Prof Emma L Duncan

Prof Emma Duncan is Pre-Eminent Senior Staff Specialist, Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes, 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, Faculty of Medicine, University of Queensland. After graduating in medicine with first class honours from the University of Sydney, Prof Duncan moved to the UK. She undertook her doctoral studies into the genetics of osteoporosis at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford in collaboration with the Open University, and was appointed locum Consultant at the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism.  On return to Australia she was appointed initially to the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, before moving to her current position in 2010. Since her undergraduate days, Prof Duncan has been fascinated by the skeleton.  Research in bone diseases form the bulk of her basic and clinical research, and she has published multiple papers investigating the genetics of osteoporosis and skeletal dysplasias.  She also investigates the genetics of other heritable endocrine disorders, including MODY [maturity-onset diabetes of the young], phaeochromocytoma/paraganglioma, thyroid cancer and other endocrine tumours. Prof Duncan’s practical experience in gene mapping includes genetic epidemiology, linkage, and genome-wide association studies; and she played a pioneering role in massively parallel (“next-generation”) sequencing for gene discovery. She is particularly interested in translating the genetic revolution into clinical practice.  Prof Duncan also contributes to clinical research in endocrinology and obstetric medicine. Prof Duncan currently serves as the immediate past president of the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society; and contributes to leadership and governance nationally and internationally.

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