University of Auckland
President, New Zealand Association of Gerontology
Joyce Cook Chair in Ageing Well
Professor Veronica Soebarto is a nationally and internationally renowned environmental design researcher, having published her work in numerous high impact journal articles and book chapters and supervised more than 20 PhD students to completion at the School of Architecture and Built Environment, The University of Adelaide. Veronica’s main research expertise and experience is in the areas of sustainable built environment, energy in buildings, environmental performance assessments of buildings, and human thermal comfort, by applying socio-technological approaches. In the past 6 years, this focus has been to look at the inter-relationship between building and human environment, not only at a building and site scale, but also at an urban scale, particularly in the context of older people.
She led an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery research “Improving the thermal environment in housing for older South Australians” (2018-2021) and is currently leading another ARC Discovery project “Developing resilient housing for low socio-economic older people” (2022-2024). She is also a Chief Investigator in an ARC Linkage project "Determining the social value of extreme, mixed-use urban developments" (2022-2024). With Dr Helen Barrie of The University of South Australia, she explored the use of citizen science to investigate the use of public spaces by older people and general public, in projects funded by Office for Ageing Well and SA Health (2018-2020), and is currently co-supervising a PhD candidate who is developing a citizen-science based approach to co-design green spaces with older people.
Dr Mark Gabbay MBChB, MD, FRCGP is Professor of General Practice at the University of Liverpool and an inner-city GP. At the University he holds a number of internal and external roles. He is Director of the National Institute for Health and Social Care Research, Applied Research Collaboration, North West Coast (NIHR ARC NWC), and leads the Health and Care Across the Lifecourse theme (one of 6 within the ARC NWC). He is also Associate Director of the NIHR Research Design Service NW and research lead for the University of Liverpool Dept of Primary Care and Mental Health. He is a mixed methods researcher with particular interests in health inequalities, mental health, addiction, implementing innovation, health and work. With the onset of the pandemic he pivoted to focusing on the impact on the pandemic for households, communities and employers, working closely with Dr Giebel on that of people living with dementia and their carers- in their home and residential care. He is a work-package lead on the main NIHR Long Covid Trial. Across his career his output is ~200 peer-review publications and >£150m PI/Co-I grants.
Dr Clarissa Giebel is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool and the NIHR ARC NWC. Her research explores inequities in dementia care, trying to enable people with dementia and carers live well at home and in care homes. She is leading on national and international research in the field, and has a special interest in working with lower- and middle-income countries to remove dementia care barriers
Ngaire is the Joyce Cook Chair in Ageing Well and a Professor of General Practice and Primary Health Care. Since 2010 she has been co-principal investigator of a longitudinal study – Life and Living in Advanced Age: a Cohort Study in New Zealand (LiLACs NZ). Participants include 500 non-Māori who are now 90, and 400 Māori currently aged between 85 and 95 years.
Ngaire is recognised as an international expert in interrelated areas of research, and currently leads several research teams, each engaged in a number of research projects:
Maximising health for older people: an organised programme of research studying the pathway from impairment to dependence. Projects test activity based interventions to improve function in residential care and for those with depression.
Falls and older people: studies of falls in older people after stroke, in residential care and in a large sample of primary care patients have led to collaborative teams aiming to prevent falls through intervention development and testing.
The impact of physical activity on development of disability. Various physical activity trials have led to an understanding of the potential to prevent development of disability.
Developing Robot Technology for older people with dementia.
After being named in the New Year’s Honours as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, Ngaire fell out of her feijoa tree while pruning it and was laid up with a leg wound. Not bad for a falls prevention researcher!
Ngaire is a practicing GP and President of the New Zealand Association of Gerontology (NZAG).