World-renowned QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute skin cancer expert Professor Adele Green, AC, has been named Person of the Year by the Brisbane magazine bmag, adding to an already impressive list of accolades.
Professor Green heads up the Cancer and Population Studies Group at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute and has been at the frontline of skin cancer and melanoma research for more than 20 years.
Her ground-breaking research has provided much of the science behind the need for sun-safe behaviours and Professor Green was the first to establish the role sunscreen plays in the prevention of skin cancer.
The Person of the Year award was presented in Brisbane last night by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk.
In her acceptance speech, Professor Green said the award is a testament to the work of the Cancer and Population Studies Group and other colleagues at QIMR Berghofer.
“Working with me is a team of great people,” Professor Green said.
“I am also conscious that our research builds on what has gone before and I stand on the shoulders of giants.”
“The generous prizes included a cheque to donate to the charity of my choice, and I would like to donate this to QIMR Berghofer in recognition of the decades of support I have received from the Institute.”
QIMR Berghofer Director Professor Frank Gannon has commended Professor Green for her continuing dedication to such an important public health issue.
“Professor Green’s innovative and influential research career is widely acknowledged within the scientific community,” Professor Gannon said.
“This latest accolade shows her work is becomingly increasingly well-known by the broader population.”
In 2004 Professor Green was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia for her service to medical research and public health, and for scientific leadership.
She was the Queensland finalist in the Australian of the Year Awards last year, and was also named Overall Winner of the Westpac Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards last year.
Past winners of the Person of the Year award include sportsman Darren Lockyer and art dealer and philanthropist Philip Bacon.