National Executive Committee 2020/2021

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.

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:

Dr Colm Byrne is a graduate of University College Dublin (Class of 2009). Currently, he is working as a Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Geriatric and Stroke Medicine of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and is undertaking an MD the area of Air Pollution and Stroke. He is a final year Specialist Registrar in Geriatric and General Internal Medicine. In addition, he has completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management with the Institute of Public Administration. As part of his role with the IGS he hopes to improve the engagement of medical trainees and students with social policy issues that affect older people.

Dr Derek Hayden is a final year Specialist Registrar in Geriatric and General Internal Medicine at Tallaght Hospital, Dublin. He graduated from University College Dublin in 2008. He was awarded the Newman Fellow in Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation in 2014 and was a Research Fellow with the Irish Stroke Clinical Trials Network. Derek completed his MD in the Epidemiology, Secondary Prevention and Imaging Characteristics of Atrial Fibrillation related stroke and has also undertaken an MSc in Epidemiology. He completed a Clinical Fellowship in Stroke Medicine at Cambridge University Hospital. Derek is actively involved in stroke research as well as undergraduate and postgraduate Medical Education.

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 Elizabeth Moloney is currently working as Geriatric Medicine SpR in Beaumont Hospital. She qualified from University College Cork in 2011 and completed BST training and initial registrar experience in Cork & Limerick. She is actively involved in research and undergraduate teaching. Elizabeth is qualified in both medicine and dentistry, qualifying initially as a dentist (BDS NUI) from UCC, working with both HSE and in private practice, before moving to Oral Surgery/Oral Medicine department of Cork University Hospital. She holds a Diploma of Membership of Faculty of Dental Surgery (MFDS) from Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). Elizabeth is published in international peer-reviewed journals in both medicine and dentistry fields. She has co-chaired Trainee Doctor Special Interest Group meeting at IGS conference for last 2 years and looks forward to further development and lead-out of the Trainee Doctor SIG group role within the IGS - to highlight ongoing challenges and achievements of our trainees, as well as encouraging research and innovation.

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 Mary Walsh graduated from University College Dublin in 2009 with a BSc in Physiotherapy and gained acute clinical experience in Vancouver, Canada. On return to Ireland in 2012 she completed a PG Cert. in Older Person Rehabilitation in University College Cork and worked with the brain injury organisation Headway. Her PhD, completed through an Irish Research Council Fellowship in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) in 2016, explored falls-risk after stroke using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. As a Postdoctoral Researcher, she worked with the RCSI Hospital Group before moving to her current role in the HRB Centre for Primary Care Research, RCSI. Her current research interests encompass stroke recovery, falls prevention, unwarranted clinical variation and the improvement of patient outcomes at a health system level. Mary teaches as an Honorary Lecturer in the School of Physiotherapy, RCSI and is an active member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists Neurology and Gerontology special interest group.


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