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Dr. Eilish Burke

Ussher Assistant Professor (School of Nursing & Midwifery)


Éilish Burke RGN RNID BNS MSc.PhD. completed her PhD in March 2016, during her studies she achieved a number of awards including Postgraduate of the year 2016 and was appointed as the Ussher Assistant Professor in Ageing and Intellectual Disability, Trinity College Dublin in September 2016. Éilish originally trained as a general nurse and through her volunteer work with the Special Olympics she developed an interest in intellectual disability (ID). She trained as a Registered Nurse Intellectual Disability and has worked in the field for over 25 years. Éilish completed her Masters in Trinity and joined the IDS-TILDA team as a research assistant in 2010. Éilish served as Project Manager from 2011-2016, whilst continuing to play an integral role in IDS-TILDA she is now Ussher Assistant Professor in Ageing and ID in the School of Nursing and Midwifery with her research based with IDS-TILDA. Her specific area of interest is bone health although she has a broad interest in all health issues that impact on ageing. She has recently been appointed as the Associate Director of the new Trinity Centre for Excellence in Ageing and Intellectual Disability and in Sept. 2018 launch the first research led masters programme in ageing and intellectual disaiblity. She is a member of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, as well as the International Osteoporosis Foundation and the Irish Osteoporosis Society. Her related research interests include physical health and well-being, inclusionary methods of healthcare screening and healthcare engagement, accessible health promotion and promoting research involvement of people with ID. She is the Director of a new interdisciplinary master's course in ageing and intellectual disability which launched in 2018. During her research development, she designed and developed an accessible format and approach to engaging people in health assessments. She is a committed teacher and has been involved in education throughout her career. She currently teaches on the undergraduate nursing ID programme and the new ageing health and well being masters programme. Éilish has a number of publications and projects,and has disseminated widely through national and international conferences.
  Ageing   Ageing & Intellectual Disability - Changing Service Needs   Ageing & Intellectual Disability Issues   Ageing, Health and Intellectual Disability   BONE   Down Syndrome, dementia and ageing   OSTEOPOROSIS   Palliative and end of life care
Claire O'Dwyer; Martin Henman; Mary Mc Carron; Eva O'Leary; Philip McCallion; Eilish Burke; Juliette O'Connell; Maire O'Dwyer, Prevalence and patterns of antipsychotic use and their associations with mental health and problem behaviours among older adults with intellectual disabilities, Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities , 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Burke, EA., Carroll, R., O'Dwyer, M., Walsh, JB., McCallion, P., McCarron, M., A quantitative examination of the bone health status of older adults with intellectual and developmental disability in Ireland: a cross sectional nationwide study., British Medical Journal, 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Overview of the Important Physical Health Concerns in, editor(s)Vee P. Prasher and Matthew P. Janicki , Physical Health of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities, Springer Nature, 2018, [Burke, E.A., O'Dwyer, M., McGlinchey, E., Foran, S., MacGiolla Phadraig, C., Carroll, R., McCallion, P. and McCarron, M], Book Chapter, APPROVED
Burke, EA., Carroll, R., O'Dwyer, M., Walsh, JB., McCallion, P and McCarron, M., Osteoporosis and People with Down Syndrome: A Preliminary Descriptive Examination of the Intellectual Disability Supplement to the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing Wave 1 Results, Health, 10, (9), 2018, p1233 - 1249, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
O'Connell, J., Burke, E., Mulryan, N., O'Dwyer, C., Donegan, C., McCallion, P., McCarron, M., Henman, M., O'Dwyer, M, Drug Burden Index to Define the Burden of Medicines in Older Adults with Intellectual Disabilities: An Observational Cross-Sectional Study , British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 84, 2018, p553 - 567, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Horan, P., Fleming, S., Cleary., Burke, E., Doyle, C., Byrne, K., Griffiths, G., Keenan, P, 'Sweet Dreams': An Evidence Based Approach to Effective Sleep Hygiene Maintenance for People living with an Intellectual Disability, Learning Disability Practice, 2018, Journal Article, ACCEPTED
Burke, E, A., McCarron, M., McCallion, P., Bowman, S, Building Inclusive Communities: Learning from the world, Involving Older Adults in Research - Lessons from 10 Years of IDS-TILDA, USA, November 2018, 2018, Oral Presentation, SUBMITTED
Burke, EA., Walsh, JB., McCallion, P. and McCarron, Engaging adults with intellectual disability (ID) in objective measurements for the Intellectual Disability Supplement to The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing , SPHeRE Network Conference , RCSI, Dublin, 11th Jan 2018, 2018, Poster, ACCEPTED
O'Connell, J., Henman, M., McCarron, M., McCallion, P., Burke, E., O'Dwyer, C., Mulryan, N., Donegan, C., O'Dwyer, M. , Drug Burden Index and Physical Function in Older Adults with Intellectual Disabilities: An Observational Cross-Sectional Study, Bridging the gap: From evidence to improved health from persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities Health SIRG, Belfast Ireland, 2017, 2017, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
O'Connell J., O'Dwyer, M., Burke, E; Henman, M., McCarron, M., McCallion, P;, Drug Burden Index and Physical Function Measures in Older Adults with Intellectual Disabilities, ESCP International Symposium , Germany, 9th - 11th October, 2017, Conference Paper, ACCEPTED

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McCarron M, Sheerin F, Roche L, Ryan A M, Griffiths C, Keenan P, Doody O, D'Eath M, Burke E and McCallion P., Shaping the future of Intellectual Disability Nursing in Ireland., Dublin, Health Services Executive, 2018, p1 - 150, Notes: [Informs development of Intellectual disability nursing and services for people with an intellectual disability.], Report, PUBLISHED
Burke, E., McCarron M and McCallion P, Supporting Public and Patient Involvement in Research , Using IDS-TILDA as an example for true patient and public involvement (PPI), EIT Health/ACM SIGCHI e-Health Summer School 2017, Trinity College Dublin, June 2017, 2017, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Burke, EA., Understanding the bone health of older adults with an intellectual disability, 2017 Summit on Ageing and Intellectual Disability, Trinity College Dublin Ireland, 20th September 2017, 2017, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Prof Mary McCarron and Dr Eilish Burke, Working wiht people with intellectual disabilities and their families - practical strategies and not just words, Do Nothing About Me Without Me:Public and Patient Involvement Demystified, Durkan Lecture Theatre, Trinity Translational Medicine Institute, Trinity Centre, St. James Hospital, 19th May, 2017, International Clinical Trials Day Symposium, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Burke E., and Keating L., Supporting people with an intellectual disability to be an active participant in their own health; , Frontline, (105), 2017, Notes: [Accessed at:], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Burke, E., McGlinchey, E., O'Dwyer, M., Foran, S., MacGiolla Phadraig, C., O'Connell,J., Ryan, J., Carroll R. and McCarron, M, Physical Health Prevalence and incidence of chronic health conditions across 10 years IN: Health, Wellbeing and Social Inclusion: Ageing with an Intellectual Disability in Ireland Evidence from the First Ten Years of The Intellectual Disability Supplement to The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (IDS-TILDA), Trinity College Dublin, 2017, p58 - 85, Notes: [Contributing to identifying the changes in health conditions among older adults with intellectual disability], Report, PUBLISHED
Burke, E & O'Donovan, MA , Lessons learnt from Wave 1 and Wave 2 of the Intellectual Disability Supplement to the Irish Longitudinal Study of Ageing - IDS-TILDA. , UCD, School of Psychology, September , 2016, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
McDermott, Aoife, A descriptive quantitative study examining the prevalence of constipation in older adults with intellectual disabilities in Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, 2016, Notes: [Graduated June 2016], Thesis, PUBLISHED
Burke, EA. , 'Investigating osteoporosis among adults with intellectual disability', Innovation Academy , Trinity College Dublin, 2015, -, Film production, PUBLISHED
McCarron, M., Burke, EA. & O'Dwyer, M. , Findings and Policy Implications of the IDS-TILDA study. An address on ageing and intellectual disabilities to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children, Contributed to the preparation of submission documents on Ageing and Intellectual Disability to the Oireachtas Health Committee, 2015, 2015, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED


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