61st Annual and Scientific Meeting - Keynote Speakers

Dr. Simon Conroy  was appointed as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Leicester in March 2008, moving to the University Hospitals of Leicester in April 2011, where he is currently Head of Service/Senior Lecturer, Geriatric Medicine.  He is the clinical lead for older people for the main local provider of community services for older people. These combined posts provide a unique opportunity to develop, implement and evaluate evidence based clinical practice across the interfaces between primary, secondary and social care. This has led him to conceptualise and promulgate ‘interface geriatrics’, an emerging model of vertically integrated care for frail older people. He leads the acute care workstream for an NIHR funded programme grant, which is evaluating aspects of interface geriatrics. With colleagues, he has been awarded funding approaching £8 million. He has published over 40 peer reviewed papers or editorials, including national guidelines on advance care planning. He is the acute care lead for the British Geriatrics Society. Dr. Conroy's presentation is available to download below. 

Professor Michael Farrell has worked at Beaumont Hospital as Consultant Neuropathologist since the hospital opened in 1987. Prior to that, he worked at the Richmond Hospital, having joined that institution in 1984. Previously he trained in Neuropathology at the University of Western Ontario, Canada.  Dr. Farrell is interested in all aspects of clinical neuroscience but is particularly interested in neurodegeneration, mitochondrial dysfunction and the neuropathology of intractable epilepsy.  He is a teacher in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and has extensive research collaborations with neuroscience researchers at RCSI and Trinity College Dublin. Along with his colleagues, Dr. Farrell is involved in the running of the Dublin Brain Bank and The National CJD Surveillance Centre at Beaumont Hospital.

Yves Joanette PhD FCAHS  is Professor in Cognitive Neurosciences of Aging at the Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Montréal. He is currently the Scientific Director of the Institute of Aging of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Executive Director of the CIHR International Collaborative Research Strategy on Alzheimer’s Disease. From 1997 to 2009, he was Director of the Centre de recherche de l'Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal. From 2009 to 2011, he was President & CEO, as well as the Chair of the Board, of the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRQ-S). Professor Joanette’s research interests relate to the aging process of the cognitive brain and cognitive deficits in the elderly. Using combined cognitive and neuroimaging approaches, he and his team contribute to our understanding of (a) the neurofunctional reorganization that allows for the preservation of cognitive abilities in aging, and (b) cognitive deficits in Alzheimer’s disease. Since the beginning of his career in research, Dr. Joanette and his team have published extensively in respected journals and have trained numerous scholars and clinicians. Dr. Joanette and his team have also engaged in knowledge transfer and the introduction of best clinical practices.  Yves Joanette has been a Scholar and then Scientist of the Canadian Medical Research Council (now CIHR) and has received many distinctions, including the André-Dupont Award from the Club de recherches cliniques du Québec, in 1990, and the Eve-Kassier Award, in 1995, for exceptional professional accomplishment. Yves Joanette is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Science. In 2007, the Université Lumière de Lyon in France presented him with an Honorary Doctorate.

Professor Chris Phillipson is co-director of the Manchester Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Research on Ageing (MICRA),http://www.ihs.manchester.ac.uk/MICRA/ based at the University of Manchester (UK). Before moving to Manchester, Chris Phillipson held a variety of posts at Keele University including dean of research for the social sciences and director of the social science research institutes. He was also a Pro-Vice Chancellor for the University and founded (in 1987) the Centre for Social Gerontology. He has published extensively on a range of topics in the field of ageing, including work in the field of family and community studies, transnational migration, social inclusion/ exclusion, urban sociology, and social theory. He is the co-author of the Handbook of Social Gerontology (Sage Books, 2010), Work, Health and Wellbeing (co-authored, Policy Press, 2012), and Ageing (Policy Press, 2013).



Yves Joanette