Professor Valerie O’Donnell elected member of Academia Europaea

Professor Valerie O’Donnell elected member of Academia Europaea



Val O’Donnell from Cardiff University School of Medicine has been elected in recognition of her academic excellence 


Academia Europaea has announced that 361 international scholars have been elected for membership.  Valerie O’Donnell is among those receiving the distinction. 


About Valerie O’Donnell

Professor Val O’Donnell is co-director of the Systems Immunity Research InstituteSchool of Medicine at Cardiff University. Her research focuses on discovery and characterisation of inflammatory bioactive lipids involved in cardiovascular disease, dementia and wound healing. 

Val O’Donnell is an editor of the open access journal FUNCTION. Her review into the potential of oral mouthwash to reduce Covid-19 transmission in the early stages of infection was the first paper published by the journal. She has recently been awarded Fellowship of The Academy of Medical Sciences.


Ole Petersen, Vice President of Academia Europaea and Academic Director of the AE Cardiff Knowledge Hub, said:

“It is wonderful news for Wales and Cardiff University that Professor Valerie O’Donnell has been elected MAE. This is a very significant award for her outstanding work on the role of new lipids in vascular inflammation. Val joins a very select group of 16 top scientists in Wales, who have been elected to membership of Academia Europaea. Val was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences earlier this year and can now add a very well deserved high-level European recognition to the one from the UK.”

More information about newly elected members

  • To find out about other newly elected members of Academia Europaea, visit the AE website
  • To find out more about the nomination process click here.


1st September 2020. For further information please contact AECardiffHub@cardiff.ac.uk


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