Sir Gordon Duff

Professor Sir Gordon Duff
Chairman, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency  (MHRA)

Sir Gordon Duff trained in Medicine at Oxford University and St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School in London, where he also gained a PhD in neuropharmacology of the fever response. Following postgraduate medical training in the UK (including Clinical Pharmacology at the Hammersmith Hospital, London), post-doctoral periods in the Infectious Diseases Section at Yale University School of Medicine, and the Howard Hughes Institute of Cellular and Molecular Immunology at Yale, he joined the Medical Faculty of Edinburgh University in 1984 before taking up the post, Florey Professor of Molecular Medicine at Sheffield, in 1990.

His research work is in the fields of immunology and genetics, and he is a founding editor of the international research journal ‘CYTOKINE’. He is past-President of the International Cytokine Society and past-Chairman of the UK’s Committee on Safety of Medicines (CSM) and its Subcommittee on Biological Medicines and Vaccines. Previous posts include Research Dean of the Medical Faculty, and Director of the Division of Genomic Medicine at Sheffield University.  He was Chairman of the UK’s National Biological Standards Board and in 2005, he was appointed inaugural Chairman of the UK’s Commission on Human Medicines (CHM).  He is an Honorary Fellow of St Peter’s College, Oxford, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Physicians and the Academy of Medical Sciences

Sir Gordon was knighted in 2007 for services to public health.  He took up the post as Chairman of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency  (MHRA) in January 2013.