Aileen’s earliest education was at the Dominican Convent, Santa Sabina, Dublin and Loreto Convent, Navan, Co Meath. Her scientific education began in earnest at University College Dublin where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree. In 1983 she completed her PhD in immunology and continued research in that field until 1988 when she immigrated with her family to Canada. Once in Toronto she moved into cancer research, holding positions as Research Associate and later Assistant Professor in the University of Toronto’s Department of Pathology. However, a nutritional thread had run through her research career, and she gradually became convinced that all disease had its roots in inadequate nutrition. So in 1996 she made the transition from conventional research to
orthomolecular medicine. Orthomolecular medicine is a form of alternative medicine aimed at maintaining health through nutritional supplementation and based on the idea that there is an optimum nutritional environment in the body and that diseases reflect deficiencies in this environment.
Eat Well, Age Better, her best-selling book has been enthusiastically received by doctors and the public. Aileen serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine and is a
member of the core faculty of the Orthomolecular Medicine Today Conference. She is currently working on a new book to be published by Harper Collins in spring 2017.