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Dr. Aisling Dunne

Associate Prof in Neuroinflammation (Biochemistry)

Associate 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
Olwyn R. Mahon, David C. Brow, Tomas Gonzalez-Fernandez, Pierluca Pitaccoc, Ian T. Whelan, Stanislas Von E, Christopher Hobbs, Valeria Nicolosi, Kyle T. Cunningham, Kingston. H. G. Mills , Daniel J. Kelly and Aisling Dunne, Nano-particle mediated M2 macrophage polarization enhances bone formation and MSC osteogenesis in an IL-10 dependent manner, Biomaterials, 239, 2020, p119833-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  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, 2019, p63 - 73, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
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  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Cunningham, C. and Dunne, A. and Lopez-Rodriguez, A.B., Astrocytes: Heterogeneous and Dynamic Phenotypes in Neurodegeneration and Innate Immunity, Neuroscientist, 2019, p455-474 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Silveira, A.A.A. and Mahon, O.R. and Cunningham, C.C. and Corr, E.M. and Mendonça, R. and Saad, S.T.O. and Costa, F.F. and Dunne, A. and Conran, N., S100A8 acts as an autocrine priming signal for heme-induced human MÏ. pro-inflammatory responses in hemolytic inflammation, Journal of Leukocyte Biology, 106, (1), 2019, p35-43 , Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Nazmi, A., Field, R.H., Griffin, E.W., Haugh, O., Hennessy, E., Cox, D., Reis, R., Tortorelli, L., Murray, C.L., Lopez-Rodriguez, A.B., Lavelle, E.C., Dunne, A. and Cunningham,C. , Chronic neurodegeneration induces Type I interferon synthesis via STING, shaping microglial phenotype and accelerating disease progression, Glia, 67, 2019, p1254 - 1276 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Campbell, N.K. and Fitzgerald, H.K. and Fletcher, J.M. and Dunne, A., Plant-derived polyphenols modulate human dendritic cell metabolism and immune function via AMPK-dependent induction of heme oxygenase-1, Frontiers in Immunology, 10, (MAR), 2019, p00345-, Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Browe, D.C. and Mahon, O.R. and Díaz-Payno, P.J. and Cassidy, N. and Dudurych, I. and Dunne, A. and Buckley, C.T. and Kelly, D.J., Glyoxal cross-linking of solubilized extracellular matrix to produce highly porous, elastic, and chondro-permissive scaffolds for orthopedic tissue engineering, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research - Part A, 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  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
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

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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.