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UCC scholarship recognised as academics elected to Royal Irish Academy

17 Jun 2022
Professor John Cryan, UCC Vice-President for Research and Innovation with Professor Patricia Kearney, Professor Geraldine Boylan and Professor Mairead Kiely who were recently elected to the Royal Irish Academy.

Three professors from University College Cork (UCC) were recently elected to the Royal Irish Academy, the highest academic honour in Ireland.

The UCC professors newly elected to the RIA were Professor Geraldine Boylan, Professor Mairead Kiely and Professor Patricia Kearney.  

Geraldine Boylan is professor of Neonatal Physiology, University College Cork and director of INFANT, the Irish Centre for Maternal and Child Health Research. She is a leading figure internationally in Newborn Neurophysiology and has championed the use of signal processing and Artificial Intelligence for the identification of infants at risk of brain injury. Her research innovations have now been translated to the patient bedside, benefitting newborns worldwide.  

Mairead Kiely is professor in Human Nutrition at University College Cork. She is an international leader in the field of micronutrient research, in particular Vitamin D and its impact on health and child development. Professor Kiely is an expert in nutritional risk assessment and contributes to several international advisory groups in public health nutrition.  

Patricia Kearney is professor of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health, University College Cork. She is an internationally recognised Epidemiologist and Clinical Trialist, with an outstanding record in Population Health and Health Services Research and its effective translation for improved health. Her Health Research Board Research Leader research includes an evaluation of the national clinical programme in diabetes and modelling of the population burden of diabetes.  

Commenting Professor John Cryan, Vice-President for Research and Innovation at UCC stated, "It was wonderful to see UCC scholarship recognised in what is the highest academic honour in Ireland. I’d like to congratulate the inductees, they are fantastic role models and trailblazers in their respective research fields."

Also elected to the RIA was Virginia Teehan, the chief executive of the Heritage Council. Trained as an archivist, Virginia has also curated exhibitions, produced television and film documentaries, and served on the board of the National Museum of Ireland. She has previously served as director of the Hunt Museum and director of cultural projects at University College Cork.  

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