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Clinical Trials Now Recruiting

These study descriptions are intended for potential study participants. Study descriptions for clinicians can be found here.  

You can also find us on Facebook: Follow our Clinical Trials page to keep up with all our currently recruiting trials, interesting patient stories, and more.

If you would like to learn more about any of the studies currently being conducted at the Skin Health Institute, please contact the nominated study coordinator.

If you have any general questions regarding the clinical trials conducted at the Institute, please feel free to contact the Clinical Trials Department at trials@skinhealthinstitute.org.au or by phone at (03) 9623 9439. 


Healthy volunteers aged 18 years or older, may qualify to donate up to 40mls of blood (equivalent to 3 tablespoons). The purpose of this research is to establish new bioassays (tests) that will support research and development of novel (new) biological therapies designed to target cancer, inflammatory, cardiovascular and Bleeding disorders (e.g. haemophilia).

To be eligible, participants must be 18 years or older and believe themselves to be HIV and Hepatitis B & C negative. Qualified participants may be asked to donate blood at regular intervals. Visits will take place at Skin Health Institute with an experienced research team. There is no cost to participate, and participants will be reimbursed for study-related expenses.

Approved by the Victorian Minister for Health under section 40 of the Human Tissue Act 1982.

For more information, please contact:

Principal Investigator
A/Prof Peter Foley

Sub Investigator
Dr. Nick Manuelpillai
t: 9623 9464
e: nmanuelpillai@skinhealthinstitute.org.au

Study Coordinator
Desire Green
t: 9623 9439
e: dgreen@skinhealthinstitute.org.au

Melanoma surveillance photography (MSP)

The IMAGE Study (Melanoma surveillance photography to improve early detection of melanoma) tests whether an advanced medical imaging technology called Melanoma Surveillance Photography (MSP), in addition to usual care, helps to improve outcomes compared to usual care alone.

This study is currently recruiting patients with a diagnosis of melanoma within the last 6 months (186 days). Your doctor will be discussing the IMAGE study with you because you have recently been diagnosed with your first melanoma and you may be eligible to participate - if other criteria are also met.

If you are:

  • Aged 18 years or older at date of diagnosis of your first melanoma.
  • Able to provide consent, complete questionnaires, and attend a local study site for MSP.
  • Able to be referred for total body photography (you will need to undress to underwear and stand for imaging)
  • Have “some” or “many” moles; and
  • Currently living in Australia and have no plans to move overseas within the next 3 years.

you may be eligible to participate in the IMAGE study.

There are certain types of melanomas that will mean you are not eligible, even if all criteria above have been met. Your doctor will discuss whether they are relevant for your circumstances. The sheet provides a brief outline of the study but not all information participants will need to consider when thinking about joining the study.

For more detailed information about this study, click here.

Principal Investigator
A/Prof Peter Foley

Sub Investigator
Dr. Nick Manuelpillai
t: 9623 9464
e: nmanuelpillai@skinhealthinstitute.org.au

Study Coordinator
Sarah Chivers
t: 9623 9465
e: schivers@skinhealthinstitute.org.au

How do I become involved in a clinical trial at the institute?

Anyone can participate in a clinical trial. A referral from a doctor is not necessary.

Contact the Clinical Trials Department directly to inquire about current research projects to determine your suitability
Phone: (03) 9623 9439
Email: trials@skinhealthinstitute.org.au