Professor Joe Duffy
University College Dublin
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. He is now adjunct Professor in the School of Medicine & Medical Science at University College Dublin, having previously worked as Principal biochemist at St Vincent’s 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. 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 and the Conway Review Medal Lecture of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland and the National Committee for Biochemistry Award Medal Lecture of the Royal Irish Academy.