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Dr. Aisling Dunne

Ussher Asst. Prof in Neuroinflammation (Biochemistry)

Ussher Asst. Prof in Neuroinflammation (Physiology)

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External PhD Examiner - NUI Maynooth 2015
External PhD Examiner - NUI Maynooth 2014
External PhD Examiner - University of Cambridge 2013
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Standing Committee Member: Irish Society of Immunology 2018 present
British Society of Immunology Member 2011
Cunniffe GM, Díaz-Payno PJ, Sheehy EJ, Critchley SE, Almeida HV, Pitacco P, Carroll SF, Mahon OR, Dunne A, Levingstone TJ, Moran CJ, Brady RT, O'Brien FJ, Brama PAJ, Kelly DJ, Tissue-specific extracellular matrix scaffolds for the regeneration of spatially complex musculoskeletal tissues, Biomaterials. , 188, 2019, p63-73 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Díaz-Payno, P., Cunniffe G.M., Sheehy, E.J., Critchley, S., Almeida, H., Pitacco, P., Carroll, S., Mahon, O., Dunne, A., Levingstone, T., Moran, C., Brady, R., O'Brien, F.J., Brama, P. and Kelly, D.J., Layering of tissue-specific extracellular matrix scaffolds for the regeneration of spatially complex musculoskeletal tissues, Biomaterials, 188, 2018, p63 - 73, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Mahon, O.R. and O'Hanlon, S. and Cunningham, C.C. and McCarthy, G.M. and Hobbs, C. and Nicolosi, V. and Kelly, D.J. and Dunne, A., Orthopaedic implant materials drive M1 macrophage polarization in a spleen tyrosine kinase- and mitogen-activated protein kinase-dependent manner, Acta Biomaterialia, 65, 2018, p426-435 , Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Cunningham, C. and Dunne, A. and Lopez-Rodriguez, A.B., Astrocytes: Heterogeneous and Dynamic Phenotypes in Neurodegeneration and Innate Immunity, Neuroscientist, 2018, Notes: [cited By 0; Article in Press], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Campbell, N.K. and Fitzgerald, H.K. and Malara, A. and Hambly, R. and Sweeney, C.M. and Kirby, B. and Fletcher, J.M. and Dunne, A., Naturally derived Heme-Oxygenase 1 inducers attenuate inflammatory responses in human dendritic cells and T cells: Relevance for psoriasis treatment, Scientific Reports, 8, (1), 2018, p10287 -, Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Lopez Rodriguez A., Dunne, A. and Cunningham, C, Heterogeneous and Dynamic Astrocyte phenotypes in neurodegeneration and innate immunity, The Neuroscientist, 2018, pdoi:10.1177/1073858418809941 , Review, PUBLISHED  URL
McCarthy, G.M. and Dunne, A., Calcium Crystal Deposition Diseases - beyond gout, Nature Reviews Rheumatology, 14, 2018, Review, PUBLISHED  URL
Mahon, O.R. and Dunne, A., Disease associated particulates and joint inflammation; mechanistic insights and therapeutic targets, Frontiers in Immunology, 9, 2018, Review, PUBLISHED  URL
Cunniffe G.M, Díaz-Payno P.J, Ramey J.S, Mahon O.R, Dunne A, Thompson E.M, O'Brien F.J, Kelly D.J, Growth plate extracellular matrix-derived scaffolds for large bone defect healing, European Cells and Materials, 33, 2017, p130 - 142, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Corr E.M, Cunningham C.C, Helbert L, McCarthy G.M, Dunne A, Osteoarthritis-associated basic calcium phosphate crystals activate membrane proximal kinases in human innate immune cells, Arthritis Research and Therapy, 19, (1), 2017, p23-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL

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Trinity Innovation Awards 2018: 'Inventors' Category Nominee. This category recognized academics whose innovative research has led to commercial success. Dec 2018
In recent decades, much has been revealed about the nature of the host innate immune response to microorganisms, with the identification of pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) and pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs), which are conserved microbial structures sensed by these receptors. It is now apparent that these same PRRs can also be activated by non-microbial signals, many of which are considered as damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs). The sterile inflammation that ensues either resolves the initial insult or leads to disease. A key focus of my research has been to identify the mechanisms via which PAMPs and DAMPs activate specific host immune responses and to identify new strategies to treat inflammatory disease. Our work to date on novel PAMPs, for example from Bordetella pertussis (the causative agent of whooping cough), has implications for vaccine design. We have identified a vaccine candidate that acts both as an adjuvant (to boost innate immune responses) and as an antigen (to target the adaptive immune system). Antigens containing both of these properties have never before been described for B.pertussis. This work has been patent protected and we are taking steps to commercialise the products of this research. My work in the field of sterile inflammation has focused on DAMPs that are implicated in osteoarthritis (OA), atherosclerosis and neurodegenerative disease. In particular, my group has carried out a significant amount of work delineating the molecular and inflammatory pathways driven by OA disease-associated particulates. We have identified potential new therapeutic targets to treat OA-associated inflammation and have now extended our work to assess immune responses to orthopedic implant materials which can cause a form of sterile inflammation known as periprosthetic osteolysis. Furthermore, we are collaborating extensively with the Trinity Centre for Engineering and AMBER to assess immune responses to novel biomaterials which are intended to replace traditional biomaterials.