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Professor Rose Kenny

Professor Geriatric Medicine/Consultant (Medical Gerontology)

Professor Geriatric Medicine/Consultant (Trinity Inst. of Neurosciences (TCIN))

Rose Anne Kenny is Professor of Medical Gerontology, at Trinity College Dublin. Rose Anne was appointed in 2005, to Trinity College and St. James's Hospital, as Head of the Academic Department of Medical Gerontology and holds the Chair of Medical Gerontology. Rose Anne is the founding Principal Investigator of The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing TILDA :, Ireland's flagship research project in ageing - where she leads a team of multidisciplinary researchers focusing on psychology, nursing, medicine, physiotherapy, economics, bio-engineering, social sciences and health economics as aspects of the ageing process in Ireland. Rose Anne is also the Director of Trinity EngAGE - the Centre for Research in Ageing at Trinity College, and in 2016 launched a new 120 bedded clinical research institute on the site of Ireland's largest teaching hospital (St. James's Hospital), Mercer's Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA). Prior to her present appointments, Rose Anne held the Chair of Cardiovascular Research at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, where she was Head of the Academic Department of Medical Gerontology for 12 years. Rose Anne has held a number of senior positions including, Chair of the American Geriatric Society: Falls Prevention Guidelines (2001 & 2011), Chair of the European Cardiac Society/ European Heart Rhythm Association Guidelines for Syncope units (2015), Member of the European Cardiac Society (ECS) Syncope Guidelines Taskforce 2018, Board Member of the EU H2020 Advisory Group for Societal Challenge and Co-Chair of the working group "Transforming the Future of Ageing" lead by the Scientific Advisory Policy by European Academies (SAPEA). She is also Advisor to the Irish Government for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and the Irish Citizens' Assembly on Ageing. Rose Anne has been invited faculty and keynote speaker at many international meetings and societies of geriatric medicine, cardiology, psychiatry and neurology and has received a number of international award for her research. She has published widely, authoring over 500 publications to date (h-index 63, Scopus bibliometrics, June 2019). Her contribution to science and in particular, the field of ageing, has been recognised by many awards, including the Lady Illingworth Research Award - made once of every five years to researcher who has contributed most to age-related research in the UK, the UK National BUPA Foundation Care Award 'For excellence in the development of care of older people' and NHS Modernization Award among many others. Rose Anne was elected as a Member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA) in 2014, the highest academic honour in Ireland and a public recognition of academic excellence and achievement. Rose Anne is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin and of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland, London and Edinburgh.
  Age related diseases   Ageing   Ageing, memory and other cognitive processes   Ageing, stroke, dementia   Alzheimer's disease   BALANCE   BRAIN AGEING   Cardiovascular Instability   CEREBROVASCULAR DISORDERS   Clinical research, trials   DEMENTIA   DEMENTIA VASCULAR   DEMENTIA, NEURODEGENERATIVE   DEPRESSION   ELDERLY   FALLS   Gerontology   Gerontology and geriatrics   Neurodegeneration   Neuropsychology   Stroke rehabilitation   SYNCOPE
 TILDA - The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing
 Stroke and transient ischaemic attack secondary to neurocardiovascular instability.
 Paul Beeson Career Development Award Ageing Research Programme
 Paul Beeson Career Development Award Ageing Research Programme.
 Ussher Lectureship in Life Course Research.

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Details Date From Date To
MRIA - Member of the Royal Irish Academy 2014
FTCD - Fellow of Trinity College Dublin 2013
FRCPE - Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh 2013
Member of the EHRA (European Heart Rhythm Association) 2010
EUGMS Academic Board (European Union Geriatric Medical Society) 2006
FESC - Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology 2003
FRCP (London) - Fellow of the Royal Col3elge of Physicians of London 1994
FRCPI - Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland 1990
Briggs R, Carey D, Claffey P, McNicholas T, Donoghue O, Kennelly SP, Kenny RA, Do Differences in Spatiotemporal Gait Parameters Predict the Risk of Developing Depression in Later Life?, J Am Geriatr Soc, 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
McCrory, C., Fiorito, G., Ni Cheallaigh, C., Polidoro, S, Karisola, P., Alenius, H., Layte, R, Seeman, T., Vineis, P, Kenny, R.A, How does socio-economic position (SEP) get biologically embedded? A comparison of allostatic load and the epigenetic clock(s), Psychoneuroendocrinology, 104, (64), 2019, p64-73 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Solbiati M., Trombetta L., Sacco R.M., Erba L., Bozzano V., Costantino G., Raj S.R., Barbic F., Casazza G., Dipaola F., Furlan R., Kenny R.A., Quinn J.V., Sheldon R.S., Shen W.-K., Sun B.C., Thiruganasambandamoorthy V., Reed M.J., A systematic review of noninvasive electrocardiogram monitoring devices for the evaluation of suspected cardiovascular syncope, Journal of Medical Devices, Transactions of the ASME, 13, (2), 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Briggs R, McCarroll K, O'Halloran A, Healy M, Kenny RA, Laird E, Vitamin D Deficiency Is Associated With an Increased Likelihood of Incident Depression in Community-Dwelling Older Adults., Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 20, (5), 2019, p517 - 523, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Bhuachalla BN, McGarrigle CA, O'Leary N, Akuffo KO, Peto T, Beatty S, Kenny RA., Orthostatic blood pressure variability is associated with lower visual contrast sensitivity function: Findings from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Aging., Experimental gerontology, 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Fiorito G, McCrory C, Robinson O, Carmeli C, Rosales CO, Zhang Y, Colicino E, Dugué PA, Artaud F, McKay GJ, Jeong A, Mishra PP, Nøst TH, Krogh V, Panico S, Sacerdote C, Tumino R, Palli D, Matullo G, Guarrera S, Gandini M, Bochud M, Dermitzakis E, Muka T, Schwartz J, Vokonas PS, Just A, Hodge AM, Giles GG, Southey MC, Hurme MA, Young I, McKnight AJ, Kunze S, Waldenberger M, Peters A, Schwettmann L, Lund E, Baccarelli A, Milne RL, Kenny RA, Elbaz A, Brenner H, Kee F, Voortman T, Probst-Hensch N, Lehtimäki T, Elliot P, Stringhini S, Vineis P, Polidoro S; BIOS Consortium; Lifepath consortium., Socioeconomic position, lifestyle habits and biomarkers of epigenetic aging: a multi-cohort analysis., Aging, 11, (7), 2019, p2045 - 2070, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Holton A., Boland F., Gallagher P., Fahey T., Kenny R.A., Cousins G., Longitudinal prevalence of potentially serious alcohol-medication interactions in community-dwelling older adults: a prospective cohort study, European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 75, (4), 2019, p569 - 575, p569-575 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Seppala L.J., van der Velde N., Masud T., Blain H., Petrovic M., van der Cammen T.J., Szczerbinska K., Hartikainen S., Kenny R.A., Ryg J., Eklund P., Topinkova E., Mair A., Laflamme L., Thaler H., Bahat G., Gutierrez-Valencia M., Caballero-Mora M., Landi F., Emmelot-Vonk M.H., Cherubini A., Baeyens J.P., Correa-Perez A., Gudmundsson A., Marengoni A., O'Mahony D., Parekh N., Pisa F.E., Rajkumar C., Wehling M., Ziere G., EuGMS Task and Finish group on Fall-Risk-Increasing Drugs (FRIDs): Position on Knowledge Dissemination, Management, and Future Research, Drugs and Aging, 36, (4), 2019, p299 - 307, p299-307 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Carey D., Nolan H., Kenny R.A., Meaney J., Cortical covariance networks in ageing: Cross-sectional data from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), Neuropsychologia, 122, 2019, p51 - 61, p51-61 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Peeters G., Feeney J., Carey D., Kennelly S., Kenny R.A., Fear of falling: A manifestation of executive dysfunction?, International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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Mark Ward, Richard Layte, Rose Anne Kenny, Loneliness, social isolation, and their discordance among older adults, Dublin, October, 2019, p1-52-, Report, PUBLISHED
xxx, xxx, 2018, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Alan Barrett, George Savva, Virpi Timonen and Rose Anne Kenny (eds), Fifty plus in Ireland 2011: First results from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, May, 2011, Report, PUBLISHED


Award Date
Admitted to the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA) 2014
Elected Fellow of Trinity College Dublin 2013
BUPA Foundation Care Award (winner) "for exclennece in the development of care of older people" 2003
NHS Modernization Award "For clinical leadership in the NHS" (runner up) 2003
Hospital Doctor Award "For achieving excellence through outstanding leadership, teamwork and innovation in the field of cardiovascular medicine" (runner up) 2003
Marjorie Warren Lecture 2002
Novartis Travel Fellowship - awarded by the Australian Association of Physicians every five years to an invited guest lecturer in the field of geriatric medicine 2000
The Research into Ageig Edgar Palamoutain Prize - awarded for the article judged to have the most significant contribution to the field of geriatric medicine - awarded to my research fellow Mark Sudlow DM 1998
Lady Illingworth Research Award - award made once every five years to a researcher who has contributed most to age-related research in the UK 1996
Professor Rose Anne Kenny's research interests are in neurocardiovascular function in ageing and cardiovascular and cerebral dysfunction in syncope, falls, cognitive impairment and dementia. Collaborative partnerships range from basic science through to health service development and implementation. She is PI for The Irish LongituDinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), a prospective cohort study of over 8,500 participants, unique in its collection of biological, social and economic measures. Professor Kenny's research expertise in cardiovascular and mobility disorders of ageing has promoted incorporation of traditional and novel tests of locomotion, autonomic function and cardiovascular health into TILDA coupled with traditional measures of health care utilisation and economics. Formerly Professor of Cardiovascular Research at the Institute for Ageing & Health, Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK, she is best recognized for longstanding research into cardiovascular and mobility disorders in ageing and more recently population studies in syncope, falls, stroke, cognitive impairment and dementia. The overarching aims of the research programmes are to understand the mechanisms for cardiovascular and cerebral dysfunction in order to develop early diagnostics and intervention strategies for falls, syncope, cognitive impairment and dementia. The research involves collaborative partnership with disciplines from basic science (developing animal modules of cardiovascular and cerebral dysfunction) through to health service development and implementation. Professor Kenny is Head of the academic Department of Medical Gerontology at Trinity College and St. James's Hospital, Director of the Mercer's Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA, Director of the Falls and Blackout Unit at St. James's Hospital and Director of Trinity EngAGE, Trinity College Dublin Centre for Research in Ageing. Prior to present appointment Professor Kenny held the chair of Cardiovascular Research at University of Newcastle, UK where she was head of academic and clinical departments of Medical Gerontology for 12 years.