The risk of developing melanoma is significantly multiplied for people who have red hair and more than 20 large moles, University of Queensland researchers have found.

4 March 2019

University of Queensland researchers have found that freckles and moles appearing on the iris indicate a high risk of melanoma, particularly in people under 40 years of age.

17 January 2018
A review of the key genes affecting pigmentation could be the first step towards incorporating genomics into clinical practice to identify patients at high-risk of skin cancer. iStockphoto

Dermatologists may need to look further than red hair and freckles when identifying patients who might be genetically predisposed to skin cancer.

8 May 2017
Professor Alpha Yap (left) has received $200,000 in funding from the Cancer Council Queensland for breast cancer research

University of Queensland research to prevent, treat and diagnose a range of cancers has been boosted by the injection of $1.78 million in Cancer Council Queensland funding.

4 February 2015
Photo of a human blue eye

The discovery of a Stone Age man with the genes for blue eyes and dark skin has revealed that blue eye colour probably spread through the European population earlier than fair skin.

28 January 2014

University of Queensland research has received a $44 million boost, thanks to funding announced by the Federal Government today.

26 October 2009

A study by researchers from The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) and the Queensland Institute of Medical Research is the first to prove conclusively that there is no single gene for eye colour.

20 February 2007

The genetics behind intersex babies, and improved prediction of skin cancer risk are two of the projects from the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) that will receive funding from the latest round of Australian Research Council grants.

12 October 2006

New research from UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) demonstrates that one of the classic examples of genetic inheritance taught in schools is wrong.

28 June 2004

Research into the genetic basis of skin cancer susceptibility at The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) was just one IMB project supported in the latest competitive round of National Health and Medical Research...

13 November 2003

Australian researchers are taking genetics to the people to better understand human pigmentation disorders and improve the quality of life for South Pacific Islanders with albinism.

30 October 2002

A University of Queensland researcher's work on gene structure and regulation has won him the 1998 Julian Wells Medal.

24 May 1998

The Centre for Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Queensland has been swamped by secondary school staff wanting to attend its inaugural 'teach the teachers' day.

17 March 1998

Legend has it their tempers are on par with their hair - fiery. But University of Queensland researchers have found there may also be a real genetic link between red heads and melanoma.

18 February 1998