CARDI Leadership Programme: International Scientific Panel Biographies

  • Northern Ireland
  • Republic of Ireland

26th January 2015, CARDI


Reports & Presentations

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Professor Anne Martin-Matthews (Chair) University of British Columbia Canada

Anne Martin-Matthews completed two terms (2004-2011) as Scientific Director of the National Institute of Aging, one of 13 national Institutes of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. She is a Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia where she has been Associate Dean Research and Dean pro tem in the Faculty of Arts.  Prior to her UBC appointment in 1998 she founded and led for 15 years the pan-university Gerontology Research Centre at the University of Guelph.  Anne Martin-Matthews is a Fellow of the (US) Gerontological Society of America (1992) and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2007). She received the Distinguished Alumni Award from McMaster University (1997); a Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal from the Canadian Association on Gerontology (2002); a Macdonald Institute Centenary Award from the University of Guelph (2003); and a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal awarded by the Government of Canada (2012). She received an Honorary Degree in Civil Law from Newcastle University (UK) in 2010. In 2014 she received the Canadian Association of Gerontology Distinguished Member Award.   Her research interests focus on aging and health behaviour, family and intergenerational relations, and the dynamics of formal and ‘informal’ care of older persons.


Professor William R Hazzard J Paul Sticht Center on Aging USA

William R (Bill) Hazzard (MD) is a Professor of Internal Medicine who has recently returned to the Wake Forest School of Medicine at the J Paul Sticht Center on Aging in Winston-Salem, NC.  His focus on aging began ~40 years ago in Seattle when following training in Endocrinology and Metabolism and initiating the Northwest Lipid Research Clinic, he was asked to develop the program on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Washington.  Following a sabbatical year in the United Kingdom  learning the British approach to Geriatrics, he successively initiated programmes at 3 American academic health centres, in so doing moving progressively toward the Center of the Department of Internal Medicine as a Division Head at Washington, Vice chairman at Hopkins, and finally in 1986 as Chairman at Wake Forest  where his negotiated recruitment  goal was specifically to “gerontologise”  the Department and the Institution, notably from a newly designed and constructed Center on Aging which opened in 1997. Now in semi-retirement his greatest satisfaction continues to derive from promoting the career development with a focus on aging across the lifespan with students, fellows and faculty at the Sticht Center and as a leading institutional priority to witness how deeply and broadly its programme has continued to expand throughout the university and community.  Through all of this he remains fascinated by the question that first drew him to this field: Why do women live longer than men?


Professor Carol Jagger Newcastle University Institute for Ageing

Carol Jagger is the AXA Chair in Epidemiology of Ageing in the Institute of Health and Society having led the theme on Ageing - economic and social impact - within the Newcastle University Institute for Ageing.  She is also a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health; Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and Chartered Scientist; member of the British Geriatrics Society; and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.  From 1981 until 2010 she worked in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Leicester and has an Honorary Visiting Fellowship at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge.   Her research expertise is in the demography and epidemiology of ageing with a focus on late life functioning, both physical and mental, including measurement as well as determinants and consequences for care.


Dr Giovanni Lamura PhD Italian National Institute of Health and Science on Aging (INRCA)

Dr Giovanni Lamura PhD Principal Investigator for INRCA is a social gerontologist with an international and interdisciplinary background working at INRCA since 1992. Giovanni graduated in Economics at the Ancona University (Italy) in 1990 and obtained his PhD degree in "Life course and social policy" at the University of Bremen (Germany) in 1995.  He has gained experience in international research projects mainly focused on family and long-term care of dependent older people, work-life balance, migrant care work, prevention of elder abuse and neglect, and ICT-based solutions for a sustainable informal care.