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Professor of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland

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. After moving to the UK in 1994, she undertook doctoral studies into the genetics of osteoporosis at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, Oxford. After completing her clinical training she was appointed consultant at the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism before returning to Australia in 2005. After five years as staff specialist at Princess Alexandra Hospital, she moved to her current clinician/scientist position at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.
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 maturity-onset diabetes in 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 more recently has played a strong role in gene discovery using massively parallel (“next-generation”) sequencing. 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 president of the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society, and an advocate for fairness towards women in the clinical and research workforce.


  • –present
    Professor of Medicine, University of Queensland
  • –present
    Adjunct Professor, Queensland University of Technology


  • 2013 
    Royal College of Physicians, FRCP
  • 2004 
    Royal Australasian College of Physicians, FRACP
  • 2001 
    The Open University, in conjunction with the Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford, PhD
  • 1995 
    Royal College of Physicians, MRCP
  • 1992 
    University of Sydney, MB BS (Hons, Class 1)