Ailish Hannigan is Associate Professor of Biomedical Statistics at the Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick. She started her research career as a Research Fellow in a WHO Collaborating Centre for Oral Health Services Research where she was involved in the design and analysis of population studies and clinical trials. She joined UL as a lecturer in Statistics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics before moving to the Graduate Entry Medical School in 2012.

Her research interests include population health, longitudinal data analysis and public and patient involvement in quantitative research. Current projects include data mining of clinical records for research in primary care, phase II clinical trials and Health Research Board funded projects on the analysis of cohort studies, disease surveillance and participatory research on ethnic minority health in Ireland. She is also a member of the Public and Patient Involvement Research Group in UL.


Hannigan, Ailish, et al. "Ethnicity recording in health and social care data collections in Ireland: where and how is it measured and what is it used for?." International Journal for Equity in Health 19.1 (2020): 1-10.

Hannigan, Ailish, et al. "Ethnic Minority Health in Ireland—Co-creating knowledge (EMH-IC): a participatory health research protocol." BMJ open 8.10 (2018): e026335.

Hannigan, Ailish. "Public and patient involvement in quantitative health research: A statistical perspective." Health Expectations 21.6 (2018): 939-943.

Hannigan, Ailish, et al. "Understanding the relationship between duration of untreated psychosis and outcomes: A statistical perspective." Early intervention in psychiatry 12.4 (2018): 730-733.

Kelly, M., O’Brien, K. M., Lucey, M., Clough-Gorr, K., & Hannigan, A. (2018). Indicators for early assessment of palliative care in lung cancer patients: a population study using linked health data. BMC palliative care17(1), 37.