Dr Lena Von Schuckmann

Clinical Senior Lecturer

Frazer Institute
Faculty of Medicine

Honorary Senior Fellow

Frazer Institute
Faculty of Medicine

Overview

BSc, MBBS, MPH, PhD, FRACGP, FACD

Dr Lena von Schuckmann is a clinician researcher, with dual medical specialist training in dermatology and general practice. Her research is focused on skin cancer prevention, early detection, and optimising skin cancer treatment. She is passionate about improving the cancer journey for patients.

She works as a consultant dermatologist at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Sunshine Coast University Hospital and private clinics in Spring Hill and the Samford Valley.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy of Public Health, The University of Queensland
  • Masters (Extended) of Public Health, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Medicine Surgery, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

  • Master Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • The Primary Melanoma Project was established to investigate the natural history of high-risk primary melanomas and to identify risk factors for disease progression. The cohort consists of 700 patients and 10-year follow-up data will be collected in 2024. The following research projects are available and would suit Brisbane-based candidates with a background in medicine, public health, and/or those with an interest in dermatology:

    1. Evaluating the impact of dietary factors on melanoma recurrence

    2. Evaluating the impact of clinical factors (tumour transection during biopsy, excision margins etc) on melanoma recurrence

  • The skin cancer diagnosis study aims to compare the sensitivity and specificity of skin checks performed in-person versus those performed via digital imaging/ dermoscopy. Data collection will occur at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital and data analysis will be based at UQ TRI. This project would suit an MPhil candidate with an interest in clinical research, medicine and/or dermatology.

  • This project aims to identify patients who are at greatest risk of developing multiple high-risk skin cancers, therefore warranting close monitoring in public dermatology outpatient clinics. Data collection for this study will be based at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. This project would suit a HDR candidate with an interest in epidemiology, public health and skin cancer medicine.

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Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • von Schuckmann, L. A., Green, A. C. and van der Pols, J. C. (2015). Body hair density and risk of keratinocyte skin cancer in Australian adults. Australasian College of Dermatologists 48th Annual Scientific Meeting, Adelaide, Australia, 16 May 2015. Richmond, Australia: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia. doi: 10.1111/ajd.12337

  • von Schuckmann, L. A., Law, M. H., Montgomery, G. W., Green, A. C. and van der Pols, J. C. (2015). Vitamin D receptor polymorphisms and keratinocyte skin cancers: a cohort study and meta-analysis. Australasian College of Dermatologists 48th Annual Scientific Meeting, Adelaide, Australia, 16 May 2015. Richmond, Australia: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia. doi: 10.1111/ajd.12337

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • The Primary Melanoma Project was established to investigate the natural history of high-risk primary melanomas and to identify risk factors for disease progression. The cohort consists of 700 patients and 10-year follow-up data will be collected in 2024. The following research projects are available and would suit Brisbane-based candidates with a background in medicine, public health, and/or those with an interest in dermatology:

    1. Evaluating the impact of dietary factors on melanoma recurrence

    2. Evaluating the impact of clinical factors (tumour transection during biopsy, excision margins etc) on melanoma recurrence

  • The skin cancer diagnosis study aims to compare the sensitivity and specificity of skin checks performed in-person versus those performed via digital imaging/ dermoscopy. Data collection will occur at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital and data analysis will be based at UQ TRI. This project would suit an MPhil candidate with an interest in clinical research, medicine and/or dermatology.

  • This project aims to identify patients who are at greatest risk of developing multiple high-risk skin cancers, therefore warranting close monitoring in public dermatology outpatient clinics. Data collection for this study will be based at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. This project would suit a HDR candidate with an interest in epidemiology, public health and skin cancer medicine.