Academic success: New Chair in Ageing Well and New Professors

by | Jan 3, 2019 | News | 1 comment

Ngaire Kerse, Population Health – appointed the inaugural Joyce Cook Chair in Ageing Well.

Our very own CARES researcher Professor Ngaire Kerse has just been appointed the inaugural Joyce Cook Chair in Ageing Well, a role made possible by a $5 million gift to the University’s For All Our Futures fundraising campaign from Metlifecare founder Cliff Cook.

Ngaire has an outstanding record in aged care research and a wealth of knowledge about the New Zealand setting, particularly Māori and Pacific elderly and is a lead researcher in our CARES projects exploring how robots can help to improve the quality of life of older people.

The media recently highlighted Ngaire’s work, calling for the need to prevent loneliness with older people – especially during the Christmas season.

The articles can be found here:

https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/news/2018/12/23/new-champion-for-ageing-well-calls-time-on-loneliness.html

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/109470745/how-to-prevent-loneliness-at-christmas-eat-with-an-older-person

Elizabeth Broadbent, Medicine – promoted to Professor

Her current research interests include how stress affects our health, how our body posture affects our mood, interventions to help patients make sense of and cope with illness, and human-robot interaction in health contexts. Liz leads the psychology aspect in our research on Human Robot interactions in our Social Robotics and Healthcare Robotics projects.

Partha Roop, Electrical & Computer Engineering – promoted to Professor

Partha’s research interests are in Digital HealthFormal Methods for Safety-Critical applications of AI and Machine Learning, and Real-Time Systems.

Academic success: New Chair in Ageing Well and New Professors

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