Trinity leader of older people studies awarded annual IGS Presidential medal

MEDIA RELEASE:   - News Desks & Health Correspondents -   29th September 2017          

Trinity leader of older people studies awarded annual IGS Presidential medal

Experts in planning and delivering care for older people honoured Professor  Rose-Anne Kenny today (Friday September 29th 2017) at the Irish Gerontological Society’s (IGS) annual scientific meeting in Wexford  for her work on the Irish Longitudinal Study of Ageing and promoting interdisciplinary approaches to working with older people.
The Irish Gerontological Society [IGS], the scientific body for those specialising in older-people issues, has decided to award its prestigious President’s Medal to Professor Rose-Anne Kenny.

IGS President, Mo Flynn confirmed that she would present the medal at the society’s annual scientific conference in Wexford this weekend. “Prof. Kenny, the Chair of Medical Gerontology at Trinity College, is the founder of The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), Trinity’s flagship research project in ageing. Established in 2006, TILDA is now one of the most comprehensive longitudinal studies on ageing worldwide.”

 “She is also director of the newly established Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing at St James’s Hospital - the first purpose-built clinical research facility for ageing on these islands. It is a great pleasure to honour her work at the IGS Conference in Wexford this weekend [September 29th and 30th],” Ms Flynn added.

After three years as IGS President, Ms Flynn hands-over to Dr Diarmuid O’Shea, a consultant geriatrician at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin, as the incoming president at the society’s annual membership meeting on Saturday (30th September 2017).  Dr O’Shea has also been the HSE clinical lead for the national clinical programme for older people since 2010.

The IGS represents hundreds of social policy, clinical, therapy and planning professionals who focus on improving life experiences for our expanding older citizens sector.
 Mo Flynn, IGS President is available for interview and comment.