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Professor Michael J (Joe) Duffy

Prof Michael J Duffy

Professor Michael J (Joe) Duffy has a long, established career in clinical biochemistry practice, research and education and his specific research interests focus on Breast Cancer. 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 & Medical Science at University College Dublin, having previously worked as Principal biochemist at St Vincents University Hospital.
 
One of his main contributions is 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.
 
His reputation in the field is recognized internationally, having in excess of over 200 publications most of which are cancer-related. 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.

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