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Professor Roman Romero-Ortuno

Associate Professor Consultant (Medical Gerontology)


Roman Romero-Ortuno is Associate Professor in Medical Gerontology at Trinity College Dublin and Consultant Physician in St. James's Hospital, Dublin. In 2002, he graduated from University of Barcelona with a degree in Medicine, and in 2003 he completed an MSc in European Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has a music degree from the Conservatory of Barcelona. His basic postgraduate medical training took place in Manchester and London and his higher medical training in Geriatric and General (Internal) Medicine was completed in Dublin. Between 2014 and 2018 he worked as a Consultant Geriatrician in Addenbrooke's Hospital (Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) and during that time he held an Honorary Visiting Fellowship to the Clinical Gerontology Unit of the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge. Prof. Ortuno is Faculty member of the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) where he brings clinical and academic expertise in frailty, dementia, delirium and comprehensive geriatric assessment. He co-chairs the Frailty and Resilience working group of The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) and the Irish Frailty Network Interest Group (IFN-IG) of the Irish Gerontological Society. His research contributions in the area of frailty have been recognised with the 2015 British Geriatrics Society Rising Star Award, the 2017 Count of Cartagena Award from the Royal National Academy of Medicine of Spain and the 2018 President of Ireland Future Research Leaders Award.
  Frailty & Resilience   Gerontology and geriatrics
 FRAILMatics: Mathematical research and big data analytics towards the development of the next generation of transdisciplinary diagnostics for the assessment of physiological vulnerability in older adults: challenge-based disruptive technology initiative
 A Genome-Wide Association Study (GWAS) of biological age measures in UK Biobank, with a focus on genetic variations of collagens, elastin and pro-inflammatory cytokines

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Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
Oscanoa TJ, Amado J, Vidal X, Romero-Ortuno R, Angiotensin-Receptor Blockers (ARBs) and risk of Alzheimer's Disease: A meta-analysis, Current Clinical Pharmacology, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Macdonald S H-F, Travers J, Ní Shé É, Bailey J, Romero-Ortuno R, Keyes M, O'Shea D, Cooney MT, Primary care interventions to address physical frailty among community-dwelling adults aged 60 years or older: A meta-analysis, PLOS ONE, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
McCarthy K, Ward M, Romero-Ortuno R, Kenny RA, Syncope, fear of falling and quality of life among older adults: findings from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Evans NR, Wall J, To B, Wallis SJ, Romero-Ortuno R, Warburton EA, Clinical frailty independently predicts early mortality after ischaemic stroke, Age and Ageing, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Hartley P, Romero-Ortuno R, Wellwood I, Deaton C, Changes in Muscle Strength and Physical Function in Older Patients During and After Hospitalisation: a Prospective Repeated-Measures Cohort Study, Age and Ageing, 2020, Journal Article, IN_PRESS  TARA - Full Text
Peeters G, Romero-Ortuno R, Lawlor B, Kenny RA, McHugh Power J, Clustering of behavioural symptoms and their associations with cognitive decline in older adults, JAMDA: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 2020, Journal Article, ACCEPTED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Teodoro J. Oscanoa, Edwin C. Cieza, Frank A. Lizaraso-Soto, María L. Guevara, Ricardo M. Fujita, Román Romero-Ortuño, ANGIOTENSIN-CONVERTING ENZYME (ACE) GENETIC VARIATION AND LONGEVITY IN PERUVIAN OLDER PEOPLE: A CROSS-SECTIONAL STUDY, Annals of Human Biology, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Rónán O'Caoimh, Siobhán Kennelly, Emer Ahern, Shaun O'Keeffe, Román Romero Ortuño, Covid-19 and the challenges of frailty screening in older adults, Journal of Frailty and Ageing, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Hartley P, Dewitt AL, Forsyth F, Romero-Ortuno R, Deaton C, Predictors of physical activity in older adults early in an emergency hospital admission: a prospective cohort study, BMC Geriatrics, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
O'Connor JD, O'Connell MD, Romero-Ortuno R, Hernandez B, Newman L, Reilly R, Kenny RA, Knight SP, Functional Analysis of Continuous, High-Resolution Measures in Ageing Research: A Demonstration using Cerebral Oxygenation Data from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, section Cognitive Neuroscience, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI

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Oscanoa TJ, Vidal X, Carvajal A, Romero-Ortuno R, Renin-angiotensin system inhibitors and severity of SARS-CoV-2 infection: a meta-analysis, Research Square (Preprint), 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Aisling O'Halloran, Christine McGarrigle, Siobhan Scarlett, Lorna Roe, Roman Romero-Ortuno and Rose Anne Kenny, TILDA Report on Population Estimates of Physical Frailty in Ireland to Inform Demographics for Over 50s in Ireland during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Trinity College Dublin, 2020, Report, PUBLISHED
Roman Romero-Ortuno, Peter May, Minjuan Wang, Siobhan Scarlett, Ann Hever, Rose Anne Kenny, TILDA Nursing Home Data: A short report to inform COVID-19 responses for our most vulnerable, The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, 2020, Report, IN_PRESS
Romero-Ortuño R and Kennelly SP, COVID-19 deaths in Irish Nursing Homes: exploring variation and association with the adherence to national regulatory quality standards,, International Long-Term Care Policy Network,, CPEC-LSE, June, 2020, Report, PUBLISHED


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President of Ireland Future Research Leaders Award 2018
Count of Cartagena Award of the Royal National Academy of Medicine of Spain 2017
First Prize of the Catalan Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology 2016
British Geriatrics Society Rising Star Award 2015
Elizabeth Brown Prize of the British Geriatrics Society 2010
Trainee Prize, Royal Society of Medicine (Geriatrics and Gerontology Section) 2008
Presidential Medal of the Irish Gerontological Society 2008
Loch Exhibition, University of London 2003
Titmuss Examination Prize (Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science) 2003