University of Cork

University College Cork (CHARGE-UCC)

University College Cork (UCC), founded in 1845, is Ireland’s first 5 Star University (QS). UCCs Centre for Gerontology and Rehabilitation (CGR), part of the CHARGE-UCC (Cork Healthy Ageing through Resource Generation and Education program at UCC) consortium. The CGR, based in a Cork City community hospital, supports CHARGE through its dedicated administrative and academic units, complementing existing networks of collaborators actively involved in ongoing research programmes to support older adults. The CGR specializes in community and hospital screening initiatives and is currently involved in several projects including ODCACS, RAPCOG and the CARTS programme (See website link above).

Role in the project
UCC is responsible for developing, implementing and disseminating the cognitive screening component to PERSSILAA, based upon the RAPCOG model. UCC will also advise the service modules on cognitive stimulation and cognitive functioning with FPING, including overseeing the development of a cognitive stimulation app (in conjunction with our SME partners, the software and app development company Doctot,). Doctot (See Doctot, based in Limerick City, Ireland, are a health informatics company, that develop specialist interactive applications for healthcare professionals. Doctot, founded by a geriatric physician, professor Declan Lyons, and software developers Fergal McDonnell and Macdara Butler. Founded three years ago, they have published 16 apps to date including the SMMSE and Qmci apps.


Prof D.William Molloy (MB)
CHARGE-UCC is led by Prof William Molloy, consultant geriatrician, and chair in clinical gerontology. Prof Molloy has previously worked in McMaster University (1988-2010), Ontario Canada, where he held the St. Peter’s McMaster Chair in Aging. Vastly experienced in the area of cognitive impairment (CI), dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, Prof Molloy has a proven track record in successful grant applications, including FP7 grants, co-ordinating numerous multi-centre studies. Since his arrival in U.C.C in 2010, he has opened a memory clinic and memory gym utilising cognitive stimulation to manage CI. Prof Molloy is a recognised expert on CI and has published over 140 peer-reviewed articles, several books and is the copyright holder of the widely used Standardised MMSE.

Dr Rónán O Caoimh (MB)
is a physician and specialist registrar in geriatric and general internal medicine, completeing a Medical Doctorate in cognitive screening with the CGR. He is currently employed as a clinical researcher for the Irish Health Service Executive (Department of  Health). His subspecialty interests include cognitive impairment, community health care and risk assessment. He has developed several screening instruments including the Quick Mild Cognitive Impairment Screen (Qmci), Caregiver Cognitive Screen and the community assessment of risk tool (CART). He is author/co-author on over 25 peer reviewed or conference papers.