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Professor Rose Anne Kenny

Professor of Geriatric Medicine

Speciality: Geriatric medicine, general medicine

Sub specialities: Falls and syncope, cardiovascular medicine

Professor Kenny is founding director of the Falls and Syncope Unit at St James’s Hospital and Trinity College Dublin. She is head of the Ageing Research Programme at Trinity College Dublin; director of the Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing and is Chair of the Academic Department of Medical Gerontology.

The focus of her research is on the physiological and biological pathways that underpin vascular biology including modifiable risk factors and novel interventions for syncope, falls and locomotion. For this work she is using clinical cohorts coupled with a large population representative longitudinal study of adults over 50 years, TILDA, which she established.

She was Chair of the Guidelines on Management (diagnosis and treatment) of Syncope 2001 and 2008; member of European Cardiac Society/EHRA Syncope Management taskforce since its foundation in 2014; Chair of the AGS/BGS Guideline for the Prevention of Falls in Older Persons 2001 and 2011; Co-Chair of EU SAPEA Commission on ‘Transforming Ageing in Europe’ (present) and has contributed models of care delivery, including syncope in the Emergency Department. She was nominated for BUPA Doctor of the Year for UK Syncope Service.

Professor Kenny has published more than 500 research papers, reviewed articles and book chapters and has received numerous awards for her research and clinical service including membership of the Royal Irish Academy and Lifetime Achievement Award at World Conference Falls and Postural Stability in 2019.

  • MB BCh NUI Galway GMC, MD NUI Galway “A study of the causes and mechanisms of unexplained syncope”, FRCPI, FRCP, FESC, FRCPE, FTCD, MRIA.

    • Professor of Medical Gerontology, Trinity College Dublin (2006)
    • Head of Department of Medical Gerontology, Trinity College Dublin (2006 -)
    • Consultant Physician, St James's Hospital, Dublin 8 (2006)
    • Director Mercers Institute for Successful Ageing, St James's Hospital, Dublin 8 (2006)
    • Director Falls and Syncope Service, St James's Hospital, Dublin 8 (2006)
    • Founding Principal Investigator, TILDA, Trinity College Dublin (2006)
    • Founding Director, Ageing Research Centre, (Trinity EngAGE), Trinity College Dublin (2009)
    • Professor of Cardiovascular Research, University of Newcastle, UK (1996 – 2005)
    • Director of the Cardiovascular Investigation Unit, Newcastle Hospitals Trusts, UK (1991 – 2005)
    • Head of Academic Department of Geriatric Medicine, University of Newcastle (1996 – 2005)
    • Deputy Director, Institute for Ageing and Health, University of Newcastle, UK (1996 – 2005)
    • Professor in Clinical Geriatric Medicine (1992 – 1996)
    • Consultant Physician in General and Geriatric Medicine, Newcastle Hospitals Trusts, UK (1990 – 2005)
    • Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation “Technology Futures: Project Steering Group” (2017-)
    • Citizens Assembly Expert Advisory Group for Older People (2017)
    • Scientific Advisory Board, The Neyshabour Longitudinal Study on Ageing (NeLSA), Iran, (2016-)
    • ECS Syncope Taskforce (2015-)
    • Chair) European Cardiac Society/EHRA Syncope Management taskforce (2014-)
    • (Chair) Data monitoring Committee UK NIHR STRIDE RCT, (2013-)
    • Scientific Advisory Board, MRC Unit for Lifelong Health at UCL;1946 cohort study; (2013-)
    • Advisory Board Horizon2020, Societal Challenge 1, ‘(2013-2015)
    • Scientific Advisory Board Longitudinal study on Ageing India (LASI), (2012-)
    • Scientific Advisory Board, Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam (LASA), (2010-)
    • Scientific Advisory Board, Northern Ireland Cohort Study for the Longitudinal Study of Ageing (NICOLA), (2008-)
    • (Chair) Scientific Advisory Board MRC fRAILL programmer, Manchester (2013-)
    • UK research councils (Lifelong Health & Wellbeing Initiatives) (2012 – )
    • National Regional Advisor for RCP Edinburgh 2013- present
  • Professor Kenny has been a faculty and keynote speaker at many international meetings and societies on cardiology, psychiatry, neurology, geriatric medicine i.e. World Congress of Cardiology, British Cardiac Society, Heart Rhythm USA, American Geriatrics Society, EUGMS, IAGG, VasCog, European Society of Cardiology.

Contact Information

Via post:
Falls & Syncope Unit
Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA)
St James’s Hospital
Dublin 8

Nurse Liaison:
Ciara Rice