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Michael Joe Duffy

Ned Ryan Fellowship
School of Medicine
01 716 5814
University College Dublin, School of Medicine, St Vincent's Hospital Elm Park Dublin 4


Professor Michael J (Joe) Duffy has a long, established career in clinical biochemistry practice and cancer research. After graduating from NUI, Galway and earning a PhD at the University of Manchester, he went on to become a Post Doctorate Fellow in Trinity College Dublin. He is now adjunct Professor in the School of Medicine at University College Dublin, having previously worked as Principal biochemist at St Vincents University Hospital. Professor Duffy has an international reputation for his work on cancer biomarkers . He has published in excess of 250 papers on this topic, including articles in high impact journals such as Lancet, BMJ, J Natl Cancer Instit, Cancer Res, Clin Cancer Res, Ann Oncol and Clin Chem. His work has been cited > 16,000 times and his current h-index is 71.One of his main contributions has been the development of a test for identifying patients with breast cancer who may not need chemotherapy. This test, which involves measurement of the urokinase plasminogen activator (uPA) marker, is now recommended for clinical use by several expert groups including the American Society of Clinical Oncology. In 2012, Professor Duffy was the recipient of the 2012 Abbott Award of the International Society of Oncology and BioMarkers (ISOBM). This award is made annually to investigators who have made an outstanding contribution in the field of basic or clinical oncology.Other awards received by Professor Duffy include the St Luke’s Medal Lecture, the Conway Review Medal Lecture and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland and the National Committee for Biochemistry Award Medal Lecture of the Royal Irish Academy.


  • Adjunct Professor
    University College Dublin, St Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland2003