Professor Fionnuala McAuliffe graduated from UCD and following initial training in Dublin, moved to the UK. At King’s College Hospital, London she did a fellowship in fetal medicine and subsequently undertook maternal and fetal subspecialisation at Mount Sinai Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. Professor McAuliffe returned to UCD and the National Maternity Hospital in 2004 where she is a consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist and a sub-specialist in maternal and fetal medicine. She is Director of the maternal and fetal medicine subspecialisation programme and a lead for the maternal medicine services. She is the Head of Women’s and Child’s Health and Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at UCD, and Fellow at UCD Conway Institute of Biomedical and Biomolecular Science. She holds fellowships at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists UK. Professor McAuliffe’s research interests centre on diabetes and nutrition in pregnancy, maternal and fetal medicine. Her research is supported by grants from Health Research Board Ireland and the European Union and she is Director of UCD Perinatal Research Centre.