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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). His research contributions in the area of frailty have been recognised with the 2015 British Geriatrics Society Rising Star Award and the 2017 Count of Cartagena Award from the Royal National Academy of Medicine of Spain.
  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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Frailty in older persons in, editor(s)O'Hanlon S, Smith M , A Comprehensive Guide to Rehabilitation of the Older Patient 4e, Elsevier, 2019, [Roe L, Williamson W, Romero-Ortuno R], Book Chapter, ACCEPTED
Mobility and Frailty in, editor(s)Gu D, Dupre M , Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging, Springer, Cham, 2019, [Hartley P, Romero-Ortuno R], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  URL
Dent E, Martin FC, Bergman H, Woo J, Romero-Ortuno R, Walston J, The Management of Frailty: Opportunities, Challenges, and Future Directions, The Lancet, 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Rivasi G, Kenny RA, Ungar A, Romero-Ortuno R, Effects of benzodiazepines on orthostatic blood pressure in older people, European Journal of Internal Medicine, 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Romero-Ortuno R, Scarlett S, O'Halloran A, Kenny RA, Is phenotypical prefrailty all the same? A longitudinal investigation of two prefrailty subtypes in The Irish Longitudinal Study of Ageing (TILDA), Age and Ageing, 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
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, 2019, Journal Article, ACCEPTED
Pickard S, Lloyd L, Vanhoutte B, Danely J, Leon-Salas J, Laceulle H, Cluley V, Romero-Ortuno R, New Horizons in Frailty: the contingent, the existential and the clinical, Age and Ageing, 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Martin F, Romero-Ortuno R, Longitudinal studies of ageing: from insights to impacts: Commentary to accompany themed collection on longitudinal studies, Age and Ageing, 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Lyons A, Romero-Ortuno R, Hartley P, Functional Mobility Trajectories of Hospitalized Older Adults Admitted to the Acute Geriatric Wards: A Retrospective Observational Study in an English University Hospital, Geriatrics and Gerontology International, 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Hartley P, Costello P, Fenner R, Gibbins N, Quinn E, Kuhn I, Keevil VL, Romero-Ortuno R, Change in skeletal muscle associated with unplanned hospital admissions in adult patients: a systematic review and meta-analysis, PLOS One, 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL

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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