Carmel Hughes is a Professor of Primary Care Pharmacy at the School of Pharmacy, The Queen's University of Belfast where she has taught full-time and conducted research since 1997. Her primary research interests are in the care of the elderly, the interface between General Practitioners and pharmacists, rational prescribing and drug misuse. Hughes qualified as a pharmacist in 1988 and received her Ph.D. in Pharmacology in 1991. Previously, she was appointed to a part-time lectureship in Pharmacy and seconded to the Eastern Health and Social Services Board (Northern Ireland) as a Prescribing Advisor, where she provided prescribing support and advice to general practitioners. She is active in professional pharmaceutical societies through commitments to a number of continuing education/professional development programs for pharmacists. She won the Primary Care Career Scientist Award in 2000 (the only pharmacist to do so) and was awarded the British Pharmaceutical Conference Practice Research Medal in 2001.