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Dr Niamh Cummins

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Dr Niamh Cummins is the Programme Lead for the Screening Older Adults in the Emergency Department (SOAED) Study at the School of Allied Health in collaboration with University Hospital Limerick. Niamh was formerly Research Manager at the Centre for Prehospital Research in the Graduate Entry Medical School. During that time Niamh conducted primary clinical research projects which lead to national changes in policy including updated Clinical Practice Guidelines for Irish prehospital practitioners. Niamh also promoted evidence-based practice to paramedics by conducting educational workshops to develop research skills and provided individual research support to prehospital practitioners. Niamh’s background is as a scientist in physiology, public health and biomedical science, therefore her own research interests are many and varied. She was involved in the development of a novel diagnostic tool for prediction of osteoporotic fracture risk which was successfully commercialised following evaluation in pre-clinical and clinical trials. Niamh has also conducted research investigating the lifestyle factors influencing bone health and examining clinical risk factor calculators for fracture risk.


Cummins, N.M., Dixon, M., Garavan, C., Landymore, E., Mulligan, N. & O’Donnell, C. (2013). Can advanced paramedics in the field safely diagnose patients and predict hospital admission? Emergency Medicine Journal. 30 (12): 1043-1047. DOI: 10.1136/emermed-2012-201899.

Dixon, M., O’Halloran, J., Hannigan, A., Keenan, S. & Cummins, N.M. (2015). Confirmation of sub-optimal protocols in spinal immobilisation? Emergency Medicine Journal. 32 (12): 939-945. DOI: 10.1136/emermed-2014-204553.

Beattie, J.R., Cummins, N.M., Caraher, C., O'Driscoll, O.M., Bansal, A.T., Eastell, R., Ralston, S.H., Stone, M.D., Pearson, G. & Towler, M.R. (2016). Raman spectroscopic analysis of fingernail clippings can help differentiate between postmenopausal women who have and have not suffered a fracture. Clinical Medical Insights: Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disorders 31 (9).

Cummins, N.M., Jakeman, P.M., Sestak, I., Murphy, N. & Carroll, P. (2013). The effect of behavioural risk factors on osteoporosis in Irish women. Irish Journal of Medical Science. 182 (1): 97-105. DOI: 10.1007/s11845-012-0840-7.

Cummins, N.M., Poku, E., Towler, M.R., O’Driscoll, O. & Ralston, S.R. (2011). Clinical risk factors for osteoporosis in Ireland and the UK: A comparison of FRAX and QFracture Scores. Calcified Tissue International. 89: p172-177. DOI: 10.1007/s00223-011-9504-2.