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.