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Launch of the Keep Control Campaign

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Official Press Release: Keep Control Campaign




Programme: Slides:  
  Prof. Mary Gilhooly  
  Dr Deirdre O'Donnell  



Professor Mark Rogers holds degrees from TCD and the University of Glasgow. He undertook research in prion diseases in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate, Professor Stanley Prusiner, before taking up a lectureship in UCD in 1991. As UCD‘s Dean of Science he introduced significant programme enhancements including new assessment practices. Professor Rogers values the importance of research to inform teaching practice. As Registrar and Deputy President, he continues to promote a student centred and student-led approach to education, aiming to simplify University entry routes and encourage greater diversity, while providing alternative pathways for progression to degree and higher degree awards. Professor Roger’s research on Scrapie in sheep and BSE in cattle is recognised internationally. He led several EU consortiums in Prion research and licensed immunodiagnostic technologies which are now employed in BSE diagnosis, resulting in over €2 million in royalties to UCD.



Minister Kathleen Lynch is Minister of State at the Department of Health and Department of Justice, Equality and Defence with responsibility for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People – Ireland. In 1994 Minister Lynch was first elected to the Irish parliament (Dáil Eireann) for the Labour Party. She was subsequently elected again in 2002 and has retained her seat since. In March 2011 the Labour Party formed a new coalition government with the Fine Gael party with an agreed programme for government, including major Health Care Reform.The Minister of State is accountable for developing and articulating Government policy on Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People. Minister Lynch is leading a fundamental Mental Health Reform Programme in Ireland (Vision for Change). Minister Lynch is married to Bernard Lynch and has four children.



Professor Mary Gilhooly is Director of the Brunel Initiative for Ageing Studies (BIAS) and Professor of Gerontology and Health Studies in the Department of Clinical Sciences. A psychologist by training, Professor Gilhooly’s interest in legal and ethical issues associated with dementia led to an MPhil in Law and Ethics in Medicine long after completing her training as a psychologist. Professor Gilhooly’s varied research portfolio includes research on the effects of playing chess and doing crosswords on cognitive ability in old age, the role of ICT in quality of life in old age, barriers to the use of public transport by elderly people, quality of life and real-life cognitive functioning and incontinence.  Professor Gilhooly conducted one of the first studies in the UK on family care of people with dementia. Current research includes a study on the role of alcohol in elder abuse and a study of the role of alcohol in the lives of older women. In the spring of 2014 a large collaborative project with University College London and the University of Toronto on posterior cortical atrophy, a rare form of dementia, began. Professor Gilhooly recently completed an ESRC funded study titled ‘Detecting and Preventing Financial Elder Abuse’.  Another financial abuse project, funded by the Dawes Trust, is currently on-going. Professor Gilhooly was President of the British Society of Gerontology from 2000-2004 and a member of council of the International Association of Gerontology.  Recognition of her contribution to the social sciences, and gerontology in particular, led to her election in 2006 as an Academician in The Academy for the Social Sciences. The British Society of Gerontology honoured her contribution to the Society with the award of BSG Founding Fellow.


Dr Deirdre O’Donnell is a lecturer in Health Systems in the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems. In 2011 she obtained her PHD from Trinity College Dublin; her doctoral thesis was on the topic of ageing, narrative and eudaimonic well-being. Her research interests continue to be in the field of ageing with a particular emphasis on empowerment and healthy ageing. Her research areas include later life well-being and happiness, elder abuse prevention and intervention as well as intervention outcomes evaluation. Dr O’Donnell has a strong track record of collaborative research with older people and is a co-founder of the Older People’s Empowerment Network (OPEN). She engages in academic research which emphasises participatory collaboration with older people in a grounded up and user driven approach to intervention development. 


Mr Paschal Moynihan is a Specialist for Older Persons’ Services in the HSE and has played a leading role in the development of the HSE’s Elder Abuse Service since 2007. Paschal’s background is in nursing, having qualified as a Psychiatric Nurse from St. Patrick’s Hospital in Dublin and in General Nursing from St. James’ Hospital, Dublin. He also holds a Certificate in Orthopaedic Nursing from Cappagh Orthopaedic Hospital. In addition to his nursing qualifications, Paschal holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Honours) in Public Administration and a Master of Arts in Healthcare Management. He has held senior nursing positions in both acute and residential services in the private and the public sector.