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), Microbiome Ireland, 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 SFI funded APC (with whom she is a Funded Investigator) 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

Books

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Book Chapters

Diet-Microbiota-Health Interactions in Older Subjects: Implications for Healthy Aging

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2015
U.S.
Karger Publishers
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ELDERMET: Enhancing gut health in the Irish elderly through an improved understanding of intestinal bacteria.

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2014
Europe
Springer Reference Publishers
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Edited Books

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Peer Reviewed Journals

Vitamin K status and inflammation are associated with cognition in older Irish adults.

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2018
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Food and nutrient intake of Irish community-dwelling elderly subjects: Who is at nutritional risk?

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2014
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Real-time cell analysis of the inhibitory effect of vitamin K<sub>2</sub> on adhesion and proliferation of breast cancer cells.

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2015
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Food and nutrient intake of Irish community-dwelling elderly subjects: who is at nutritional risk?

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2014
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Retention of microbiota diversity by lactose-free milk in a mouse model of elderly gut microbiota.

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2019
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Dietary glycaemic load associated with cognitive performance in elderly subjects

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2015
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Gut microbiota composition correlated with diet and health in the elderly

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2012
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Dietary glycaemic load associated with cognitive performance in elderly subjects.

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2014
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Prebiotic supplementation in frail older people affects specific gut microbiota taxa but not global diversity

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2019
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Effect of phylloquinone (vitamin K1) supplementation for 12 months on the indices of vitamin K status and bone health in adult patients with Crohn's disease.

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2014
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Tackling the increasing problem of malnutrition in older persons: The Malnutrition in the Elderly (MaNuEL) Knowledge Hub

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2017
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O'Connor E, Mølgaard C, Michaelsen KF, Jakobsen J, Cashman KD (2010) Vitamin D-K interaction: effect of vitamin D supplementation on serum percentage undercarboxylated osteocalcin, a sensitive measur....

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2010
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Predictors of incident malnutrition in older Irish adults from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) cohort- a MaNuEL study.

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2018
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Serum percentage undercarboxylated osteocalcin, a sensitive measure of vitamin K status, and its relationship to bone health indices in Danish girls

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2007
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Plating up appropriate portion sizes for children: a systematic review of parental food and beverage portioning practices.

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2018
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Other Journals

Clinical trials for food and supplements – Guidance for industry symposium report

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2013
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Conference Publications

International Congress of Nutrition

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2009
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Nutrition Society Annual Meeting

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2012
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Young Life Scientists Ireland Conference

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2014
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Nutrition Society Annual Meeting

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2018
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Nutrition Society Annual Meeting

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2009
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Nutrition Society Annual Meeting

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2012
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NUIG/UL Research Day

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2014
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EUGMS 2018

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2018
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Nutrition Society Annual Meeting

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2011
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Nutrition Society Annual Meeting

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2012
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Society for General Microbiology Irish Division Meeting

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2014
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ESPEN 2018

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2018
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Nutrition Society Annual Meeting

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2011
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Irish Journal of Medical Science

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2012
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UHL Research Symposium

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2014
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ESPEN 2017

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2017
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Nutrition Society Annual Meeting

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2011
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European Geriatric Medicine

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2012
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Nutrition Society Annual Meeting

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2006
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Nutrition Society Annual Meeting

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2011
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European Geriatric Medicine

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2012
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Nutrition Society Annual Meeting

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2007
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CARDI International Conference

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2011
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European Geriatric Medicine

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2012
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Nutrition Society Annual Meeting

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2008
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International Human Microbiome Congress

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2012
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Sylvester O'Halloran Surgical Conference

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2014
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Conference Contributions

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Published Reports

Cardiovascular health and the Mediterranean Diet

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2015
Dublin
Irish Medical independent
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Age, income and food: a study of the socio-economic influences on food expenditure among community-dwelling older people in Ireland.

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2011
Ireland
Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland
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Editorials

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Book Reviews

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Other Publications

Vitamin K derivatives inhibit the growth and proliferation of triple negative breast cancer cells

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2014
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The role of gut microbiota in nutritional status

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2013
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Gut microbiota in older subjects: variation, health consequences and dietary intervention prospects.

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2014
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Osteocalcin: The extra-skeletal role of a vitamin K-dependent protein in glucose metabolism

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2017
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Does vitamin K1 intake protect against bone loss in later life?

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2008
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Prevalence of malnutrition using harmonized definitions in older adults from different settings - A MaNuEL study.

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Potentially modifiable determinants of malnutrition in older adults: A systematic review.

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2018
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Dietary Fibre in the Era of Microbiome Science

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2019
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Determinants of Incident Malnutrition in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: A MaNuEL Multicohort Meta-Analysis.

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Is Matrix Gla Protein Associated with Vascular Calcification? A Systematic Review.

Dr. Eibhlís O'Connor
2018
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