Cohort 
2020

Dearbhla Kelly, MBBCHBAO MSc MRPCI

Academic Nephrologist

To reduce the scale and impact of dementia in later life, we need to screen for and better control hypertension (high blood pressure) in midlife.

Current Work

Dearbhla is a renal specialist registrar at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and a doctor of philosophy student at the University of Oxford, where she is considering the overlap between renal and neurological diseases.

Personal Hero

My patients

Words of Strength

Interdisciplinary interests

Vision

To reduce the scale and impact of dementia in later life, Dearbhla believes we need to screen for and better control hypertension (high blood pressure) in midlife.

Strategy

Dearbhla is examining the impact of kidney disease on stroke and dementia risk, mechanisms, and outcomes, as part of her research with the Oxford Vascular Study.

Motivation

Recent work from the Oxford Vascular Study has demonstrated that the incidence of dementia is nearly 50 times higher in the year after a major stroke compared with that in the general population.

Education & Experience

Dearbhla is an Irish Nephrology and Internal Medicine fellow. She received her Medical Degree from University College Cork, Diploma in Cerebrovascular Disease from the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Diploma in Clinical Neurology from University College London, and holds two Masters degrees from the University of Edinburgh (Internal Medicine) and from the Danube University Krems (Stroke Medicine). She is currently working towards a DPhil in Clinical Neuroscience under the supervision of Professor Peter Rothwell. Her area of interest is the overlap between renal and neurological diseases. Her research focuses on the epidemiology of stroke in patients with chronic kidney disease, potential mechanisms including the role of hypertension, outcomes, preventative strategies and treatment strategies. She is also interested in cognitive disorders in patients with kidney disease, and the impact of blood pressure on brain health.

Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI)
current
Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health
University of Oxford
Clinical Neuroscience
DPhil (in progress)
Danube University Krems
Stroke Medicine
Masters degree
University of Edinburgh
Internal Medicine
Masters degree
University College London
Diploma in Clinical Neurology
Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
Diploma in Cerebrovascular Disease
University College Cork
MD
Irish Nephrology and Internal Medicine Fellow

Awards & Honors

University of Oxford
Academic excellence and potential
2020
Clarendon Scholarship
European Stroke Organisation Conference, Milan
2019
Best Poster Award
Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
2019
William Stokes Award Poster Presentation
Irish Nephrology Society
2017
Research Bursary
European Stroke Organisation
2017
Department to Department Visit Programme Award
European Stroke Organisation
European Master in Stroke Medicine
2016
Scholarship
University Hospital Limerick
2016
Best Case Presentation
Harvard Medical School
Global Clinical Scholars Research Training Program
2014–2015
Scholarship
Royal Society of Medicine
2015
Rosemarie Baillod Clinical Award (shortlisted)
American Society of Nephrology
2014
ASN Kidney Week Travel Support Award
Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
Outstanding performance in MRCPI examination
2013
Canavan Medal
University College Cork
2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2010-2011
Academic Scholarships x 4
Association of Physicians of Great Britain & Ireland
2011
Undergraduate Research Prize (shortlisted)
National University of Ireland
Psychiatry
2010
Henry Hutchinson Stewart Scholarship
University College Cork
Psychiatry
2010
Archer Gold Medal
National University of Ireland
Pharmacology
2009
Henry Hutchinson Stewart Scholarship
Clinical Pharmacology
2009
British Pharmacological Prize
University College Cork
Physiology
2009
Charles Medal
National University of Ireland
Physiology
2008
Henry Hutchinson Stewart Scholarship
University College Cork
Clinical Anatomy
2008
MacConaill Prize
University College Cork
2006
Entrance Scholarship