65th Annual & Scientific Meeting 2017 - Keynote Speakers


 Blood Pressure and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease


Robert Clarke is a Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine at the Clinical Trial Service Unit (CTSU), Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford and Consultant in Public Health Medicine and Director of the MSc course in Global Health Science. He qualified in clinical medicine in Ireland and worked for 5 years in internal medicine and 4 years in cardiology. After 2 years in clinical pharmacology at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA, he joined CTSU in 1991 and specialised in Cardiovascular Epidemiology.
His main research interests are to understand the importance of classical and novel risk factors for occlusive vascular diseases. He led several large observational studies and meta-analyses of observational studies and randomized trials (eg, Whitehall study, PROCARDIS, CARDIoGRAMplusC4D, B-Vitamin Treatment Trialists’ Collaboration and the BEST-D trial). He also worked extensively on the Prospective Studies Collaboration and the China Kadoorie Biobank (CKB) study. He currently leads a research programme to assess the importance of blood pressure, blood lipids, and novel biomarkers (including genetic markers, cytokines, proteomics and metabolomics) for occlusive vascular diseases in the CKB study. His work has been widely cited (200 publications, H-index of 54) and is listed in Tomson Reuters’ Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014.

Changing Perspectives in Gerontology: The Tipping Point

DEIRDRE LANG RGN, BNS (Hons) Dip Mgt, HDip Gerontological Nursing, Director of Nursing for the National Clinical Programme for Older People (NCPOP), and Leadership Development nursing profession Older Persons

Deirdre trained in St Vincent’s hospital as a Registered General Nurse. she spent a number of years working in acute services both in Australia and in Ireland. She has worked in mental health nursing and also in practice development in the roles of Clinical Placement Co-ordinator and Facilitator for Newly appointed Staff Nurses in AMNCH. In her role as Project Officer with the Nursing Midwifery Planning Development Unit (NMPDU) she managed a Government to Government recruitment initiative across a number of Irish service providers and Spain, which she feels has provided her with a strategic overview of the health services. 
Deirdre’s experience in Older Persons Services includes the role of CNM 2, Assistant Director of Nursing and Director of Nursing both in the HSE and private sector. Her passion for Older Person services and nurses working in this specialist area saw her set up a subgroup within the Irish Association of Directors of Nursing & Midwifery (IADNAM). The aim of this group is to provide a forum and network for Directors of Nursing in this sector to support each other in managing unprecedented challenges and change. As a qualified coach she has provided support through her coaching to colleagues both formally and informally. Her role as Director of Nursing of the NCPOP and its joint role of leadership development of older persons nursing bring together all aspects of her experience to date, together with her passion for the older patient and those who provide their care. Her approach to life is Henry Ford’s “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t ………you are right”.   She is presently undertaking her Masters in Leadership (RCSI).

ALONE Willie Bermingham Lecture:

Inequalities in Later Life: Patterns, Mechanism and Policy Options


James Nazroo is Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester, UK, Director of the ESRC research Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity and co-Director of the Manchester Institute for Collaborative research on Ageing. Before coming to Manchester, he was Professor of Medical Sociology in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at UCL. He initially trained at St. George’s Hospital Medical School, where he obtained a BSc (1983, medical sociology) and MBBS (1986). He then studied at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College for a MSc in Sociology of Health and Illness (1989), and finally studied for a PhD in Sociology at UCL (1999).
Issues of inequality, social justice and underlying processes of stratification have been the primary focus of his research activities, which have centred on gender, ethnicity, ageing, and the interrelationships between these. His research on ageing has been concerned to understand the patterns and determinants of social and health inequalities in ageing populations, with a particular interest on the ‘transmission’ of inequalities across the lifecourse, patterns of ‘retirement’, formal and informal social and civic participation, and how class operates post-retirement. He has conducted studies on quality of life for older people among different ethnic groups in the UK, on inequalities in health at older ages, on routes into retirement and the impact of retirement on health and well-being and on volunteering and social participation in later life. He is co-PI of the English Longitudinal Study of Aging, which is a multi-disciplinary panel study of those aged 50 and older, and part of an international ‘family’ of very similar studies.

Routine Frailty Identification on a National Scale


Martin qualified in 1988 in Manchester. Following training in the North West he moved to East London to train in Geriatric Medicine where he also acquired an MA in Medical Ethics and Law from King’s College. He returned to Manchester in 1999 to take up post as Consultant Geriatrician building community geriatrics services in South Manchester. 
Martin was Associate Medical Director for NHS Manchester in 2010 and more recently Clinical Champion for frail older people and integrated care In Greater Manchester. He has been the British Geriatrics Society Champion for End of Life Care for 5 years and was a standing member of the NICE Indicators Committee. 
In 2015 Martin moved to Central Manchester where he is Consultant Geriatrician and Associate Head of Division for Medicine and Community Services. He also holds Honorary Academic Posts at Manchester and Salford Universities and was appointed as Visiting Professor at the University of Chester in 2016.
In 2016 Martin was appointed National Clinical Director for Older People and Person Centred Integrated Care at NHS England.