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College Photo Name Kenny, Rose Anne
Main Department Centre For Medical Gerontology
College Title Professor Geriatric Medicine/Consultant
College Tel +353 1 4284182
Fax + 353 1 410 3454
Notes Tel: 01 428 4182
Professor Rose Anne Kenny was appointed to Trinity College and St. James's Hospital in 2005 as Head of the academic Department of Medical Gerontology, Director of the new Falls and Blackout Unit at St. James's Hospital, Director of the new Centre for Successful Ageing. Formerly Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the Institute for Ageing & Health, Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK, she has been a world leader in research into cardiovascular and mobility disorders in ageing. She has published in excess of 200 papers, 40 book chapters and 3 text books and currently chairs the Falls Prevention Working Party for the American and British Geriatric Societies and the National Falls collaborative Working Group in Ireland. She has presented her field on international groups for heart failure, syncope and falls. Since her appointment at Trinity College (Oct 2005) she is: (1) Lead PI for the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) (2) Lead PI for the falls strand in Intel/IDA inter institututional research collaboration with colleagues at UCG, UCD, TCD and DCU (3) Lead PI for HRB programme investigating why older people with mild cognitive impairment conver to dementia. (4) Member of the academic board of the European Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS) (5) Chairing the falls group for the National Falls Collaborative
Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies
Details Date From Date To
MRIA 2014
FRCPI 1990
FRCP 1994
EUGMS Academic Board (European Union Geriatric Medical Society) 2006
FRCPE 2013
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Awards and Honours
Award Date
Admitted to the Royal Irish Academy 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
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Description of Research Interests
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 10 year long 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.
Research Interests
Age related diseases Ageing Ageing, memory and other cognitive processes Ageing, stroke, dementia
Cardiovascular Instability Clinical research, trials DEMENTIA DEMENTIA VASCULAR
Gerontology Gerontology and geriatrics Neurodegeneration Neuropsychology
SYNCOPE Stroke rehabilitation
Research Projects
Project title TILDA - The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing
Summary TILDA is a longitudinal community based study which is cross-institutional. Trinity College will be the host institution. All participants (minimum 10,000) will be 55 years and over and will have detailed social, economic and health assessments at Wave 1 and, 5 & 10 years later, Waves 2 and 3. Participants will be drawn randomly from across southern Ireland and, in addition to survey and physical examination, will have blood tests for routine analysis and genetic analysis - all of which will be anonymised according to standard criteria set out by the Medical Research Council. Family Practitioners will be informed of abnormal results from routine examinations and blood samples. TILDA will mirror the methodology of the US Health and Retirement survey and the English Longitudinal Study on Ageing. Lead PI: Rose Anne Kenny, Professor of Clinical Gerontology. PIs: Charles Normand, Edward Kennedy Chair in Health Policy & Management Virpi Timonen, Director of Social Policy & Ageing Research Programme. Brendan Whelan, Professor of Statistics & Survey Design Hannah McGee, Professor of Psychology, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Ivan Perry, Professor of Epidemiology, University College Cork Research Team: Dr. Hilary Cronin, Clinical Research Fellow Dr. Amilcar Moreira, Social Scientist Research Fellow Dr. Yumiko Kamiya, Social Scientist Research Fellow Claire O'Regan, Clinical Research Nurse
Funding Agency Dept of Health & Children (€12million) Irish Life (€4million) and Atlantic Philanthropies (€800K)
Type of Project
Date from 01/09/2006
Date to 30/08/2016
Person Months

Project title Neurocardiovascular influences on cognitive functioning: basic and clinical mechanisms
Summary This is a longitudinal study of older persons over 70 years who have mild cognitive impairment. All participants will have non-invasive heart, blood pressure, neurological examinations, MRI head scans, EEG testing and tests of cognitive and mental function. Clinical assessments will take place at St. James's Hospital and in the person's home with the exception of the MRI scans and EEG tests which will take place in the existing facilities at the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience (TCIN). We plan to study 400 participants over a 5 year period. The objectives are to track the incidence of dementia and cardiovascular and neurological variables which predict conversion to dementia during long term follow up. The study is approved by the St. James's Hospital Ethics Committee & TCIN/Psychology Ethics Committee. In parallel, we will be studying animal (rat) responses to cardiovascular and heart rate challenges to further inform factors which might predict conversion from mild cognitive impairment (i.e. age related memory problems to dementia). Lead PI: Professor Rose Anne Kenny, Professor of Clinical Gerontology PIs: Professor Brian Lawlor, Conolly Norman Professor of Old Age Psychiatry Professor Michael Rowan, Lecturer in Pharmacology. Research Team: Dr. Orla Collins, Research Fellow Dr. Gemma Irvine, Research Fellow Dr. Christian Kerskens, Research Fellow Sheila Dillon, Clinical Research Nurse
Funding Agency Health Research Board (€1.5 million)
Type of Project
Date from 01/10/06
Date to 30/09/2011
Person Months

Project title Nilvadipine (Roskamp) Study - An open label evaluation of the safety and efficacy of Nilvadipine in mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease.
Summary The Nilvadipine (Roskamp) study is a 2 year grant to investigate the role of blood pressure and heart rate abnormalities in Alzhiemer's disease and the benefit of blood pressure treatment in Alzheimer's disease. During the course of the study we will investigate 150 patients with Alzhiemer's disease. These will be recruited through the existing structures within St. James's Hospital and our extended care unit and through the Mercer's Institute for Research on Ageing Memory Clinic. The study is sponsored by a not-for-profit neurosciences institute in America - the Roskamp Institute. Lead PI: Professor Brian Lawlor, Conolly Norman Professor of Old Age Psychiatry PI: Professor Rose Anne Kenny, Professor of Clinical Gerontology Research Team: Dr. Sean Kennelly, Clinical Research Fellow Lisa Crosby, Clinical Research Nurse Claire Mooney, Clinical Research Nurse Linda Warren, Administrator
Funding Agency The Roskamp Institute, Florida (€850K)
Type of Project
Date from 08/09/06
Date to 07/09/08
Person Months

Project title TRIL - Technology Research for Independent Living
Summary TRIL is a virtual centre of expertise and research into improving the health and happiness of older people. TRIL is a collaborative effort combining Intel personnel and researchers from Irish universities and hospitals in multi-disciplinary teams. TRIL focuses on understanding and delivering on the support needs and preferences of older people at home and in care environments. TRIL's mission is to discover and delivery technology solutions which support independent ageing, ideally in a home environment. This will improve the quality of life of older citizens while reducing the burden on carers and on the healthcare system. FALLS STRAND: The fall strand addresses a common source of injury and even death to older persons. It aims to leverage ehtnographic research to characterise proneness to falling in terms of behavioural markers such as cardiovascular variables, visual and vestibular measures, cognitive measures, gait instability and loss of balance, to monitor these markers in real time and to provide feedback to the older person before a fall occurs. The engineering aspects of the falls strand are supported by the Research Commons Platform.
Funding Agency Intel / IDA (€2.8million)
Type of Project
Date from 01/01/2007
Date to 01/01/2010
Person Months

Project title SHARE - TILDA Collaboration
Funding Agency National Burea of Economic Resarch Centre for Ageing & Health Research
Type of Project
Date from 2010
Date to 2011
Person Months

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Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
Collins O, Dillon S, Finucane C, Lawlor B, Kenny RA., Parasympathetic autonomic dysfunction is common in mild cognitive impairment., Neurobiology of Aging, 33, (10), 2012, p2324-2333
Notes: [PMID: 22188719]
Gallagher, D., O'Regan, C., Savva, G.M., Cronin, H., Lawlor, B.A., Kenny, R.A., Depression, anxiety and cardiovascular disease: Which symptoms are associated with increased risk in community dwelling older adults?, Journal of Affective Disorders, 142, (1-3), 2012, p132 - 138
Notes: [PMID: 22858218 ]
TARA - Full Text  DOI
Parry SW, Nath S, Bourke JP, Bexton RS, Kenny RA, Adenosine test in the diagnosis of unexplained syncope: marker of conducting tissue disease or neurally mediated syncope?, EUROPEAN HEART JOURNAL, 27, (12), 2006, p1396 - 1400
Notes: [PMID: 16574690]
Parry SW, Steen N, Baptist M, Fiaschi KA, Parry O, Kenny RA, Cerebral autoregulation is impaired in cardioinhibitory carotid sinus syndrome, HEART, 92, (6), 2006, p792 - 797
Notes: [PMID: 16449521]
Kerr SRJ, Pearce MS, Brayne C, Davis RJ, Kenny RA, Carotid sinus hypersensitivity in asymptomatic older persons - Implications for diagnosis of syncope and falls, ARCHIVES OF INTERNAL MEDICINE, 166, (5), 2006, p515 - 520
Notes: [PMID: 16534037]
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