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Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor

PhD, RNutr

Biography


Eibhlís O’Connor is a Registered Human Nutritionist, Principle Investigator, Lecturer and Course Director of the BSc. Food Science and Health programme in the Department of Biological Sciences, UL. She has a BSc and PhD in Nutritional Sciences from University College Cork (UCC). Her post-doctoral experience with the School of Food & Nutritional Sciences, UCC involved clinical trial coordination of a human intervention with Crohn’s disease patients (focus on bone health) followed by a project management and clinical coordinator role on the ELDERMET project with the School of Microbiology and Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC), UCC. In collaboration with colleagues in University Hospital Limerick, her research interests include the role of novel, vitamin K-dependent proteins as biomarkers of CVD. She has strong collaborative links and ongoing projects with the APC investigating how diet can impact and modulate the gut microbiota and thus impact health in specific population groups (including T2DM and IBD). She was National Coordinator of the Irish contribution to a European Joint Programme Initiative, Malnutrition in the Elderly (MaNuEL) Knowledge Hub which comprised 22 partners across 7 countries, and was Work Package leader of the Determinants of Malnutrition group. Eibhlís is a member of the the Health Research Institute (HRI) and BioSciBER group in the Bernal Institute.

Research Interests

Research interests include the role of novel, vitamin-K dependent proteins in health and disease, and specifically those involved in bone metabolism, cognition, glucose regulation and cardiovascular health. Keen interest in how diet can impact and modulate the gut microbiota and thus impact health in specific population groups. Also researching determinants of malnutrition in older populations and risk factors for obesity in adolescents and children.

Professional Activities

Association

  • 2013 member and UL liaison rep for the society, Nutrition Society
  • 2009 Registered Nutritionist (Reg.No:5616), Association for Nutrition - UK Voluntary Register for Nutritionists

Education

  • 2009 University College Cork - PhD
  • 2004 University College Cork - BSc (Hons)

Committee

  • Dept. Biological Sciences Safety Committee,

Research Collaborators

  • Alfonso Cruz- Jentoft - Joint Programme - Instituto Ramón y Cajal de Investigación Sanitaria -Spain -Joint Programme Initiative (JPI) Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life (HDHL) Malnutrition in the Elderly (MaNuEL) Knowledge Hub
  • Antje Hebestreit - Joint Programme - University of Bremen -Germany -Joint Programme Initiative (JPI) Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life (HDHL) Malnutrition in the Elderly (MaNuEL) Knowledge Hub
  • Bouchra Ouliass - Joint Publication - University of Montreal -Canada -Allen Foundation Grant 2012 output
  • Cees Vermeer - Joint Publication - Maastricht University -Netherlands -Irish Heart Foundation Grant output
  • Christa Lohrmann - Joint Programme - Medical University of Graz -Austria -Joint Programme Initiative (JPI) Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life (HDHL) Malnutrition in the Elderly (MaNuEL) Knowledge Hub
  • Christine Brombach - Joint Programme - Friedrich Schiller University of Jena -Germany -Joint Programme Initiative (JPI) Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life (HDHL) Malnutrition in the Elderly (MaNuEL) Knowledge Hub
  • Claire Sulmont Rossé - Joint Programme - French National Institute for Agricultural Research INRA -France -Joint Programme Initiative (JPI) Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life (HDHL) Malnutrition in the Elderly (MaNuEL) Knowledge Hub
  • Corinna Geisler - Joint Programme - University of Kiel -Germany -Joint Programme Initiative (JPI) Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life (HDHL) Malnutrition in the Elderly (MaNuEL) Knowledge Hub
  • Dieneke van Asselt - Joint Programme - HAN University of Applied Sciences -Netherlands -Joint Programme Initiative (JPI) Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life (HDHL) Malnutrition in the Elderly (MaNuEL) Knowledge Hub
  • Dorothee Volkert - Joint Programme - University of Erlangen Nuremberg -Germany -Joint Programme Initiative (JPI) Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life (HDHL) Malnutrition in the Elderly (MaNuEL) Knowledge Hub
  • Elke Naumann - Joint Programme - University of Amsterdam -Netherlands -Joint Programme Initiative (JPI) Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life (HDHL) Malnutrition in the Elderly (MaNuEL) Knowledge Hub
  • Gabriele Nagel Gabriele Nagel - Joint Programme - University of Ulm -Germany -Joint Programme Initiative (JPI) Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life (HDHL) Malnutrition in the Elderly (MaNuEL) Knowledge Hub
  • Guylaine Ferland - Joint Publication - University of Montreal -Canada -Allen Foundation Grant 2012 output
  • Heiner Boeing - Joint Programme - German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke (DIfE) -Germany -Joint Programme Initiative (JPI) Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life (HDHL) Malnutrition in the Elderly (MaNuEL) Knowledge Hub
  • Isabelle Maitre - Joint Programme - School of Agricultural Studies Angers -France -Joint Programme Initiative (JPI) Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life (HDHL) Malnutrition in the Elderly (MaNuEL) Knowledge Hub
  • Karin Schindler - Joint Programme - Medical University of Vienna -Austria -Joint Programme Initiative (JPI) Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life (HDHL) Malnutrition in the Elderly (MaNuEL) Knowledge Hub
  • Lisette de Groot - Joint Programme - Wageningen University & Research Center -Netherlands -Joint Programme Initiative (JPI) Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life (HDHL) Malnutrition in the Elderly (MaNuEL) Knowledge Hub
  • Marian de van der Schueren - Joint Programme - HAN University of Applied Sciences -Netherlands -Joint Programme Initiative (JPI) Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life (HDHL) Malnutrition in the Elderly (MaNuEL) Knowledge Hub
  • Marjolein Visser - Joint Programme - University of Amsterdam -Netherlands -Joint Programme Initiative (JPI) Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life (HDHL) Malnutrition in the Elderly (MaNuEL) Knowledge Hub
  • Ruth Teh - Joint Programme - University of Auckland -New Zealand -Joint Programme Initiative (JPI) Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life (HDHL) Malnutrition in the Elderly (MaNuEL) Knowledge Hub
  • Virginievan Wymelbeke - Joint Programme - Champmaillot Centre Geriatric Research Unit-Dijon (CHU) -France -Joint Programme Initiative (JPI) Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life (HDHL) Malnutrition in the Elderly (MaNuEL) Knowledge Hub
  • Yves Rolland - Joint Programme - Université de Toulouse III Paul Sabatier -France -Joint Programme Initiative (JPI) Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life (HDHL) Malnutrition in the Elderly (MaNuEL) Knowledge Hub
  • Paul W. O' Toole
  • Catherine Stanton
  • Fergus Shanahan
  • Susan Joyce
  • Clare Corish
  • Eileen Gibney
  • Suzanne Timmons
  • Janas Harrington
  • Patricia Kearney
  • Helen Roche
  • Francis Finucane
  • Patrick Kiely
  • Shona Tormey
  • Anne Merrigan
  • Michael Walsh
  • Eamon Kavanagh

Publications

Book Chapter

2015

Diet-Microbiota-Health Interactions in Older Subjects: Implications for Healthy Aging
Lynch, DB,Jeffery, IB,Cusack, S,O'Connor, EM,O'Toole, PW,Yashin, AI,Jazwinski, SM
Aging And Health - A Systems Biology Perspective DOI: 10.1159/000364976

2014

ELDERMET: Enhancing gut health in the Irish elderly through an improved understanding of intestinal bacteria.
Cusack S, O'Connor EM, O'Toole PW
Human Metagenomics Volume III in Encyclopedia of Metagenomics

Conference Publication

2018

EUGMS 2018
Dorothee Volkert, Melanie Streicher, Gabriel Torbahn, Eva Kiesswetter, Mary O'Keeffe, Mary Kelly,Marjolein Visser, Eibhlís M. O'Connor

2018

ESPEN 2018
M. Kelly, H. Purtill, M. Grace, S. Leahy, P.W. O’Toole, E. O’Herlihy, E.M. O’Connor

2018

Nutrition Society Annual Meeting
M. Kelly, H. Purtill, M. Grace, S. Leahy, P.W. O’Toole, E. O’Herlihy, E.M. O’Connor

2017

ESPEN 2017
M. O'Keeffe, M. Kelly, E. O'Herlihy, P. O'Toole, P. Kearney, S. Timmons, C. Stanton, Y. Rolland, C. Sulmont Rosse, I. Maitre, H. Boeing, M. Stelmach, G. Nagel, M. Wolters, A. Hebestreit, L. De Groot, R. Teh, M. Agnes Peyron, D. Dardevet, I. Papet, M. Streicher, G. Torbahn, E. Kiesswetter, M. Visser, D. Volkert, E. O'Connor

2014

Sylvester O’Halloran Surgical Conference
Kiely M, Hodgins SJ, Tormey S, Kiely PA, O’Connor EM

2014
2014

NUIG/UL Research Day
Kiely A, Ouliass B, Ferland G, O’Toole PW, O’Connor EM

2014

Society for General Microbiology Irish Division Meeting
McCann A, Jeffery IB, O’Toole PW, O’Connor EM

2014

UHL Research Symposium
Kiely A, Ouliass B, Ferland G, O’Toole PW, O’Connor EM

2012

Nutrition Society Annual Meeting
O'Connor EM, Fitzgerald GF, O’Toole PW

2012

Irish Journal of Medical Science
O’Connor EM, O’Toole PW

2012

European Geriatric Medicine
O’Connor EM, O’Toole PW

2012

International Human Microbiome Congress
Jeffery IB, Claesson MJ, Harris H, Power SE, O’Connor E, O’Toole PW

2012

European Geriatric Medicine
Power SE, O'Toole PW, O’Connor EM, Fitzgerald GF

2012

Nutrition Society Annual Meeting
Power SE, O’Toole PW, O'Connor EM, Fitzgerald GF

2012

European Geriatric Medicine
Egan PE, O’Connor EM, Conde S, Fitzgerald A, Fitzgerald GF, O'Toole PW

2012

Nutrition Society Annual Meeting
Power SE, O'Connor EM, Jeffery IB, O’ Toole PW, Fitzgerald GF

2011

Nutrition Society Annual Meeting
O’Connor EM, Grealy G, McCarthy J, Desmond A, Criag O, Shanahan F, Cashman KD

2011

Nutrition Society Annual Meeting
O’Connor EM, Fitzgerald GF, O’Toole PW

2011

CARDI International Conference
Wills T, Bantry White E, Ni Laoire C, O’Connor E, Cusack S, Huan Y

2011

Nutrition Society Annual Meeting
Power SE, O’Toole PW, O'Connor EM, Fitzgerald GF

2011

Nutrition Society Annual Meeting
Power SE, O’Toole PW, O'Connor EM, Fitzgerald GF

2009

International Congress of Nutrition
O’Connor E, Grealy G, McCarthy J, Desmond A, Shanahan F, Cashman KD

2009

Nutrition Society Annual Meeting
O’Connor E, Grealy G, McCarthy J, Desmond A, Shanahan F, Cashman KD

2008

Nutrition Society Annual Meeting
O’Connor E, Shanahan F, Cashman KD

2007

Nutrition Society Annual Meeting
O’Connor E, Mølgaard C, Michaelsen KF, Jakobsen J, Cashman KD

2006

Nutrition Society Annual Meeting
O’Connor E, Mølgaard C, Michaelsen KF, Jakobsen J, Lamberg-Allardt CJ, Cashman KD

Other Journal

2013

Clinical trials for food and supplements – Guidance for industry symposium report
O'Connor EM
British Nutrition Foundation - Nutrition Bulletin DOI: 10.1111/nbu.12032

Other Publication

2019

Dietary Fibre in the Era of Microbiome Science
O’Grady J. O’Connor E.M., Shanahan F

2018

Potentially modifiable determinants of malnutrition in older adults: A systematic review.
O'Keeffe M;Kelly M;O'Herlihy E;O'Toole PW;Kearney PM;Timmons S;O'Shea E;Stanton C;Hickson M;Rolland Y;Sulmont Rossé C;Issanchou S;Maitre I;Stelmach-Mardas M;Nagel G;Flechtner-Mors M;Wolters M;Hebestreit A;De Groot LCPGM;van de Rest O;Teh R;Peyron MA;Dardevet D;Papet I;Schindler K;Streicher M;Torbahn G;Kiesswetter E;Visser M;Volkert D;O'Connor EM; ;
DOI: 10.1016/j.clnu.2018.12.007

2013

The role of gut microbiota in nutritional status
O'Connor, EM
Current Opinion In Clinical Nutrition And Metabolic Care DOI: 10.1097/MCO.0b013e3283638eb3

Peer Reviewed Journal

2019

Retention of microbiota diversity by lactose-free milk in a mouse model of elderly gut microbiota.
Ntemiri A;Ribiere C;Stanton C;Ross RP;O'Connor E;O'Toole PW;
Journal Of Agricultural And Food Chemistry DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.8b06414

2019

Prebiotic supplementation in frail older people affects specific gut microbiota taxa but not global diversity
Tran T.;Cousin F.;Lynch D.;Menon R.;Brulc J.;Brown J.;O'Herlihy E.;Butto L.;Power K.;Jeffery I.;O'Connor E.;O'Toole P.
Microbiome DOI: 10.1186/s40168-019-0654-1

2018

Plating up appropriate portion sizes for children: a systematic review of parental food and beverage portioning practices.
Kairey L;Matvienko-Sikar K;Kelly C;McKinley MC;O'Connor EM;Kearney PM;Woodside JV;Harrington JM;
Obesity Reviews : An Official Journal Of The International Association For The Study Of Obesity DOI: 10.1111/obr.12727

2018

Vitamin K status and inflammation are associated with cognition in older Irish adults.
Kiely A;Ferland G;Ouliass B;O'Toole PW;Purtill H;O'Connor EM;
Nutritional Neuroscience DOI: 10.1080/1028415X.2018.1536411

2018

Predictors of incident malnutrition in older Irish adults from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) cohort- a MaNuEL study.
Bardon LA;Streicher M;Corish CA;Clarke M;Power LC;Kenny RA;O'Connor DM;Laird E;O'Connor EM;Visser M;Volkert D;Gibney ER; ;
The Journals Of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences And Medical Sciences DOI: 10.1093/gerona/gly225

2017

Tackling the increasing problem of malnutrition in older persons: The Malnutrition in the Elderly (MaNuEL) Knowledge Hub
Visser, M,Volkert, D,Corish, C,Geisler, C,de Groot, LC,Cruz-Jentoft, AJ,Lohrmann, C,O'Connor, EM,Schindler, K,de van der Schueren, MA,MaNuEL Consortium
Nutrition Bulletin DOI: 10.1111/nbu.12268

2015

Dietary glycaemic load associated with cognitive performance in elderly subjects
Power, SE,O'Connor, EM,Ross, RP,Stanton, C,O'Toole, PW,Fitzgerald, GF,Jeffery, IB
European journal of nutrition DOI: 10.1007/s00394-014-0737-5

2014
2014

Food and nutrient intake of Irish community-dwelling elderly subjects: Who is at nutritional risk?
Power, SE,Jeffery, IB,Ross, RP,Stanton, C,O'toole, PW,O'Connor, EM,Fitzgerald, GF
The journal of nutrition, health & aging DOI: 10.1007/s12603-014-0449-9

2014

Food and nutrient intake of Irish community-dwelling elderly subjects: who is at nutritional risk?
Power SE, Jeffery IB, Ross RP, Stanton C, O'Toole PW, O'Connor EM, Fitzgerald GF
The journal of nutrition, health & aging DOI: 10.1007/s12603-014-0449-9

2014

Dietary glycaemic load associated with cognitive performance in elderly subjects.
Power SE, O'Connor EM, Ross RP, Stanton C, O'Toole PW, Fitzgerald GF, Jeffery IB
European journal of nutrition DOI: 10.1007/s00394-014-0737-5

2012

Gut microbiota composition correlated with diet and health in the elderly
Claesson MJ, Jeffery IB, Conde S, Power SE, O’Connor EM, Cusack S, Coakley M, O’Sullivan O, Ross RP, Stanton C, Fitzgerald G, O’Toole PW
Nature DOI: 10.1038/nature11319

2007

Serum percentage undercarboxylated osteocalcin, a sensitive measure of vitamin K status, and its relationship to bone health indices in Danish girls
O’Connor E, Mølgaard C, Michaelsen KF, Jakobsen J, Lamberg-Allardt CJ, Cashman KD
The British journal of nutrition DOI: 10.1017/S0007114507433050

Published Report

2015
2011

Age, income and food: a study of the socio-economic influences on food expenditure among community-dwelling older people in Ireland.
Bantry-White E, Yu Huan, Ní Laoire Catriona, Willis Teresa, O’Connor E, Cusack S, Shuttleworth I