IGS Postgraduate Study Day 2015 - Keynote Speakers

Welcome Address

Mo Flynn, President, Irish Gerontological Society

Mo is Group CEO of Rehab Group. The Rehab Group is an independent international group of charities and commercial companies which works with young people and adults with physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities. Over 3,500 Rehab staff provide health and social care, training and education, and rehabilitation, employment and commercial services in Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, the Netherlands, Poland and Saudi Arabia. Previously Mo was Chief Executive Officer of Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services (OLHCS).   OLHCS provides palliative care, rheumatology rehabilitation, care of older persons and reablement specialist services. Mo was formerly National Director for Older People in the HSE.  She has had an extensive career in health and social services in Australia, the UK and Ireland. Her professional background is in Social Work and she holds an MSc in Gerontology.  Mo is a member of the All Ireland Institute of Hospice & Palliative Care (AIIHPC) Management Committee.  The AIIHPC reflects a broad range of expertise in the service delivery, academic preparation for and management of hospice and palliative care across the island of Ireland.Mo is President of the Irish Gerontological Society, a Board member of the Health Information and Quality Authority and a Board member of The Carers Association.


The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) – Its Role in Ageing Research

Dr. Orna Donoghue, Project Manager, TILDA, Trinity College Dublin

Orna joined TILDA as a Health Research Fellow in March 2011. Her undergraduate degree was in Sport and Exercise Sciences and she graduated with a Ph.D. in Biomechanics from the University of Limerick in 2006. During this time, she also completed a Diploma in Physical Therapy at the Institute of Physical Therapy in Dublin. Before joining TILDA, she lectured in biomechanics at the University of Edinburgh. In TILDA, Orna's research focuses on the factors influencing gait, balance, mobility and falls in older Irish adults.

Opportunities for Research Dissemination

Dr. Rose Galvin, Lecturer, Dept. of Clinical Therapies, University of Limerick

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 the Hon. Treasurer of the Irish Gerontological Society, one of the oldest societies in the world dedicated to research in ageing. 


Preparing for the Viva – Insights from an Examiner

Prof. J. Bernard Walsh, Clinical Director, Mercer’s Institute, St. James’s Hospital/TCD

Prof. Walsh is the Current Director of Mercer’s institute for Research on Ageing at St James’s Hospital, recent Past-President of the Irish Gerontological Society, Graduate of University College Cork. He is a previous Visiting Professor to the University of California, San Francisco, also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, as well as a Fellow of the Royal College of Edinburgh. He is a member of the British Geriatrics Society and a member of the International Osteoporosis Society as well as a member of the American Society for Bone and
Mineral Research and a member of the European Calcifi ed Tissue Society. Prof. Walsh is a founding member and current Vice-Chair of the National Dementia Information and Development Centre, also a previous Chairman of the Consultants’ Committee of The Irish Medical Organisation. He is the current Chairman of the Department of Health National Long Term Care Charges Repayments Committee . He is the author of over a hundred peer review papers in the area of Memory, Vitamin D, Bone Health,Vascular Medicine, Infectious diseases and general medical problems in the elderly.