Prof Ailish Hannigan

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Associate Professor of Biomedical Statistics

Ailish Hannigan is Associate Professor of Biomedical Statistics at the School of Medicine, 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 School of Medicine 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.

She is passionate about statistics education and has received an Excellence in Teaching Award (Special Commendation) from the University of Limerick. 

Academic Qualifications: 

BSc. (Applied Mathematics and Computing)

PhD (Biostatistics)

Professional Experience: 

1994-1997: Research Fellow in Biostatistics, Oral Health Services Research Centre, University College Cork

2000-2001: Manager, Statistical Consulting Unit, University of Limerick

1997-2012: Lecturer in Statistics, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Limerick

2012 to date: Associate Professor of Biomedical Statistics, School of Medicine, University of Limerick

Professional Memberships: 

Member, Irish Statistical Association

Member, International Association for Statistical Education

Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, UK

Research Interests: 

Population health; longitudinal data analysis; design and analysis of cohort and registry studies; statistics education; public and patient involvement in quantitative research

Publication Record: 

Recent Peer-reviewed publications


Crealey, M. R., L. Bowden, E. Ludusan, M. Pathan, B. Kenny, Hannigan, A.,and Philip,R. K.  "Utilization of Conventional Radiography in a Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Ireland." Article, Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine 32, no. 16 (2019): 2667-73. 

Dinsdale, E., A. Hannigan, R. O'Connor, J. O'Doherty, L. Glynn, M. Casey, P. Hayes, D. Kelly, W. Cullen, and A. O'Regan. "Communication between Primary and Secondary Care: Deficits and Danger." Fam Pract  (Aug 2 2019).

Doyle, R., D. O’Keeffe, A. Hannigan, A. Kinsella, C. Behan, A. Kelly, A. Sheridan, K. Madigan, E. Lawlor, and M. Clarke. "The Ihope-20 Study: Mortality in First Episode Psychosis—a 20-Year Follow-up of the Dublin First Episode Cohort." Article, Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol  (2019).

Ismail, K. I., A. Hannigan, K. O'Donoghue, and A. Cotter. "Role of 2-Dimensional Ultrasound Imaging in Placental and Umbilical Cord Morphometry: Literature and Pictorial Review." J Ultrasound Med  (May 29 2019).

Ismail, K. I., Hannigan, A., Kelehan, P., Fitzgerald, B., O'Donoghue, K. and Cotter, A. (2019) 'Small for gestational age infants and the association with placental and umbilical cord morphometry: a digital imaging study', J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med, 1-8.

O'Doherty, D., Lougheed, J., Hannigan, A., Last, J., Dromey, M., O'Tuathaigh, C. and McGrath, D. (2019) 'Internet skills of medical faculty and students: is there a difference?', BMC Med Educ, 19(1), 39.

O'Doherty, J., Hannigan, A., Hickey, L., Cullen, W., O'Gorman, C., O'Connor, R., Glynn, L., O'Neill, E. and O'Regan, A. (2019) 'An analysis of childhood consultations in general practice: a multi-practice study', Ir J Med Sci.

O'Keeffe, D., Hannigan, A., Doyle, R., Kinsella, A., Sheridan, A., Kelly, A., Madigan, K., Lawlor, E. and Clarke, M. (2019) 'The iHOPE-20 study: Relationships between and prospective predictors of remission, clinical recovery, personal recovery and resilience 20 years on from a first episode psychosis', Aust N Z J Psychiatry, 4867419827648.

Villarroel, N., Hannigan, A., Severoni, S., Puthoopparambil, S. and MacFarlane, A. (2019) 'Migrant health research in the Republic of Ireland: a scoping review', BMC Public Health, 19(1), 324.


Crealey, M. R., Bowden, L., Ludusan, E., Pathan, M., Kenny, B., Hannigan, A. and Philip, R. K. (2018) 'Utilization of conventional radiography in a regional neonatal intensive care unit in Ireland', Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, 1-7.

Ferguson, J., Hannigan, A. and Stack, A. (2018) 'A new computationally efficient algorithm for record linkage with field dependency and missing data imputation', Int J Med Inform, 109, 70-75.

Gallagher, S., Pilch, M. and Hannigan, A. (2018) 'Prior depressive symptoms and persistent child problem behaviours predict future depression in parents of children with developmental disabilities: The growing up in Ireland cohort study', Res Dev Disabil, 80, 170-179.

Gettings, J. V., O’Connor, R., O’Doherty, J., Hannigan, A., Cullen, W., Hickey, L. and O'REGAN, A. (2018) 'A snapshot of type two diabetes mellitus management in general practice prior to the introduction of diabetes Cycle of Care', Ir J Med Sci.

Glynn, L. G., Mustafa, A., Casey, M., Krawczyk, J., Blom, J., Galvin, R., Hannigan, A., Dunne, C. P., Murphy, A. W. and Mallen, C. (2018) 'Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy for knee arthritis: a feasibility study in primary care', Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 4, 93.

Hannigan, A. (2018) 'Public and patient involvement in quantitative health research: A statistical perspective', Health Expect.

Hannigan, A., Bargary, N., Kinsella, A. and Clarke, M. (2018) 'Understanding the relationship between duration of untreated psychosis and outcomes: A statistical perspective', Early Interv Psychiatry.

Hannigan, A., Basogomba, A., LeMaster, J., Nurse, D., O'Reilly, F., Roura, M., Villarroel, N. and MacFarlane, A. (2018) 'Ethnic Minority Health in Ireland-Co-creating knowledge (EMH-IC): a participatory health research protocol', BMJ Open, 8(10), e026335.

Hickey, L., Hannigan, A., O'Regan, A., Khalil, S., Meagher, D. and Cullen, W. (2018) 'Psychological morbidity among young adults attending primary care: a retrospective study', Early Interv Psychiatry, 12(1), 22-29.

Hunt, R., Kelleher, K., Coffey, J. C., Clarke Moloney, M., Ahern, M., Conway, E., Hannigan, A., Erwin-Toth, P. and O'Sullivan, L. W. (2018) 'Changes in Peristomal Skin Condition and User Experience of a Novel Ostomy Barrier Ring With Assisted Flow: A 6-Week Feasibility Study', J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs, 45(5), 444-448.

Hunt, R., Kelleher, K., Coffey, J. C., Moloney, M. C., Ahern, M., Conway, E., Hannigan, A., Erwin-Toth, P. and O'Sullivan, L. W. (2018) 'Changes in peristomal skin condition and user experience of a novel ostomy barrier ring with assisted flow a 6-week feasibility study', Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing, 45(5), 444-448.

Hyde, S., Hannigan, A., Dornan, T. and McGrath, D. (2018) 'Medical school clinical placements - the optimal method for assessing the clinical educational environment from a graduate entry perspective', BMC Med Educ, 18, 8.

Kelly, M., O'Brien, K. M., Lucey, M., Clough-Gorr, K. and Hannigan, A. (2018) 'Indicators for early assessment of palliative care in lung cancer patients: a population study using linked health data', Bmc Palliative Care, 17(1), 37.

Lovett-Carter, D., Jawanda, A. S. and Hannigan, A. (2018) 'Meta-Analysis of the Surgical and Rehabilitative Outcomes of Hip Arthroscopy in Athletes With Femoroacetabular Impingement', Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine 

McCombe, G., Fogarty, F., Swan, D., Hannigan, A., Fealy, G. M., Kyne, L., Meagher, D. and Cullen, W. (2018) 'Identified mental disorders in older adults in primary care: A cross-sectional database study', Eur J Gen Pract, 24(1), 84-91.

McLoughlin, M., Imran, A., Hannigan, A. and Harmon, D. (2018) 'Does Age Impact on Expectations and Concerns of Patients Attending a Chronic Pain Clinic?', Pain Pract, 18(1), 23-28.

O'Doherty, D., Dromey, M., Lougheed, J., Hannigan, A., Last, J. and McGrath, D. (2018) 'Barriers and solutions to online learning in medical education - An integrative review', BMC Med Educ, 18(1).

O'Doherty, J., Hannigan, A., Hickey, L., Meagher, D., Cullen, W., O'Connor, R. and O'Regan, A. (2018) 'The prevalence and treatment of mental health conditions documented in general practice in Ireland', Ir J Psychol Med, 1-8.

O'Neill, A., O'Sullivan, K., O'Keeffe, M., Hannigan, A., Walsh, C. and Purtill, H. (2018) 'Development of pain in older adults: a latent class analysis of biopsychosocial risk factors', Pain.

O'Regan, A., Cullen, W., Hickey, L., Meagher, D. and Hannigan, A. (2018) 'Is problem alcohol use being detected and treated in Irish general practice?', BMC Fam Pract, 19(1), 30.

O'Regan, A., Cullen, W., O'Gorman, C., Hickey, L., O'Neill, E., O'Doherty, J. and Hannigan, A. (2018) 'What effect do point of care fees have on childhood consultations in general practice?', BMC Health Services Research, 18(1).

Tierney, E., McEvoy, R., Hannigan, A. and MacFarlane, A. E. (2018) 'Implementing community participation via interdisciplinary teams in primary care: An Irish case study in practice', Health Expect, 21(6), 990-1001.

Wentzell, S., Moran, L., Dobranowski, J., Levinson, A., Hannigan, A., Dunne, C. P. and McGrath, D. (2018) 'E-learning for chest x-ray interpretation improves medical student skills and confidence levels', BMC Med Educ, 18(1), 256.


Other publications: see

Higher Degree Supervision: 

Current PhD students:

Maria Kelly 
Khadijah Ismail
Edel Tierney

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