Diabetes & Pregnancy Speaker Biographies

Yvonne Moloney- Advanced Practitioner Diabetes

Yvonne Moloney received her Nursing qualification from the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital in Dublin in 1993 and subsequently worked as a Staff Nurse on the Diabetes ward at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital. She did her Midwifery training at the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital in Dublin and worked as a Staff Midwife in the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital before moving to Limerick. She received a Higher Diploma HDip Diabetes Nursing from UCD and was appointed Clinical Midwife Specialist Diabetes in Limerick in 2002. She completed an MSc Diabetes in London in 2008, the Nurse prescribing programme in the Royal College of Surgeons Dublin in 2009, a Post Graduate Diploma PGD Advanced Practice at NUIG Galway in 2010 while working as a CMS in Limerick. On completion of site preparation for an Advanced Practice Diabetes post, she was successful in being appointed as Registered Advanced Midwife Practitioner Diabetes in the UL Hospitals group in 2014.

Her areas of research and special interest include Diabetes & Women’s Health.

She maintains an interest in Diabetes Nursing & Midwifery and is currently member of numerous groups including Chair of the Irish Diabetes Nurse & Midwife Specialists Association IDNMSA, member of the working group for the national Electronic Health Record, and the Irish Association of Advanced Nurse and Midwife Practitioners IAANMP.


Dr. Rita Forde

Following completion of her general nursing and midwifery training Rita joined the diabetes team at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin. She held various positions there including the inaugural Advanced Nurse Practitioner post for diabetes nursing in Ireland.  She completed a BSc, MSc (ANP) and Higher Diploma (Diabetes Nursing) at University College Dublin and has contributed to local and national working groups on diabetes care.  She completed a PhD at King’s College London having been awarded a Doctoral Fellowship from the Foundation of European Nurses in Diabetes (FEND).  She is currently based at King’s College London and is involved in research related to pre-pregnancy care for women with type 2 diabetes.


Assoc. Prof Mensud Hatunic MD MRCPI

Consultant Endocrinologist and UCD Associate Clinical Professor in Medicine at Mater Misericordiae University Hospital/Holles Street Hospital Dublin.

He qualified from Trinity College Dublin in 1998. His specialist training in Endocrinology and Diabetes was conducted at Hospitals in Dublin and Addenbrookes Hospital Cambridge England. He completed MD thesis with Trinity College Dublin. His particular expertise is in Diabetes, Insulin Resistance, Insulin pump, Diabetes in Pregnancy, PCOS, Infertility and General Endocrinology.


Prof Helen Murphy- MBBChBAO, FRACP, MD

Helen is a Professor of Medicine (Diabetes and Antenatal Care) at the University of East Anglia and Professor of Women’s Health at Kings College London. She is also an honorary consultant physician at Cambridge University NHS Foundation Trust since 2006 and at Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust since 2015. She runs a diabetes pregnancy research programme which aims to improve the glucose control and infant health outcomes of pregnant women with diabetes. Her research interests include improving access to prepregnancy care, maternal dietary intake and developing novel continuous glucose monitoring and artificial pancreas technologies. She supervises higher degree students from diabetes & endocrinology, clinical biochemistry and obstetrics & gynaecology. Her research is funded by Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Diabetes UK, Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation (DRWF), and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). She has led the East of England prepregnancy care projects, is a founding member of the National Pregnancy in Diabetes (NPID) audit and chair of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Gestational Diabetes Diet Group. She is regional editor for Diabetic Medicine, a member of the Diabetes UK scientific research committee and has previously served on the NIHR Health Technology Assessment Maternal and Child Health Board and the EU FP7 Grant Assessment Panel.


Prof. Mary Higgins

A Kildare native, currently works as a Consultant Obstetrician in the National Maternity Hospital/University College Dublin. She completed training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Ireland and her fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine in Toronto, Canada. Having obtained a MSc in Evidence Based Health Care from Oxford, she followed this with a MD from UCD on the topic of ” Growth Factors and Placental Function in Diabetic Pregnancy”

Her current research interests include diabetes, and medical education. Shr has more than 80 peer reviewed papers, many on the subject of Diabetes and Pregnancy.