Dr Michael Murphy

Clinical Reader

Undergraduate Medicine, School of Medicine

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Michael Murphy BA(Mod) MB BCh BAO MA MD FRCP FRCPath ARCM is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin. He completed higher specialist training in clinical biochemistry in Dublin and Glasgow, and joined the University of Dundee in 2002. He oversees student-selected components (SSCs) in the Dundee curriculum, and has previously led on admissions as well. He is lead author of Clinical Biochemistry: An Illustrated Colour Text. Since it was first published in 1995, this book has acquired a sizeable global readership across ten languages. Between 2016 and 2024 he was Editor-in-Chief of the Annals of Clinical Biochemistry, the journal of British, Dutch and Japanese clinical biochemists.


Approximately 70 publications reflect a range of professional interests, including insulin resistance in healthy children, reflex and reflective testing in laboratory medicine, and applying record-linkage methodology to specific clinical questions. MD thesis title: “Gender differences in insulin resistance in prepubertal British children”. Current research focus is disability in medicine in the UK (see below).

UKMED54 used the record-linked datasets in the UKMED database to establish a comprehensive and contemporary picture of declared disability in medicine in the UK, as well as its associations and impact on academic performance. "Factors associated with declaration of disability in medical students and junior doctors, and the association of declared disability with academic performance: an observational study using data from the UK Medical Education Database, 2002–18 (UKMED54)" was published in BMJ Open in 2022. 

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