Committees

National Executive Committee 2021/2022

Prof Rose Anne Kenny (President).  Professor Kenny holds the Chair of Medical Gerontology and is Head of the academic department of Medical Gerontology at Trinity College Dublin. Previously Professor of Cardiovascular Research and head of geriatric medicine at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, Rose Anne is now director of Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA) at St. James’s Hospital Dublin. She is the founding Principal Investigator of Ireland’s largest adult population study on the experience of ageing in Ireland – for The Irish LongituDinal study on Ageing  (TILDA), now in its 12th year of data collection.

Prof Kenny has published over 600 scientific publications to date, including 440 research articles, 52 reviews, 4 textbooks and 57 book chapters. She is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy (M.R.I.A); Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (F.R.C.P.E.): London (F.R.C.P.), Ireland (F.R.C.P.I.); Fellow of Trinity College Dublin (F.T.C.D); Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (F.E.S.C). She has over 50 medal awards and keynotes, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, WCFP, Kuala Lumpur 2019; Health Hero, The Irish Times, 2018; and Trinity Innovation Award, 2017.

Dr Rose Galvin (Vice President).  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 was the Hon. Treasurer of the Irish Gerontological Society for four years.

Ms Elaine O Connor (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. e:secretary@irishgerontology.com

Mr Jonathon O'Keeffe RANP, FFNMRCSI​ (Treasurer). Jonathon is currently both a Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner and 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’ Hospital and Trinity College Dublin. Following this, he worked in the Private Nursing Home (NH) Sector in Nursing Management before undertaking a brief spell in Acute Medicine in SVUH. He was appointed to his current post in 2019 following additional training in Advanced Nursing Practise in UCD where he is also an Adjunct Lecturer. Jonathon also teaches in the Private NH 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 including the National Frailty Education Programme and the development of the recently launched National Transfer Document for NH Residents when transferring to the acute hospital setting. He is currently a member of the local Covid Response Team for SVUH & CHO6 and has gained extensive experience in Outbreak Management in the NH sector since the start of the Covid 19 pandemic. e: treasurer@irishgerontology.com

Ms Deirdre Lang, Director of Nursing Lead, National Clinical Programme for Older People (NCPOP)  RGN, Scottish Quality & Safety Fellow (Cohort 10), FFNMRCSI, MSc Leadership, BNS (Hons), Dip Mgt, HDip Gerontological Nursing, HETAC level 6 Special award in coaching. Deirdre initially trained in St Vincent’s Hospital, Elm Park, as a Registered General Nurse. During the early part of her career, she spent a number of years working in acute services both in Australia and in Ireland. She has had a variety of experiences in healthcare, having worked in mental health nursing and in practice development. In her role as Project Officer with the Nursing Midwifery Planning Development Unit (NMPDU), she managed a Government to Government recruitment initiative across a number of Irish service providers and Spain, which she feels has provided her with a strategic overview of the health services. Her experience in Older Persons Services includes the role of Clinical Nurse Manager 2, Assistant Director of Nursing and Director of Nursing both in the HSE and private sector. Her role as Director of Nursing NCPOP brings together all aspects of her experience to date, together with her passion for the older patient and those who provide their care. Her approach to life is Henry Fords “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t ………you are right”.​Twitter:  @deirdrelanglang

Dr Aisling M. O’Halloran 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.

Originally from Romania, Bibiana Savin has lived in Ireland since 2003. She has qualifications in Social Work, Advocacy, Sociology and also holds a Master of Social Science - Human Rights & Social Policy from Maynooth University. Bibiana works as an advocate with Sage Advocacy, supporting older people and healthcare patients since 2015 and is currently the Regional Coordinator for Dublin SW & Kildare. She acts as a Patient & Public Representative on the Irish Hip Fracture Database governance committee in NOCA and on the University College Dublin PPI Ignite Executive Committee.  Her main areas of interest are Advocacy, Social Gerontology, Sociology of Health & Illness, Qualitative Social Research, and Photography.

Dr Amanda Lavan is a graduate of the Royal College of Surgeons (Class of 2009). She is a consultant geriatrician at St James’s Hospital and a senior clinical lecturer in Medical Gerontology at Trinity College Dublin. In 2018 she was awarded her PhD from University College Cork, entitled “Adverse drug reactions and targets for deprescribing in high risk older adults”. In addition, in 2020, she completed a Masters in Health Service Management at Trinity college Dublin. She recently became the co-chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee at St James’s Hospital and is a regular speaker with the Medication Management Program, lecturing about safe and effective prescribing in older adults. She has published research in the areas of appropriate medication use in older adults, adverse drug reactions, deprescribing and geriatric oncology.

Dr Adam Dyer is a 1st Year Specialist Registrar (SpR) in Geriatric and General Internal Medicine (GIM). Adam graduated from Medicine in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) in 2017 and additionally holds a MSc in Neuroscience (Intercalated), a MSc by Research (Medical Gerontology), a Postgraduate Certificate in Statistics and Membership of the RCPI. Adam is the one of the first Geriatric Medicine trainees to be appointed to the ICAT programme enabling completion of an ambitious programme of doctoral research alongside clinical training in Geriatric and General Internal Medicine (RCPI). Adam has published over 40 journal papers, many in leading gerontology journals, which have been widely cited. Adam’s translational research centres on the immunology of ageing and seeks to examine the impact of age and frailty states on innate immune responses, and how these responses influence the pathogenesis and clinical progression of age-related disease. Adam is passionate about translating the latest advances in the basic biology of ageing into improvements in outcomes for older adults."

Ms Edel Mc Daid graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2012 with a BSc in Physiotherapy. She is currently completing the MSc in Ageing Health and Disease programme in Cardiff University. Her dissertation is in partnership with the Orthopaedic Service in St. Vincent's University Hospital and will examine recovery of mobility post hip fracture comparing a clinical outcome measure with the person's perception of their recovery. Edel has gained clinical experience across multiple specialties and is currently working as a senior physiotherapist in older persons rehabilitation in the Royal Hospital Donnybrook. Edel is the former Chairperson of the Neurology and Gerontology special interest group of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. In response to the pandemic, she led in the rapid development of practice guidelines for physiotherapists working with older people and people with neurological conditions who present with COVID-19. Edel was the lead author of "Guide for treating older people post COVID-19 in hospital, post-acute care and the community" which is published on the World Physiotherapy Organisation website. Her primary interests are in rehabilitation, fragility fractures and age-friendly healthcare. Twitter: @edelphysio 

Dr. Catriona Reddin is a second year Specialist Registrar in Geriatric and General Internal Medicine in University Hospital Galway. Catriona graduated from NUI Galway in 2015 and subsequently completed a Masters in Clinical Research in 2020 (NUI Galway). She was awarded an Irish Clinical Academic Training (ICAT) programme fellowship and will begin a PhD exploring the epidemiological association of diet and falls using traditional and advanced analytic techniques.

Ms. Louise Barry graduated from the University of Limerick (UL) in 2007 with a BSc in General Nursing. She has a higher diploma in the rehabilitation of the older person, a certificate in nurse prescribing and an MSc of Health Sciences (Nurse/Midwifery Education). She has worked in various capacities across the public and private sector in care of the older person services across the mid-west. She is also a registered nurse tutor who worked as a lecturer in the University of Limerick for 4 years. Currently, Louise is a CNM2 of clinical research with a keen interest in ageing research. She is a PhD Candidate with the Nursing and Midwifery Department in UL and is returning to a lecturer post within the department in 2022.

Ms. Íde O’Shaughnessy is a senior occupational therapist working in the Emergency Department at University Hospital Limerick and is a year 2 PhD candidate at the School of Allied Health, Faculty of Education and Health Sciences, University of Limerick. She has worked in a number of acute hospitals in Ireland and has also completed a structured MSc in Older Person Rehabilitation at University College Cork. She has a special interest in care of the older adult in emergency and urgent care setting. Her research is focused on innovative models of healthcare delivery among hospitalised older adults with undifferentiated medical complaints. She has a keen interest in translational ageing research and practices that inform national and international policy and practice.

Dr. Ruairi Waters is a Consultant in Geriatric Medicine at Galway University Hospital. He has completed dual training in both geriatric medicine and general practice. He is currently clinical lead for the Falls & Scyncope service in Galway University Hospital. He is a Principal Investigator on a large Randomised Control Trial which is a community-based screening trial for atrial fibrilation (R-BEAT)

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