New Speaker Announced: Professor Sir Stephen O'Rahilly
We are thrilled to announce that we will be joined at the Student Medical Summit by Professor Sir Stephen O'Rahilly.
Prof O'Rahilly is a world leader in the fields of human metabolic and endocrine diseases, renowned for his research into obesity and insulin resistance in particular.
O'Rahilly is currently Professor of Clinical Biochemistry and Medicine at the University of Cambridge while simultaneously holding a number of key leadership positions in major research bodies including: Director of the University of Cambridge Metabolic Research Laboratories, Director of the MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit, co-director of the Wellcome Trust-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science, Scientific Director of the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre
Prof O'Rahilly has had a litany of honours bestowed on him throughout his extremely distinguished career. He was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society in 2003. In 2013, he was knighted for his contribution to medical research.
A University College Dublin alumnus, Prof O'Rahilly is unquestionably one of the most eminent Irish figures in modern research.
To quote from his staff profile at the University of Cambridge: "My research has been concerned with the elucidation of the basic causes of obesity and Type 2 diabetes at a molecular level and the translation of those discoveries into improved diagnosis and therapy for patients. My work has uncovered several previously unrecognized genetic causes of these diseases including some that are amenable to specific treatment."