Professor M J Duffy, BSc, PhD, FRCPath, FACB

Adjunct Professor at the School of Medicine, University College Dublin

Professor Joe Duffy is based St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin and University College, Dublin, Ireland. Professor Duffy has a world reputation for his work on cancer research, especially in the area of tumor markers. He is a member of a number of International Expert Panels for preparing guidelines on the clinical use of tumor markers including the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (NACB) (USA) and the European Group on Tumor Markers (EGTM).

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. This award is made annually to investigators, worldwide 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.