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Dr. Eamon Laird

Eamon Laird joined the TILDA team in September 2016 and is employed as a Research Fellow. In this role, he will examine the prevalence of deficient nutritional status and the association of health biomarkers (in particular vitamin D, vitamin B12 and Folate) with chronic disease. He obtained his Primary Degree in Nutrition (2008) and Doctorate in Nutrition and Bone health (2012) from the University of Uslter, Coleraine. He was awarded his PhD for his work examining the relationship between vitamin D, bone health and inflammaging. Prior to joining the TILDA team, Eamon was employed by the Trinity, Ulster, Department of Agriculture ageing cohort study (TUDA), a, large study (n 5,186) of older Irish adults (>60 yrs) designed to investigate nutritional factors, related gene-nutrient interactions and a range of health and lifestyle factors in the development of chronic diseases of ageing.

He collaborates with a range of research groups including the Northern Ireland Centre for Food and Health (NICHE), Waterford Institute of Technology on Drug addiction studies and the Central Pathology Laboratory at St James’s hospital, Dublin on geo-mapping nutritional and health biomarkers. His research examining vitamin D status has been widely reported in national print (Irish Independent, Irish Times, The Examiner, The Hearld), and broadcast media (RTE, TV3, 98FM, NewsTalk).

Specific Research interests:

  • Vitamin D status in older adult populations and health associations
  • Vitamin B12 and folate inter-relationships and frailty
  • Dairy intakes and bone and CVD health
  • Geo-mapping of nutritional status

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Nutrition Society (2008 - )
  • Member of the American Nutrition Society (2012- )
  • Member of the Irish and British Mass Spectrometry Society (2009- )


  • Winner of travel award for the Advances and Controversies in Clinical Nutrition conference, Washington DC 2013
  • Winner of the Roche Research & Innovation gold medal 2012

Journal Reviewer for:

  • Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism
  • Journal of Clinical Nutrition
  • Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
  • Journal of Clinical Rheumatology
  • International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • Biocheme Journal

Grant Reviewer for:

  • Health and Medical Research Fund under the Government of the Hong Kong SAR (2012 - )

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Laird E, Casey MC, Ward M et al (2016) Dairy intakes in older Irish adults and effects on vitamin micronutrient status: Data from the TUDA study. Journal Nutrition Health & Aging. In Press

  • E. Laird, T. Shannon, V. E. F. Crowley, M. Healy. The benefits of utilising geo-mapping for visualising the vitamin D status of Dublin city and the surrounding urban districts, Irish Journal of Medical Science (1971 -), 2016

  • Keegan D, Crowley D, Laird E, Van Hout MC. Prevalence and risk factors for Hepatitis C viral infection amongst a cohort of Irish drug users attending a drug treatment centre for Agonist Opioid Treatment (AOT). Journal of Heroin Addiction & Related Clinical Problems.

  • Coen RF, McCarroll K, Casey M, McNulty H, Laird E, Molloy AM, Ward M, Strain JJ, Hoey L, Hughes C, Cunningham CJ. The Frontal Assessment Battery: Normative Performance in a Large Sample of Older Community-Dwelling Hospital Outpatient or General Practitioner Attenders. Journal of geriatric psychiatry and neurology 2016, 29, (6), p338-343

  • Todd JJ, McSorley EM, Pourshahidi LK, Madigan SM, Laird E, Healy M, Magee PJ. Vitamin D3 supplementation using an oral spray solution resolves deficiency but has no effect on VO2 max in Gaelic footballers: results from a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. European journal of nutrition 2016, p1-11

  • Weir, R.R., Carson, E.L., Mulhern, M.S., Laird, E., Healy, M., Pourshahidi, L.K. Validation of a food frequency questionnaire to determine vitamin D intakes using the method of triads. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics 29, (2), 2016, p255-261

  • Joshua J. Todd, Emeir M. McSorley, L. Kirsty Pourshahidi, Sharon M. Madigan, Eamon Laird, Martin Healy, Pamela J. Magee. Vitamin D3 supplementation in healthy adults: a comparison between capsule and oral spray solution as a method of delivery in a wintertime, randomised, open-label, cross-over study. British Journal of Nutrition 2016, p1-7

  • Todd, J., Madigan, S., Pourshahidi, K., McSorley, E., Laird, E., Healy, M., Magee, P. Vitamin D status and supplementation practices in elite Irish athletes: An update from 2010/2011. Nutrients 8, (8), 2016

  • Todd, J.J., McSorley, E.M., Pourshahidi, L.K., Madigan, S.M., Laird, E., Healy, M., Magee, P.J. Vitamin D3 supplementation using an oral spray solution resolves deficiency but has no effect on VO2 max in Gaelic footballers: results from a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. European Journal of Nutrition 2016, p1-11

  • McCarroll K, Beirne A, Casey M, McNulty H, Ward M, Hoey L, Molloy A, Laird E, Healy M, Strain JJ, Cunningham C. Determinants of 25-hydroxyvitamin D in older Irish adults. Age Ageing 44, (5), 2015, 847-853

  • Deac O.M, Mills J.L, Shane B, Midttun O, Ueland P.M, Brosnan J.T, Brosnan M.E, Laird E, Gibney E.R, Fan R, Wang Y, Brody L.C, Molloy A.M. Tryptophan catabolism and vitamin B-6 status are affected by gender and lifestyle factors in healthy young adults. Journal of Nutrition 145, (4), 2015, p701 - 707

  • Molloy AM, Einri CN, Jain D, Laird E, Fan R, Wang Y, Scott JM, Shane B, Brody LC, Kirke PN, Mills JL. Is low iron status a risk factor for neural tube defects? Birth Defects Research A Clinical and Molecular Teratology. 100, (2), 2014, p100 - 106

  • Laird E, McNulty H, Ward M, Hoey L, McSorley E, Wallace JM, Carson E, Molloy AM, Healy M, Casey MC, Cunningham C, Strain JJ. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with inflammation in older Irish adults. Journal of Clinical and Endocrinology Metabolism 99, (5), 2014, p1807 – 1815

  • Laird, E., Ward, M., McSorley, E., Strain, J.J., Wallace, J. Vitamin D and bone health; Potential mechanisms.Nutrients2, (7), 2010, p693-724

Book Chapters

  • E. Laird, A.M. Molloy. Water-Soluble Vitamins and Essential Nutrients. Reference Module in Biomedical Sciences, 2014