Gustavo Duque attended medical school at the University of Caldas (Colombia). Following medical school, he completed an internal medicine residency at Javeriana University in Bogota (Colombia) followed by a two-year fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at McGill University. After completing his fellowship, Duque completed a Ph.D. degree in experimental medicine at McGill University with the thesis entitled “Molecular Changes of the Aging Osteoblast.” He joined the faculty at McGill University Medical School as an Assistant Professor and as a Project Director at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research in 2003. He is also a Macy Scholar in Medical Education at Harvard Medical School. In 2007, he moved to Australia and joined the faculty at Nepean Clinical School as an Associate Professor of Geriatric Medicine and the Director of the Aging Bone Research Program. His work on mesenchymal stem cells differentiation has provided new evidence to the understanding of senile osteoporosis including the toxic role of bone marrow fat and the potential transdifferentiation between bone and fat cells. His experiments using vitamin D in bone cells have demonstrated a new anabolic effect of vitamin D on both osteoblasts and differentiating mesenchymal stem cells. Dr. Duque has served as a Member of several peer-review panels at the Australian National Health Medical Research Council, Canadian Institutes for Health Research, and the Quebec Health Research Funds and as a Member of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research-Publications Committee. He has been invited as an ad hoc reviewer for multiple journals in the field of bone and geriatric medicine and as a Member of the Board of Directors of Osteoporosis Canada.
Biography Updated on 13 November 2009