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Mary McCarron FTCD, PhD, RNID, RGN, BNS

Director, Trinity Centre for Ageing and Intellectual Disability

Director, National Intellectual Disability Memory Service

Principal Investigator, Intellectual Disability Supplement to The Longitudinal Study on Ageing (IDS-TILDA)

Professor of Ageing & Intellectual Disability Trinity College Dublin

mccarrm@tcd.ie
https://www.tcd.ie/research/profiles/?profile=mccarrm
Key Areas: Ageing, Intellectual Disability, Down Syndrome, Brain Health, Assessment and Diagnosis Dementia Design, Post Diagnostic Supports, End of Life Care, Leadership

Prof Mary McCarron, PhD, RNID, RGN, BNS, FTCD, is Chair of Ageing and Intellectual Disability at Trinity College Dublin and Director of the Trinity Centre for Ageing and Intellectual Disability. Prof McCarron has had many senior leadership roles with Trinity College and has served on the Senior Management Executive of the University from 2011 -2019 as Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, with leadership and budgetary responsibility for the schools of Nursing and Midwifery, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dental Science, Medicine and the therapies. Prior to this Prof McCarron was Director of Research and Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, at Trinity College, Dublin.

People with intellectual disability are the largest genetically predisposed population to develop dementia

Prof McCarron is founder and Principal Investigator of the Intellectual Disability Supplement to The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (IDS-TILDA). She has been a key advisor on ageing, dementia and policy to government, the Health Service Executive and service providers. With extensive experience working in the area of dementia in people with Down syndrome, Prof McCarron’s interest is in the early detection and presentation of dementia, and in the development of humane approaches to care and support. She is Policy and Service Advisor on Dementia to the Daughters of Charity Disability Support Service and has recently taken up the Directorship of Ireland’s first National Intellectual Disability Memory Service at Tallaght University Hospital.

As the inaugural winner of the 2019 Health Research Board Impact Award, Prof McCarron’s inclusive approaches are internationally recognized as an exemplar for ensuring meaningful involvement of persons with intellectual disability in the research process. In addition, Prof McCarron’s award-winning approaches to the design of care facilities and to technology innovations are improving quality of life for people across the continuum of dementia.

Bio: Prof Mary McCarron is the Director of the Trinity Centre for Ageing and Intellectual Disability, the Principal Investigator on IDS-TILDA, Director of the National Intellectual Disability Memory Service and is the Chair of Ageing and Intellectual Disability at Trinity College Dublin. She has previously been the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery. She has published widely on the lived experience of people ageing with an intellectual disability, the prevalence of dementia among this population, and their palliative care needs.

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