Associated Fellows - Adele Green


Professor Adele Green MB BS, PhD, MSc, FAFPHM, AC, is a Senior Research Scientist on a part-time basis with the Molecular Oncology group at the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, led by Professor Richard Marais. She is Professor of Epidemiology in the Epithelial Sciences Research Group, School of Translational Medicine, The University of Manchester. She is also Deputy Director, Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR), Brisbane, Australia, and Head of Population and Cancer Studies Unit, QIMR.

After graduating in Medicine (1st Class Hons) at the University of Queensland, she worked in hospitals in Queensland for several years before undertaking doctoral research at the University of Queensland and being awarded a PhD Epidemiology in 1984. With a Neil Hamilton Fairley Postdoctoral Travelling Fellowship, awarded by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), she undertook further study in the UK, earning an MSc in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in 1985 and, in the USA, she was a Visiting Lecturer in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Boston. On returning to the QIMR in Australia, she became Head of its Epidemiology and Population Health Unit in 1996 and was appointed a Senior Principal Research Fellow. In 1997 she was Visiting Medical Research Officer at the Wellcome Trust, London, and in 2000 she became Deputy Director, QIMR and Head, Population and Cancer Studies Unit. She also holds Professorships at the University of Queensland and Griffith University, and Conjoint Professor, Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.

In 2004 she was named in the Australian Honours List as a Companion of the Order of Australia. She has served on many Australian research bodies including the Australian Cancer Research Foundation's Medical Research Advisory Committee; the National Public Health Partnership; and the National Health and Medical Research Council and was Chair of the NHMRC's Health Advisory Committee (2000-2005). Internationally she has been a chair or member of many committees at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon, France, including Chair of the Working Group on Artificial UV and Skin Cancer in 2005; member of the Working Group on Code of Good Practice for IARC Researchers (2006-2008); and member of the Working Party for the Monograph on Radiation and Cancer in 2009. She is also a Member of the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection and its Epidemiology Standing Committee. In 2009 she was appointed Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Manchester on a part-time basis.

Her main area of interest is cancer epidemiology, with a particular interest in melanoma and other skin cancers, as well as ovarian cancer and oesophageal cancer. The main aims are to understand better the causes and pathways to development of cancer, so as to achieve better control of the disease, especially through primary prevention.

Research with Molecular Oncology

As a medically-trained epidemiologist with a focus on melanoma and other skin cancers, Professor Green’s overall aim is to understand the causes of these cancers in humans and how to better prevent and manage them. Internal and external collaborators comprise clinicians, statisticians and experts from a range of disciplines from pathology to photobiology. Her main project currently involves the investigation of melanomas of specific histological subtypes (including naevoid and nodular melanomas) with regard to their clinical and pathological features and their prognosis; in-depth studies of human skin phototype; and management and prognosis of surgically-treated patients with high-risk skin cancers especially aggressive but localised melanomas, patients  with multiple basal cell carcinomas and those presenting with advanced squamous cell carcinomas.