Cancer & Population Studies

Professor Adele Green

Senior Scientist

The Cancer and Population Studies Group aims to understand the causes of cancer and how to better prevent and manage cancer. Thus we investigate the roles of environmental and personal factors in the causation of cancer and its precursors, and in cancer prognosis. We collaborate with clinicians, statisticians and behavioural scientists and also with laboratory scientists to better understand the underlying mechanisms of carcinogenesis and our particular focus is cancers of the skin.

CURRENT RESEARCH

  • investigating risks of being diagnosed with melanoma and melanoma mortality among commercial pilots as compared with cabin crew, through a systematic review of all published literature on the topic
  • analysing anonymised data from the CASA Medical Records System (MRS) to examine the health of professional pilots in Australia by examining melanoma incidence in all pilots holding a Class 1 medical certificate
  • assess melanoma incidence in pilots (mostly recreational) holding a Class 2 medical certificate, and later, cataract prevalence in Australian pilots, as the risk of this condition may also be raised by radiation exposure
  • study to describe the experience of the first dedicated outpatient Transplant Skin Clinic in Queensland and record patient satisfaction with the Clinic and their expenses related to skin cancer treatment
  • document the epidemiology of skin cancers and related skin tumours in organ transplant patients who are at especially high-risk due to previous skin tumours or a long period on immunosuppressant therapy
  • test the protocol for a definitive trial of fish oil supplements in prevention of AK and skin cancer in lung transplant patients
  • document the epidemiology of skin cancers and related skin tumours in organ transplant patients who are at especially high-risk due to previous skin tumours or a long period on immunosuppressant therapy
  • developing and integrating epidemiological and laboratory evidence collected over a 20-year period in a community-based skin cancer study, the Nambour Skin Cancer Study, this project aims to definitively clarify skin cancer aetiology and therefore prevention measures
  • assess the potential roles of epidemiologic factors and quality of life in the progression of Stage Ib and stage II primary cutaneous melanoma

Staff

  • Angela Carroll, Research Nurse
  • Maryrose Malt, Project Manager
  • Dr Kyoko Miura, Research Officer
  • Maricel Hughes, Research Assistant
  • Dr Brigid Betz-Stablein, Research Officer
  • Dr Lena Von Schuckmann, Coursework Masters Student
  • Dr Emily Shao, Student
  • Dr Jolieke Van Der Pols, Visiting Scientist
  • Mandy Way, Biostatistician
  • Upekha Liyanage, Research Assistant
  • Regina Yu, Research Assistant

External Collaborators

  • Cancer Council Queensland
  • The University of Queensland School of Medicine, Princess Alexandra Hospital
  • The University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research, RBWH
  • The University of Queensland Dermatology Research Centre
  • The University of Queensland, School of Population Health
  • The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation
  • KeraCon, Norway
  • Academic Medical Centre, The Netherlands
  • Dartmouth Medical School, USA
  • University of Manchester, UK
  • National Health and Medical Research Council
  • Melanoma Focus
  • Australian Society of Aerospace Medicine