Prof Emma Duncan is an 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.
Prof Duncan graduated in medicine (with first class honours) from the University of Sydney in 1992. She moved to the UK in 1994; and after completing her MRCP undertook her doctoral studies into the genetics of osteoporosis at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, Oxford. After completing her advanced clinical training in endocrinology, she was appointed Consultant at the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, before returning to Australia in 2005, initially to the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane. She was appointed to her current position at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital 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, and she has published multiple research papers in the genetics of osteoporosis and skeletal dysplasias. She is also interested in the genetics of other heritable endocrine disorders, such as MODY [maturity-onset diabetes of the young], 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 she has played a pioneering role using massively parallel (“next-generation”) sequencing for gene discovery. She has played key leadership roles in both national and international consortia; and has collaborated broadly with a host of international researchers. She is particularly interested in translating the genetic revolution into clinical practice. In addition to her genetic research, Prof Duncan also contributes to clinical research in endocrinology and obstetric medicine.
Prof Duncan is currently serving as the immediate past president of the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society. She contributes to conference and governance activities both nationally and internationally; and is a strong advocate for fairness towards women in the clinical and research workforce.