IGS 62nd Annual and Scientific Meeting (2014) - Keynote Speakers

Prof. Marian McMurdo, Professor and Head of Ageing and Health at the University of Dundee and a consultant geriatrician.

Keynote update: The Quest For The Holy Grail of Exercise

Professor McMurdo leads a multidisciplinary team of researchers examining the role of exercise, physical activity and nutrition in sarcopenia and age-related functional decline. She is renowned for a highly successful track record in completing large clinical trials in frail older populations. She was appointed as UK Chair of the National Institute for Health Research Ageing Research group in 2009 and has published over 150 peer reviewed papers. With Miss Dorothy Dobson, she co-founded D D Developments Ltd, a University of Dundee not-for-profit organisation which provides evidence-based exercise classes for older people throughout the UK. She has won a number of accolades, including the Lady Illingworth Prize in 2001 (an award made to the UK clinician considered to have made the greatest contribution to improving the quality of life of older people through research) and in 2005 she was identified by the British Medical Association as one of 14 leading UK academic role models. A firm believer in good communication, she delivers regular free lectures to packed halls of older people around the UK. In 2011 she won the Ian Stevenson award for excellence in public engagement with science.


Prof. Eamon O'Shea, Personal Professor in the School of Business & Economics, National University of Ireland, Galway

Willie Bermingham Lecture: Psychosocial Interventions for People With Dementia

Eamon O’Shea is a Personal Professor in Economics at the National University of Ireland Galway. He is also a Research Professor at the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology working in the related fields of health economics, ageing and dementia. He holds degrees from University College Dublin, University of York and the University of Leicester. He has had over 90 papers published in peer-reviewed journals, including publications in top-ranked journals such as: the Journal of Health Economics, Social Science and Medicine, British Medical Journal, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Age and Ageing, Ageing and Society, Health Policy, International Journal of Health Technology Assessment, European Journal of Health Economics, International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Trials. He has authored 15 books and monographs, mainly in the field of ageing and dementia and has been responsible for numerous reports commissioned by national and international agencies, including the European Commission and the European Council. His work has been influential in setting the agenda for the ongoing reform of the ageing sector in Ireland, particularly in relation to financing long-stay care and dementia. 

Prof. Shaun O'Keeffe, Clinical Lecturer, Geriatric Medicine, University Hospital Galway.  National University of Ireland, Galway.

Keynote update: Cant and Kant: Capacity and Consent Don't Matter That Much

Dr O'Keeffe graduated from University College Dublin and St Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin. He trained in Internal and Geriatric Medicine in Galway, Dublin, Boston and Liverpool.  He was appointed as Consultant Physician to St Michael’s and St Vincent's Hospitals in Dublin in 1996, and in 2000 moved to his current post as Consultant Physician and Geriatrician in Galway University Hospitals.   He was a member of the Law Reform Commission working group that developed recommendations for changes in Ireland’s laws on mental capacity and chairman of the adult subgroup of the National Consent Working Group.  Research interests include cognitive impairment, sleep disturbance and ethical issues in the care of older people.


Dr. Leo Quinlan, Dept. Physiology, Principal Investigator, B3 Lab, National University of Ireland, Galway

Keynote update: Designing Connected Health Systems for Older People

A native of Cork, Dr. Leo Quinlan received his BSc degree in Biochemistry in 1994 and was awarded the Ph.D. degree in 1998, both from the National University of Ireland Galway. From there he worked as a research fellow at the cellular physiology research unit at University College Cork. In 2000 he was appointed as Lecturer in Physiology School of Medicine, National University of Ireland Galway. His current research interests include cellular physiology (neural modulation, ion channel function, stem cells in tissue regeneration) and human interaction with medical devices, user centered design and electrical stimulation. Dr. Quinlan is a member of a number of biomedical societies and he is a referee for a number biomedical, cellular and molecular based journals.