Keynote Speakers

The confirmed keynote speakers are Professor Rose Anne Kenny, Dr Brandy Schillace, and Professor Scott Podolsky.

Prof. Rose Anne Kenny

Professor Rose Anne Kenny holds the Chair of Medical Gerontology and is Head of the academic department of Medical Gerontology at Trinity College Dublin. Previously Professor of Cardiovascular Research and head of geriatric medicine at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, Rose Anne is now director of a new state of the art clinical-research institute for ageing at St. James’s Hospital Dublin – Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA), with over 300 staff. Prof Kenny has published over 600 scientific publications to date. Rose Anne Kenny is the founding Principal Investigator of Ireland’s largest adult population study on the experience of ageing in Ireland – for The Irish LongituDinal study on Ageing  (TILDA), now in its 12th year of data collection. 

Her research expertise in cardiovascular and mobility disorders of ageing has promoted the incorporation of traditional and novel tests of locomotion, autonomic function, and cardiovascular and cognitive health into TILDA coupled with new measures of the pace of ageing and traditional measures of health care utilisation and economics. She is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy (M.R.I.A); Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (F.R.C.P.E.): London (F.R.C.P.), Ireland (F.R.C.P.I.); Fellow of Trinity College Dublin (F.T.C.D); Fellow if the European Society of Cardiology (F.E.S.C). She has over 50 medal awards and keynotes, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award, WCFP, Kuala Lumpur 2019; Health Hero, The Irish Times, 2018; and Trinity Innovation Award, 2017. In 2020, she was elected President of the Irish Geriatrics Society (IGS). 

Dr Brandy Schillace

Author and historian Brandy Schillace, (skil-a-chay), PhD works at the intersections of medicine, history, science, and literature. Recent publications include Death’s Summer Coat (on the cultural practices of death and dying) and Clockwork Futures (a social history of technology), while her present book, to be released in 2020 by Simon and Schuster, examines the history and ethics of transplant science.

Currently the Editor-in-chief of BMJ’s Medical Humanities, Brandy has expanded the journal’s mission and purview, providing international conversation around medicine and its engagement with the humanities, social sciences, and health policy. Her keen interest in issues of gender, sexuality, and social justice have also played a role in expanding the journal’s scope, seeking ways for medical humanities to promote marginalized voices. Brandy has also broadened the role of the MH blog to provide space for cross-cultural exchange, and you can hear her monthly on the Medical Humanities podcast, via Soundcloud.

Prior to her editorship, Brandy worked as an assistant professor of literature, a lecturer in history, and as a museum professional in public engagement. Brandy co-designed a digital history interactive, How Medicine Became Modern, for which she won grants from the US National Endowment for the Humanities and the Mountain Sinai Foundation. She has appeared on Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum, Little Atoms Radio, and the John Fugelsang Show. Brandy is a 2019 recipient of the Arthur P. Sloan Foundation award for public works in science and technology.

Prof. Scott Podolsky

Scott Podolsky is Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, and a primary care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. 

He is the co-author of Generation of Diversity: Clonal Selection Theory and the Rise of Molecular Immunology (Harvard University Press, 1997), author of Pneumonia before Antibiotics: Therapeutic Evolution and Evaluation in Twentieth-Century America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006), co-editor of Oliver Wendell Holmes: Physician and Man of Letters (Science History Publications, 2009), and The Antibiotic Era: Reform, Resistance, and the Pursuit of a Rational Therapeutics (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015). 

Among other roles, he serves on the advisory board for the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, the editorial board of Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, and as an editor for the online James Lind Library.  He is presently working on the long history of the medical journal in America, and its role in shaping the American medical profession.