Desmond (Des) O’Neill is a Professor of Medical Gerontology in Trinity College Dublin and a consultant geriatrician in Tallaght Hospital. His research interests centre on ageing and the neurosciences with a particular emphasis on the humanities, and he has authored over 300 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. He was worked collaboratively with a wide range of disciplines, including artists, scholars in the humanities, ethicists, architects and musicians, and is passionately interested in developing the process of interdisciplinary research on the themes of ageing and memory.
As Chair of the National Centre for Arts and Health, he has worked with a number of national cultural agencies and institutions to develop the concepts of arts, ageing and health. He helped develop the first course for artists in health care in Ireland, has broadcast on Lyric FM, and is an active contributor to the British Medical Journal Blogs and national media on matters relating to ageing and the humanities.
His book, Ageing and Caring, was published by Orpen Press in November 2013. He was awarded the All-Ireland Inspirational Life Award in 2010 for advancing the cause of older people, and the Joseph T Freeman Award by the Gerontological Society of America in 2014.