Duncan D. Adams
Department of vaccination
University of Otago
Duncan Adams entered Medicine with a view to doing research on asthma. Sir Charles Hercus apprenticed him to Dr HD Purves to use radioactive iodine in thyroid research. This led to discovery of the autoantibodies that cause Graves’ disease, winning the Van Meter Prize, and enabling confirmation of Burnet’s
Forbidden Clone Theory of the pathogenesis of the autoimmune diseases. With John Knight, Adams solved the genetics of autoimmune disease with the H Gene Theory, confirmed by Alan Ebringer who has discovered the microbial triggers of two autoimmune diseases. Discovering and vaccination against microbial triggers will enable prophylaxis of autoimmune diseases.