Researcher biography

Ruth E. Hubbard is a Professor in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Queensland, Consultant Geriatrician at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and Head of School for PA-Southside Clinical Unit.

She qualified from St Mary's Hospital Medical School in London and trained in general internal medicine and geriatric medicine in Cardiff, Wales. As a clinical academic, she has always combined hospital practice with research and teaching. She has completed an MSc in Medical Education, an MD on pathophysiological changes in frail older people and a post-doctoral fellowship in Dalhousie University, 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. Based on the impact of her publications, she is currently considered a World Expert (top 0.1%) in frail elderly research and geriatric assessment and an Expert (top 1%) in polypharmacy and aging (

As a passionate advocate for her discipline, she is promoting academic geriatrics among Advanced Trainees, medical students and Allied Health colleagues. She is currently supervising 5 PhDs, 4 MPhils and numerous medical student projects. She has also generated more than $7.8 million in grant income in the last 5 years, including an NHMRC Project Grant to derive a measure of frailty from the interRAI assessment instrument.