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Professor Catherine Godson


Catherine Godson

Full Professor
School of Medicine
01 716 6731
University College Dublin, School of Medicine, Conway Institute Belfield Dublin 4


I am full Professor in the School of Medicine UCD where I lead the UCD Diabetes Complications Research Centre. I lead an international, multidisciplinary group of investigators including faculty, postdocs, clinical fellows, graduate students and undergraduates whose research focuses on innate immunity and chronic complications of diabetes. Our investigations have identified several novel modulators of disease and potential markers of susceptibility and progression of diabetic nephropathy. We collaborate closely with biopharma in an open innovation model. I have supervised 25 PhD students to completion and these are now engaged in industry, policy, clinical medicine and academic spheres. I play a leadership role nationally and internationally including board membership of the Health Research Board, Ireland (2007-2012), the European Medical Research Council (2007-2012) and the Wellcome Trust Physiological Sciences Committee (2006-2009). I was elected to the Royal Irish Academy (2011) where I Chair the Life Sciences and Medicine Committee (2014-2018). I have served as Vice President Innovation and Corporate Partnerships (2004-2008). I have been appointed an advisor to the Board of Bart's Trust Charity (2018-2020). I recently Chaired a Keystone Symposium on The Resolution of Inflammation in Health and Disease (2018). I serve on the programme committee of the American Soc Nephrology Annual meeting (2018). I serve on the editorial boards of J Biol Chem, Am J Physiol. and Mol Pharm


  • BSc
    University College Dublin
  • PhD
    University College Dublin