Sean Kennelly, PhD, FRCPI

Clinical senior lecturer in medical gerontology
Trinity College Dublin

Consultant Physician in Geriatric and Stroke Medicine
Tallaght Hospital
TCD Faculty Profile
Key Areas: healthy aging, midlife risk factors for dementia, Alzheimer's disease, clinical pharmaceutical trials, stroke and vascular dementia

Sean Kennelly is a consultant physician in geriatric and stroke medicine with more than 15 years of experience in managing Alzheimer's disease and late-life mental disorders. He has established community and hospital-based age-related healthcare services in Tallaght Hospital and the surrounding area, and he directs the Memory Clinic at Tallaght Hospital, a major teaching hospital of Trinity College Dublin

Identifying people at greatest risk of developing dementia in advance of them having symptoms and initiating targeted prevention strategies must be a goal for future care.

Kennelly's research interests are in the early detection, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of Alzheimer's disease, and the neurobiology of psychological and cognitive disorders such as delirium and depression in older persons. His research programs cover the breadth and spectrum of dementia care, from clinical trials in people with minimal symptoms of cognitive decline to identifying risk factors for adverse outcomes in patients with advanced dementia in residential care. He has had a particular focus on how processes and environment within the acute hospital setting can prove detrimental to the well-being of people living with dementia, and the development of system interventions to counteract this. His research involves collaborative partnerships with experts from basic science, social science and psychology, clinical trials, health service development, and implementation science.

Current research programs include clinical pharmacological trials in early stage Alzheimer’s disease and an increasing focus on how we translate preventative lifestyle strategies into high risk asymptomatic cohorts in the “real world.” A further program is investigating the association between gait and neurocardiovascular instability and later life depression longitudinally in The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) cohort.

Bio: Sean Kennelly is a consultant physician in geriatric and stroke medicine and director of the tertiary referral multidisciplinary memory clinic in Tallaght Hospital. He is a clinical senior lecturer in the Department of Medical Gerontology, Trinity College Dublin. He was awarded a PhD from Trinity College in 2010. He is a chief and principle investigator in several international clinical trials in early-stage Alzheimer’s disease, and he was co-principle investigator on the first Irish National Audit of Dementia (INAD) care in acute hospitals. He is a member of the clinical and research advisory panel for the Alzheimer's Society of Ireland.