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Dr. Niamh Cummins

Biography

I am an educator and public health researcher specialising in health services research with a focus on prehospital and emergency medicine. While I now mainly work in the clinical setting I originally trained as scientist and due to this diverse background I have an excellent understanding of interdisciplinary research. I believe in research with real impact – findings that will inform policy and practice and ultimately influence patient care. My work has led to policy changes at national level including the introduction of new models of care and updates in clinical practice guidelines for paramedics in Ireland. I am particularly interested in the integration of health services, clinical screening tools, health behaviour, mental health and social determinants of health. My speciality is in collaboratively fostering a research culture and building research capacity through networking, mentorship and peer-assisted learning. I also act as a patient advocate and am a firm believer in participatory health research.

Research Interests

Public Health

Emergency Medicine

Prehospital Care

Mental Health

Ageing


Teaching Interests

Niamh has previously lectured in Physiology, Biology and Research Methods

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

2011

The bioactivity and ion release of titanium-containing glass polyalkenoate cements for medical applications
Wren, AW; Cummins, NM; Laffir, FR; Hudson, SP; Towler, MR
(2011) The bioactivity and ion release of titanium-containing glass polyalkenoate cements for medical applications
In Journal Of Materials Science-Materials In Medicine; pp. 19-28
DOI: 10.1007/s10856-010-4184-4
[ULIR]

2011

Clinical Risk Factors for Osteoporosis in Ireland and the UK: A Comparison of FRAX and QFractureScores
Cummins, NM; Poku, EK; Towler, MR; O'Driscoll, OM; Ralston, SH
(2011) Clinical Risk Factors for Osteoporosis in Ireland and the UK: A Comparison of FRAX and QFractureScores
In Calcified Tissue International; pp. 172-177
DOI: 10.1007/s00223-011-9504-2
[ULIR]

2011

The response of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa biofilm to the presence of a glass polyalkenoate cement formulated from a silver containing glass
Coughlan, A; Ryan, MP; Cummins, NM; Towler, MR;
(2011) The response of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa biofilm to the presence of a glass polyalkenoate cement formulated from a silver containing glass
In J. Materials Science;
[ULIR]

2010

A spectroscopic investigation into the setting and mechanical properties of titanium containing glass polyalkenoate cements
Wren, AW; Kidari, A; Cummins, NM; Towler, MR
(2010) A spectroscopic investigation into the setting and mechanical properties of titanium containing glass polyalkenoate cements
In Journal Of Materials Science-Materials In Medicine; pp. 2355-2364
DOI: 10.1007/s10856-010-4089-2
[ULIR]

2010

Comparison of antibacterial properties of commercial bone cements and fillers with a zinc-based glass polyalkenoate cement
Wren, AW; Cummins, NM; Towler, MR
(2010) Comparison of antibacterial properties of commercial bone cements and fillers with a zinc-based glass polyalkenoate cement
In Journal Of Materials Science; pp. 5244-5251
DOI: 10.1007/s10853-010-4566-5
[ULIR]

2010

The effect of adding organic polymers on the handling properties, strengths and bioactivity of a Ca-Sr-Zn-Si glass polyalkenoate cement
Wren, AW; Cummins, NM; Coughlan, A; Towler, MR
(2010) The effect of adding organic polymers on the handling properties, strengths and bioactivity of a Ca-Sr-Zn-Si glass polyalkenoate cement
In Journal Of Materials Science; pp. 3554-3562
DOI: 10.1007/s10853-010-4398-3
[ULIR]

2010

Raman spectroscopy of fingernails: A novel tool for evaluation of bone quality?
Cummins, NM; Day, JCC; Wren, A; Carroll, P; Murphy, N; Jakeman, PM; Towler, MR
(2010) Raman spectroscopy of fingernails: A novel tool for evaluation of bone quality?
In Spectroscopy-An International Journal; pp. 517-524
DOI: 10.3233/SPE-2010-0471
[ULIR]

2007

Raman spectroscopy of the human nail: A potential tool for evaluating bone health?
Towler, MR; Wren, A; Rushe, N; Saunders, J; Cummins, NM; Jakeman, PM
(2007) Raman spectroscopy of the human nail: A potential tool for evaluating bone health?
In Journal Of Materials Science-Materials In Medicine; pp. 759-763
DOI: 10.1007/s10856-006-0018-9

Conference Publications

2012

European Resuscitation Council Congress
Figgis, D; Carlin, B; O'Donnell, C; Cummins, NM;
(2012) European Resuscitation Council Congress

2012

European Resuscitation Council Congress
Cummins, NM; Dixon, M; Garavan, C; Landymore, E; Mulligan, N; O'Donnell, C;
(2012) European Resuscitation Council Congress

2012

The 23rd International Conference on Raman Spectroscopy
Beattie, JR; Towler, MR; Feskanich, D; Armhein, J; Cummins, NM; Bakker Schut, TC; Poku, E;
(2012) The 23rd International Conference on Raman Spectroscopy

2012

International Conference on Emergency Medicine
Cummins, NM; Dixon, M; Garavan, C; Landymore, E; Mulligan, N; O'Donnell, C;
(2012) International Conference on Emergency Medicine

2010

Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting
Towler, MR; Wren, AW; Coughlan, A; Cummins, NM;
(2010) Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting

2010

International Association for Dental Research (IADR) General Session
Freeman, CO; Grubb, S; Cummins, NM; Reidy, CJ; Curran, DJ; Hampshire, S; Brook, IM; Towler, MR;
(2010) International Association for Dental Research (IADR) General Session

2009

UK Society of Biomaterials 8th Annual Conference
Cummins, NM; Towler, MR;
(2009) UK Society of Biomaterials 8th Annual Conference

2007

The 21st European Conference on Biomaterials
Cummins, NM; Towler, MR; Wren, AW; Rushe, N; Saunders, J; Jakeman, PM; Carroll, P; Murphy, N;
(2007) The 21st European Conference on Biomaterials

2006

Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland (RAMI) Biomedical Sciences Meeting
Cummins, NM; Carroll, P; Jakeman, PM;
(2006) Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland (RAMI) Biomedical Sciences Meeting

2005

The 11th World Congress on the Menopause
Towler, MR; Wren, AW; Jakeman, PM; Cummins NM;
(2005) The 11th World Congress on the Menopause

Thesiss

2009

Raman spectroscopy of keratin; A novel tool for evaluation of bone quality?
Cummins, NM;
(2009) Raman spectroscopy of keratin; A novel tool for evaluation of bone quality?

2006

The influence of lifestyle factors on bone health in Irish women
Cummins, NM;
(2006) The influence of lifestyle factors on bone health in Irish women