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Dr. Aisling O'Halloran

Research Fellow (Medical Gerontology)


Dr. O'Halloran is a Senior Research Fellow with The Irish Longitudinal stuDy on Ageing (TILDA) within the academic unit of Medical Gerontology at Trinity College Dublin and Mercer's Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA) at St. James's Hospital, Dublin. She has been the research lead on both the Frailty and Biomarker Working Groups within TILDA and also manages the TILDA Biobank, the largest of its kind in the Rep. of Ireland. Dr. O'Halloran holds a PhD in the genetic epidemiology of cardiovascular disease from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and a B.A. (Mod) in Natural Science, specializing in genetics, from Trinity College Dublin. For over ten years, Dr. O'Halloran has conducted research on studies of ageing, health epidemiology, immunology and genetics. Her research interests are in the area of frailty and ageing biology in older adults, including related risk factors (biomarkers) and patterns of service use. She has secured a combined peer-reviewed grant portfolio of >€500K, including a CARDI Leadership in Ageing Research fellowship. She has published >20 peer-reviewed articles in international journals. Dr. O'Halloran is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Irish Gerontological Society (IGS) and Associate Editor with the international open access journal BMC Geriatrics.
  AFFECT   Age related diseases   Ageing   Ageing, memory and other cognitive processes   Ageing, stroke, dementia   Aging/Gerontology   Brain   Cardiovascular Diseases   Cardiovascular System   Elderly Health   Emotional/Mental Health--Geriatric   Epidemiology   Falls   Frailty & Resilience   Gerontology   Positive Ageing   Psychology of Aging   Quantitative genetics and genetics of complex traits
 Frailty in Ireland North and South

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Details Date From Date To
Irish Gerontological Society Member of Executive Committee (2016 - present) 2010- present
British Geriatrics Society (BGS) 2012-
European Union Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS) 2012-
National Institute of Ageing (NIA) Biomarker Network. 2013-
Irish Society of Immunology 2012-
Fiorito, G., Polidoro, S. Dugue, P.A., Kivimaki, M., Ponzi, E., Matullo, G., Guarrera, S., Assummaa, M.B. Georgiadis, P., Kyrtopoulos, S.O. Krogh, V. Palli, D., Panico, S., Sacerdote, C. Tumino, R., Chadeau-Hyam, M., Stringhini, S., Severi, G., Hodge, A.M., Giles, G.G., Marioni, R., Linnér, R.K. O'Halloran, A., Kenny, R.A., Layte, R., McCrory, C., Baglietto, L., Milne, R.L., Vineis, P. (2017)., Social adversity and epigenetic aging: a multi-cohort study on socioeconomic differences in peripheral blood DNA methylation., Scientific Reports, 7, (1), 2017, p16391 - 16395, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Peklar J, O'Halloran AM, Maidment ID, Henman MC, Kenny RA, Kos M. , Sedative load and frailty among community-dwelling population aged ≥65 years. , Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 16, (4), 2014, p282 - 289, Notes: [2014, Nov 26, Epub ahead of print.], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Owusu Akuffo K, Nolan J, Stack J,Moran R, Feeney J,Kenny RA, Peto T, Dooley C, O'Halloran AM, Cronin C, and Beatty S. , Prevalence of age-related macular degeneration in the Republic of Ireland. , British Journal of Ophthalmology, 99, 2015, p1037-1044 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Greene BR, Doheny EP, O'Halloran AM, Kenny RA., Frailty status can be accurately assessed using inertial sensors and the TUG test. , Age and Ageing, 43, (3), 2014, p406 - 411, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
O'Halloran AM, Finucane C, Savva GM, Robertson IH, Kenny RA., Sustained Attention and Frailty in the Older Adult Population., Journals of Gerontology B Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. , 69, (2), 2014, p147 - 155, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
O'Halloran AM, Kenny, RA, King-Kallimanis BL. , The latent factors of depression from the short forms of the CES-D are consistent, reliable and valid in community-living older adults. , European Geriatric Medicine, 5, (2), 2014, 97-102 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
O'Halloran AM, Fan CW, Kenny RA, Pénard N, Galli A, Robertson IH., Variability in sustained attention and risk of frailty., Journal of the American Geriatric Society, 59, (12), 2011, p2390 - 2392, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
O'Halloran AM, Pénard N, Galli A, Fan CW, Robertson IH, Kenny RA, Falls and falls efficacy: the role of sustained attention in older adults., BMC geriatrics, 11, (85), 2011, p10 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Ryan MT, O'Halloran AM, Hamill, RM, Davey, GC, Gil M, Southwood OI, Sweeney T. , Polymorphisms in the regulatory region of the porcine MYLPF gene are related to meat 3 quality traits in the Large White breed., Meat Science, 113, 2016, p104 - 106, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Sweeney T, O'Halloran AM, Hamill RM, Davey GC, Gil M, Southwood OI, Ryan MT., . Novel variation in the FABP3 promoter and its association with fatness traits in pigs., Meat Science, (100), 2014, p32 - 40, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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Roe L, O'Halloran AM, Normand C, Murphy C., The impact of frailty on public health nurse service utilisation. Findings from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA). , Dublin, Ireland, The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing., September, 2016, 1-28, Report, PUBLISHED
Aisling M. O'Halloran, Falls and Frailty in Ireland - Evidence from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), AGM of Chartered Physiotherapists of Ireland in Neurology and Gerontology, Dublin, Ireland, May 17, 2014, Chartered Physiotherapists of Ireland, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Aisling O'Halloran, Mature Matters: Ageing, 2012, - 1, Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
O'Halloran, AM, Recognising Frailty: Insights from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA)., : Integrated Care Approach for Frailty in the Older Person Conference. , Galway, Ireland, March 8th , 2017, Health Service Executive and Saolta Hospital Group, 1pp, Invited Talk, PRESENTED


Award Date
Best Abstract Award at Falls Frailty and Bone Health Europe Conference, Dublin. 10/11/2017
Best Presentation Medal at Irish Gerontological Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Kilarney 01/10/2016
CARDI Ageing Research Leadership March 2014
Department of Agriculture Fisheries and the Marine (DAFM) FIRM/RSF/CoFoRD 2013 Research Award December 2013
Best Research Presentation. Medical Gerontology Annual Research Meeting, Trinity College, Dublin March 2012
Commendation Award for Scientific Presentation at Irish Gerontological Society Annual (IGS) Scientific Meeting, Dublin September 2011
America-Ireland Fund Undergraduate Scholarship Award, Smurfit Institute of Genetics, Trinity College Dublin and School of Medicine, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA May 1998
Her current research interest is in the biology of ageing, including frailty, falls, resilience and well-being. She has a particular interest in characterizing biomarkers (genes, proteins, metabolites, processes) implicated in these age-related disorders. The goal of her research is to identify early biomarkers for use in screening and intervention in the progression of frailty and investigate patterns of health care use. This work will inform frailty detection/prevention/intervention, frailty-related health service use and provision and raise public awareness of frailty on the island of Ireland.