Organising Committee

9 & 10 November 2017

Professor Tahir Masud

Professor Masud trained at Christ Church, University of Oxford and St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London. After postgraduate training in London and Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and a Research Fellow post in St Thomas’ Hospital, London he took up a position of Consultant Physician in General and Geriatric Medicine at Nottingham in 1994. He has a research and clinical interest in osteoporosis, falls, exercise, syncope and education and has over 100 peer-reviewed publications in these areas. He heads the Clinical Gerontology Research Unit at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. He has previously been a scientific advisor to the National Osteoporosis Society and is the main organiser of the annual International Conference on Falls and Postural Stability. He has also served as the Clinical SubDean at the University of Nottingham Medical School. He also has Honorary/Visiting Professorships at the Universities of Nottingham, Derby and Southern Denmark. He was President of the European Union of Medical Specialists-Geriatric Medicine Section (2014-2015) and is currently the President-Elect of the British Geriatrics Society.

Professor Dawn Skelton


Dawn Skelton is an exercise physiologist with a scientific research background. She is currently a Professor in Ageing and Health in the Institute of Applied Health Research at Glasgow Caledonian University and is passionate about getting research into practice. She co-hosted the 8th World Congress on Active Ageing in Glasgow in August 2012 and is a commissioned author for the World Health Organisation and the UK’s Department of Health. She sat on the Expert Panel for the UKs recommendations for physical activity and public health in 2011 and is an advisor on a current review of rehabilitation after hip fracture with the UKs Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. She is a regular Keynote speaker around the world on falls prevention and exercise in older people.

For Workshop: She works part time in academia and the rest of the time is a Director of Later Life Training Ltd, a company that runs as a not-for profit, to train health and fitness professionals to work with effective physical activity and exercise with older people and stroke survivors.

For Keynote: Her recent research focuses on the determinants of sedentary behaviour, interventions to reduce sedentary behaviour in older people, effects of the Otago home exercise programme and the FaME group based programme in visually impaired older people and physical activity awareness in older people. Within the ProFouND (Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination) European Network she led a highly successful Cascade Training model of effective exercise delivery to fallers across 10 European Countries.

Professor Desmond (Des) O’Neill

Desmond (Des) O’Neill is a Professor of Medical Gerontology in Trinity College Dublin and a consultant geriatrician in Tallaght Hospital. His research interests centre on ageing and the neurosciences with a particular emphasis on the humanities, and he has authored over 300 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. He was worked collaboratively with a wide range of disciplines, including artists, scholars in the humanities, ethicists, architects and musicians, and is passionately interested in developing the process of interdisciplinary research on the themes of ageing and memory.

As Chair of the National Centre for Arts and Health, he has worked with a number of national cultural agencies and institutions to develop the concepts of arts, ageing and health. He helped develop the first course for artists in health care in Ireland, has broadcast on Lyric FM, and is an active contributor to the British Medical Journal Blogs and national media on matters relating to ageing and the humanities.

His book, Ageing and Caring, was published by Orpen Press in November 2013. He was awarded the All-Ireland Inspirational Life Award in 2010 for advancing the cause of older people, and the Joseph T Freeman Award by the Gerontological Society of America in 2014.


Professor Rose Anne Kenny MD, FRCPI, FRCP, FRCPE, FTCD, MRIA

Professor Rose Anne Kenny holds the chair of Medical Gerontology at Trinity College, Dublin. The major focus of her research is to provide new insights into cardiovascular ageing. Rose Anne is interested in causes and consequences of ageing processes governing neurocardiovascular stability in particular locomotion, falls, syncope, autonomic signals and mental health.

Rose Anne founded and leads The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), which collates longitudinal information from biological samples, objective health measures and social and economic information, in a large Irish adult population sample.

The role played by autonomic pathways on locomotion, the senses, vascular integrity and the brain coupled with inflammation is under investigation. Her research team has several other projects underway, including early risk determinants of cognitive decline, novel measures of autonomic function in ageing, risk factors for mobility impairment, new models for frailty diagnosis and implantable devices in falls prevention.

In 2010, Rose Anne founded and is now Director of a new Ageing Research Centre at Trinity College, with 135 active Principal Investigators. Rose Anne is also Director of the new Mercer’s Institute (the first purpose-built clinical research facility on the island of Ireland) at the country’s largest teaching hospital – St. James’s Hospital, Dublin.

Rose Anne was previously Professor of Cardiovascular Research at Newcastle University, UK, and in 1992 established the first dedicated syncope service in the UK (in Newcastle)which has been replicated worldwide. She now heads up the syncope service at St. James’s Hospital, Dublin. This work has lead to new methods for assessment of falls and syncope risk which have been adopted internationally and the head-up tilt test, which she first described, is now the gold standard for vasovagal diagnosis.

Rose Anne is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin and of the Royal College of Physicians in London, Ireland and Edinburgh, and member of the Royal Irish Academy.


Doctor Tara Coughlan

Consultant Geriatrician and Stroke Physician, Tallaght Hospital, Tallaght, Dublin

Dr.  Tara Coughlan has been working as a Consultant Geriatrician and Stroke Physician at Tallaght Hospital, Dublin since 2007 and is one of the founding members of the Irish Hip Fracture Database. She is currently the joint National Specialty Director for Geriatric Medicine and was recently appointed to the role of Secretary of the Irish Committee on Higher Medical Training. She is active in research and has published papers on a variety of topics including stroke, osteoporosis and emergency room care. Dr. Coughlan is a graduate of the National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway.


Doctor Fiona Kearney

Consultant Geriatrician at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr Fiona Kearney is a consultant geriatrician at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. She is a graduate of University College Dublin and completed the majority of her postgraduate training in Dublin teaching hospitals before moving to Nottingham for her final year of specialist training. She has completed a research masters examining how cognition and cognitive impairment influence an older adult’s risk of falls. She has written chapters on delirium and syncope for the Geriatric Medicine at a Glance series and co-authored a chapter on falls in older adults for the Oxford Textbook of Medicine. She took up her current post in 2012. Her clinical specialty is acute and community geriatric medicine.

Professor James Bernard Walsh

Professor James Bernard Walsh is a Graduate of University College Cork.
Consultant Physician with a special interest in Bone Health and Osteoporosis St James’s Hospital Dublin
Clinical Professor Department of Medical Gerontology Trinity College Dublin
Lead Clinical and Hospital Medical Director of St James’s (University Teaching) Hospital Dublin 2011 to 2013
Clinical Director Medicine for the Elderly Directorate St James’s Hospital; 1993 to 2002 and 2009 to 2011
Recent Past President Irish Gerontological Society
Previous Visiting Professor to the University of California, San Francisco
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
Fellow of the Royal College of Edinburgh
Member of the British Geriatrics Society
Member of the International Osteoporosis Society
Member of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
Member of the European Calcified Tissue Society
Founding member and current Vice Chairman of the National Dementia Information and Development Centre
Previous Chairman of the Consultants Committee of the Irish Medical Organisation
Trainer in the TCD/HSE GP Training Scheme for over 30 years
Previous Member of the National Council for the Elderly (Irish Government advisory body)
Previous Member of the Educational Committee of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists
Previous Director of the board of the South Dublin Association of Home Help Organisations
Author of over a hundred peer review papers in the area of Memory, Vitamin D, Bone Health, Vascular Medicine, Infectious diseases and general medical problems in the elderly


Professor Moira O’Brien FRCPI, FFSEM, FFSEM (UK). F.F.S.E.M. (Hon UK). FTCD, FECSS, MA

Professor Emeritus of Anatomy Trinity College Dublin.
Osteoporosis and Sports Medicine Consultant at Affidea, Dundrum. Involved in Sports Medicine for over 40 years. Irish Olympic Medical Officer to Moscow, Los Angelus and Seoul Olympic games. Member of the European Olympic Medical Commission’ Member of the Board of the Federation International Medicine Sportive. Medical Director of first Masters in Sports Medicine in Great Britain and Ireland based at Trinity College Dublin in1990 to 2005 and now Honorary Medical Director
Founder and President of the Irish Osteoporosis Society 1996; Member of the European Union Osteoporosis Interest Group on Osteoporosis.
Author of numerous publications, books and articles on Osteoporosis and Sports Medicine. Keynote speaker at International Conferences world wide.

Professor Bo Abrahamsen

Bo Abrahamsen is an endocrinologist at Holbæk Hospital in Denmark, a Capture-The-Fracture Silver Starred FLS Service, and primarily treats patients with osteoporosis, metabolic bone diseases and parathyroid disorders. He is also a professor of clinical database studies at the University of Southern Denmark. He attended Medical School in Odense, Denmark, the B.Sc. Hons Course in Experimental Pathology at St. Andrews, UK, and part of his PhD lab work at UMASS Medical Center, Worcester, MA. Main research interests include absolute fracture risk, secondary osteoporosis, fracture epidemiology and safety of anti-osteoporotic drugs and supplements.  Dr Abrahamsen is a member of the Committee of Scientific Advisors to the IOF, a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.


Professor Reto W. Kressig

MD, Chair of Geriatrics, University of Basel, Chief Medical Officer, University Centre for Medicine of Aging, Felix Platter-Hospital, Basel/Switzerland
Reto W. Kressig is Professor and Chair of Geriatrics at the University of Basel, Switzerland. He is Chief Medical Officer and Member of the Directorial Board of the 260-bed University Center for Medicine of Aging at the Felix Platter-Hospital Basel. His scientific work and interests include older adults’ gait biomechanics, physical activity, functional autonomy, nutrition and cognition in relation to principles of geriatric rehabilitation and fall prevention. Prof. Kressig is Editorial-Member of several international geriatric journals, Associate Professor of Gerontology at the University of Luxemburg and former Secretary of the European Academy for Medicine of Aging. He is author of over hundred original publications in the fields of dementia, mobility and nutrition. He is co-initiator and one of the principal investigators of the DO-HEALTH study, the currently biggest EU-Project on healthy aging (n=2152) based on supplementation of vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids, combined with regular exercise.


Professor Alfonso J. Cruz-Jentoft

Prof. Alfonso J. Cruz-Jentoft is a physician, specialist in Geriatric Medicine. He currently chairs the Geriatric Department of the Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal in Madrid, Spain. He is professor of Geriatrics at the Universidad Europea de Madrid and president of the Spanish Board on Geriatric Medicine. He was President of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS) and is now member of its Academic Board.

Dr. Cruz-Jentoft coordinated the European Working Group on Sarcopenia in Older People/International Sarcopenia Initiative, and chairs the Sarcopenia SIG of both the EUGMS and SEGG. His present areas of research include sarcopenia, frailty and nutrition in older people, geriatric pharmacotherapy, discrimination of older subjects in clinical research, and comprehensive geriatric assessment. He is involved in several large European trials on these topics (SENATOR, SPRINT-T, MPI-AGE).


Associate Professor Ellen Freiberger

Professor Ellen Freiberger PhD Associated Professor Institute for Biomedicine of Aging

Since 1999 working as a Research Assistant, and since 2008 working as senior lecturer at the Institute of Sport Science and Sport [ISS] (Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg/Germany). In combination with Dr. Abu.-Omar, head of the new Master program “Physical Activity and Health” ISS until 2013.
Since 2013, Ellen has been working as an Associate Professor at the Institute of Biomedicine for Ageing (Chair: Cornel Sieber) also at the University Erlangen-Nürnberg and being responsible for European projects and research in physical activity and aging.
Ellen holds degrees in Diploma in Sport Science (University of Cologne) 1980, Diploma in Gerontology (University of Erlangen-Nümberg) 1996, PhD in Sport Science (University of Erlangen – Nümberg) 2001 and Habilitation in Sport Science (University Erlangen – Nürnberg 2012)



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