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Prof. Mary McCarron

Mary McCarron, PhD RNID, RGN, BNS. F.T.C.D is Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, and Chair of Ageing and Intellectual Disability at Trinity College Dublin. Since joining Trinity College in 2002 Professor McCarron has held many senior leadership roles including, Director of Research and Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery which is now one of the largest Schools in the University and ranked 25th in the World 2018. With excess of 1400 students and over 100 staff this school and has a strong research programme with 18 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. In 2011 Professor McCarron was elected Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, with responsibility for the School of Nursing and Midwifery, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Dental Sciences, Medicine, with a student body in excess of 4,000 and a staff of 650. She is a member of the Senior Executive Management team of the University. A leader in multidisciplinary health sciences, Professor McCarron is a committed ageing research leader at Trinity College and an international expert in the fields of intellectual disability, ageing, dementia, and palliative care. Professor McCarron is the founder and Principal Investigator for the first ever Longitudinal Comparative Study on Ageing in Persons with Intellectual Disability (IDS-TILDA) to be conducted in Ireland or internationally. This study is a supplement to The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA). With its nationally representative sample, huge support from people with ID, their families and providers, and opportunities for comparisons with the general population, IDS-TILDA increases understanding how lives and chronic conditions change over time and provides insights on key issues at end of life. Professor McCarron's innovative and inclusive approaches are internationally recognized as an exemplar for ensuring meaningful involvement of persons with disability in the research process. With extensive experience in working in the area of dementia in people with Down syndrome Professor McCarron has led large longitudinal cohort studies spanning over 25 years. Her special interest is on the early detection and presentation of dementia, and in the development of humane approaches to care and support. Her award winning approaches on environmental design and technology innovations are sustaining and improving quality of life for people across the continuum of dementia. She has been a key advisor of ageing and policy issues to various governmental and other groups at a National and International level. The emerging IDS-TILDA data is already informing needed policy responses to develop human and appropriate services for this increasingly at risk group. She has been successful in obtaining over €10,000,000 in research funding, as PI or collaborator, and holds/has held grants from a variety of National International sources such as the Department of Health, Health Research Board, National Disability Authority, All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care, Atlantic Philanthropies and Horizon 2020. Professor McCarron is an active member of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD), she plays a critical leadership role in EngAGE, the Trinity College Dublin consortium of over 140 multi-disciplinary researchers on ageing issues. In 2010 in conjunction with Professor Heleen Evenhuis, Professor McCarron led the Development of a PhD Exchange Programme between the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Trinity College and the Department of Intellectual Disability Medicine, Erasmus Medical Centre, Rotterdam, Netherlands. She holds a research Professorship at the Centre for Excellence in Ageing & Community Wellness at the University at Albany NY. Her work is widely published.

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