Professor Neville McClenaghan is Head of Department of Life Sciences at Atlantic Technological University (ATU Sligo formerly IT Sligo), having previously served as Vice-President for Mayo Campus of GMIT, and Professor and Head of School of Biomedical Sciences at Ulster University. Prior to joining Ulster University, he held research positions in Uppsala University (Sweden), and Hannover Medical School (Germany), with long-standing interest and expertise in fundamental and translational diabetes research. He was awarded a BSc First Class Honours Biomedical Sciences with Diploma in Industrial Studies with Commendation (1993) and Doctor of Philosophy (1996) from Ulster University, and is a Chartered Biologist (CBiol), Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB), Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science (FIBMS); and Fellow of The Linnean Society (FLS). A personal sustained record of teaching and research leadership, management, and delivery, supported and helped drive Professor McClenaghan’s engagement in multi-disciplinary academic enterprise activities, including authorship of patents and over 190 publications. He is an internationally recognized expert in diabetes research and recipient of awards including: the University of Ulster Distinguished Research Fellowship Award; The Physiological Society Sharpey-Schafer Prize and Lecture; University of Ulster Distinguished Business Fellowship Award; Coleraine Borough Chamber Innovation in Business Award; and European ACES Academic Enterprise Award for Innovation in Life Sciences. With personal advocacy for entrepreneurship and enterprise, professional practice, biomedical and bio-industrial science, business/civic outreach and engagement, and regional development, Professor McClenaghan is both honoured and excited to serve on the Royal Irish Academy’s Life and Medical Sciences Committee.