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Sydney Melanoma Diagnostic Centre Research

Our Research Team

Professor Pascale Guitera Dermatologist
Director, Sydney Melanoma Diagnostic Centre
Clinical Academic, University of Sydney
Dr Amanda Regio Pereira Dermatologist and PhD Candidate
Dr Bruna Gallo Dermatology Research Assistant and Masters Student
Milapatabeige (Sampi) Kulasekara Clinical Imaging and Research Assistant
Bruna Gouvia PhD Candidate
Arthur Martin Masters Student

Selected Grants

Amount awarded Grant and project details
$10,000,000 Australian Cancer Research Fund, 2019-2023
Australian Centre of Excellence in Melanoma Imaging and Diagnosis
Investigators: Soyer HP, Mann G, Mar V, Janda M, Aitken J, Fernandez-Penas P, Gray L, Menzies SW, Scolyer R, Wolfe R, Cust A, Guitera P, McCormack C, Morton R, Caffery L.
$5,276,225 Innovation Fund Denmark, 2019-2024
AI augmented training in Skin Cancer diagnostics 
Investigators: Guitera P, et al.
$2,400,000 MRFF Targeted Health System and Community Organisation Research Grant, 2019-2022
Melanoma surveillance photography to improve early detection of melanoma in very high risk (or high risk) patients
Investigators: Mar V, Guitera P, et al.
$1,229,189 NHMRC Project Grant, 2018-2022
Can patient-led surveillance detect recurrent or new primary melanoma & reduce need for routinely scheduled follow-up? A Randomised Controlled Trial
Investigators: Bell C, Janda M, Cust A, Turner R, Irwig L, Guitera P, Saw R, Mar V,  Dieng M, Hersch J.
$839,351 NHMRC Project Grant, 2018-2022
A national risk-stratified melanoma screening program in Australia: a modelling study of the benefits, harms, cost-effectiveness and resource implications
Investigators: Cust A, Canfell K, Aitken J, Guitera P, Aranda S, Watts C, Rankin N, Fernandez-Penas P.

Our Publications


Adler NR, Cust AE, Mar VJ, Martin LK, Guitera P. Reply to: 'Melanoma diagnosis at a specialist dermatology practice without the use of photographic surveillance'. Australas J Dermatol. 2023 May 25. doi: 10.1111/ajd.14087. Epub ahead of print.
Blake SC, Guitera P, Cust AE, Galea C, Lo SN, Scolyer RA, Armstrong BK, Thompson JF, Menzies SW, Madronio C, Morton RL, Mann GJ, Watts CG. The association of dermatologist demographic density with melanoma survival in New South Wales, Australia. Australas J Dermatol. 2023 Jun 24. doi: 10.1111/ajd.14113. Epub ahead of print.
Franceschini C, Mandel VD, Peterson G, Manciocco V, Guitera P, Rajadhyaksha M, Ardigò M. Role of reflectance confocal microscopy for in vivo investigation of oral disorders: white, red and pigmented lesions. Exp Dermatol. 2023 Jan 29. doi: 10.1111/exd.14758. Epub ahead of print.
Gouveia BM, Carlos G, Wadell A, Sinz C, Ahmed T, Lo SN, Rawson RV, Ferguson PM, Scolyer RA, Guitera P. In vivo reflectance confocal microscopy can detect the invasive component of lentigo maligna melanoma: prospective analysis and case- control study. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2023 Feb 28. doi: 10.1111/jdv.18998. Epub ahead of print.
Ho G, Gill M, Grant-Kels J, Schwartz RJ, Pellacani G, Gonzalez S, Alessi-Fox C, Guitera P. International expert recommendations on image acquisition for in vivo reflectance confocal microscopy of cutaneous tumors. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2023 Oct 26:S0190-9622(23)03041-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2023.09.086. Epub ahead of print.
Huang C, Burke H, Scolyer RA, Guitera P. Lentigo maligna/lentigo maligna melanoma in young patients in Australian tertiary centres. Clin Exp Dermatol. 2023 Mar 14:llad089. doi: 10.1093/ced/llad089. Epub ahead of print.
Kristensen SIP, Frithioff A, Ternov NK, Guitera P, Braun RP, Malvehy J, Navarrete-Dechent C, Hölmich LR, Frendø M. Gamification and serious games in dermatology education: A systematic review and quality assessment. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2023 Dec 13. doi: 10.1111/jdv.19711. Epub ahead of print.
Kvorning Ternov N, Tolsgaard M, Konge L, Christensen AN, Kristensen SIP, Hölmich LR, Stretch J, Scolyer RA, Vestergaard T, Guitera P, Chakera AH. Effect of Histopathological Explanations for Dermoscopic Criteria on Learning Curves in Skin Cancer Training: a Randomized Controlled Trial. Dermatol Pract Concept. 2023 Apr 1;13(2). doi: 10.5826/dpc.1302a105. Epub ahead of print.
Longo C, Navarrete-Dechent C, Tschandl P, Apalla Z, Argenziano G, Braun RP, Bataille V, Cabo H, Hoffmann-Wellhenhof R, Forsea AM, Garbe C, Guitera P, Raimond K, Marghoob AA, Malvehy J, Del Marmol V, Moreno D, Nehal KS, Nagore E, Paoli J, Pellacani G, Peris K, Puig S, Soyer HP, Swetter S, Stratigos A, Stolz W, Thomas L, Tiodorovic D, Zalaudek I, Kittler H, Lallas A. Delphi Consensus Among International Experts on the Diagnosis, Management, and Surveillance for Lentigo Maligna. Dermatol Pract Concept. 2023 Jul 1;13(3). doi: 10.5826/dpc.1303a244. Epub ahead of print.
Longo C, Sticchi A, Curti A, Kaleci S, Moscarella E, Argenziano G, Thomas L, Guitera P, Huang C, Tiodorovic D, Apalla Z, Peris K, Del Regno L, Guida S, Lallas A, Kittler H, Pellacani G, Navarrete-Dechent C. Lentigo maligna and lentigo maligna melanoma in patients younger than 50 years old: A multicentric international clinical-dermoscopic study. Clin Exp Dermatol. 2023 Sep 27:llad325. doi: 10.1093/ced/llad325. Epub ahead of print.
Mandal A, Priyam S, Chan HH, Gouveia BM, Guitera P, Song Y, Baker MAB, Vafaee F. Computer-Aided Diagnosis of Melanoma Subtypes Using Reflectance Confocal Images. Cancers (Basel). 2023 Feb 23;15(5):1428. doi: 10.3390/cancers15051428.
Menzies SW, Sinz C, Menzies M, Lo SN, Yolland W, Lingohr J, Razmara M, Tschandl P, Guitera P, Scolyer RA, Boltz F, Borik-Heil L, Herbert Chan H, Chromy D, Coker DJ, Collgros H, Eghtedari M, Corral Forteza M, Forward E, Gallo B, Geisler S, Gibson M, Hampel A, Ho G, Junez L, Kienzl P, Martin A, Moloney FJ, Regio Pereira A, Ressler JM, Richter S, Silic K, Silly T, Skoll M, Tittes J, Weber P, Weninger W, Weiss D, Woo-Sampson P, Zilberg C, Kittler H. Comparison of humans versus mobile phone-powered artificial intelligence for the diagnosis and management of pigmented skin cancer in secondary care: a multicentre, prospective, diagnostic, clinical trial. Lancet Digit Health. 2023 Oct;5(10):e679-e691. doi: 10.1016/S2589-7500(23)00130-9.
Moscarella E, Guitera P, Scolyer RA, Rocha L, Thomas L, Ronchi A, Scharf C, Brancaccio G, Argenziano G. Junctional Nevus and Early Melanoma on Sun-Damaged Skin of the Head/Neck: a Clinico-Pathologic Challenge. Dermatol Pract Concept. 2023 Apr 1;13(2):e2023122. doi: 10.5826/dpc.1302a122. Epub ahead of print.
Pham JP, Allen N, Star P, Cust AE, Stewart C, Guitera P, Marghoob AA, Smith A. Full-body skin examination in screening for cutaneous malignancy: a focus on concealed sites and the practices of Australian dermatologists. Int J Dermatol. 2023 Nov 30. doi: 10.1111/ijd.16942. Epub ahead of print.
Regio Pereira A, Hirata S, Pietkiewicz P, Menzies SW, Brancaccio G, Collgros H, Argenziano G, Lo SN, Ahmed T, Pampena R, Longo C, Guitera P. Dermoscopy of lentiginous melanomas and equivocal benign pigmented macules of the scalp: a case-control multicentric study. Dermatology. 2023 Nov 30. doi: 10.1159/000535030. Epub ahead of print.
Reyes-Marcelino G, McLoughlin K, Harrison C, Watts CG, Kang YJ, Aranda S, Aitken JF, Guitera P, Cust AE. Skin cancer-related conditions managed in general practice in Australia, 2000-2016: a nationally representative, cross-sectional survey. BMJ Open. 2023 May 4;13(5):e067744. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-067744.
Sangers TE, Kittler H, Blum A, Braun RP, Barata C, Cartocci A, Combalia M, Esdaile B, Guitera P, Haenssle HA, Kvorning N, Lallas A, Navarrete-Dechent C, Navarini AA, Podlipnik S, Rotemberg V, Soyer HP, Tognetti L, Tschandl P, Malvehy J; EADV AI Task Force. Position statement of the EADV Artificial Intelligence (AI) Task Force on AI-assisted smartphone apps and web-based services for skin disease. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2023 Sep 27. doi: 10.1111/jdv.19521. Epub ahead of print.
Yan MK, Cust AE, Soyer HP, Janda M, Loewe K, Byars G, Fishburn P, White P, Mahumud RA, Saw RPM, Herschtal A, Fernandez-Penas P, Guitera P, Morton RL, Kelly J, Wolfe R, Mar VJ. Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial to evaluate the use of melanoma surveillance photography to the Improve early detection of MelanomA in ultra-hiGh and high-risk patiEnts (the IMAGE trial). Trials. 2023 Mar 29;24(1):236. doi: 10.1186/s13063-023-07203-5.