Professor Rose Anne Kenny

Professor Kenny Head of the academic Department of Medical Gerontology at Trinity College and St. James’s Hospital, Director of the newly established Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing and  Director of the Falls and Blackout Unit at St. James’s Hospital.  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.

Rose Anne Kenny is the Principal Investigator and founder of The Irish LongituDinal Study on Ageing (TILDA). Professor Kenny has developed the study from its inception in 2006.

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.

She has represented her field as chair or member of international working groups for falls, syncope and heart failure. Since her appointment Trinity College and St James have committed strong support for ageing research, education and training i.e. the Trinity College 2011 Strategic plan has highlighted Ageing Research as one of eight priorities for further strategic development and investment supporting a the new Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing on the hospital site, Trinity EngAGE Centre for Ageing Research and new Centre for Longitudinal Studies Analyses.

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