Román Romero Ortuño, Lic Med, MSc, PhD

Associate Professor in Gerontology

Improving frailty in older adults can reduce the scale and impact of dementia in aging populations.

Current Work

Román is Associate Professor in Medical Gerontology at Trinity College Dublin and Consultant Physician in St. James's Hospital, Dublin. He is a faculty member of GBHI at Trinity College Dublin.

Personal Hero

Patients and carers

Words of Strength

Interprofessional teaching, learning and research

Vision

Improving frailty in older adults can reduce the scale and impact of dementia in aging populations.

Strategy

Román is an academic geriatrician who brings to GBHI clinical experience in frailty, dementia, delirium and comprehensive geriatric assessment.

Motivation

Román's aim is to improve the operationalization of frailty in older adults and to explore the complex interactions between frailty and cognition. He also aims to discover ways through which improving frailty in older adults could help reduce the scale and impact of dementia in aging populations.

Education & Experience

Román is Associate Professor in Medical Gerontology at Trinity College Dublin and Consultant Physician in St. James's Hospital, Dublin. In 2002, he graduated from University of Barcelona with a degree in Medicine, and in 2003 he completed an MSc in European Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has a music degree from the Conservatory of Barcelona. His basic postgraduate medical training took place in Manchester and London and his higher medical training in Geriatric and General (Internal) Medicine was completed in Dublin. Between 2014 and 2018 he worked as a Consultant Geriatrician in Addenbrooke's Hospital (Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) and during that time he held an Honorary Visiting Fellowship to the Clinical Gerontology Unit of the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge. Prof. Ortuño is a faculty member of the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) where he brings clinical and academic expertise in frailty, dementia, delirium and comprehensive geriatric assessment. He co-chairs the Frailty and Resilience working group of The Irish Longitudinal Study on aging (TILDA) and the Irish Frailty Network Interest Group (IFN-IG) of the Irish Gerontological Society. His research contributions in the area of frailty have been recognised with the 2015 British Geriatrics Society Rising Star Award, the 2017 Count of Cartagena Award from the Royal National Academy of Medicine of Spain and the 2018 President of Ireland Future Research Leaders Award.

Awards & Honors

Science Foundation Ireland President of Ireland Future Research Leaders Award 2018 Count of Cartagena Award of the Royal National Academy of Medicine of Spain 2017 British Geriatrics Society Rising Star Award 2015