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Mary McCarron (Ireland)


Mary McCarron, PhD, MA, RNID, RGN, BNS. F.T.C.D is Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, and Professor of Ageing and Intellectual Disability at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
An international expert in the fields of intellectual disability, ageing, dementia, and palliative care, Professor McCarron is a committed ageing research leader at Trinity College Dublin. With a research agenda focused on practice and service issues and as Policy and Service Advisor on Dementia to the Daughters of Charity Service, Professor McCarron’s award winning approaches on environmental design and technology innovations are sustaining and improving quality of life for people across the continuum of dementia including end of life care.
Professor McCarron is the Principal Investigator and leads a large and multidisciplinary research team for the first ever Longitudinal Comparative Study on Ageing in Persons with Intellectual Disability (IDS-TILDA) to be conducted in Ireland or internationally. The emerging IDS-TILDA data and in particular the doubling of dementia found in persons with Down syndrome between Wave 1 and Wave 11 is already informing needed policy responses to develop human and appropriate services for this increasingly at risk group. Upcoming waves of IDS-TILDA will now track the impact of policy and services initiatives on the continuing quality of life for people with ID and dementia.  



Last Updated: Friday 17 July 2015