Dr. Niamh Cummins

Dr. Niamh Cummins

Programme Lead for the Screening Older Adults in the Emergency Department (SOAED) Study
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Dr. Niamh Cummins is the Programme Lead for the Screening Older Adults in the Emergency Department (SOAED) Study at the School of Allied Health in collaboration with University Hospital Limerick. The SOAED Study is funded by the Health Research Board (HRB) under Principal Investigator Dr. Rose Galvin.

Niamh was formerly Research Manager at the Centre for Prehospital Research in the Graduate Entry Medical School. During that time Niamh conducted primary clinical research projects which lead to national changes in policy including updated Clinical Practice Guidelines for Irish prehospital practitioners. Niamh also promoted evidence-based practice to paramedics by conducting educational workshops to develop research skills and provided individual research support to prehospital practitioners.

Niamh’s background is as a scientist in physiology, public health and biomedical science, therefore her own research interests are many and varied. She was involved in the development of a novel diagnostic tool for prediction of osteoporotic fracture risk which was successfully commercialised following evaluation in pre-clinical and clinical trials. Niamh has also conducted research investigating the lifestyle factors influencing bone health and examining clinical risk factor calculators for fracture risk.


Public Health, Biomedical Science, Emergency Medicine, Prehospital Care, Clinical Screening Tools, Osteoporosis, Mental Health.

Selected Publications

Can advanced paramedics in the field safely diagnose patients and predict hospital admission? Cummins NM, Dixon M, Garavan C, Landymore E, Mulligan N and O’Donnell C. Emergency Medicine Journal (2013) 30: p1043. doi: 10.1136/emermed-2012-201899

Confirmation of sub-optimal protocols in spinal immobilisation? Dixon M, O’Halloran J, Hannigan A, Keenan S and Cummins NM. Emergency Medicine Journal (2015) 32: 12 p939.

doi: 10.1136/emermed-2014-204553


Raman spectroscopic analysis of fingernail clippings can help differentiate between postmenopausal women who have and have not suffered a fracture. Beattie JR, Cummins NM, Caraher C, O'Driscoll OM, Bansal AT, Eastell R, Ralston SH, Stone MD, Pearson G and Towler MR. Clinical Medical Insights: Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disorders (2016) 31: 9 p109. doi: 10.4137/CMAMD.S38493

The effect of behavioural risk factors on osteoporosis in Irish women. Cummins NM, Jakeman PM, Sestak I, Murphy N and Carroll P. Irish Journal of Medical Science (2013) 182: 1 p97. doi: 10.1007/s11845-012-0840-7

Clinical risk factors for osteoporosis in Ireland and the UK: A comparison of FRAX and QFracture Scores. Cummins NM, Poku E, Towler MR, O’Driscoll O and Ralston SR. Calcified Tissue International (2011) 89: p172-177. doi: 10.1007/s00223-011-9504-2

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Programme Lead for the Screening Older Adults in the Emergency Department (SOAED) Study