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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
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External Examiner to the Intellectual Disability Programme Queens University Sept 2019
Member of the HSE Quality Improvement Committee 2018
Burke, EA., Carroll, R., Walsh, JB., McCallion, P. and McCarron, M., Bone health, grip strength and older men with intellectual disability , THE WORLD CONGRESS OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, Glasgow , August 2019, 2019, Conference Paper, ACCEPTED  DOI
Burke, EA., McCallion, P., McCarron, M., Bowman, S. and Gallagher, S., The use of massive open online courses to improve the healthcare service for adults with intellectual disability, THE WORLD CONGRESS OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, Glasgow, August 2019, 2019, Conference Paper, ACCEPTED
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  DOI
Burke, EA., Walsh, JB., McCallion, P., and McCarron, M., Making Reasonable Adjustment to Enable and Support People with Intellectual Disability Engage in Objective Health Measures in a Research Study; The Health Fair In The Intellectual Disability Supplement To The Irish Longitudinal Study On Ageing., Inclusion, 2019, Journal Article, IN_PRESS
O'Connell J, Henman MC, Burke E, Donegan C, McCallion P, McCarron M, O'Dwyer M, Association of Drug Burden Index with Grip Strength, Timed Up and Go and Barthel Index Activities of Daily Living in Older Adults with Intellectual Disabilities: An Observational Cross-sectional Study, BMC Geratrics, (173), 2019, p1 - 21, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
McCallion, P., McCarron, M., & Burke, E. , Irish findings on quality in life and death for people with ID. , Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, The World Congress of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Glasgow, Scotland, 6th - 9th August, 63, (7), 2019, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED  DOI
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
Keenan P.M., Fleming S., Horan P., Byrne K., Burke E., Cleary M., Doyle C. & Griffiths C., , Urinary continence promotion and the person with an intellectual disability,, Positive Choices - Heroes and Champions deserve to live a life free from fear, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin., 19th April 2018, edited by Positive Choices , 2018, ppdoi: 10.7748/ldp.2018.e1878 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
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

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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
Burke, E., McCarron, M, Ageing and the changing needs of people with an intellectual disability, International Occupational Therapy Group from Singapore, St James Hospital, February, 2017, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Burke, E., McCarron, M, IDS-TILDA, An overview from the beginning, Research Study Day, Dublin, January, 2017, St John of God, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
McCarron, M., Burke, E, To ensure 'nothing about us without us', Engaged Research: Society& Higher Education Working Together to Address Grand Societal Challenges, Mansion House, Dublin, 13th January, 2017, Irish Research Council & Campus Engage, Invited Talk, 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., McCarron, M, Bone health and older adults with intellectual disability., Research Study Day, Dublin, November, 2016, Daughters of Charity, Invited Talk, PRESENTED


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