is detected by an individual at home they photograph the lesion with the dermatoscope and submit the photo to a dermatologist, along with their medical and lesion history. The dermatologist could then provide feedback direct to the patient if the lesion requires treatment, a management plan, or no further action is required.

Who do we need to participate?

We are looking for males and females 18 years or older who are at high risk of skin cancer.

High risk criteria includes having two or more of the following characteristics: light skin and hair, skin that never or rarely tans, and always or mostly burns, a family history of melanoma or a personal history of skin cancer (excluding melanoma), history of skin excisions, or many moles.

Participants who have had a melanoma within the last five years are not eligible for this study.

You must have access to an iPhone 5, 6, 7 or 8 (excluding Plus models and X) to participate.

Participants must be living in Brisbane, or willing to travel to Brisbane for a skin check by a doctor.

What do I need to do?

You must be willing to complete three questionnaires, conduct three skin examinations at home over 3 months and have a whole-body clinical skin examination with one of our study dermatologists at our study clinic at Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove in Brisbane, Australia. Selected participants may be asked to use a mobile dermatoscope at home. To use the dermatoscope you must have access to an iPhone 5 or above (excluding iPhone 6 Plus) and have an Apple ID account to be able to download an app. There is no cost to download the app.


Research Team

We have a strong team of Chief Investigators, all with exceptional track records and reputations in the field.

Prof Monika Janda

Queensland University of Technology


Prof H Peter Soyer

University of Queensland


A/Prof Lois J Loescher

University of Arizona

A/Prof Nicole Gillespie

University of Queensland


Dr Dimitrios Vagenas

Queensland University of Technology

Contact us to participate

All participants receive a $50 gift voucher