Emeritus Professor Julie Byles AO BMed PhD FAAHMS

Emeritus Professor Julie Byles AO BMed PhD FAAHMS, is an Honorary Professor at the University of Newcastle.

As a clinical epidemiologist, Professor Byles interests are in risk determination, health assessment, other health care evaluation, and measurement of health outcomes. As a Gerontologist and Fellow of the Australian Association of Gerontology, Professor Byles’ research interests in ageing include the role of health and long term care services, preventive activities, and treatments in maintaining quality of life for older people, and in determining physical, psychological, and social factors associated with optimal physical and mental health of men and women as they age. Her work has included health assessment, medications used by older people, sleep disturbance, health effects of alcohol, nutrition screening and interventions, health and retirement, and prevention of falls in residential care, and use and impacts of long term care.

Hannah R. Marston

Hannah R. Marston is an interdisciplinary researcher interested in the relationships between technologies, young and older users experience (UX), digital inclusion, age-friendly cities and communities, health, and wellbeing. She collaborates with colleagues across the UK and internationally, leading two COVID-19 projects, 1. COVID-19: Technology, social connections, loneliness, and leisure activities, and 2. COVID-19: Dating apps, social connections, loneliness, and mental health in a pandemic; and a Co-I on the, COVID-19: Vulnerable young people living with life-limiting/life-threatening conditions and their families. Hannah is also a Co-I on the ‘Adapt Tech, Accessible Technology’ (ATAT) project, with evidence submitted to UK parliament coupled with her involvement in the ‘Smart Homes and Independent Living Commission’ steering group member has contributed to policies and white papers, by the House of Lords (2021), Nuffield Council on Bioethics (2023), and the ‘Smarter Homes and Independent Living’ report (2022)’. These influences have led to immediate policy impact and changes to the Disability Facilities Grant, through the inclusion of the assistive technologies section. Hannah publishes widely and has edited, or coauthored special journal issues, books, and is the lead author on the ‘Transgenerational Technology and Interactions for the 21st Century: Perspectives and Narratives’ book (2022).

Emeritus Professor Murray Thomson

Emeritus Professor Murray Thomson FRSNZ retired from the University of Otago School of Dentistry in April last year. He is a very experienced researcher in dental epidemiology and health services who has made important contributions to knowledge in a number of fields over the last three decades. Thomson has made important contributions to understanding of the oral health of the ageing population, and his work on oral health through life in the renowned Dunedin Study has enabled new insights into oral health in old age. He has also developed widely used self-report measures for use in clinical practice and research, and he has been an international leader in investigating the effectiveness of dental care in improving the lives of children and their families. He is a very experienced postgraduate research supervisor, with 94 Doctoral and Masters theses completed to date. Currently Editor-in-Chief for Gerodontology, he has provided many years of service as an editor for international scientific journals.


Dr Jessica Young

Dr Jessica Young is a Cancer Society Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and senior research fellow in the School of Health at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Jessica is a sociologist specialising in health, illness, death and medicine. Her PhD (Otago) focused on the perspectives of terminally ill people who would consider choosing assisted dying. Her post-doctoral research is comprised of two projects, understanding patients’ palliative care and hospice decision-making; and exploring the experiences of people using the assisted dying process, their whānau and assisted dying providers. She leads several projects on assisted dying including the first national study with $1.4m funding from the Health Research Council. Jessica established and co-chairs the Assisted Dying Research Network and was a founding member of the statutory body Support and Consultation for End of Life NZ (SCENZ) Group.

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