Introducing Melanoma Institute Australia's Conjoint Medical Directors

Introducing Melanoma Institute Australia's Conjoint Medical Directors

14 March 2017

Two of the world’s best minds in melanoma have taken over the academic and clinical leadership of Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA). Professor Georgina Long and Professor Richard Scolyer are the new Conjoint Medical Directors of MIA, and are shaping the future direction of melanoma research, treatment and education.

Professor Long is a world-renowned clinical medical oncologist and melanoma researcher who is also President Elect for the prestigious international Society for Melanoma Research. She leads an extensive clinical trials team and research laboratory at MIA, with a focus on targeted therapies and immuno-oncology in melanoma.

Professor Scolyer is a world- leading surgical pathologist and melanoma researcher who has authored more than 450 seminal publications on this disease. Professor Scolyer’s expertise has already delivered exponential improvements in diagnosis and the staging of melanoma which determines a patient’s treatment pathway.

Together with their colleagues at MIA, they are changing the face of melanoma diagnosis and treatment in Australia and around the world.

‘Quite simply, I want to make a difference,” Professor Long said. ‘’I’d love to eradicate melanoma and put ourselves out of a job. That is the ultimate goal.”

‘Even if we haven’t eradicated melanoma in the next five years, I’d like to think we can control it long term so people don’t die of this disease,” Professor Scolyer added.

Sharing the Medical Director role means double the expertise and double the perspective on challenges. Both Professors believe their partnership will be crucial to leading Melanoma Institute Australia towards breaking new ground in melanoma diagnosis and treatment.

‘We know that ultimately prevention is better than cure, so we have to attack the disease at different levels from education, prevention, screening, early diagnosis, and by providing the best early treatment for the best outcomes,’ Professor Scolyer said.

‘The key to tackling melanoma is definitely collaboration, communication and sharing knowledge,” Professor Long added.

Melanoma Institute Australia is the leading centre in the world with a single focus on melanoma care, research and education.

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