Keynote Speakers

Keynote presentations will examine issues of interest to all students in ageing research.  The keynote speakers are:    

Dr. Rose GalvinTroubleshooting for your higher degree

Dr. Rose Galvin is Vice President of the Irish Gerontological Society.  Rose graduated from Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) in 2004 with a BSc (hons) in Physiotherapy. She worked clinically as a physiotherapist before undertaking a PhD in the Discipline of Physiotherapy at Trinity College Dublin. The focus of her PhD thesis was around the provision of additional exercise therapy to people with acute stroke through the involvement of their families in the delivery of exercises to them. Rose currently works as the Programme Leader of the HRB Centre for Primary Care Research (CPCR), based in RCSI. Her research interests are in the area of neurology and gerontology, particularly relating to the identification of older adults at risk of adverse outcomes following ED visit. Rose has over published over 40 peer-reviewed publications in physiotherapy and primary care in the past 10 years. Rose is an active member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists and was the Hon. Treasurer of the Irish Gerontological Society for four years.

Dr. Derek HaydenSurviving analysis: A clinician's guide to research

Dr. Derek Hayden is a final year Specialist Registrar in Geriatric and General internal Medicine at Tallaght Hospital, Dublin. He graduated from University College Dublin in 2008. He was awarded the Newman Fellow in Stroke prevention in Atrial Fibrillation in 2014 and was a Research Fellow with the Irish Stroke Clinical Trials Network. Derek completed his MD in the Epidemiology, Secondary Prevention and Imaging Characteristics of Atrial Fibrillation related stroke and has also undertaken an MSc in Epidemiology. He completed a Clinical Fellowship in Stroke Medicine at Cambridge University Hospital. Derek is actively involved in stroke research as well as undergraduate and postgraduate Medical Education.


Dr. Mary WalshDeveloping and diversifying your skills as a postdoctoral researcher

Dr Mary Walsh: Mary graduated from UCD in 2009 with a BSc in Physiotherapy and gained clinical experience in acute hospitals in Vancouver, Canada. On return to Ireland in 2012 she completed a PG Cert in Older Person Rehabilitation in UCC and worked with the brain injury organisation Headway. Mary was awarded funding by the Irish Research Council to complete a full-time PhD in RCSI. Her thesis explored falls-risk after stroke using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. During this time, she also worked on national projects investigating community re-integration and return to work after stroke. On graduating in 2016, she worked in a postdoctoral role with the Executive Team of RCSI Hospital Group, delivering operational and population health research to inform strategic decision-making. She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the HRB Centre for Primary Care Research, RCSI. Her current research interests encompass healthy ageing, unwarranted clinical variation and the improvement of health outcomes at a health system level.