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Dr. Belinda Hernández

Senior Research Fellow (Medical Gerontology)

I am a Senior Research Fellow with TILDA. My research interests include Bayesian models and machine learning methods for use on high dimensional data such as proteomic and genomic data as well as multivariate and predictive modelling. I work across a number of teams in TILDA such as the Neuro Cognitive, Neuro Cardiovascular, Frailty and Resilience and the Bioengineering groups. Prior to TILDA I was an Assistant Professor in Statistics in the School of Mathematics and Statistics UCD (2015-2017) and completed my PhD in Bayesian methods for Proteomic Biomarker development and validation in UCD in 2015. I also have an MSc in Applied Statistics from Oxford University (first class honours) and a BA Mod in Management Science and Information Systems from Trinity College Dublin (first class honours).
 High Dimensional Forest Models for Genetic Performance Evaluation
 FRAILMatics: Mathematical research and big data analytics towards the development of the next generation of transdisciplinary diagnostics for the assessment of physiological vulnerability in older adults: challenge-based disruptive technology initiative
 'Investigating novel biomarkers of cardiac arrhythmia and associated risk of stroke and heart failure

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Roman Romero-Ortuno, Peter Hartley, James Davis, Silvin P. Knight, Rossella Rizzo, Belinda Hernández, Rose Anne Kenny, Aisling M. O'Halloran, Transitions in frailty phenotype states and components over 8 years: evidence from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Claire Tonry, Ken McDonald, Mark Ledwidge, Belinda Hernandez, Nadezhda Glezeva, Cathy Rooney, Brian Morrissey, Stephen R Pennington, John A Baugh, Chris J Watson, Multiplexed measurement of candidate blood protein biomarkers of heart failure, ESC heart failure, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Mc Ardle A, Kwasnik A, Szenpetery A, Jones M, Hernandez B, Meenagh M, Parnell A, de Jager W, de Roock S, Fitzgerald O, Pennington S , Identification and Evaluation of Serum Protein Biomarkers Which Differentiate Psoriatic from Rheumatoid Arthritis., Arthritis & Rheumatology, 2021, Journal Article, ACCEPTED  URL
O'Connor JD, O'Connell MD, Romero-Ortuno R, Hernandez B, Newman L, Reilly R, Kenny RA, Knight SP, Functional Analysis of Continuous, High-Resolution Measures in Ageing Research: A Demonstration using Cerebral Oxygenation Data from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, section Cognitive Neuroscience, 14, (261), 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Moloney D, O'Connor J, Newman L, Scarlett S, Hernandez B, Kenny RA, Romero-Ortuno R, Clinical clustering of eight orthostatic haemodynamic patterns in The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), Age and Ageing, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Prado EB, O'Neill E, Hernandez B, Parnell AC, Moral RA, Discussion: Bayesian Regression Tree Models for Causal Inference: Regularization, Confounding and Heterogeneous Effects, Bayesian Analysis, 15, (3), 2020, p955 - 1056, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
McCrory C, Fiorito G, Hernandez B, Polidoro S, O'Halloran AM, Hever A, Ni Cheallaigh C, Lu AT, Horvath S, Vineis P, Kenny RA., GrimAge outperforms other epigenetic clocks in the prediction of age-related clinical phenotypes and all-cause mortality., The Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Hernández B, Reilly R, Kenny RA, Treat people not diseases: A pattern analysis of disease interactions in multimorbidities. Results from The Irish Longitudinal study in Ageing, Scientific Reports, 9, (1), 2019, p1 - 12, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Belinda Hernández, Annalisa Setti, Rose Anne Kenny, Fiona N Newell, Individual differences in ageing, cognitive status, and sex on susceptibility to the sound-induced flash illusion: A large-scale study., American Psychological Association, 34, (7), 2019, p978 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
BA McGivney, B Hernandez, LM Katz, DE MacHugh, SP McGovern, AC Parnell, HL Wiencko, EW Hill, A genomic prediction model for racecourse starts in the Thoroughbred horse, Animal genetics, 50, (4), 2019, p347 - 357, Journal Article, PUBLISHED

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Belinda Hernández, Donal Sexton, Frank Moriarty, Niall Cosgrave, Aisling O'Halloran, Christine McGarrigle, Siobhan Scarlett and Rose Anne Kenny, HIGH-RISK CATEGORIES FOR COVID-19 AND THEIR DISTRIBUTION BY COUNTY IN REPUBLIC OF IRELAND-EVIDENCE FROM THE TILDA STUDY, 2020, Report, PUBLISHED
Lorna Roe, Christine McGarrigle, Belinda Hernández, Aisling O'Halloran, Siobhan Scarlett, Mark Ward, Charles Normand, Rose Anne Kenny, PATTERNS IN HEALTHCARE UTILISATION: RESULTS FROM WAVE 5 OF THE IRISH LONGITUDINAL STUDY ON AGEING., 2020, Report, PUBLISHED
Kenny, R.A., Hernandez, B., O'Halloran, A., Moriarty, F., McGarrigle, C., TILDA report to inform demographics for over 50s in Ireland for COVID-19 crisis, Dublin, The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, Trinity College Dublin, March, 2020, Report, PUBLISHED


Award Date
Finalist European Data Science and AI Awards 2018
Venture Launch Start Up of the Year Award (20,000eur) 2017