Niamh Aspell

Niamh Aspell is Senior Research Analyst at Trilateral Research.

She is currently the project lead for two European Commission-funded projects, COVINFORM and iToBoS.

Her previous work includes contributing to various research activities in digital pathology and AI for an innovative software company that develops solutions for pre-clinical pathology. Prior to this, Niamh was the Scientific Manager for a food clinical trial company, where she informed the scientific design and ethical parameters for numerous human intervention studies in Ireland and the US. Her areas of expertise include study design, population health, research ethics, quantitative research methods, nutrition and lifestyle interventions, and ageing, specifically cognitive health, dementia care, social care and psychosocial well-being.

She has strong project management skills having managed numerous research projects, particularly those focused on vulnerable groups within the public health services, with various academic institutes and for international global companies. She has previously delivered course material on the Biological Basis of Behaviour (NCI), and has facilitated student learning in Anatomy and Physiology (TCD).

Research Background

Niamh obtained her BSc in Human Nutrition (UUC) and has been involved in several national and regional research projects. She acquired Irish Research Council funding for her PhD (TCD), entitled, ‘Vitamin D in ageing: an investigation into the role of vitamin D in cognitive and physical functioning in community-dwelling older adults’, in which she designed, implemented, and analysed the first RCT of vitamin D supplementation and cognitive health in community-dwelling older adults. She holds a PG in Applied Statistics (TCD) and has collaborated with various research groups on the social, health and economic determinants of healthy ageing. Her research has centred on identifying risk factors for poor health-related outcomes and she has published the leading evidence for older adults receiving publicly-funded home supports in Ireland.

Niamh has published in various journals, national press and has disseminated her research work at various conferences, community meetings and local support groups.

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