2018 Cutaneous Biology

Dr Helmut Schaider

Helmut Schaider, MD, FACD is a Principal Research Fellow and board certified academic dermatologist with the Dermatology Research Centre, The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute. He is internationally recognised as a translational researcher in skin cancer focusing on melanoma biology and early detection of melanoma. Dr Schaider obtained his medical degree at the Medical University of Graz, Austria, and received training in melanoma biology at The Wistar Institute, Philadelphia. After relocating to Australia he initiated his own independent research group at the Translational Research Institute, Brisbane. His research aims to identify novel targets tackling melanoma drug resistance to targeted therapies and improve early detection of melanoma. His group recently identified a chronic stress induced drug tolerant phenotype in melanoma and developed an in vitro model of adaptive resistance in cancer. Using this model the lab discovered epigenetic modifiers, which are currently under scrutiny for drug discovery. Early detection of melanoma is utilizing cutting edge technology like 3D whole body photography in an effort to develop surveillance programs for high risk individuals. Clinical and wet lab research seeks to improve survival of melanoma patients and early detection of melanoma.

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