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May 2016

Professor Rose Anne Kenny presents on “How a longitudinal study can change the research landscape” at the Biomedical and Life Sciences Innovation Showcase.

Tuesday, May 17th 2016: The showcase was co-hosted by Trinity College Dublin and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland to promote the next wave of Biomedical and Life Sciences research being undertaken within both institutions and profile examples of and opportunities for Knowledge Transfer and Industry collaboration.

Professor Rose Anne Kenny's talk:


TILDA 2016 Scientific Advisory Board Meeting

Scientific Advisory Board Meeting 2016

Wednesday, May 13th 2016: The TILDA research team and affiliated researchers presented to members of the TILDA Scientific Advisory Board and other guests during the one-day event held at Trinity College Dublin. Presentations included the Global Brain Health Institute; Technological Assessments in Longitudinal Studies; Chrono-Biological Markers of Ageing; Knowledge Exchange Seminars on Hypertension; The Relationship Between Kidney Disease and Ageing; Sexual Activity and Relationship Quality in Older Age; and Housing and Older Adults in Ireland.

Pictured above (from back, left to right): Prof. James Nazroo, Prof. Lisa Berkman, Prof. Aartjan Beekman, Prof. Charles Normand, Prof. Jim Smith, Prof. Robert Wright, Prof. Yaohui Zhao, Prof. Brendan Wheelan, Prof. Rose Anne Kenny, Prof. John Henretta, Prof. David Weir, Prof. Robert Clarke, Dr Christine McGarrigle, Prof. Stacy Tessler Lindau, Prof. Finbarr Martin, Prof. Alan Barrett, Prof. Carol Brayne, and Prof. Ian Young.

Lecture by Professor James P. Smith "Irish immigrants and their progeny around the world"

Thursday, 12th May 2016: We were delighted to have Professor James Smith join us in celebrating 10 years of TILDA.

Lecture on Irish Immigrants to the US Marks 10 Years of TILDA

Professor James Smith giving a talk in Science Gallery Dublin

Hollywood movies often portrayed the Irish as a poor and uneducated race of people. Yet like so many other Hollywood storylines, this image is just a myth. In fact Irish migrants to the US during the first half of the 20th century were on average as well educated as other European immigrants to the US, according to Professor James Smith, who delivered the lecture ‘Irish Immigrants and their Progeny around the World’ in Trinity College Dublin to mark the 10th anniversary of TILDA (The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing).

In addition to comparing whether Irish migrants to the US were more or less educated than the Irish who stayed at home, Professor Smith, the son of an Irish mother who emigrated to the US, examined how the children and grandchildren of Irish migrants to the US did in terms of their education. Did they receive more education in the US than they would have received if the original migrants had stayed at home in Ireland? The answer is no.

Professor Smith, Distinguished Chair in Labor Markets and Demographic Studies at US-based policy-research institute RAND, visited Trinity to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of TILDA. He has served from the start of TILDA as chair of the International Scientific Advisory Board and has played a pivotal role in helping TILDA be a success.

Professor Paul Browne, Head of School of Medicine, welcoming Professor James Smith said: “We are grateful to Professor Smith for being incredibly generous with his time and expertise, and in particular for his mentorship of younger researchers at TILDA and being an inspiration.
Full press release available here

January 2016

You’re Only As Old As You Feel!

Our attitudes to ageing can have a direct effect on our health

Dublin Wednesday January 27, 2016: Negative attitudes to ageing affect both physical and cognitive health in later years, new research reveals. The study from TILDA, at Trinity College Dublin, further reveals that participants with positive attitudes towards ageing had improved cognitive ability.

The research, led by Dr Deirdre Robertson, formerly of TILDA, now based at Columbia University, investigated whether long-term exposure to negative attitudes towards ageing affects long-term changes in physical health as well.

Key findings:

  • Older adults with negative attitudes towards ageing had slower walking speed and worse cognitive abilities two years later, compared to older adults with more positive attitudes towards ageing.

  • This was true even after participants’ medications, mood, their life circumstances and other health changes that had occurred over the same two-year period were accounted for.

  • Furthermore, negative attitudes towards ageing seemed to affect how different health conditions interacted. Frail older adults are at risk of multiple health problems including worse cognition. In the TILDA sample frail participants with negative attitudes towards ageing had worse cognition compared to participants who were not frail. However frail participants with positive attitudes towards ageing had the same level of cognitive ability as their non-frail peers.

Speaking about the findings, Dr Robertson, commented: “The way we think about, talk about and write about ageing may have direct effects on health. Everyone will grow older and if negative attitudes towards ageing are carried throughout life they can have a detrimental, measurable effect on mental, physical and cognitive health.”

Principal Investigator of TILDA, Professor Rose Anne Kenny, added: “Researchers and policy makers can work together to develop and implement societal-wide interventions to target attitudes and perhaps, ultimately, find novel ways of maintaining health in later life.”

Data from TILDA provides a unique opportunity to study attitudes towards ageing as it tracks health changes over time in a nationally representative sample of community-dwelling older adults. These latest findings have important implications for media, policymakers, practitioners and society more generally. Societal attitudes towards ageing are predominantly negative. Everyone will grow older and if these attitudes persist they will continue to diminish quality of life.

The full research brief, summarising the three published papers is available here

For media queries:

Helen Hanley,, +353 1 896 355, +353 87 855 4540

The Trinity EngAGE Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) – entitled Strategies for Successful Ageing – is now open for registration. This free five-week course begins on February 8th and presents world-leading research in ageing as well as offering strategies to support health and well-being. Lead educator is Professor Rose Anne Kenny, Director of Mercer's Institute for Successful Ageing and Founder of The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA).  She is joined by Trinity EngAGE Principal Investigators including: Professors Davis Coakley, Brian Lawlor, Ian Robertson, Virpi Timonen, Fiona Newell, Sabina Brennan, Richard Layte and Dr David Thomas.


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