Prof. H. Peter Soyer MD FACD FAHMS


Professor Soyer is an academic dermatologist with over 30 years experience in the field. He was appointed as the inaugural Chair in Dermatology by The University of Queensland (UQ) in 2007 and as Director of the Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) Dermatology Department in 2008. He has a strong focus on translational skin cancer research in his dual role as the Director of the Dermatology Research Centre (DRC), part of UQ School of Medicine, and leadership of the Dermatology Department at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane. He is also an Adjunct Professor within the UQ Diamantina Institute.

Professor Soyer is internationally recognised in the field of dermatology with particular expertise in the areas of clinical dermatology, dermatooncology, dermatopathology and dermatologic imaging (dermoscopy and reflectance confocal microscopy). Within the dermatology discipline he is a pioneer and world leader in the field of dermoscopy of pigmented skin lesions, a non-invasive diagnostic method. He has lead the development of the morphologic classification system currently used worldwide.

One of his research focuses is to expand the concept and applications of teledermatology and teledermoscopy, and he is CIE in the Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Telehealth. Most recently he was awarded a CRE for the Study of Naevi, to further investigate why some moles turn into deadly cancers and others don’t, with the aim of improving our understanding of naevus development and transformation, along with recognition of the associated changes, to better prevent, predict and detect skin cancer and melanoma.

Professor Soyer has an extensive publication record with over 600 publications to date, with more than 550 citations per year (in the last 5 years) and an h-index of 63 (Google Scholar). His text book entitled “Dermoscopy – The Essentials 2nd Edition”, co-authored with G Argenziano, R Hofmann-Wellenhof and I Zalaudek, has now been translated into 4 different languages (Russian, Chinese, Polish and Portuguese) and is considered a world-leading text book in the field.

Professor Soyer was the recipient of an NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship (2012-2016), and since his appointment with UQ, has been awarded 2 NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence Grants (CIA, CIE), 3 NHMRC Project Grants (CIA, CIA, CID), 1 NHMRC Partnership Grant (CIB), 2 ARC Discovery Project Grants (CIB, CID), with many additional projects funded through other competitive, industry and philanthropic funding sources. In total, through his involvement as an investigator, he has achieved over $20M in research funding for UQ.

Assoc. Professor Julia Frühauf, MD, MSc


Assoc. Professor Frühauf, MD, MSc is a board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon in Austria. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Vienna in 2001. In the same year, she began clinical and fundamental research at the Department of Pediatrics and Neurology, Medical University Vienna. She then completed her internship at the Department of Cardiology, Technical University of Dresden, the emergency hospital UKH Salzburg, and the Department of Surgery, Medical University of Graz.

In 2008, she received a Master of science degree in Telemedicine from the FH Joanneum Graz, Austria. In 2009, she completed her dermatology residency at the Department of Dermatology, Medical University Graz, and she obtained her Habilitation (post-doctoral lecturing qualification) in 2012 with a thesis on mobile teledermatology. Within the teledermatology field she is considered among the pioneers of mobile teledermatology to promote partnerships between patients and physicians, and to facilitate patient self-management.

In 2010 she began her private dermatology office in Maria Enzersdorf near Vienna, providing treatment of disorders of the skin, hair and nails for adults and children, in addition to providing state-of-the-art cosmetic, laser and surgical treatment.

As an Associate Professor in Dermatology she is well published and a speaker at National and European meetings. She feels obliged to conduct research that benefits the public’s health, and she is active in the teaching and mentoring of nurses at her dermatology office.