Conference Speakers

Timo Strandberg, Finland

Professor Strandberg is the full professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Helsinki and the Physician-in-Chief at Helsinki University Hospital. Since 2013 he has been the president of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS).

Professor Strandberg’s primary field of interest has been lipid metabolism and its relevance to vascular diseases. Recently he has concentrated on six main topics: 1) successful aging (the quality of life in the late adulthood, the paradoxes of the old age), 2) geriatric syndromes (frailty, connections to vascular diseases), 3) telomeres and risk factors, 4) the special features of cholesterol metabolism in the late adulthood, 5) neurodegenerative diseases (dementia, risk factors and characterization) and 6) the new risk markers for vascular diseases. In May 2014, he was awarded the Sohlberg Prize by the Nordic Gerontology Congress.

Ian Robertson, Ireland

Ian Robertson took up the Chair in of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin having been a Fellow at Hughes Hall, Cambridge. He has visiting professorships at UCL in London and was a Visiting Professor at Columbia University New York. He was the founding director of Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience.

His research on the  brain’s attention systems has led to a number of new ways of measuring how humans pay – or fail to pay – attention and he has  extended this research to the development of new therapeutic methods which have resulted in improved cognitive function in people with attention difficulties.

He has published over 250 papers in journals such as Nature, Psychological Bulletin, Journal of Neuroscience and Neuropsychologia, and in several books, including co-authoring the leading international textbook on cognitive rehabilitation. In 2014 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for Psychological Science in recognition of his “sustained and outstanding distinguished contributions to psychological science”.

Ian has written several books aimed at the general reader, including Mind Sculpture (2000), The Mind’s Eye  (2003), The Winner Effect (2012), all of which have been widely translated. He  blogs on and tweets on @ihrobertson

Susanne Iwarsson, Sweden

Since 2005, Susanne Iwarsson is the holder of Mary and Seved Ribbing’s Professorship in Gerontology and Care for Older People at the Faculty of Medicine, Lund University, Sweden. With a PhD in medical science (1997) and a registered occupational therapist with clinical experience in geriatrics and primary care, Prof Iwarsson is also engaged in developing ageing research internationally, particularly in Europe.

She is the Head of the research group Active and Healthy Ageing at the Department of Health Sciences, focusing on environmental gerontology in combination with health sciences and neuroscience, studying the ageing individual’s and population’s opportunities for activity and participation in society.

She has been the main or co-supervisor of 18 completed PhD degrees, in Sweden and abroad. She is also the Director of the Centre for Ageing and Supportive Environments (CASE) and the Coordinator of the Swedish National Graduate School for Competitive Science on Ageing and Health.

Professor Janet M Lord, UK

Professor Lord is director of the MRC-Arthritis Research UK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research and is also a Principal Investigator in the MRC Centre for Immune Regulation at Birmingham University Medical School, leading the Ageing and Immunity theme.

Her primary research focus is in the effect of ageing upon immune function and how this limits the ability of older adults to resolve inflammation and predisposes them to chronic inflammatory disease such as Rheumatoid arthritis. She also researches the link between chronic systemic inflammation and physical frailty.

Professor Lord has a particular interest in the role played by stress (physical and emotional) and the altered HPA axis in modulating immunity and frailty in old age. This has led her in to the field of trauma research and she is now also a theme lead in the NIHR Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre looking at factors influencing the immune and endocrine response to trauma. She has published on the synergistic effects of hip fracture and depression on both immunity and physical frailty.

She is currently a member of the MRC Lifelong Health and Wellbeing strategy panel and co-editor in chief of the journal Longevity and Healthspan. In 2013 she was awarded the Lord Cohen of Birkenhead medal for her research and leadership in human ageing and in 2014 was awarded the Glenn Award for biological mechanisms in Ageing by the US Glenn Foundation. She has published over 160 original papers and reviews.

Jan Baars, Netherlands

Jan Baars is Professor of Gerontology at the University for Humanistic Studies in Utrecht, The Netherlands. He studied social sciences and philosophy in Amsterdam, Bielefeld and Berkeley. Since 1970 he has been teaching Theory and Philosophy of the Social Sciences and the Humanities at the universities of Amsterdam, Tilburg and Utrecht. 

Since 1985 he has added a focus on basic concepts of aging and gerontology, leading to many articles in academic journals and to chapters on concepts of time and temporality in the major gerontological Handbooks. He published some influential books in Dutch, such as Het Nieuwe Ouder Worden (3rd edition 2013) and the co-athored De Kunst van het Ouder Worden (7th edition 2014). His most recent book in English is ‘Aging and the Art of Living’ (Johns Hopkins University Press 2012).

Co-authored books include Ageing, Meaning and Social Structure: Connecting Critical and Humanistic Gerontology (Policy Press, 2013). Aging and Time. Multidisciplinary Perspectives’ (Baywood, 2007) and Aging, Globalization and Inequality: the New Critical Gerontology (Baywood, 2006).

Prof. Baars has given master classes at universities in Europe, the United States, South Africa and New Zealand. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, and serves presently as the Chair of GSA’s Humanities and Arts Committee. In 2013 he received the Theoretical Developments in Social Gerontology Award.

Jean-Marie Robine, France

Prof. Robine is a Research Director at INSERM, the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (, within the CERMES Research group in Paris and the Unit 710 in Montpellier where he heads the research team Biodemography of longevity and vitality. He is also a Study Director at the advanced school Ecole pratique des hautes études ( in Paris. He studies human longevity, with the aim of understanding the relations between health and longevity. In particular, he measures the impact that the increase in adult life durations may have on the health status of the elderly population.

Since its creation in 1989, he has been the coordinator of the International Network on Health Expectancy (REVES), which brings together more some 100 researchers worldwide (

He is the project leader of the Joint Action European Life and Health Expectancy Information System (, which provides analysis of disability-free life expectancies in the European Union (Healthy Life Years-HLY). He is co-responsible for the development of the International Database on Longevity (IDL) in association with the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (Rostock) and INED (Paris).

He is the project leader of the healthy longevity project granted by AXA Research Fund: the Five-Country Oldest Old Project (5-COOP). He is one of the Directors of the new French Research Consortium on ageing and longevity (GDR CNRS 3662, 2014-2017).

Tine Rostgaard, Denmark

Tine Rostgaard is Professor in Older people and Citizenship, at the Department of Political Science, Aalborg University, Denmark. Her research contributions have mainly been to the field of social care policies for children and older people, and she has a special interest in understanding care practice and the implication for quality of care. She has amongst other conducted research in social care related quality of life for the two recent Danish commissions into old age care. She serves as the President of the Danish Society of Gerontology (DGS) and also as the editor of the book series Elderly and Society. She has amongst other co-edited the book ‘Care Between Work and Welfare in European Societies’, Palgrave, 2011, and co-authored the book ‘Care Regimes in Transitional European Societies’, Palgrave, 2014.

Dr. Hans-Werner Wahl

Professor of Psychological Ageing Research, Heidelberg University, Institute of Psychology
Hans-Werner Wahl is Professor of Psychological Ageing at Heidelberg University's Institute of Psychology since 2006.  His research activities include the understanding of the role of physical-technological environments for aging well, adaptational processes in the context of age-related chronic functional loss, processes of awareness of aging in a lifespan perspective, and intervention research. 
He is the author or editor of more than 20 books and more than 250 scholarly journal articles and chapters related to the study of adult development and aging.
He is co-editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Ageing. He has also received the 2009 M. Powell Lawton Award of the Gerontological Society of America.

Professor J. Bernard Walsh

Consultant Physician, Bone Health and Osteoporosis Unit,  St.  James’s Hospital,  Clinical Professor, Department of Medical Gerontology,  Trinity College Dublin
Professor Walsh is the Current Director of Mercer’s institute for Research on Ageing at  St James’s Hospital, recent Past- President of the  Irish Gerontological Society,  Graduate of University College Cork.  He is a previous Visiting Professor to the University of California, San Francisco, also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland  as well as a Fellow of the Royal College of Edinburgh.  He is a member of the British Geriatrics Society  and a member of the International Osteoporosis Society as well as a member of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research  and a member of the European Calcified Tissue Society.  Professor Walsh is a founding member and current Vice-Chair of the National Dementia Information and Development Centre, also a previous Chairman of the Consultants’ Committee of The Irish Medical Organisation.  He is the current Chairman of the Department of Health National Long Term Care Charges Repayments Committee .  He is the 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.

Marieke J. Schuurmans

Marieke J. Schuurmans PhD, RN (1965) is a nurse and researcher, appointed professor and chair in Nursing Science at the UMC Utrecht and professor of Care for older people at the University of Applied Sciences in Utrecht.  She worked over ten years as a clinical nurse specialist in geriatric medicine and is an expert on complex nursing care of older people. In her  PhDstudy she developed the Delirium Observation Screening (DOS) Scale which is nowadays part of regular nursing care in Dutch hospitals and which is translated in numerous languages. Her current research focuses on daily functioning of older people with multimorbidity. Some recent grants in which she is involved as project leader:  the TASTE programme, development of a line of research on selfmanagement in multimorbid patients,  the HELP study, a multicenter study to evaluate cost-effectiveness of a nurse-led inhospital program to prevent delirium,   the  U PROFIT study, a clinical trial in 90 primary care practices to evaluate comprehensive geriatric care in primary practices. Marieke Schuurmans is responsible for the Nursing Science Master Programme of the University Utrecht (annual graduation forty to fifty students) and supervises twenty PhD students.  In 2013 is appointed as Chief Nurse Officer, the Minister of Health’ supreme independent advisor on nursing. She is a member of the Dutch Health Council, chair of the research committee of the National Association of Nurses, fellow of the European Association of Nursing Scientists and member of the Honour Society of Nursing Sigma Teta Tau International. She has published over eighty peer-reviewed papers, as well as over forty practice publications and contributed to more than twenty books. She was the lead author on the recent Dutch Professional Profile for Nurses. In the last fifteen years she gave over a hundred lectures on national and international conferences.

Professor Eline Slagboom

Professor Eline Slagboom obtained an M.Sc in Biology in 1987 and the Postdoctoral degree in biochemistry in 1993. Between 1993 and 2000, Professor Slagboom was investigator at the Department of Vascular and Connective Tissues Research at the Gaubius Laboratory, TNO-PG, The Netherlands. She initiated a unit for genetic epidemiological studies aimed at the identification of genetic determinants of multi-factorial diseases. She was awarded an NWO program grant by the Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research in 2000 and was appointed as professor of Molecular Epidemiology at the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC).
She established a new section of Molecular Epidemiology and Genotyping Center (staff 25 fte).
Focus of the research is to use omics data (genetic, transcriptomic, epigenetic, glycomic, metabolomic data) in molecular epidemiological studies to find biomarkers of ageing and age-related diseases in human cohorts and to understand the pathways underlying these complex traits. Professor Slagboom is member of the Editorial Board of Aging Cell and has a leading role in large consortia within ageing research s.a. the Netherlands Consortium for Healthy Ageing (co-director) in which she established collaborative research with research groups in the EU and with industry.
She is coordinator of a large scale collaborative EU project (IDEAL: Integrated research on DEvelopmental determinants of Aging and Longevity) and of national biobanking projects (BBMRI Regenboog project Metabolomics). and

Professor Suresh Rattan

Aarhus University, Denmark
Biogerontologist, editor-in-chief of the journal BIOGERONTOLOGY, and the present chairperson of the Biological section of IAGG-ER. He is an expert in the molecular basis of ageing of human cells, and is testing and developing novel and wholistic approaches towards ageing intervention, specifically by mild stress-induced hormesis attained through physical and nutritional hormetins. He has published more than 230 research papers, edited 15 age-related academic books, and has published 2 books for children in English, Punjabi, Danish, Polish and Romanian languages.    

Eamon O’Shea

Eamon O’Shea is a Personal Professor in Economics at the National University of Ireland Galway. He is also a Research Professor at the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology.  He has 30 years experience of working nationally and internationally in the related fields of health economics, the economics of the welfare state and the economics of ageing.
Research Profile
Eamon O’Shea is a Personal Professor in the School of Business & Economics. He has had over 90 papers published in peer-reviewed journals, including publications in top-ranked journals such as: the Journal of Health Economics, Social Science and Medicine, British Medical Journal, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Age and Ageing, Ageing and Society, Health Policy, International Journal of Health Technology Assessment, European Journal of Health Economics, International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and the Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics. He has authored/co-authored 15 books and monographs, mainly in the field of ageing and social policy. He has been responsible for numerous reports commissioned by national and international agencies, including: the National Council on Ageing and Older People, The Department of Health and Children, the Health Research Board, the European Commission and the European Council. Professor O’Shea has also contributed 25 chapters to various books, mainly on ageing and inequality issues. His work has been influential in setting the agenda for the ongoing reform of the long-stay sector in Ireland, particularly in relation to funding, priority-setting and dementia. His current research is focused on the economics of dementia, health care evaluation and rural ageing.

Dr. Anders Olsen

Dr. Anders Olsen is associate professor at Aarhus University, Denmark.
Anders Olsen started working with ageing back in 1998 when joined the laboratory of Prof. Tom Kirkwood and received an MSc in Biomedical Gerontology from University of Manchester. In 1999 Anders Olsen obtained a Cand. Scient degree in Chemistry and Biotechnology from Aarhus University, Denmark working with cellular ageing supervised by Prof. Suresh Rattan. Subsequently, Anders changed model system and started working with the soil nematode C. elegans in the laboratory of Prof. Gordon Lithgow. Anders obtained his PhD in genetics in 2003 from the University of Manchester. From 2001 till 2007 Anders worked at the Buck Institute for Aging Research, Ca. In 2007 Anders returned to his native Denmark and started his own research group at Aarhus University focusing on stress resistance, protein misfolding and ageing in C. elegans.

Professor Dr. Marcel G.M. Olde Rikkert

Dept. of Geriatrics, Radboudumc, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Marcel Olde Rikkert (52 yrs), a geriatrician, is Principal Investigator, Principal Lecturer and Principal Clinician at the Radboudumc. 
He studies complex interventions and e-interventions in frail elderly, with special focus on cognitive decline. Together with biologist Marten Scheffer, he is currently studying systemic resilience in humans, which greatly helps to understand the physiology of older persons.
Professor Olde Rikkert  writes a fortnightly column in the lay press and in May publishes a book emphasizing resilience in aging along the immortal words of George Bernard Shaw: You don’t stop playing because you grow old, you grow old as you stop playing

Prof. Raimundo Mateos

Departamento de Psiquiatría, Facultad de Medicina, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Raimundo Mateos is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) and coordinator of the Psychogeriatric Unit of its University Hospital. He holds a Master’s on the Management of Gerontological Centres.  He is also a Group Psychotherapist. For 25 years he has been very active in the clinical psychogeriatric field, community and nursing home settings. Professor Mateos has led several epidemiological surveys representative of the adult and older population in Galicia (Spain).  He is currently the president of the Spanish Society of Psychiatric Epidemiology (SEEP). He is the past president of the Spanish psychogeriatric society (SEPG); he is currently the President-Elect of the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA).

Professor Ariela Lowenstein

President, Max Stern Yezreel Valley College, Israel 
Prof. Emerita, Graduate Dept. of Gerontology, Haifa University, Israel
Professor Lowenstein is reputed as a leading national and international expert in gerontology, serving on various international boards. She publishes extensively, with 250 publications. She has written two Hebrew books, and is co-editor of three English books. She has written a book with Biggs:  Generational Intelligence.   Prof. Lowenstein is the recipient of numerous competitive research grants, prestigious scholarships, national and international awards.  She serves on Israeli governmental and local agencies as consultant, and policy advisor. Research areas: intergenerational family relations, elder abuse, elders’ health and quality of life, family caregiving, policy development, gerontological education.

Professor Marja Jylhä

Professor of Gerontology, School of Health Sciences, University of Tampere, and the Gerontology Research Center (GEREC)
Marja Jylhä is Professor of Gerontology at the University of Tampere, and a vice-director of the Gerontology Research Center ( , run jointly by the University of Jyväskylä and the University of Tampere.  Her research covers themes such as health and functioning, and the social and cultural impacts of population ageing.  She has been active in several European projects, currently in the  Joint Programming Initiative “More Years, Better Lives”. She is a Fellow of  the Gerontological Society of America. Her work on self-rated health reflects her interests in human aging as a phenomenon at the cross-roads between biology, psychology and the social world.

Professor Dr. Tilman Grune

German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke Tilman Grune, born 1962, studied 'Medical Biochemistry' in Moscow. After research positions at the Humboldt  University Berlin, he was Professor and Head of the Free Radical Laboratory, Research Institute of Environmental Health, Dusseldorf;  Head of the Department of Biofunctionality and Safety of Food in the Institute of Biological Chemistry and Nutrition, University of Hohenheim/Stuttgart;  and Head of the Department of Nutritional Toxicology in the Institute of Nutrition, Friedrich Schiller University Jena.  Since 2014, he is Scientific Director of the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke and Full Professor at the University of Potsdam.  His research interests are oxidative damage and modification of macromolecules in (aging) cells and the effects of nutritional components on these processes.

Alexandra M. Freund

Alexandra M. Freund is currently a Professor of Psychology at the University of Zurich, Dept. of Psychology. She studied psychology at the University of Heidelberg and the Free University of Berlin, where she also received her Ph. D. She was a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University and returned to Germany to co-direct a project on successful aging and developmental regulation with Paul B. Baltes at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin for seven years. After that, she was an assistant professor and later an associate professor at Northwestern University before she took over the chair for “Appplied Psychology: Life-Management” at the University of Zurich in 2005. Alexandra M. Freund was elected as one of the founding members of the Young Academy of Sciences. In 2013, she received a mentoring award of the section for Developmental Psychology of the German Psychological Association. Since 2010, she is associate editor of the APA-journal Psychology and Aging. She has published more than 120 research articles and chapters, mainly in the field of adult development and aging.
Her dissertation was about the content, structure, and function of the self-definition in old age. The topic of self-related cognitions and emotions continues to be one of her research interests. Other central research interests are processes of successful aging, developmental regulation, and motivation across the life span.

Professor Claudio Franceschi, MD

Positions: Full Professor of Immunology at Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna (UNIBO) until 2013 and then Alma Mater Professor; Director of the Interdepartmental Center for Bioinformatics and Biocomplexity "Luigi Galvani" (2002-2012); Director of the Department of Experimental Pathology (2010-2012); Scientific Director of Italian National Research Center for Aging (INRCA, 7 geriatric hospitals in Italy, 1500 total employes) (1996-2005). Scientific activity: 650 peer reviewed papers (33.212 citations, July 2014); - h-index: 90 Google Scholar, July 2014; Major achievements: i) discovery of the most important characteristics of immunosenescence in humans; ii) theories of "remodelling of aging", “inflammaging” and "liquid immune self": Pioneer of studies on: iii) immune response and stress throughout evolution; iv) genetic, epigenetic, metabolomic, metagenomic, glycomic studies on centenarians and their offspring as a model of healthy aging/longevity; v) new biomarkers of aging (N-glycans; DNA methylation); vii. mathematical modeling of the immune system; Coordinator of EU Large Projects: 1. NUAGE (New dietary strategies for the elderly, 2011-2016). 2. GEHA (GEnetics of Heathy Aging, 2004-2010).
Partner/WP Leader of EU projects: 1. PROTEOMAGE (Proteomics/aging, 2006-2011); 2. RISTOMED (Nutrition/ aging, 2008-2011); 3. MARK-AGE (Biomarkers of human aging, 2008-2013); 4. MYOAGE (Sarcopenia, 2008-2012); 5. IDEAL (Development/aging, 2011-2016); 6. COBRA (HIV and aging, 2012-2016); 7. MISSION-T2D (Immune System Simulator for T2D, 2012-2015); 8. HUMAM (iPS from centenarians and T2D patients, 2013-2017); 9. MYNEWGUT (diet, physical activity and gut microbiome). Awards/Prizes: February 2005: Award for research on Human Longevity by Associazione PROFUTURA, Bologna; June 2006: Leadership and Excellence Award at 4th International Meeting on Affective, Behavioural, and Cognitive Disorders in the Elderly; August 2008: Laurea Honoris Causa in Medicine, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (Argentina); March 2012: Annual Hayflick Lecturer 2012, University of Alabama, US; June 2012: The Oxygen Club of California Award: Aging Research Award; August 2013: Honorary Professorship in Immunology, University of Nottingham, UK).

Giovanni Lamura

Giovanni Lamura is a social gerontologist with an international and interdisciplinary background, working at INRCA (Italian National Institute of Health and Science on Ageing) since 1992. He graduated in economics in Italy in 1990; obtained a PhD in "Life course and social policy" at Bremen University (Germany) in 1995; was visiting fellow in 2006-07 at the University of Hamburg-Eppendorf (Germany); and research director of the pillar “health and care” of the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research in Vienna (Austria) in 2010-11. He has gained experience in international research projects mainly focused on family and long-term care of dependent older people; work-life balance; migrant care work; prevention of elder abuse and neglect; ICT-based initiatives to support informal carers; intergenerational solidarity; interdisciplinary research on ageing in general.

Professor Paul Knight

Royal Infirmary,Glasgow, Scotland Professor Knight is immediate past President of the British Geriatrics Society. Previously he was President of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society and Registrar of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. He is Associate Medical Director of the Rehabilitation and Assessment Directorate of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde where he is primarily a community geriatrician. He is Director of Medical Education and Deputy Responsible Officer for NHS GGC which is responsible for 25% of Scotland’s population. Professor Knight holds an honorary chair in medicine at University of Glasgow Medical School and in Clinical Leadership at the Business School. He holds visiting chairs at Brunel University London, Ohio University, and Northeast Ohio Medical University USA.

Professor Athanase Benetos

ATHANASE BENETOS Professor of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, and Chairman of Geriatrics, University of Nancy, France.
Athanase Benetos was born in Athens, Greece in 1956. He is married and the father of four children.
He is Full Professor of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, and Chairman of Geriatrics, at the University of Nancy, France. He is also a Senior Researcher at INSERM (National Institute of Biomedical Research) Unit 1116, as well as Chief of the University Centre for Research and Education on Ageing (Centre EFORVIE, University of Nancy) and Head of the Clinical Investigation Center on Aging at the University Hospital of Nancy, France.
Prof. Benetos has been recently elected as Academic Director of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS) for the period 2014-2018. For the period 2009-2013, he was the Treasurer of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG).
He was also member of the Board of the European Academy for Medicine of Aging (EAMA) (2006-2012), and is member of the National Center of the French Universities (CNU), Commission 53-01 Internal Medicine, Geriatrics and Biology of Aging, since 2004.
His research interests include biomarkers of ageing, telomere dynamics, age-related changes in large arteries, as well as the role of hypertension and other risk factors on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.
Prof. Benetos is member of several French national and international medical societies and has positions in several international peer- reviewed journals.
Prof. Benetos has authored more than 300 papers published in peer-reviewed international scientific journals and has participated in several scientific books on the topics of telomeres, hypertension, and the influence of arterial aging on dementia and other age-related diseases.
In 2010 he published in French (Ed. Robert Laffont, Paris) the book “ABCDaire du future Centenaire”. This book has been also translated in Greek (Ed. Patakis, Athens)  

Prof.dr. Dorly J.H. Deeg

Prof.dr. Dorly J.H. Deeg is professor of Epidemiology of Ageing at the VU University Medical Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and scientific director of the ongoing Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam. By education a methodologist, she has worked mainly in the areas of public health and gerontology. Her over 500 publications address longevity, chronic conditions, functional limitations, mental health, personal competence, social support, and methodology of longitudinal research. Current interests include health care, time trends and cross-national comparison. Prof. Deeg is founding editor (with prof.dr. H.-W. Wahl) of the European Journal of Ageing, and past chair of the Netherlands Society of Gerontology.

Prof. Andras Dinnyes

Prof. Andras Dinnyes has been working on embryology, cloning and stem cell biology since 1985. He has been a Fulbright Scholar in the US in 1991-92. He worked at the University of Connecticut (USA) in1997-99 where he achieved novel results in rabbit and cattle somatic cell nuclear transfer (NT). In 2000 he joined the NT team in Roslin Institute (the „Dolly team”) as team leader, under the guidance of Sir Ian Wilmut. His team succeeded in the production of the first gene knock-out lamb, and the first cloned piglet in Europe. He was advisor for Geron Inc, US on stem cell and cloning technology. In 2001 he has returned to Hungary as the leader of a “Marie Curie Excellence Grant” team and with Wellcome Trust Senior Researcher support. He has established a team in Hungary on genetic reprogramming and stem cell research. He is full professor at Szent Istvan University, Hungary and invited professor at Utrecht University, The Netherlands.
A. Dinnyes is the co-founder and director of BioTalentum Ltd, an SME established in 2005. His company is very active in European research, and A.D coordinated 12 FP7 collaborative and Marie Curie projects in biomedical research, including stem cells and ageing related disease models. By now BioTalentum is employing more than 20 researchers and providing patient specific induced pluripotent stem cells and derived neuronal, cardiac and other cell types as pathomechanism and drug testing models for industry and academia. A branch of the company provides EU project consulting services.
Andras Dinnyes received the Denis Gabor Innovation Award in 2013.

Professor Rose Anne Kenny


Rose Anne Kenny is Professor of Medical Gerontology, and Theme Champion of Ageing Research at Trinity College, Dublin; having previously held the Chair of Cardiovascular Research at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Rose Anne is the Director of the new Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA) - the first purpose-built clinical and research ageing institute on the island of Ireland, at St. James’s Hospital, Dublin. She is also the Director of Trinity EngAGE – the Centre for Research in Ageing at Trinity College, Dublin. Trinity College is ranked in the top 1% for impact amongst ageing research institutions for its geriatrics and gerontological publications worldwide.

The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) is Trinity’s Ageing flagship project. As the founding Principle Investigator to TILDA, Rose Anne leads a team of multidisciplinary researchers focusing on psychology, nursing, medicine, physiotherapy, economics, bioengineering, social sciences and health economics as aspects of the ageing process in Ireland.

Dr Denis O'Mahony


Dr O’Mahony is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Medicine at University College Cork (UCC), Ireland since 2005 and a Consultant Physician in Geriatric Medicine and General Internal Medicine at Cork University Hospital since 1999. He received his primary degree and postgraduate doctoral degree from University College Cork. He completed his specialist training in St James’s Hospital, Dublin and the Radcliffe Hospitals, Oxford prior to taking up a post as Senior Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine in the University of Birmingham, UK in 1995.

His principal research interests are inappropriate prescribing and adverse drug reactions in older people. He has led a successful research group in UCC that has devised and validated internationally recognized criteria for potentially inappropriate prescribing in older people known as STOPP/START. The STOPP/START criteria have formed the basis of successful research funding grants both from the Irish Health Research Board and also from the European Commission through the FP7 Programme (the SENATOR project, which Dr O’Mahony co-ordinates; ) and more recently in 2015 through the Horizon 2020 Programme (the OPERAM project, in which Dr O’Mahony is a co-PI).  He currently actively collaborates with academic research colleagues in the UK, Belgium, Spain, Netherlands, Italy, Iceland, Switzerland and Greece.

Dr O’Mahony was previously a co-PI on the successful ELDERMET project (, examining the effect of ageing and age-related disorders on the gut microbiome. He has collaborated with colleagues in the UCC School of Dentistry in clinical trials of novel restorative dentistry techniques applied to older partially dentate people. He also collaborates closely with the UCC School of Pharmacy in teaching and research into prevention of medication-related problems in older people with multimorbidity and associated polypharmacy. As PI and as co-PI on major projects, Dr O’Mahony’s research work has been funded for approximately €18 million since 2006. He is the author/co-author of approximately 110 peer-reviewed full research publications, several chapters of academic textbooks in Geriatric Medicine and Pharmacology and a textbook (“Practical therapeutics for the Older Patient”).

Dr O’Mahony co-ordinates the undergraduate teaching and learning programme in Geriatric Medicine for the UCC Medical School since 2009. He is also a trainer of Specialist Registrars in Geriatric Medicine in the South Munster Geriatric Medicine/General Internal Medicine Training Scheme since 2000.

Prof. Desmond (Des) O'Neill

Prof. Des O’Neill, a specialist in geriatric and stroke medicine, is also a writer and commentator in national media.  Based in Tallaght Hospital and Trinity College Dublin, his practice and research are focussed on ageing and the neurosciences, and how they interact with the humanities.  His particular interest in the longevity dividend – the many ways in which we have gained from our increase in life span – has contributed to national and international initiatives in many aspects of ageing.  In 2010 he was awarded the All Ireland Inspirational Life Award for his work on behalf of older people.


Peter Passmore

Professor of Ageing and Geriatric Medicine
Queen's University Belfast

Professor Passmore has a research interest in dementia and in cardiovascular disease. He has been involved in many clinical trials and is currently PI of a major study in subcortical vascular dementia. He leads the NI Clinical Research Network for dementia, is external adviser to the Scottish Dementia Network and is a member of CSG and OSG for DeNDRoN.  He has over 200 publications, including Lancet, Stroke, NEJM, BMJ and Nature Genetics.  He is interested in risk factors for dementia and in reducing risk for dementia. As a member of the steering group that produced the NI Dementia Strategy, he was instrumental in including a section on reduction of risk.