Gordon Duff

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Not to be confused with Edward Gordon Duff.

Sir Gordon William Duff, FRCP, FRCPE, FMedSci, FRSE (born 27 December 1947) is a British medical scientist and academic who served briefly (2013-14) as the Chairman of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency[1] On 1 December 2014, he was succeeded by the current Chair, Sir Michael Rawlins.[2]

Duff has been the Lord Florey Professor of Molecular Medicine, University of Sheffield, since 1991, and in 2014 was appointed Principal of St Hilda's College, Oxford.[3]

Duff, the son of William Munro Duff and Marion Gertrude Duff, was educated at Perth Academy and Hipperholme Grammar School, and obtained his BA (1969) and MA (1975) degrees from St Peter's College, Oxford. He was made an honorary Fellow of the college in 2006. Following his graduation, Duff attended St Thomas's Hospital Medical School in London, where he obtained his PhD in 1980. He worked at St Thomas's as a house officer, and subsequently in Stracathro Hospital, King Edward VII Hospital, Midhurst and Hammersmith Hospital. He later spent periods at Saybrook College and Yale University, obtaining his FRCPE in 1989 and his FRCP in 1998.

In 1969, Duff married Naida Margaret Clarke, the daughter of Air Commodore Charles Clarke, OBE and Eileen Clarke;[4] Lady Duff is a graduate of St Hilda's.

Duff became the Chairman of the National Biological Standards Board in 2002. Commission on Human Medicines, in 2005, and a member of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Advisory Committee, since 2008. He holds thirty patents in field of genetic diagnostics for common diseases.

In his time at Sheffield Medical School, Duff was Resident Dean in 1997–2002, Director of the Division of Molecular and Genetic Medicine, 1997–2000, Director of Research in the Faculty of Medicine, 1999–2002, and in the Division of Genomic Medicine, 2000–06. He has been Hon. Consultant Physician to Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust since 1991, and was the Royal Society of Medicine Visiting Professor at Yale in 1995. He won the Sir Hiram Maxim Award for Research in Immunology in 1987, and the Medal of the Swedish Society of Medicine in 1999.

In 2006 he was knighted in recognition of his contribution to medicine, including his role in the inquiry into the conduct of a drugs trial at Northwick Park Hospital in 2006.[5]

His publications include contributions to research journals in the fields of inflammation, immunology and genetics.


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