Changing Horizons in Gerontology: Update on Thrombosis and Stroke Risk During COVID Pandemic

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Update on Thrombosis and Stroke Risk During COVID Pandemic
25 February 2021
Online event
Organised by: 
Irish Gerontological Society

Recording of this event:

02:30      Prof Niamh O'Connell

18:55      Trish Galvin

48:25      Dr Niamh Hannon

1:03:45   Dr Robert Murphy

1:18:00    Panel with Q & A 


Changing Horizons in Gerontology

Update on Thrombosis and Stroke Risk During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Thursday, February 25th 2021     15.00-16.30

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Martin O'Donnell, Professor of Translational Medicine at NUI Galway

Our symposium, entitled ‘An Update on Thrombosis and Stroke Risk during the COVID-19 Pandemic’, will target a series of inter-related topics.

We are pleased to have Prof Niamh O’Connell, Consultant Haematologist, St James’ Hospital, present a cutting-edge update on the effect of COVID-19 on coagulation and thrombosis, with a review of implications for venous and arterial thromboembolism.

Trish Galvin, ANP in Acute Stroke (University Hospital Galway), will review whether COVID-19 is associated with stroke risk, taking a direct and indirect perspective on the implications of the pandemic on stroke risk and consequence.

Dr Niamh Hannon, Consultant Stroke Geriatrician (University Hospital Galway) will then present an overview of antithrombotic therapy and COVID-19 infection, including current and future perspectives.

Dr Robert Murphy, SpR in Geriatric medicine, will tackle the challenge of monitoring for atrial fibrillation in the current healthcare setting, with emphasis on remote monitoring and virtual clinic follow-up.  

This symposium, including a diverse panel of experts, promising to be an engaging and clinically relevant educational session for clinicians and healthcare professionals at all stages of training and experience.



Moderators:  Dr Diarmuid O'Shea And Dr Niamh Hannon


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

Introduction     Prof Martin O'Donnell

The Effect of COVID-19 on Coagulation and Thrombosis     Prof Niamh O'Connell

Is COVID Associated with Stroke Risk and Outcome?    Trish Galvin

Role of Antithrombotic Therapy in Management of COVID-19?   Dr Niamh Hannon

Monitoring for Atrial Fibrillation in Pandemic Times    Dr Robert Murphy



Rose Anne Kenny is Professor of Medical Gerontology and Head of the academic department of Medical Gerontology at Trinity College Dublin. She is the present President of the IGS. She is also director of the recently established Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA) at St. James’s Hospital Dublin, which is a state of the art facility hosting ambulatory care, in-patients, education and research facilities for older adults. She is the founding Principal Investigator of Ireland’s largest adult population study on the experience of ageing– for The Irish LongituDinal study on Ageing  (TILDA). She has a high international standing for her research on ageing ranked in the top 5% of geriatric medicine publications.


Dr. Niamh O'Connell, M.B., Ph.D., F.R.C.P.I., F.R.C.Path.
National Haemophilia Director, Consultant Haematologist, The National Coagulation Centre, St James’s Hospital, Dublin.

Dr Niamh O’Connell is National Haemophilia Director at the National Coagulation Centre (NCC), St. James’s Hospital, Dublin, Ireland. Following specialist training in Haemostasis and Thrombosis in the UK, Dr O’Connell returned to Ireland in 2004 as Consultant Haematologist in Tallaght University Hospital, joined the NCC in 2010 and took on the role of Director of the NCC in 2018.  The NCC is the lead comprehensive care centre for adults in Ireland with Haemophilia and related bleeding disorders, and also provides specialist diagnostic and treatment services for thrombotic conditions including Obstetric and Cancer associated thrombosis. Clinical research published in 2020 includes a number of high impact papers on COVID19 and coagulation.  The NCC is a hub for clinical services, research, training and education in disorders of haemostasis on a national basis.


Trish Galvin, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Stroke Care Galway University Hospital. Trish always had an interest in stroke from her early years in her nursing career. Trish's background is in gerontological nursing, working in the care of the older person for 14 years before becoming the CNS, and registering as an ANP Stroke 3 years ago. Her particular interest in the acute care of stroke patients and atrial fibrillation.


Dr Niamh Hannon is a native of Galway city. She graduated from medical school at NUI Galway (2002).  Niamh undertook her specialist training and stroke fellowship in Dublin and was awarded a PhD in "Stroke & Atrial Fibrillation" from UCD.  Niamh worked as a consultant stroke physician in Addenbrookes, Cambridge, UK for 5 years.  She is currently a stroke  (& geriatric medicine) consultant physician at Galway University Hospitals (University Hospital Galway and Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe).

Dr Robert Murphy is a Specialist Registrar in Geriatric Medicine and is currently working in University Hospital Limerick. He graduated from UCC in 2013, and has completed a masters in clinical research and a post-graduate diploma in medical education. He is interested in clinical epidemiology and stroke prevention and will be starting a PhD in neurovascular medicine within the HRB-Clinical Research Facility NUIG from July 2021. 

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.