Professor Prem Puri is the Newman Clinical Research Professor at the UCD School of Medicine and Medical Science, and President of the National Children's Research Centre at Our Lady's Children's Hospital. He is currently the President of the World Federation of Associations of Paediatric Surgeons (WOFAPS) FOUNDATION. He is Past President of the World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgeons (WOFAPS), and Past President of the European Paediatric Surgeons Association (EUPSA). He is Editor-in-Chief of Paediatric Surgery International, and also on the Editorial Board of several other journals. He is a member of the Health Research Board of Ireland.Professor Puri is Honorary Fellow of a number of prestigious medical and scientific societies, including the American Surgical Association (ASA), American Academy of Paediatrics, American Paediatric Surgical Association, Japanese Association of Paediatric Surgeons, and also Argentinean, Austrian, Canadian, Czech, Croatian, Cuban, Indian, South African and Ukrainian paediatric surgical associations.Professor Puri is known internationally for his research into underlying mechanisms causing birth defects, and innovative treatments, which have benefited children all over the world. He is a multi award-winning researcher whose previous awards include People of the Year Award in Ireland and the prestigious Denis Browne Gold Medal by the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons and Rehbein Medal by the European Paediatric Surgeons Association for outstanding contribution to paediatric surgery. He has been a visiting professor to many leading universities all over the world, and invited speaker to numerous international scientific meetings. He has published 10 books, 127 chapters in textbooks and over 500 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Three to four percent of all babies are born with major congenital birth defects, some of which are lethal and most are debilitating with short and long-term implications for the affected children and their families. In addition, there are other congenital anomalies which become apparent in infancy or childhood and may cause significant impact on individuals and health care systems. For the majority of congenital malformations, the cause remains unknown. During the past three decades we have been interested in understanding the underlying mechanisms causing some of the common congenital birth defects, e.g. vesicoureteral reflux, Hirschsprung's disease and related disorders, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, VACTERAL Association and Omphalocele. The National Children's Research Centre is now recognised internationally as a leading centre for research in the field of Vesicoureteral reflux , Hirschsprung's Disease and Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia.Awarded 'Life Time Achievement Award' by the World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgeons (WOFAPS) in October 2014 for Outstanding Contribution to the Development of Paediatric Surgery Worldwide.