Maeve was educated in Medicine at Queens University Belfast and did postgraduate research in immunogenetics at Stanford University, USA. She has been a physician in Geriatric Medicine, is a Professor Emeritus at Queens University Belfast and a Visiting Professor at Ulster University. Her research work centres around identifying factors that may contribute to ‘successful ageing', investigating ~ 10% of 90 year olds and older, who seem to ‘age slowly' with the combination of long ‘lifespan' and ‘healthspan'. The participants are from the Belfast Elderly Longitudinal Free-living Ageing STudy (BELFAST) 1994-currently, which she set up, and nonagenarian siblings in the EU-funded Genetics of Healthy Ageing (GeHA) project (2004-2010). Her research team hypothesised that good quality ageing should be accompanied by a competent immune system, good cardiovascular risk profiles, a facilitatory gene phenotype, a good nutritional profile or a combination of these interlinking factors. As a co-ordinator in the ACUME2 Socrates Thematic Network, she has linked GeHA science with the narrative of GeHA participants giving their insights into their longevity in an authored book called ‘Super Vivere: Reflections on Living Long and Ageing Well’. She is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy, a Harvard Macy Scholar and has taught widely in the undergraduate medical curriculum at Queens University. She is a current Trustee of AgeNI, a former Chair of British Geriatrics Society Northern Ireland and Member of the Policy Committee British Geriatrics Society in London and previously a visiting lecturer to the British Geriatrics Society Teaching Programme for Geriatric Fellows in Taiwan.