Bios of Current Members
Ruth E. Hubbard, MD
Dr Ruth E. Hubbard recently moved to Brisbane, Australia from her native Wales, having been appointed to a joint position as Senior Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Queensland and Consultant Physician in Geriatric Medicine. As a clinical academic, she has always combined hospital practice with research and teaching. She completed an MSc in Medical Education in 2005 and an MD on pathophysiological changes in frail older people in 2008. She was then awarded a grant from the Peel Research Trust, London to pursue her studies in frailty at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia (2007 – 2009). Here, she was able to test hypotheses regarding the determinants and manifestations of frailty through the interrogation of large datasets. She has published widely on the inflammatory aetiology of frailty, the difficulties of measuring frailty in clinical practice and the relationships between frailty and obesity, smoking, socioeconomic status and exercise.
Her expertise in the field of frailty has been recognized by invitations to give keynote lectures at the Danish Geriatrics Society Conference (2009), the British Geriatrics Society Conference (2012), the RACP Congress on Future Directions in Health (2012), the European Commission (2013) and the International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology Conference in Seoul (2013). Her current research programme focuses on the derivation of a frailty measure from the interRAI AC instrument, attitudes to ageing and optimal prescribing for older inpatients.