IGS President's Update, 10th Nov 2020

Dear Colleagues,

Yesterday it was announced that the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine BNT162b2  is '90% effective'. This is exciting, warmly welcomed and will give hope to many around the world. We await further details regarding safety and efficacy in different age groups and longer-term follow up.

 Last week the Scottish government announced that they were providing free Vitamin D to those at risk of COVID-19 and of Vitamin D deficiency, in light of emerging evidence for a protective role for Vitamin D in severity of SAR2COV infections. We optimistically await the response from the Irish government and HSE.

On November 5th, we had a superb event - IGS Changing Horizons in Gerontology: Mood, Memory, Isolation in COVID-19.  This online symposium was attended by over 150 delegates.  We are very grateful to Lundbeck for their generous support.  A recording of proceedings will be uploaded to the IGS website this week.  If you missed it, you can listen back to the contributions at your convenience:

Prof Roger McIntyre  Thinking About Cognition in Mood Disorders: The Role of Metabolic and Inflammatory Abnormalities; Prof Geraldine McCarthy, Dr Sonn Patel  Ordinary Care in Extraordinary Times;  Dr Grainne O'Malley, Aislinn Gannon CNS  Integrated Care in COVID-19 Times.   

We look forward to welcoming you to our next online symposium which will take place at 15.00 on Thursday 26th November:   Changing Horizons in Gerontology - Improving Delirium Care in Acute Hospitals: Addressing Old and New Challenges.  Registration is now open.  Please follow this link for symposium details and to register.  This is an IGS member-only event.  It would be a great support to your Society if you could use this opportunity to encourage your colleagues to become members.  Please share this link where they can find our membership information: https://www.irishgerontology.com/membership

Warm Regards

Prof Rose Anne Kenny, President of the Irish Gerontological Society

10th November, 2020