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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 the founding Principal Investigator of Ireland's largest adult population study on the experience of ageing in Ireland - The Irish LongituDinal study on Ageing (TILDA), now in its 12th year of data collection. Regius Kenny holds the Chair of Medical Gerontology at Trinity College Dublin. Previously Professor of Cardiovascular Research and Head of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, she is now director of a new state of the art clinical-research institute for ageing at St. James"s Hospital Dublin - Mercer's Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA), with over 300 staff. Her research expertise in cardiovascular and mobility disorders of ageing has promoted the incorporation of traditional and novel tests of locomotion, autonomic function, and cardiovascular and cognitive health into TILDA coupled with traditional measures of health care utilisation and economics. She has represented her field as Chair or member of international working groups for geriatrics, cardiology and neurology. Trinity College and St. James's have committed strong support to ageing research, education and training in ageing. In particular, the Trinity College 2011 Strategic Plan has highlighted Ageing Research as one of eight priorities for further strategic development and investment supporting the new Institute of Ageing on the hospital site, the proposed new Trinity Centre for Ageing Research (with Professor Kenny as Director) and the new Centre for Longitudinal Studies Analyses. Medical Gerontology has become the highest achieving department in the School of Medicine regarding grant income, scholarly output, public and policy engagement. As the Champion of the Ageing Research Theme in Trinity College, Professor Kenny is one of five leaders for the 'Inspiring Generations' campaign for Trinity College. Regius Kenny has co-chaired the European working group 'Transforming the Future of Ageing' led by the Scientific Advisory Policy by European Academies (SAPEA), and served as an advisor to the Irish Government for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and to the Irish Citizens" Assembly on Ageing. She has published over 700 scientific publications to date, including 574 research articles, 52 reviews, 4 textbooks and 57 book chapters. She is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy (M.R.I.A); Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (F.R.C.P.E.): London (F.R.C.P.), Ireland (F.R.C.P.I.); Fellow of Trinity College Dublin (F.T.C.D); Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (F.E.S.C), and was most recently awarded, 2021: Honorary Fellow Faculty of Public Health Medicine (F.F.P.H.M.I (Hon)). She has over 50 medal awards and keynotes, and recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award, WCFP, Kuala Lumpur 2019, and honorary fellowship of the faculty of Public Health Medicine (2020); The Irish Times Health Hero, 2018; and Trinity Innovation Award, 2017. In 2020, she was elected President of the Irish Geriatrics Society (IGS). She authored the No.1 best-selling book, "Age Proof: the new science of living a longer and healthier life", published in 2022.  In June 2022, Professor Kenny was the first female to be appointed Regius Professor of Physic (1637) at Trinity College Dublin. The Regius Professorship of Physic is the oldest professorship in Ireland and one of the oldest Medical Professorships in Europe (the Latin, Physic, referring to the art or practice of healing disease).
  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
 Mercer's Institute for Successful Ageing capital funding
 Frailty and cognitive impairment in the older population.
 Nilvadipine (Roskamp) Study - An open label evaluation of the safety and efficacy of Nilvadipine in mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease.
 TRIL - Technology Research for Independent Living

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Valkhof Chair, Radboud University 2023
Regius Professor of Physic, Trinity College Dublin 2022
DSchc - Honorary Doctorate, Royal College of Surgeons 2022
FFPHMI (Hon) - Honorary Fellow Faculty of Public Health Medicine, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland 2021
President, Irish Gerontological Society (IGS) 2020
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 College of Physicians of London 1994
FRCPI - Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland 1990
O'Halloran A.M., Cremers J., Vrangbaek K., Roe L., Bourke R., Mortensen L.H., Westendorp R.G.J., Kenny R.A., Cardiovascular disease and the risk of incident falls and mortality among adults aged " 65 years presenting to the emergency department: a cohort study from national registry data in Denmark, BMC Geriatrics, 24, (1), 2024, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Bourke R., Doody P., Perez S., Moloney D., Lipsitz L.A., Kenny R.A., Cardiovascular Disorders and Falls Among Older Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, The journals of gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences, 79, (2), 2024, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Herring M.P., Rasmussen C.L., McDowell C.P., Gordon B.R., Kenny R.A., Laird E., Physical activity dose for generalized anxiety disorder & worry: Results from the Irish longitudinal study on ageing, Psychiatry Research, 332, 2024, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Feng Xue, Silvin P. Knight, Emma Connolly, Aisling M. O"Halloran, Morgana Afonso Shirsath, Louise Newman, Eoin Duggan, Rose Anne Kenny, Roman Romero-Ortuno, Were Frailty Identification Criteria Created Equal? A Comparative Case Study on Continuous Non-Invasively Collected Neurocardiovascular Signals during an Active Standing Test in the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), Sensors, 2024, Journal Article, IN_PRESS  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
O'Dowd A., Hirst R.J., Setti A., Kenny R.A., Newell F.N., Individual differences in seated resting heart rate are associated with multisensory perceptual function in older adults, Psychophysiology, 61, (1), 2024, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Gutiérrez-Zúñiga R, Davis J.R., Boyle R, De Looze C, Meaney J, Whelan R, Kenny R.A., Knight S.P., Romero-Ortuño R, Brain connectivity in frailty: insights from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), Neurobiology of Aging, 2023, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Ward M, Briggs R, McGarrigle CA, De Looze C, O'Halloran AM, Kenny RA., The bi-directional association between loneliness and depression among older adults from before to during the COVID-19 pandemic., International journal of geriatric psychiatry, 38, (1), 2023, pe5856 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Donnell DO, Romero-Ortuno R, Kennelly SP, O'Neill D, Donoghue PO, Lavan A, Cunningham C, McElwaine P, Kenny RA, Briggs R., The 'Bermuda Triangle' of orthostatic hypotension, cognitive impairment and reduced mobility: prospective associations with falls and fractures in The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing. , Age and Ageing, 52, (2), 2023, pafad005 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Setti A, and Hernandez B, and Hirst R.J., Donoghue OA, Kenny R.A., and Newell F.N., Susceptibility to the sound-induced flash illusion is associated with gait speed in a large sample of middle-aged and older adults, Experimental Gerontology, 174, (112113), 2023, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Gutiérrez-Zúñiga R, Davis J.R., Ruddy K, De Looze C, Carey D, Meaney J, Kenny R.A., Knight S.P. and Romero-Ortuno R, Structural brain signatures of frailty, defined as accumulation of self-reported health deficits in older adults, Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 2023, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
  

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Mark Ward, Richard Layte, Rose Anne Kenny, Loneliness, social isolation, and their discordance among older adults, TILDA, October, 2019, p1-52-, Report, 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
Irish America Magazine's 2022 Healthcare & Lifesciences Top 50 List 2022
Bryan Alton Medal, RCPI 2022
Lifetime Achievement Award - WCFPS 2019
Health Hero, The Irish Times 2018
Trinity Innovation Award 2017
IGS Presidential Medal 2017
Admitted to the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA) 2014
Elected Fellow of Trinity College Dublin 2013
BUPA Foundation Care Award (winner) "for excellence 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 Ageing 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.