The Honda Foundation donates new skin cancer detection equipment to University of Queensland

The Honda Foundation and Austral Honda, in Brisbane, have joined forces in the fight against skin cancer.




They have donated a $21,000 Visia Imaging System to the Dermatology Research Centre, University of Queensland to assist in the early detection of face and scalp skin cancer.

The Visia Imaging System will be used by research centre specialists to assess and monitor sun exposed and severely photo-damaged skin via an improved, non-invasive method.

“Skin cancer is on the rise in Australia affecting one in every three people. It is imperative that technology in this field is continually advancing,” said Chairman of The Honda Foundation, Mr Stephen Collins.

“We are pleased that we can contribute to such a worthy cause and make a difference to the lives of many Australians.”

This Visia Imaging System is in its 7th generation and has evolved significantly, resulting in a quantitative analysis combined with imaging to differentiate photo-damaged skin from the healthy areas.

It also has the potential to eliminate the need for a biopsy when detecting malignant transformation.

The Early Career Fellow at the Dermatology Research Centre, Diamantina Institute University of Queensland, Professor Anthony Raphael, expressed his appreciation to The Honda Foundation by saying: “Our capacity to effectively screen and prevent skin cancers depends on the implementation of cutting-edge clinical imaging systems and software that can guide clinical action and patient behaviour.

“With the generous support from the Honda Foundation we now have the latest imaging technology in facial photo-damage assessment that will help reduce the skin cancer burden within Queensland.”

The Honda Foundation aims to provide assistance to local communities at a grassroots level.

It draws funding from Honda Dealers and Honda Australia. Since its inception in 1992, the Honda Foundation has donated more than $10 million to hundreds of worthy causes, including empowering disadvantaged Australians, providing relief for victims of natural disasters and supporting the development of new technologies and research to fight disease.