2013 Events

11th Sept 2013 at UCD Conway Institute – Lecture Theatre

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Professor Sir Stephen O'Rahilly Ulysses Award & Lecture

As part of UCD Conway Festival of Research & Innovation 2013, Professor Sir Stephen O'Rahilly is being awarded the Ulysses Medal, in recognition of his outstanding research contribution on the genetic causes of diabetes and endocrine obesity. In June 2013, Professor Sir O’Rahilly was appointed a Knight Bachelor in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to medical research. Originally from Dublin, he is a UCD graduate of Medicine (1981) and a member of the UCD Conway Scientific Advisory Board.

Event Information:

Lecture Title: Human Metabolic Disease: Lessons from Genetics

Location: UCD Conway Institute – Lecture Theatre

Date: Wednesday,11th September

Time: 17.00



Stephen O’Rahilly is Professor of Clinical Biochemistry and Medicine at the University of Cambridge and Honorary Consultant Physician at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. He led the establishment of the Institute of Metabolic Science, which he now co-directs. He is Scientific Director of the Cambridge NIHR Biomedical Research Centre. He qualified in Medicine from University College Dublin and undertook post-graduate training in London, Oxford and Boston before his appointment in Cambridge in 1991. He has sought to better understand the molecular mechanisms leading to diabetes, obesity and related metabolic and endocrine disorders. He has won many national and international awards including the Heinrich Wieland Prize and the Inbev Baillet Latour Prize. He was elected to the Royal Society in 2003, a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences USA in 2011 and is an Honorary Member of the German Society for Internal Medicine. He was appointed a Knight Bachelor in 2013.

University Degrees

  • MB BCh BAO 1981 (National University of Ireland)
  • MD 1987 (National University of Ireland)

Professional Qualifications

  • MRCPI (1983); MRCP (UK) (1984); FRCPI (1996); FRCP (UK) (1996); FRCPath (2002)


  • Professor of Clinical Biochemistry and Medicine
  • Head of Department, Department of Clinical Biochemistry, University of Cambridge
  • Director, University of Cambridge Metabolic Research Laboratories
  • Director, MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit
  • Co-Director, Wellcome Trust-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science
  • Scientific Director, NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre
  • Honorary Consultant Physician, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Fellow, Pembroke College, Cambridge
  • President-Elect, Society for Endocrinology
  • Associate Faculty Member, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge