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Dr. Orna Donoghue

Dr. Orna Donoghue has been Project Manager for TILDA since 2014, having joined TILDA as a Health Research Fellow in 2011. She is responsible for the overall planning, execution and management of the TILDA data collection process to facilitate TILDA research and policy objectives.

Her current research interests focus on the factors influencing walking and mobility in older Irish adults, with a particular focus on how these factors can predict adverse outcomes such as falls, disability and cognitive decline. This research has been reported across a variety of media platforms including national broadcast (RTE, Newstalk, Today FM), national and international print media (The Sunday Times, The Times, The Irish Independent, The Irish Times, The Irish Examiner, and The Belfast Telegraph) andin health publications (Irish Health, Medical Express).

Prior to working in TILDA, Orna lectured at The University of Limerick and The University of Edinburgh. She has a BSc in Sport and Exercise Sciences from The University of Limerick, a PhD in Biomechanics from The University of Limerick, a Diploma in Physical Therapy from the Institute of Physical Therapy and Applied Sciences, and an Advanced Diploma in Project Management from Dublin Business School.

For a full list of Dr Orna Donoghue's publications, please click here.

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

Recent Grant Funding

  • National Institute on Aging 2020-2023. Harmonizing Cognitive Assessments in Irish, English, and American Longitudinal Studies: Supporting Cross-National Research on the Epidemiology of Dementia (successful - €3,630,636). Role: Co-Applicant.

  • Health Research Board Investigator Led Awards 2016. A population-based, longitudinal investigation of changes in multisensory integration with ageing and its causal role in the incidence of falls and cognitive decline in older adults (successful - €369,058). Role: Co-Applicant.

  • Health Research Board Applied Partnership Awards 2016. Lifetime exposure to community water fluoridation and associations with key indicators of health in community-dwelling adults aged 50 years and over in Ireland (successful - €239,948). Role: Co-Applicant.

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