Professor Gustavo Duque

Medicine, Nepean Clinical School

Nepean Hospital
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

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Biographical details

Professor Duque, MD, PhD, FRACP is a geriatrician and bone biologist with a research interest in the mechanisms of age-related bone loss, osteoporosis and frailty in older persons. His initial training included Internal Medicine at Javeriana University (Colombia) and Geriatric Medicine, which he completed at McGill University in Montreal (Canada). Subsequently, he obtained his PhD at McGill University in 2003 with a thesis entitled ‘Molecular Changes of the Aging Osteoblast’ under the supervision of Dr. Richard Kremer. Between 2003 and November 2007, he joined the faculty at McGill University Medical School as a member of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and as Researcher at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research. In November 2007, he moved to Australia to join the Faculty as Associate Professor and Head of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at Sydney Medical School Nepean -University of Sydney. In 2012, he was promoted to Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney.

Research interests

Prof. Duque is the Head of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Director of the Aging Bone Research Centre at Nepean Clinical School. Prof. Duque's major research interests include the elucidation of the mechanisms of age-related bone loss, osteoporosis, sarcopenia and frailty. He is also looking at the effect of vitamin D, exercise and proteins on bone and muscle mass. Finally, he implemented a new Falls and Fractures clinic at Nepean Hospital where patients are assessed for falls and fractures risk in a comprehensive manner. For more information about the Aging Bone Research Program at Nepean visit: For referrals to Prof. Duque's Falls and fractures Clinic: Referral Form-Falls and Fractures Clinic

International links

Belgium. (University of Leuven) Collaboration with Dr. Koen Milisen on mechanisms of falls in older persons.
United States. (University of Miami) Collaboration with the GRECC both in basic sciences of aging bone (Dr. Bruce Troen) and Medical Education (Dr. Jorge Ruiz).
Uruguay. (British Hospital-Montevideo) Collaboration with Prof. Hamlet Suarez on methods for balance rehab in older persons.
United States. (Harvard Medical School) Collaboration with the Framingham Osteoporosis Study.
Canada. (McGill University) Collaboration with the Bone and Periodontal Research Centre.
United States. (Johns Hopkins University) Collaboration with Dr. Jeremy Walston in the project "Mechanisms of Osteopenia in Frail Mice".
Canada. (University of Western Ontario) Collaboration with Dr. Manuel Montero-Odasso. "Effect of vitamin D on sarcopenia in the frail elderly".
United States. (Maine Medical Center Research Institute) Collaboration with Dr. Clifford Rosen on the mechanisms of lipotoxicity in bone.
United States. (University of Connecticut Health Centre) Research collaboration with Dr. George Kuchel (Geriatric Medicine) and Dr Hicham Drissi (Department of Orthopedics).
United States. (Louisiana University System-Pennington Research Centre) International Collaboration.