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Name O'Halloran, Aisling
Main Department Centre For Medical Gerontology
College Title Research Fellow
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Dr. Aisling O'Halloran is a CARDI Leadership in Ageing Research Fellow working on Frailty in Ireland. She joined the TILDA Health team as a post-doctoral research fellow in January 2012. For over two years she has lead the Frailty and Biomarker Working Groups and co-ordinates the TILDA Biobank. Prior to joining TILDA, she was the senior researcher on the Falls Prevention Strand at the Technology Research for Independent Living (TRIL) Centre at St. James's Hospital, Dublin Ireland (2010-2011). Between 2006-2009, she spent three years conducting post-doctoral research in the areas of genetics and immunology with the School of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine at University College Dublin (2009) and the School of Biochemistry and Immunology at Trinity College, Dublin (2006-2008). Dr. O'Halloran holds a PhD in cardiovascular disease and genetics from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and a B.A. in Natural Science, specialising in genetics from Trinity College, Dublin.
Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies
Details Date From Date To
Irish Gerontological Society 2010-
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-
Awards and Honours
Award Date
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
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
German Basic Basic Basic
Irish Medium Medium Medium
Research Interests
AFFECT AGEING 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 Falls Frailty & Resilience
Gerontology Positive Ageing Psychology of Aging Quantitative genetics and genetics of complex traits
Research Projects
Project title Frailty in Ireland North and South
Summary The unprecedented global increase in life expectancy over the past century has lead to a rapidly expanding ageing population, placing ever higher demands on publicly-funded healthcare resources in Ireland, North and South. Current trajectories indicate that such demands are unsustainable. Early identifiers of declining health will be central to measuring health risk. The European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing has highlighted frailty as key to seeking a two year increase in healthy life years by 2020. Resilience and frailty represent opposite ends of a spectrum of decline from robust health to profound functional dependence. Frailty is a driver of functional and cognitive decline, predicting multi-morbidity, disability, increased health care utilisation and mortality (Fried et al, 2001, 2004). However, frailty can be ameliorated by early detection and intervention. Data from The Irish Longitudinal Study of Ageing (TILDA) will be used to track transitions along the frailty spectrum and investigate how frailty-related biomarker profiles of physical, cognitive and psychological health at baseline (Wave 1) change and predict frailty during follow-up (Waves 2 and 3). North-South comparisons between the prevalence and characteristics of frailty using Wave 3 of TILDA and Phase 1 of the Northern Ireland Cohort for Longitudinal Ageing (NICOLA), which coincide during 2014. Will be performed. Elucidating frailty-related risk factors and resource demands in the ageing population will help to identify: (1) new evidence-based targets for pre-clinical frailty detection and intervention, and (2) specific needs that will be vital in delivering efficient, effective healthcare services and increasing healthy life-years into the future
Funding Agency CARDI - Centre for Ageing Research in Ireland
Programme Ageing Research Leadership Programme
Type of Project Research Fellowship
Date from March 2014
Date to February 2017
Person Months 36

Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
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
ISI Citation Record
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
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
TARA - Full Text  URL
ISI Citation Record
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
TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
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
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