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
Prof Rose Anne Kenny, President of the Irish Gerontological Society
10th November, 2020