Mary McCarron, PhD, MA, RNID, RGN, BNS. F.T.C.D is Professor of Ageing and Intellectual Disability and Director of the Trinity Centre for Excellence in Ageing and Intellectual Disability. She has had many senior leadership roles with Trinity College including Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, and has served on the Senior Management Executive of the University from 2011 -2019 as Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences. Professor McCarron is a committed ageing research leader and an international expert in the fields of intellectual disability & ageing, dementia, and palliative care. She is the founder and Principal Investigator for the first ever Longitudinal Comparative Study on Ageing in Persons with Intellectual Disability (IDS-TILDA) to be conducted in Ireland or internationally. This study is a supplement to The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA). She also leads a large longitudinal study on dementia in people with Down syndrome spanning over 25 years. Her award-winning approaches on environmental design and technology innovations are improving quality of life for people across the continuum of dementia. Professor McCarron is setting up a National Memory Service of people with an Intellectual Disability. She has been recognized internationally PPI and in 2019 was awarded the inaugural HRB impact Award.