Prof Emma Duncan

Prof Emma Duncan is Eminent Senior Staff Specialist in Endocrinology at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Adjunct Professor, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology, and Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Queensland.  She is also the current president of the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society. 

Prof Duncan graduated in medicine with first class honours from the University of Sydney in 1992.  After moving to the UK in 1994, she undertook her doctorate studies into the genetics of osteoporosis at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, Oxford.   She returned to Australia in 2005 and moved to her current clinical position in 2010.

Since her undergraduate days, Prof Duncan has been fascinated by the skeleton.  Research in bone diseases has formed the bulk of her basic and clinical research for over two decades, and she has published multiple research papers in osteoporosis and skeletal dysplasias.  She is also interested in the genetics of other heritable endocrine disorders, such as MODY, phaeochromocytoma/paraganglioma, thyroid cancer and other endocrine tumours.    Prof Duncan has broad practical experience in gene mapping, including genetic epidemiology, linkage, and genome-wide association studies; and more recently has played a strong role in gene discovery using massively parallel (“next-generation”) sequencing.

In addition to her genetic research, Prof Duncan also contributes to clinical research in endocrinology and obstetric medicine. She is particularly interested in translating the genetic revolution into clinical practice.


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