Changing Horizons in Gerontology: Stroke prevention and treatment in older people

22 October 2020

Organised by: IGS. Sponsor: BAYER


Changing Horizons in Gerontology: Stroke Prevention and Treatment in Older People

Thursday, October 22nd 15.00-16.30

RCPI CPD approval for 2 Credits (External. Ref 1023)        #igstrokesymp

The Irish Gerontological Society is grateful to Bayer for their sponsorship of this online event

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Prof Rónán Collins. Clinical Lead National Stroke Programme

The soon to be published national stroke strategy aims to address stroke holistically in its clinical pillars of ‘Prevention’,  ‘Acute Care and Cure ‘ to ‘Restoration to Living’ and to underpin our national stroke programme with enhanced research and education.   Our IGS theme ‘changing horizons in gerontology’ has never been so apt this year and our symposium on “stroke prevention and treatment in older people’ has a very appealing line up of speakers from different disciplines and perspectives of the stroke pathway. We are delighted to have such an expert panel which includes Prof. A. John Camm consultant cardiologist and professor of clinical cardiology from St George’s University London to discuss “stroke and atrial fibrillation in older people –can we do better ?”; Prof. John Thornton, Consultant Interventional Radiologist  Beaumont Hospital / Royal College of Surgeons Ireland  to discuss “Thrombectomy for stroke in older people” and Ms Marie Condon Senior Physiotherapist in Early Supported Discharge for Stroke from Cork University Hospital, University College Cork  to talk on “ Early supported Discharge in the time of COVID – what have we learned ?”


Moderators     Dr Diarmuid O'Shea, Dr Dan Ryan

Welcome and introduction     Dr Rónán Collins, Consultant in Geriatric and Stroke Medicine at Tallaght University Hospital (TUH)

Stroke and Atrial fibrillation in older people - can we do better?      Prof John Camm, Professor of Clinical Cardiology (emeritus) at St. George’s University of London

Thrombectomy for stroke in older people      Prof John Thornton, Consultant Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiologist in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.

Early Supported Discharge in the time of COVID – what have we learned?     Ms Marie Condon, Senior Physiotherapist, Early Supported Discharge for Stroke, Cork University Hospital

Panel Discussion with Q & A


Professor John Camm

Clinical interests:
Professor John Camm is a professor of clinical cardiology specialising in a number of cardiac issues. These include cardiac arrhythmias sudden cardiac death, inherited channel pathyatrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia, cardiomyopathy and pacemakers. He also works with a focus on cardiac re-synchronisation therapy and ventricular repolarisationas well as other cardiac treatments.

Professional profile:
Professor Camm became a senior lecturer in March 1979and in September 1983 was appointed an honorary consultant physician in the department of cardiology at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London. In June 1987 he became a professor of clinical cardiology and prudential chair of cardiology at St George's Hospital and Medical School later becoming an honorary consultant cardiologist at St George's.

European Society of Cardiology - Gold Medal     Mackenzie Medal of the British Cardiovascular Society      Queen's honorary physician      Commander of the Order of St John      Fellow: Royal College of Physicians      Fellow: European Society of Cardiology      Fellow: American College of Cardiology      Fellow: American Heart Association      Fellow: Academy of Medical Sciences      Fellow: Heart Rhythm Society


Prof. John Thornton is a Consultant Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiologist in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. He completed medical training in University Hospital Dublin. He obtained surgical fellowship with Royal College of Surgeons Ireland. His radiology training was also through Royal College of Surgeons Ireland. He completed training in Neuroradiology in University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University in Chicago. He has a special interest in neurovascular imaging and endovascular intervention for cerebral aneurysms, AVMs, vascular stenosis and acute ischaemic stroke. He has ongoing participation in clinical research and was the Co-Principal Investigator for the ESCAPE (Endovascular Treatment for Small Core and Anterior Circulation Proximal occlusion with Emphasis on minimizing CT to recanalization times) trial in Ireland. He recently co-authored several papers on aspects of endovascular treatment of acute stroke.

He is currently Director of the National Thrombectomy Service, Joint Clinical Lead for Stroke in Beaumont Hospital and Head of Governance Group. He has led the development of emergency endovascular treatment of stroke in Ireland, establishing a nationwide network and works to promote the development with the Health Service Executive/Department of Health. He leads on the National Quality Improvement Programme involving hospitals admitting acute stroke patients throughout Ireland aiming to improve hyper-acute stroke care. This includes the introduction of many interventions to improve efficiency.

Marie Condon is the Senior Physiotherapist with the Cork Stroke Early Supported Discharge Team. She qualified with a first-class honours BSc Physiotherapy from the University of Limerick and an MSc in Neurology and Gerontology from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Marie has extensive experience working across the spectrum of acute, rehabilitation and community-based services with patients post-stroke and older adult populations. Marie continues to research in the areas of neurology and gerontology. She has presented at national and international conferences and is a guest lecturer on stroke as part of the UCC MSc Physiotherapy course. 

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 of Ireland.

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.

Rónán Collins is a Consultant in Geriatric and Stroke Medicine at Tallaght University Hospital (TUH). Clinical associate professor in geriatric medicine TCD. Director of stroke services at TUH 2005-2017. Project Lead on Dublin mid-Leinster stroke telemedicine project 2009. National PI for ENOS, TICH-2, BLITZ-AF. Current HSE National Clinical Lead in Stroke. Member of RCPI council and board of Institute of Medicine. A keen fisherman, lover of hurling, environmentalist and a promoter of patient narrative and intergenerational connectivity through arts in health. Special clinical and research interests include stroke, atrial fibrillation, arts in health and telemedicine.

Recording of this event:

Prof Rónán Collins      02:25

Prof John Camm         05:30

Prof John Thornton     27:50

Ms. Marie Condon      50:00

Panel with Q & A     1:10:25