Apple on Thursday announced that there are new ongoing research studies for autism, epilepsy and melanoma using its ResearchKit software. ResearchKit allows doctors to collect data from participants in studies using sensors in iPhones, with more than 100,000 people already participating in various programs.

Duke University, Peking University and Duke Medicine are using ResearchKit for a new "Autism & Beyond" study that will study "whether the front-facing camera on an iPhone can be used to detect signs of developmental issues at a much younger age," Apple said.

Johns Hopkins will use an application called EpiWatch and the Apple Watch to research epilepsy and to examine whether or not the Apple Watch's sensors can detect "the onset and duration of seizures." Oregon Health & Science University will be using photos snapped with iPhones to try to measure mole sizes in an effort to detect melanoma early.

Hit the source for more information on these initiatives and other Apple ResearchKit projects.