The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, the Melbourne Medical School and Western Health are pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Gustavo Duque to the Chair of Medicine and Director of the Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Sciences (AIMSS) at Western Health.
Gustavo joins us from Sydney where he is currently Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at Sydney Medical School Nepean. Prior to his arrival in Sydney, in 2007, he held roles at McGill University in Canada, where he did his Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine and also took out his PhD, and at the Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia. His MD is from the Universidad de Caldas, Manizales, Colombia. He is also a Macy Scholar in Medical Education at Harvard University.
A highly collaborative researcher with many international linkages, Gustavo Duque is a geriatrician whose research focuses on the identification of the mechanisms involved in the pathophysiology of osteoporosis in older persons as well as the prevention of osteoporotic fractures in this population. He has published extensively on the biology of aging bone and the effect of vitamin D on bone formation. His work on mesenchymal stem cells differentiation provided new evidence to the understanding of senile osteoporosis including the toxic role of bone marrow fat and the potential trans-differentiation between bone and fat cells.
As Chair of Medicine, Gustavo Duque will play an important role in leading and developing the collaborative and community focused clinical, education and research programs which are a hallmark of the partnership between Western Health, Victoria University and the University of Melbourne. We look forward to the impact his research, leadership and clinical practice has on the health of the community of West Melbourne.
Please join us in welcoming Professor Gustavo Duque to the University and the Faculty when he starts in December 2015.