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. In 2002 he joined the University of Dundee where he is Reader in Biochemical Medicine. He also co-ordinates the student-selected strand of the Dundee undergraduate curriculum, and until recently was Director of Admissions.

He is Editor-in-Chief of the Annals of Clinical Biochemistry, the official journal of British, Dutch and Japanese clinical biochemists. It is widely read, with around a million downloads annually. 2021 impact factor was 2.587, the highest in the journal's history.

He is lead author of two clinical biochemistry books, with combined sales/downloads of over 100,000. Clinical Biochemistry: An Illustrated Colour Text is available in ten languages. The sixth edition (2018), including translations, has sold about 10,000 copies. The seventh edition will be published by Elsevier in 2023.

He also posts on selected clinical biochemistry topics (@mjmbiochem).


UKMED54 has 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. Read the research paper.

Approximately 70 publications reflect a range of professional interests. These include insulin resistance in healthy children, reflex and reflective testing in laboratory medicine, and applying record-linkage methodology to specific clinical questions. Publications on student-selected components (SSCs) include the chapter on SSCs in the Oxford Textbook of Medical Education. MD thesis title: “Gender differences in insulin resistance in prepubertal British children”.

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