Prof Maria Cordina graduated in Pharmacy from the University of Malta in 1992. She was awarded a scholarship to read for a PhD at the Queen’s University of Belfast in Northern Ireland and graduated 1998. Her research focused on pharmaceutical care of asthma patients. She has since followed various courses and additionally holds a diploma in Health Outcomes Research. She has published extensively in the fields related to therapeutic management of respiratory disease, professional practice and pharmacy practice, mainly delivery of pharmaceutical care, medicines use incorporating also gender issues and social pharmacy. She has been a guest speaker at numerous national and international conferences in addition to organising and chairing multiple conferences. In addition to supervising students at the University of Malta, she has supervised/co-supervised various students reading for MSc and PhDs at The University of Helsinki and Robert Gordon University. She has also acted as external examiner for PhD for the University of Sydney, the University of Helsinki and the University of Lisbon.Prof Cordina founded the Malta College of Pharmacy Practice in 1996. She has been president since and she is also the editor of the Journal of the Malta College of Pharmacy Practice. Prof Cordina also acts as temporary advisor to WHO in relation to pharmaceutical matters and as expert evaluator for the European Commission’s research framework programme (DG Research).