Professor Tierney is an Associate Professor and Discipline Lead in Human Nutrition and Dietetics in the School of Allied Health, University of Limerick.

Her main research interests include evaluating a whole of diet approach based on the traditional Cretan Mediterranean Diet and its effects on metabolic health (Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Heart Disease) and Implementation Science and translating nutrition and dietetic evidence base to sustainable practices. Prof. Tierney’s nutrition and dietetic clinical and research expertise is in the nutritional management of Cystic Fibrosis.

Current Active Research Projects include

  • Chief Investigator on the project ‘MEDINA’ – MEDIterranean diet in Non Alcoholic fatty liver disease (RCT), a multicentre randomised controlled study in 4 hepatology clinics in metropolitan hospitals in Melbourne, Australia investigating the effects of a Mediterranean versus a Low Fat diet on insulin resistance and liver specific outcomes in Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.
  • Co-Investigator on ‘AUSMED’ – The AUStralian MEDiterranean Diet Heart Trial (RCT), a multicentre randomised controlled trial to investigate the effects of a Mediterranean versus a Low Fat diet on the secondary prevention of coronary heart disease.
  • Chief Investigator on a project entitled ‘MEDRA’ – Mediterranean Diet in Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Chief Investigator on a HRB funded project investigating the diet and disease associations in Cystic Fibrosis

Gulseth, H., Gjelstad, I., Tierney, A., McCarthy, D., Lovegrove, J., Defoort, C., Blaak, E., Lopez-Miranda, J., Dembinska-Kiec, A., Risérus, U., Roche, H., Drevon, C. & Birkeland, K. (2019). Effects of dietary fat on insulin secretion in subjects with the metabolic syndrome. European Journal of Endocrinology. 180 (5): 321-328. DOI: 10.1530/EJE-19-0022.

Fetterplace K., Deane A., Tierney, A., Beach, L., Knight, L., Presnell, J., Rechnitzer, T., Forsyth, A, Gill B, Mourtzakis M, MacIsaac C. (2018). Targeted Full Energy and Protein Delivery in Critically Ill Patients: A Pilot Randomised Contol Trial (FEED Trial). Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. 42 (8): 1252-1262. DOI: 10.1002/jpen.1166.

Mayr, H., Tierney, A., Kucianski, T., Thomas, C. & Itsiopoulos, C. (2018). Australian patients with coronary heart disease achieve high adherence to 6-month Mediterranean diet intervention: preliminary results of the AUSMED Heart Trial. Nutrition. 61: 21-31.

Tierney, A. & Zabetakis, I. (2018). Changing the Irish dietary guidelines to incorporate the principles of the Mediterranean diet: Proposing the MedÉire diet. Public Health Nutrition. 22 (2): 375-381.

Tierney, A.C., McMonagle, J., Shaw, D.I., Gulseth, H.L., Helal, O., Saris, W.H., Paniagua, J.A., Gołąbek-Leszczyñska, I., Defoort, C., Williams, C.M., Karsltröm, B., Vessby, B., Dembinska-Kiec, A., López-Miranda, J., Blaak, E.E., Drevon, C.A., Gibney, M.J., Lovegrove, J.A. & Roche, H.M. (2011). Effects of dietary fat modification on insulin sensitivity and on other risk factors of the metabolic syndrome-LIPGENE: a European randomized dietary intervention study. International Journal of Obesity. 35 (6): 800-809.

Papamiltiadous, E. S., Roberts, S.K., Nicoll, A.J. & Tierney, A.C. (2016). A randomised controlled trial of a Mediterranean Dietary Intervention for Adults with Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (MEDINA): study protocol BMC Gastroenterology. 16: 14.

Hannah, L.M., Tierney, A.C., Thomas, C.J., Ruiz-Canela, M., Radcliffe & J., Itsiopoulos, C. Mediterranean-type diets and inflammatory markers in patients with coronary heart disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Nutrition Research. 50: 10-24.