Professor Rose Anne Kenny holds the Chair of Medical Gerontology at Trinity College and is the founder and Principal Investigator of The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), Trinity’s flagship research project in ageing. Established in 2006, TILDA is now one of the most comprehensive longitudinal studies on ageing worldwide. Professor Kenny’s research focuses on the causes and consequences of cardiovascular ageing. Professor Kenny is also Director of the newly opened Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing at St James’s Hospital – the first purpose built clinical research facility for ageing on these islands. Prior to her present appointments, Professor Kenny held the Chair of Cardiovascular Research at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, where she was Head of the Academic Department of Medical Gerontology for 12 years. She has held a number of senior positions including Chairman of the American Geriatric Society: Falls Prevention Guidelines (2001 &2011), Chairman if the European Cardiac Society/ European hearty Rhythm Association Guidelines for Syncope units (2015) and board member of the H2020 Advisory Group for Societal Challenge 1.
Professor Kenny is widely published, with over 300 peer reviewed papers, 4 textbooks and 53 book chapters. She has supervised 24 PhDs, 8 MScs and 8 MDs to completion. Since 2006, Professor Kenny has secured more than €156M in research funding. In 2014, she was elected as a Member of the Royal Irish Academy (M.R.I.A.), the highest academic honour in Ireland and a public recognition of academic excellence in 2014. She is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin and of the Royal College of Physicians in London, Ireland and Edinburgh.