Patricia Kearney, Professor of Epidemiology at University College Cork, is an internationally recognised Cardiovascular Epidemiologist and Clinical Trialist. She qualified with the highest honours and has received many distinguished awards throughout her undergraduate medical training and postgraduate training including Fulbright Scholarship and Welcome and Beeson Fellowships. She has worked as a physician and academic in Ireland, the US and UK. Sheis a research leader and in partnership with the National Clinical Programme in Diabetes led a HRB Research Leader award. Professor Kearney is committed to the development of the discipline of public health and training of future leaders. She is a Co-PI on the SPHeRE programme, the national HRB funded structured PhD programme providing education and training in population health and health services research. She is co-Director of a HRB funded Collaborative Doctoral Award programme in chronic disease prevention. She has championed the role of patient and public involvement in research and is UCC lead for the national PPI Ignite Network. Professor Kearney is a Board Member of the Irish Research Council. She was the European Regional Councillor for the International Epidemiological Association from 2017-2021 and is currently a board member of the Society for Social Medicine and Population Health.