UCD Alumnus Appointed 1st Female President of the ABN
UCD Medicine Alumnus, Professor Mary Reilly has been elected as the first female President of the Association of British Neurologists in the organisation’s 83 year history. The 1986 UCD Medicine graduate will serve as President from 2017 – 2019 after receiving her chain of office at the ABN2017 Annual Meeting in Liverpool in May 2017. Professor Reilly is Professor of Clinical Neurology at University College London and is internationally recognised for her expertise in research and clinical practice related to peripheral nerve diseases.
Mary M. Reilly graduated from University College Dublin with a degree in Medicine (MB BCh BAO) in 1986. She started her clinical training in Neurology at St Vincent’s University Hospital after gaining her MRCPI in 1988. She moved to the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London in 1991 where she completed an MD thesis on Familial Amyloid Polyneuropathy under the supervision of the late Professor Anita Harding. She then completed her clinical neurological training sub-specialising in peripheral nerve diseases and trained both with Professor PK Thomas and Professor Richard Hughes.
Since 1998, she has been a consultant Neurologist at Queen Square and Head of the peripheral nerve services in the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. She has an active research programme focused on inherited neuropathies with an emphasis on translational research. She received her FRCP in 2002, her FRCPI in 2003 and was been appointed Professor of Clinical Neurology at UCL in 2010. Professor Reilly is Head of the Division of Clinical Neurology and Co-Director of the MRC Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases in the Department of Molecular Neurosciences at UCL Institute of Neurology.
The UCD School of Medicine offers our congratulations to Professor Reilly on her appointment and wish her well in her Presidency of the Association of British Neurologists. As the first female President in the ABN’s 83 year history, she continues a pattern of achievement by UCD Medicine alumni in recent years which has seen our graduates become the first female leader of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (Prof Mary Horgan) and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (Prof Eilis McGovern).