Patricia Kearney

Patricia Kearney obtained a medical degree from University College Cork in 1998, graduating first in her class. She completed training in internal medicine in Ireland and the US. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to undertake a MPH in Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and she subsequently completed a PhD in Public Health. In 2003 she was awarded a Wellcome Trust Cardiovascular Research Initiative Junior Research Fellowship to work as a Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. She worked at the Clinical Trial Services Unit & Epidemiological Studies Unit and her work focused on tabular and individual patient data meta-analyses.  In 2007 she was awarded a Beeson Fellowship (NIH funded career development award) to work on TILDA, the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing and during her fellowship she worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Centre of Aging and Population Health at the University of Pittsburgh as well as a Clinical Research Fellow in Trinity College Dublin and University College Cork. In 2008 she was appointed as Senior Lecturer in Public Health in University College Cork. Patricia has extensive experience in clinical trials, large scale epidemiological research and translation of research into improving health. She was lead PI in Ireland for an EU FP7 multi-centre clinical trial, ‘Multi-modal Effects of Thyroid Hormone Replacement for Untreated Older Adults with Subclinical Hypothyroidism; a Randomised Placebo-controlled Trial (TRUST)’.  It is the largest trial ever conducted among people with subclinical hypothyroidism (SCH) and provides clear evidence of the lack of benefit of treatment with thyroxine for older people with SCH.   She leads a Health Research Board funded Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement (ICE) award training future leaders in population health and health services research in Ireland. She is a member of the national steering committee for TILDA. Professor Kearney has over 375 publications with over 29,000 citations, a h-index of 37 and an i-10 index of 93.  She has generated ~€17 million in research grant funding as Lead/Co-PI since taking up her post in UCC in 2011. She supervises a multi-disciplinary team and she also supervises 6 PhD students. In 2013 she was one of six recipients nationally of the prestigious HRB Research Leader Award to undertake a project on a population approach to the prevention and control of diabetes.  She was also appointed as a Research Professor in UCC. In May 2016 she was appointed Professor of Epidemiology and is Europe Regional Councillor of the International Epidemiological Association (IEA).