Dr. Sweeney obtained his BSc and PhD in pharmacology at University of Glasgow, UK. He then trained at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto then was appointed as faculty member in the Department of Biology at York University where he is now full Professor and Tier 1 Research Chair in Mechanisms of Cardiometabolic Disease. Dr. Sweeney has also served as Chief Scientific Officer and Diabetes Group Leader at Institut Pasteur Korea, a world-leading translational research institute. He is recipient of academic awards from Canadian Diabetes Association, the Province of Ontario, Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario. His research has been funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Canadian Diabetes Association, Thalassemia Foundation of Canada, Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, MITACS, Allysta Pharmaceuticals and AstraZeneca. Studies have resulted in publications in leading journals including EMBO J, Nature Reviews Cardiology, Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, Diabetes, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Endocrinology and Cell Metabolism.