Prof O’Donnell is Professor of Translational Medicine at NUI Galway and Associate Director of the HRB Clinical Research Facility Galway. After graduating from University College Cork, he trained in Geriatric and Stroke medicine in Ireland, McMaster University (Canada) and Stanford University (US). He holds a PhD from the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University. He is co-Director of an MSc in Clinical Research at NUI Galway. Prof. O’Donnell’s research focus includes epidemiology of stroke, clinical trials and systematic reviews in vascular medicine. He holds an ERC award investigating sodium intake and cardiovascular health (COSIP). He has published over 100 peer-review papers, including clinical studies, in high-impact journals, including NEJM, JAMA and Lancet.