Ruth E. Hubbard is an Associate Professor in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Queensland, Consultant Geriatrician at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and Head of School for PA-Southside Clinical School. As a clinical academic, she has always combined hospital practice with research and teaching. While training as a physician and geriatrician in Cardiff, Wales, she completed an MSc in Medical Education and an MD on pathophysiological changes in frail older people. She then undertook a 2 year post-doctoral fellowship in Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia with Professor Ken Rockwood. 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 and is currently ranked number 3 in a list of the world’s leading experts in frail elderly research.
Along with colleagues at the Centre for Research in Geriatric Medicine, she is promoting academic geriatrics among Advanced Trainees, students and Allied Health colleagues. She is currently supervising 3 PhDs, 4 MPhils and numerous medical student projects. She has also generated more than $4.6 million in grant income in the last 4 years, including an NHMRC Project Grant to derive a measure of frailty from the interRAI assessment instrument.