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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- )

Awards

  • 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

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Laird, E., Ward, M., McSorley, E., Strain, J.J. & Wallace, J.M.W (2010) Vitamin D and Bone Health; Potential Mechanisms. Nutrients 2(7), 693-724.

  • Laird, E., McNulty, H., Ward, M., Hoey, L., McSorley, E., Wallace, J.W., Carson, E., Molloy, A.M., Healy, M., Casey, M., Cunningham, C. & Strain, J.J. (2014) Vitamin D is associated with inflammation in older Irish adults. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism 99(5) 1807-1815.

  • Molloy, A.M., Einri, CN., Jain, D., Laird, E., Fanr, R., Wang, Y., Scott, JM., Shane, B., Brody, L.C., Kirke, P.N. & Mills, J.L. (2014) Is low iron status a risk factor for neural tube defects? Birth defects Research Part A: Clinical and Molecular Teratology 100(2) 100-106.

  • Deac, O.M., Mills, J.L., Shane, B., Midttun, Ø., Ueland, P.M., Brosnan, J.T., Brosnan, M.E., Laird, E., Gibney, E.R., Fan, R., Wang, Y., Brody, L.C., Molloy, A.M. (2015) Tryptophan Catabolism and Vitamin B-6 Status Are Affected by Gender and Lifestyle Factors in Healthy Young Adults. Journal of Nutrition 145(4) 701-707.

  • 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 JJ, McSorley EM, Pourshahidi LK, Madigan SM, Laird E, Healy M, Magee PJ. Vitamin D 3 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 16(8):1402-8.

  • Weir, R., Carson, L., Mulhern, M., Laird, E., Healy, M., Pourshahidi, L.K. (2015) Validation of a food frequency questionnaire to determine vitamin D intakes using the method of triads. Journal of Human Nutrition & Dietetics 29(2) 255-261.

  • Todd JJ, McSorley EM, Pourshahidi LK, Madigan SM, Crowe W, Laird EJ, Healy M, McNeilly A, Magee PJ. Oral spray wintertime vitamin D3 supplementation has no impact on inflammation in Gaelic footballers. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports. 2016 Oct 1.

  • McCarroll, K., Beirne, A., Casey, M., McNulty, H., Ward, M., Hoey, L., Molloy, A., Laird, E., Healy, M., Strain, J.J., Cunningham, C. (2015) Determinants of 25-hydroxyvitamin D in older Irish adults. Age Ageing 44(5):847-53.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Laird E, Casey MC, Ward M, Hoey L, Hughes CF, Mccarroll K, Cunningham C, Strain JJ, Mcnulty H, Molloy AM. Dairy intakes in older Irish adults and effects on vitamin micronutrient status: Data from the TUDA study. The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging. 2016:1-8.

  • Crowley D, Collins C, Delargy I, Laird E, Van Hout MC. Irish general practitioner attitudes toward decriminalisation and medical use of cannabis: results from a national survey. Harm Reduction Journal. 2017 Jan 13;14(1):4.

  • Crowley D, Cullen W, Laird E, Lambert JS, McHugh T, Murphy C, Van Hout MC. Exploring patient characteristics and barriers to Hepatitis C treatment in patients on opioid substitution treatment attending a community based fibro-scanning clinic. Journal of Translational Internal Medicine. 2017

  • O’Sullivan F, Laird E, Kelly D, van Geffen J, van Weele M, McNulty H, Hoey L, Healy M, McCarroll K, Cunningham C, Casey M. Ambient UVB Dose and Sun Enjoyment Are Important Predictors of Vitamin D Status in an Older Population. The Journal of Nutrition. 2017 May 1;147(5):858-68.

  • Laird E, Molloy AM, McNulty H, Ward M, McCarroll K, Hoey L, Hughes CF, Cunningham C, Strain JJ, Casey MC. Greater yogurt consumption is associated with increased bone mineral density and physical function in older adults. Osteoporosis International. 2017 May 1:1-1.

  • Curneen JM, Casey M, Laird E. The relationship between protein quantity, BMD and fractures in older adults. Irish Journal of Medical Science (1971-). 2017:1-1.

  • Eamon Laird, Aisling M O’Halloran, Daniel Carey, Martin Healy, Deirdre O’Connor, Patrick Moore, Tom Shannon, Anne M Molloy, Rose Anne Kenny. The prevalence of vitamin D deficiency and the determinants of 25(OH)D concentration in older Irish adults: Data from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA). 2017 The Journals of Gerontology: Series A, glx168, https://doi.org/10.1093/gerona/glx168

  • Chen Yang, Mariona Pinart, Patrick Kolsteren, John Van Camp, Nathalie De Cock, Katharina Nimptsch, Tobias Pischon, Eamon Laird, Giuditta Perozzi, Raffaella Canali, Axelle Hoge, Marta Stelmach-Mardas, Lars Ove Dragsted, Stéphanie Maria Palombi, Irina Dobre, Jildau Bouwman, Peter Clarys, Fabio Minervini, Maria De Angelis, Marco Gobbetti, Jean Tafforeau, Oscar Coltell, Dolores Corella, Hendrik De Ruyck, Janette Walton, Laura Kehoe, Christophe Matthys, Bernard De Baets, Guy De Tré, Antoon Bronselaer, Angela Rivellese, Rosalba Giacco, Rosario Lombardo, Sofian De Clercq, Niels Hulstaert, and Carl Lachat. Perspective: Essential Study Quality Descriptors for Data from Nutritional Epidemiologic Research. Advances in Nutrition 2017, 8 639-651; doi:10.3945/an.117.015651

  • Laird E, Thurston SW, van Wijngaarden E, Shamlaye CF, Myers GJ, Davidson PW, Watson GE, McSorley EM, Mulhern MS, Yeates AJ, Ward M. Maternal Vitamin D Status and the Relationship with Neonatal Anthropometric and Childhood Neurodevelopmental Outcomes: Results from the Seychelles Child Development Nutrition Study. Nutrients. 2017 Nov 11;9(11):1235.

  • Lauren Power, Deirdre Mullally, Eileen R Gibney, Michelle Clarke, Marjolein Visser, Dorothee Volkert, Laura Bardon, Marian AE de van der Schueren, Clare A Corish, Lorraine Brennan, Declan Byrne, Amanda Courtney, Giuseppe De Vito, Brendan Egan, Grainne Flanagan, Laura Healy, Ann Hever, John Kearney, Sharon Kennelly, Eamon Laird, Daniel McCartney, Anne Molloy, Caoileann Murphy, Celine Murrin, Deirdre O'Connor, Eibhlis O'Connor, Niamh O'Donoghue, Aifric O'Sullivan, Maria O'Sullivan, Niamh Rice, Helen Roche, Karla Smuts, Sheila Sugrue, Jessica Sui, Declan Walsh. A Review of the Validity of Malnutrition Screening Tools Used in Older Adults in Community and Healthcare Settings–a MaNuEL Study. Clin Nutr ESPEN. 2018 (24):1-13

  • Laird, E. Published peer review of: Does early vitamin B12 supplementation improve neurodevelopment and cognitive function in childhood and into school age; a study protocol for extended follow-ups from randomized controlled trials in India and Tanzania. BMJ open, 2018.

  • Mariona Pinart Katharina Nimptsch Jildau Bouwman Lars O Dragsted Chen Yang Nathalie De Cock Carl Lachat Giuditta Perozzi Raffaella Canali Rosario Lombardo Massimo D'Archivio Michèle Guillaume Anne-Françoise Donneau Stephanie Jeran Jakob Linseisen Christina Kleiser Ute Nöthlings Janett Barbaresko Heiner Boeing Marta Stelmach-Mardas Thorsten Heuer Eamon Laird Janette Walton Paolo Gasparini Antonietta Robino Luis Castaño Gemma Rojo-Martínez Jordi Merino Luis Masana Marie Standl Holger Schulz Elena Biagi Eha Nurk Christophe Matthys Marco Gobbetti Maria de Angelis Eberhard Windler Birgit-Christiane Zyriax Jean Tafforeau Tobias Pischon. Joint Data Analysis in Nutritional Epidemiology: Identification of Observational Studies and Minimal Requirements. Journal of Nutrition. 2018 148:285-297.

  • Eamon Laird, Aisling O’Halloran, Daniel Carey, Deirdre O’Connor, Rose A. Kenny, Anne Molloy. Voluntary fortification is ineffective to maintain the vitamin B12 and folate status of older Irish adults: Evidence from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA). British Journal of Nutrition. 2018, 120(1):111-20.

  • Ontefetse Ntlholang, Kevin McCarroll, Eamon Laird, Anne M. Molloy, Mary Ward, Helene McNulty, Leane Hoey, Catherine F. Hughes, J. J. Strain, Miriam Casey and Conal Cunningham. The relationship between adiposity and cognitive function in a large community-dwelling population: data from the Trinity Ulster Department of Agriculture (TUDA) ageing cohort study. British Journal of Nutrition. 2018, 120(5):517-27.

  • Stephanie Kearney, Lisa O'Donoghue, Laura K Pourshahidi, Patrick Richardson, Eamon Laird, Martin Healy, Kathryn J Saunders. Conjunctival ultraviolet autofluorescence area, but not intensity, is associated with myopia. Clinical and Experimental Optometry. 2018 Aug 16

  • Carson EL, Pourshahidi LK, Madigan SM, Baldrick FR, Kelly MG, Laird E, Healy M, Strain JJ, Mulhern MS. Vitamin D status is associated with muscle strength and quality of life in patients with COPD: a seasonal prospective observation study. International journal of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. 2018;13:2613.

  • Jahbyn Swabri, Chiadika Uzor, Eamon Laird, Austin O’Carroll. Health status of the homeless in Dublin: does the mobile health clinic improve access to primary healthcare for its users? Irish Journal of Medical Science (1971-). 2018 Sep 3:1-0.

  • Laura A Bardon, Melanie Streicher, Clare A Corish, Michelle Clarke, BA, Lauren C Power, Rose A Kenny, Deirdre M O’Connor, Eamon Laird, Eibhlis M O’Connor, Marjolein Visser, Dorothee Volkert, Eileen R Gibney, MaNuEL consortium. Predictors of incident malnutrition in older Irish adults from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) cohort- a MaNuEL study. The Journals of Gerontology: Series A. 2018 Sep 25.

  • Robert Briggs, Kevin McCarroll, Aisling O'Halloran, Martin Healy, Rose Anne Kenny, Eamon Laird. Vitamin D Deficiency Is Associated With an Increased Likelihood of Incident Depression in Community-Dwelling Older Adults. JAMDA early release Dec 2018.

Published Abstracts:

  • Laird, E., Ward, M., Healy, M., Casey, M.C., Strain, J.J. & Wallace, J.M.W. (2011) Vitamin D status and BMD in a sub-set of participants from the TUDA Study. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society 70(OCE3), E99.

  • Forsythe, L.K., Wallace, J.M.W., Laird, E. & Livingstone, M.B.E. (2011) Vitamin D status, body composition and physical activity in healthy young men. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society 70(OCE3), E95.

  • Laird, E., Ward, M., McNulty, H., Wallace, J.M.W., McSorley, E.M., Mulhern, M.S., McAfee, A.M., Myers, G.J., Davidson, P.W., Thurston, S.W., Shamlaye, C.F., Watson, G.E., Van Wijngaarden, E. & Strain, J.J. (2012) Vitamin D status in pregnancy: Data from the Seychelles Child Development Nutrition Study. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society 71(OCE2), E51.

  • Laird, E., Ward, M., McNulty, H., Wallace, J.M.W Healy, M., Casey, M.C. & Strain, J.J. (2012) Lipid profile and markers of bone health in free living older men and women. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society 71(OCE2), E49.

  • Mulhern, M.S., Broberg, K., McAfee, A., Laird, E., Wallace, J.M.W., McSorley, E.M., Myers, G.J., Davidson, P.W., Thurston, S.W., Shamlaye, C.F., Watson, G., van Wijngaarden, E and Strain, J.J. (2012) Vitamin D status is a predictor of telomere length during pregnancy. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society 71(OCE2), E124.

  • Laird, E., Hoey, L., Casey, M.C., Cunningham, C., Chong, W., Ward, M., McNulty, H., Strain, J.J., Scott, J.M. & Molloy, A.M. (2013) Is Vitamin B12 status a risk factor for falling in older adults (>60yrs)? Proceedings of the Nutrition Society 72(OCE4) E248.

  • Laird, E., Hoey, L., Casey, M.C., Cunningham, C., Ward, M., McNulty, H., Strain, J.J., Scott, J.M. & Molloy, A.M. (2013). Older age is associated with declining Holo-TC but not serum B12 concentrations, independent of renal function. Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease (P37) Suppl 1:S1-54 (From The 9th International Homocysteine Conference, September 2013).

  • Laird, E., Hoey, L., Casey, M.C., Cunningham, C., Chong, W., Ward, M., McNulty, H., Strain, J.J., Scott, J.M. & Molloy, A.M. (2013) Vitamin B12 status - A risk factor for falling and frailty in older adults? Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease (P26) Suppl 1:S1-54 (From The 9th International Homocysteine Conference, September 2013).

  • Clarke, M., Ward, M., Hoey, L., Laird, E., Strain, J.J., Molloy, A.M., Casey, M.C., Cunningham, C., Healy, M., Scott, J.M. & McNulty, H. (2013) Low Folate Status is Associated with an increased risk of osteoporosis in older Irish women. Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease (P25) Suppl 1:S1-54 (From The 9th International Homocysteine Conference, September 2013).

  • Clarke, M., Ward, M., Hoey, L., Strain, J.J., Molloy, A.M., Laird, E., Healy, M., Casey, M.C., Cunningham, C., McCann, M.T. & McNulty, H. (2014) B-vitamin status and the MTHFR 677C-T polymorphism as determinants of bone health in older Irish women from the TUDA ageing cohort study. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society 73(OCE2) E81.

  • Laird, E., Ward, M., McNulty, H., Hoey, L., Strain, J.J., Casey, M.C., Cunningham, C. & Molloy, A.M. (2014) Determining diagnostic markers of vitamin B12 status in older adults – Data from the Trinity Ulster Department of Agriculture Ageing cohort study. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society 73(OCE2), E43.

  • Laird, E., McNulty, H., Ward, M., Hoey, L., Strain, J.J., Casey, M., Cunningham, C., Molloy, A.M. Low vitamin B12 and elevated folate status in older adults-a risk factor for cognitive impairment?. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. 2015;74(OCE4):E263.

  • Laird, E., O'Halloran, A., Healy, M., Kenny, R.A., Molloy, A. Vitamin B12 and vitamin D status of older Irish adults: Preliminary results from the BIO-TILDA Study. The Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. 2016 Jan 1;75(OCE3).

  • Clarke, M., Ward, M., Hoey, L., Strain, J.J., Molloy, A., Laird, E., Healy, M., Casey, M.C., Cunningham, C., McCann, M.T., McNulty, H. B-vitamins and their interaction with the MTHFR C677 T genotype as determinants of bone health in older adults from the TUDA Ageing cohort study. The Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. 2016 Jan 1;75(OCE3).

  • Moore, K., Hughes, C.F., Hoey, L., Ward, M., Porter, K., Strain, J.J., Molloy, A., Cunningham, C., Casey, M., Laird, E., McNulty, H. Role of B-vitamins as determinants of neuropsychiatric health in ageing. The Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. 2016 Jan 1;75(OCE3).

  • Shannon, T., Laird, E., Crowley, V.E., Healy, M. The potential benefits of geo-mapping for visualizing the vitamin D status of Dublin City. The Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. 2016 Jan 1;75(OCE3).

Letters:

  • Laird, E., McNulty, H., Hoey, L., McSorley, E., Wallace, J.W., Carson, E., Molloy, A.M., Healy, M., Casey, M., Cunningham, C., Strain, J.J. & Ward, M. (2014) Author response to Giovannucci et al. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

Book chapters:

  • Laird, E. & Molloy, A.M. (2014) Water-soluble vitamins. In Reference Module in Biomedical Sciences, Elsevier. M Simon and J Abelson, Editors-in-Chief.

Peer reviewer experience:

  • 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
  • Nutrients (Peer-reviewer and on Editorial Board)
  • British Journal of Nutrition
  • American Journal Clinical Nutrition

Grant review experience:

  • Peer Reviewer for the Grant review Board and Referee panel for Health and Medical Research Fund (HMRF) Hong Kong, China
  • European Co-operation in Science & Technology (COST) external expert