Committees

National Executive Committee 2016/2017

Ms. Mo Flynn (President). Mo is Group CEO of Rehab Group. The Rehab Group is an independent international group of charities and commercial companies which works with young people and adults with physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities. Over 3,500 Rehab staff provide health and social care, training and education, and rehabilitation, employment and commercial services in Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, the Netherlands, Poland and Saudi Arabia. Previously Mo was Chief Executive Officer of Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services (OLHCS).   OLHCS provides palliative care, rheumatology rehabilitation, care of older persons and reablement specialist services. Mo was formerly National Director for Older People in the HSE.  She has had an extensive career in health and social services in Australia, the UK and Ireland. Her professional background is in Social Work and she holds an MSc in Gerontology.  

Mo is a member of the All Ireland Institute of Hospice & Palliative Care (AIIHPC) Management Committee.  The AIIHPC reflects a broad range of expertise in the service delivery, academic preparation for and management of hospice and palliative care across the island of Ireland.

Dr. Diarmuid O'Shea (Vice President).  Diarmuid is a Consultant Geriatrician at St Vincents University Hospital in Dublin, Ireland.  A graduate of University College Dublin, he did his Fellowship in Clinical Pharmacology in Vanderbilt University, Nashville,Tennessee.  He was awarded his MD in Drug Metabolism in Ageing.  He was subsequently appointed to a Geriatric Medicine Training programme in Newcastle, England.  He is a past National Specialty Training Director in Geriatric Medicine and was a member of the Irish Committee for Higher Medical training from 2000–2004.  He was elected to the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) Council in 2007.  He served as the  the MasterClass Series Convenor, and was appointed Vice-President of Education and Professional Development at the RCPI in 2008.  He was appointed as Clinical Lead for the National Clinical Programme for Older People in the HSE in 2010.

Dr. Rose Galvin (Hon Treasurer).  Rose graduated from Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) in 2004 with a BSc (hons) in Physiotherapy. She worked clinically as a physiotherapist before undertaking a PhD in the Discipline of Physiotherapy at Trinity College Dublin. The focus of her PhD thesis was around the provision of additional exercise therapy to people with acute stroke through the involvement of their families in the delivery of exercises to them. Rose currently works as the Programme Leader of the HRB Centre for Primary Care Research (CPCR), based in RCSI. Her research interests are in the area of neurology and gerontology, particularly relating to the identification of older adults at risk of adverse outcomes following ED visit. Rose has over published over 40 peer-reviewed publications in physiotherapy and primary care in the past 10 years. Rose is an active member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists and the Hon. Treasurer of the Irish Gerontological Society, one of the oldest societies in the world dedicated to research in ageing.   

Ms. Elaine O Connor (Hon Secretary)  Elaine graduated from University College Cork in 2007 and holds a Masters in Healthcare Management from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She currently works as a Senior Occupational Therapist in the Stroke and Medicine for the Elderly Service in Connolly Hospital, Dublin and previously worked in St. James’s Hospital. Elaine has undertaken research in posture and pressure management as well as in rehabilitation. She is involved in the advisory group for palliative care in Parkinson’s Disease as well as the Genio Dementia Project in Connolly Hospital. Elaine was recently elected as the Honorary Secretary for the Irish Gerontological Society and was previously the therapy representative for the society. 

Ms. Catriona Malone. Catriona is a Senior Occupational Therapist working in primary care services in County Roscommon who believes that a representative from a rural area is beneficial in promotion of the role of the IGS at a local level throughout HSE West. She graduated in 2006 with a BSc. (Hons.) from the University of Salford.  Prior to taking up this role she was employed as a Senior Occupational Therapist in the medicine for the elderly service in St James’s Hospital and worked part time as a practice tutor in Trinity College Dublin. 

Dr. Rónán O'Caoimh is a Geriatrician and research fellow in the Centre for Gerontology and Rehabilitation, University College Cork, where he is currently undertaking a PhD researching on cognitive screening and management of mild cognitive impairment and dementia. He has recently completed a two-year fellowship in community risk assessment and screening and has a special interest in community geriatrics and frailty.

Dr. Aisling M. O’Halloran.  Aisling is a Research Fellow with The Irish Longitudinal stuDy on Ageing (TILDA), Medical Gerontology, Trinity College Dublin. She has been the research lead on both the Frailty and Biomarker Working Groups within TILDA and also manages the TILDA Biobank, the largest of its kind in the Rep. of Ireland. Aisling holds a PhD in the genetic epidemiology of cardiovascular disease from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and a B.A. (Mod) in Natural Science, specializing in genetics, from Trinity College Dublin.  For over nine years, Aisling has conducted research on studies of ageing, health epidemiology, immunology and genetics. Her research interests are in the area of frailty in older adults, including related risk factors (biomarkers) and patterns of service use. She has secured a combined peer-reviewed grant portfolio of >€500K, including a CARDI Leadership in Ageing Research fellowship. She has published >20 peer-reviewed articles in international journals.

 

Mr. Jonathon O'Keeffe. Jonathon is both a Nurse Specialist and Registered Nurse Prescriber in Gerontology currently practising in St Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH), Dublin. He completed his initial training including an MSc in Gerontological Nursing in St James’s Hospital and Trinity College Dublin. Following this he worked in the Private Nursing Home Sector in Nursing Management before undertaking a brief spell in Acute Medicine in SVUH. He was then appointed to his current post in 2010. Jonathon also teaches in the Private Nursing Home Sector in the areas of Medication Management and Dementia Care. He is the local clinical lead for all Nursing Home patients admitted to SVUH and is a strong advocate in the areas of Person Centred Care / Advanced Care Planning / Medication Rationalisation. He has been involved in numerous audit and research projects at both local and national level. He has recently undertaken studies in Advanced Nursing Practice as part of his path towards becoming an Advanced Nurse Practitioner. Jonathon is currently developing links with both UCD and the National Clinical Programme for Older People in raising the profile of Gerontological Nursing as a career. In this regard, he looks forward to supporting and meeting with other Gerontological Nurses as a member of the IGS executive committee.

Ms. Lorna Roe. Lorna is a Research Fellow with the Centre for Health Policy and Management in Trinity College Dublin. She works in the area of health services research, specifically in population ageing, age friendly health service design and complexity of need in old age. Lorna holds a PhD in Health Services Research from Trinity College Dublin which was funded by the Health Research Board PhD Scholars programme.

Lorna's PhD work, using a combination of TILDA data and qualitative interview data, examined frailty and resource use in the Irish older population and the implications for designing models of integrated care. From this work, she co-authored a proposal for a follow-up study which was subsequently funded by the HSE Research Awards on Ageing.  She is currently working on this project:  ‘Supporting Older People to Age in Place in Ireland: Frailty-related Outcomes and health Care Use’ (FOCUS).

Lorna is vice-chairperson of the Irish Social Policy Association and previously worked for five years in Age Action Ireland as a Policy Officer working in the Community and Voluntary Pillar of the Irish Social Partnership process. She holds a masters degree in social policy research from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a first class honours degree in social science from the University College Dublin.

Mr. Robin Webster

Executive Committee Support:

Ms. Miriam Ahern (Strategy and Development Executive).  Miriam joined the IGS in 2012 with responsibility for organisation and membership development of the society. Miriam is a Certified Management Consultant and a Fellow of the Irish Institute for Management Consultants and Advisers (IMCA).  She is a past president of the IMCA (2012),  She holds MSc. Management degree from Trinity College Dublin.   email: miriam.ahern@irishgerontology.com

IAGG ER Congress 2015

(Local Organising Committee)

Ms. Mo Flynn (President)

Prof. J.B. Walsh (Immediate Past President)

Ms. Elaine O'Connor (Hon Secretary)

Dr. Rose Galvin (Hon Treasurer)

Prof. Desmond O’Neill (Chair)

Prof. Tom Scharf (Social & Behavioural)

Prof. Anne Hickey (Social & Behavioural)

Prof. Tom Cotter (Biology of Ageing)

Prof. Peter Passmore (Clinical Gerontology)

Ms. Lucette Murray (Administration)

Ms. Miriam Ahern (Strategy and Development Executive)

National Executive Committee 2013/2014

Prof. J.B. Walsh (President)

Ms. Mo Flynn (Hon Secretary)

Dr. Rose Galvin (Hon Treasurer)

Ms. Mary J Foley

Dr. Joanna McHugh

Ms. Elaine O'Connor

Dr. Diarmuid O'Shea

Ms. Clare O’Sullivan

Prof. Thomas Scharf

Mr. Robin Webster

Ms. Lucette Murray (Administration)

Ms. Miriam Ahern (Strategy and Development Executive)

Annual Scientific Committee (2013/14)

Prof. J.B. Walsh (President)

Ms. Mo Flynn (Hon Secretary)

Dr. Rose Galvin (Hon Treasurer)

Prof. Thomas Scharf

Prof. Eamon Mulkerrin

Prof. Martin O'Donnell

Dr. Adeline Cooney

Ms. Lucette Murray (Administration)

Ms. Miriam Ahern (Strategy and Development Executive)