Keynote speakers

Professor Andy Clegg

Andy Clegg is a Professor of Geriatric Medicine, University of Leeds and Honorary Consultant Geriatrician, Bradford Royal Infirmary, Director of the Global Ageing Research Trialist (ART) collaborative, and Co-Director for Health Data Research UK (HDRUK) North. His expertise is in frailty, medicines optimisation, prognostic modelling and evaluation of interventions using trial-based methods and routine data. He led the development, validation and national implementation of the multi award-winning and NICE-recommended electronic frailty index (eFI) using data from around 1M UK patients contained in the ResearchOne and THIN primary care research databases, with major impact on NHS policy, including the NHS Long Term Plan.

He is the lead for the NIHR ARC Yorkshire & Humber Improving Care for Older People with Frailty theme, Chief Investigator (CI) for an NIHR Programme Grant to optimise and evaluate personalised care planning for older people with frailty (PROSPER) and CI for the NIHR HTA-funded Home- based Extended Rehabilitation for Older People (HERO) trial. Professor Clegg is also CI for the Community Ageing Research 75+ (CARE 75+) multi-site cohort study to investigate frailty, disability and quality of life trajectories in older age, and evaluate interventions to improve outcomes using a novel ‘trial within cohort’ (TWiCs) design.

Professor Clegg is a current member of the MRC Ageing Research Steering Group, supporting development of future activities in ageing research. He is also co-lead for the NIHR National Ageing, Dementia and Frailty Priority Theme, supporting national implementation of prioritised interventions into routine practice, and co-investigator with the NIHR Policy Research Unit for Older People and Frailty. He is a current member of the NICE Falls Prevention Guideline Development Group. Previous roles include as a member of the NICE Multimorbidity Guideline Development Group, NICE Delirium Guideline Development Group, and joint Centre for Perioperative Care & British Geriatrics Society guideline on Perioperative Care for Older People with Frailty.

Areas that he may include in his talks are findings from a major network meta-analysis of community-based complex interventions for older people, results from the HERO RCT of extended rehabilitation, and from his prognostic modelling work (eFI+/eFI2). He may also discuss his evidence synthesis work, including individual participant data meta-analysis, which is being explored through the Ageing Research Trialists collaborative.

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Professor Cathie Sherrington

Prof Sherrington FAHMS, FACP, PhD, MPH, BAppSc (Physio) is Professor, School of Public Health, University of Sydney. Prof Sherrington leads the 30-person Physical Activity, Ageing and Disability Research Stream at the Sydney Local Health District-based Institute for Musculoskeletal Health.

Prof Sherrington’s research focuses on interventions to prevent falls and promote physical activity. Prof Sherrington’s 300+ journal articles include reports of 47 clinical trials and 26 systematic reviews. Prof Sherrington has been Chief Investigator on Australian National Health and Medical Research Council /Medical Research Future Fund grants totalling $26 million, including clinical trials of physiotherapy interventions and a Centre of Research Excellence in the Prevention of Fall-related Injuries.

Prof Sherrington also has ten years clinical physiotherapy experience in aged care and rehabilitation settings and was one of the founders of the Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro).

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