67th IGS Annual & Scientific Meeting 2019 - Keynote Speakers

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Dr. Eileen Burns, President British Geriatrics Society, Consultant in Elderly Medicine, The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Prof. Jonathan Drennan, Professor of Nursing and Health Services Research, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork

Jonathan is Professor of Nursing and Health Services Research at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork. He was previously Professor of Healthcare Research at the University of Southampton. 

Jonathan has undertaken research in Ireland and the UK on non-medical prescribing, emergency care, the abuse and neglect of older people in community and residential settings, cancer information services, research priorities for nursing and midwifery and safe nurse staffing. 

He presented to and advised the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Safe Staffing Advisory Committees on staffing in medical and surgical wards and accident and emergency departments in the UK. This was part of the development process of the NICE guidelines on safe staffing. 

Jonathan is also a member of the Department of Health taskforce involved in the development of guidelines for safe nurse staffing and skill mix in the healthcare sector. He is currently leading a Health Research Board and Department of Health funded study on safe staffing in medical, surgical and emergency settings in Ireland.


Dr. Matthew Sadlier, Consultant Psychiatrist, Dublin North City Mental Health Services


Prof. David Smith, RCSI, TCD and UCD. MSc, BPhil, BD, MA, STL, STD.  

David is Associate Professor of Healthcare Ethics in Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.  He is the Director of the MSc in Health Care Ethics and Law in RCSI. He lectures on Healthcare Ethics in Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, the College of Anaesthetists and the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. 

He is an Ethics Consultant to a number of Healthcare Systems in Ireland. He was a member of the Irish Council for Bioethics. He is currently a member of the National Advisory Committee on Bioethics Ethics, the Medicinal Cannabis Expert Reference Group, the Expert Reference Group for Clinical Audit of Interval Cancer in the Screened Population, the Domestic Violence Service Team, UNESCO Committee – Ireland, the Living Donor Ethics Committee of Beaumont University Hospital, the Ethics Working Group of the Irish Association of Palliative Care Consultants, the Ethics Working Party of the European Forum for Good Clinical Practice, the European Network for Research Ethics Committees (EUREC) and ethical advisor to Atomium Culture. 

He is a member of a number of Research Ethics Committees in Ireland. He is also a member of the Scientific and Ethical Advisory Committees to a number of HP7 and H2020 projects. 


Dr Melrose Stewart, PhD, MEd, FHEA, MCSP, HCPC (reg), Cert Ed.. 

Melrose Stewart is a university lecturer, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Chartered Physiotherapist, TEDx Speaker, and international speaker with a long standing interest in health promotion and healthy ageing. 

She was one of the experts on the widely acclaimed and multiple award winning Channel 4 series, ‘Old Peoples Home for 4 Year Olds which has stimulated growth and interest in reconnecting generations, nationally and internationally. 

As an elected Vice president of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), she served two terms of office from 2014-18. Melrose received a distinguished Service Award from the Society for her contribution to tackling discrimination and was a founder member of the CSP’s Black and Minority Ethnic Network. 

Her work as a panel member on Her Majesty’s Judiciary for Employment Tribunals and as a Disability Qualified Member on Social Security Tribunals (England) spans over twenty five years. She is keen to promote active lifestyles and takes part regularly in her local park runs and body attack aerobic classes. 

One of her aims is to defeat stereotypes around ageing and to spread and promote the message that ‘#LaterYearsAreGreatYears.


Prof. Catharine Ward Thompson, Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA), and Director of the OPENspace research centre

Catharine Ward Thompson is Professor of Landscape Architecture and directs OPENspace - the research centre for inclusive access to outdoor environments (http://www.openspace.eca.ac.uk) - at the University of Edinburgh. Her work focuses on inclusive access to outdoor environments and links between landscape and health. It includes work with children, young people and older people; it covers environment-behaviour interactions, historic landscapes and contemporary needs, and salutogenic environments. She has led several multidisciplinary research collaborations investigating relationships between environment and health, including the GreenHealth project for Scottish Government. She directed the I’DGO (Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors) research consortium, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, focused on the benefits and barriers to getting outdoors for older people and their quality of life - www.idgo.ac.uk. This has been followed by another Research Councils UK funded project looking at Mobility, Mood and Place for older people - www.mobilitymoodplace.ac.uk - with an emphasis on positive experiences and restorative outdoor environments. This project used innovative techniques, including evaluation of environmental influences over the lifecourse on ageing in later life. She recently contributed to a report for WHO’s European Regional office on links between urban green spaces and health, and has advised on Scottish Government’s Good Places, Better Health initiative and the development of its Place Standard.