Changing Horizons in Gerontology: Hot Topic Updates. Parkinson's Disease. Covid-19 Vaccination.

Changing Horizons in Gerontology: Hot Topic Updates. Parkinson's Disease. Covid-19 Vaccination.

21 January 2021

Organised by: Irish Gerontological Society


Changing Horizons in Gerontology: Hot Topic Updates

Parkinson's Disease

Covid-19 Vaccination

Thursday, January 21st 15.00-16.30

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The Irish Gerontological Society is grateful to Clonmel Healthcare for their support of this online event by means of an unrestricted educational grant

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Moderators Dr Graham Hughes and Dr Dan Ryan

Panel     Prof Rose Anne Kenny, Dr Siobhán Kennelly, Jonathon O'Keeffe, Dr David Hanlon


Welcome     Prof Rose Anne Kenny, President of the Irish Gerontological Society

Hot Topic: Motor Therapies in Parkinson's Disease

Prof Richard Walsh, Consultant Neurologist, Tallaght University Hospital and Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

Panel Discussion with Q & A

Hot Topic: COVID 19 Vaccination – Facts, Perspectives and Consent     

Prof Shaun O'Keeffe, Consultant Geriatrician and Honorary Personal Professor of Medicine in Galway University Hospitals

Panel Discussion with Q & A


Prof Richard Walsh graduated from UCD in 2002 and went on to complete his neurology training in Dublin which included a clinical fellowship in dystonia in St. Vincent’s Hospital. He went on to complete fellowships in movement disorders and deep brain stimulation in Toronto before returning home to Tallaght University Hospital in 2012 where he set up the Tallaght Movement Disorders Unit. Richard was appointed clinical lead of the National Deep Brain Stimulation Service in  2019.

Shaun O'Keeffe MD FRCPI graduated from University College Dublin in 1985. He trained in Internal and Geriatric Medicine in Galway, Dublin, Boston and Liverpool.  He has been a Consultant Geriatrician and an Honorary Personal Professor of Medicine in Galway University Hospitals since 2000.   He is currently co-chair of the HSE National Consent Policy revision group and a member of the Consent for Covid-19 Vaccination Working Group.  Research interests include cognitive impairment, sleep disturbance, dysphagia and ethical issues in the care of older people. 


Dr Siobhán Kennelly is a Consultant Geriatrician in Connolly Hospital and she is currently the National Clinical & Advisory Group Lead for Older Persons in the HSE

Professor Rose Anne 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 if 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.

Jonathon O’Keeffe RANP, FFNMRCSI, Hon. Treasurer Irish Gerontological Society: 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.

Dr David Hanlon is a GP in Leixlip Co Kildare. He is currently the National Clinical advisor in Primary Care in HSE and provides clinical leadership across three core pillars of Clinical excellence, Strategic development and Operational delivery. His role encompasses the development of  primary care services and workforce to improve capacity and capability in community care settings, and promoting an integrated approach to care delivery. Other work includes sponsorship of the shared record Programme, (a key component of the national electronic health record) and input into a wide range of reform initiatives including the implementation of Community Health Organisations.

Dan Ryan is a Consultant Geriatrician and Stroke Lead at Tallaght University Hospital. He has a PhD in stroke medicine and trained in King's Hospital in London.  In March 2020 he set up the COVID nursing home webinar series, in collaboration with AIIHPC, which was attended by 3500 nursing home staff over 13 lectures.

Dr Graham Hughes is a Consultant Geriatrician and Associate Professor in Clinical Medicine, UCD. Dr Hughes has been a consultant in the UK & Ireland with special interest in movement disorders since 2007 and was appointed as a Consultant Physician in Geriatric & General Medicine in St. Vincent’s University Hospital in 2009. He has particular interests in Parkinson’s disease (PD) and integration of older people’s care across service interfaces. Graham is a member of the European Parkinson’s Disease Association Expert Review Panel and a board director with the Irish Parkinson’s advocacy group Move4Parkinsons. 

Diarmuid O’Shea is a Consultant Physician in Geriatric Medicine in St Vincent’s University Hospital and Registrar of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI).  He is a UCD medical graduate.  He was Clinical Lead for the National Clinical Programme for Older People with the HSE until 2019 and Chair of the Irish Committee on Higher Medical Training from 2017 to 2019.  He has held the position of Vice-President of Education and Professional Development in the RCPI and acted as the Masterclass Series Convenor in the RCPI since its inception in 2007.  He is immediate past president of the Irish Gerontological Society.