The Paul Beeson Fellowship Award
The highly prestigious and sought after Beeson program is named in honour of the late Paul B Beeson MD, who was professor emeritus of medicine at the University of Washington, and whose vision was to increase the number of physicians with a combined clinical , academic and scientific expertise to care for a growing older population. The Beeson Award expanded to Ireland with the goal of helping to train physicians in geriatrics and to help build Ireland’s capacity to provide high-quality care for older adults and advance knowledge of geriatric care. It is awarded to scholars who are laying clinically relevant groundwork in areas related to ageing such as the biology of ageing and age related diseases, as well as health outcomes, health services and clinical management issues. TCD has been awarded 2 Beeson fellowships to date - to Dr Patricia Kearney and Dr Mimi Fan.
Watts Clinical Research Fellowship
A highly regarded fellowship named after Professor Bill Watts, Chairman of the Board of the Mercer’s Hospital Foundation which supported the development of the Mercer’s Institute for Research on Ageing (MIRA). This MIRA sponsored fellowship is awarded to the top researchers and clinicians capable of making a special contribution to gerontology and the ageing Fellowships.
Davis Coakley Research Fellowship
This MIRA sponsored award is made to a top clinician researcher in gerontology to support a two or three year research fellowship and PhD training in a topic of their choice. The award acknowledges the enormous contribution that Professor Davis Coakley made to the specialty of geriatric medicine in Ireland. He established the academic department of Medical Gerontology at Trinity College and was the first Chair of Medical Gerontology in Trinity College. He was Dean of Medicine and during his tenure established the diploma in Medical Gerontology for Nursing, the disciplines of physiotherapy and occupational therapy and the Mercers Institute for Research on Ageing. Many of Ireland’s current consultants completed their research in Professor Coakleys' department.
A Festschrift was held on September 17th 2010 to pay tribute to the phenomenal contribution Professor Coakley has made to patients, staff and to the hospital over the period of his tenure at St. James's Hospital. There was a special emphasis on his outstanding commitment to the establishment and the evolution of the Mercers Institute for Research on Ageing and to the development of MISA at St. James's Hospital.
The Health Research Board supports and funds research throughout Ireland around all areas of health research from biomedical, translational, clinical and practice-based research, through to population health and health services research. The Department of Medical Gerontology is supported by the HRB through the funding of several researchers currently involved in key research projects investigating various aspects of ageing and cognition.