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Full NameProfessor Conall O'Seaghdha

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

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Research Fields
  • epidemiology/population health research
Postgrad Medical Specialties
  • Medicine
Medical Subspecialties
  • Nephrology
My Work

Our research is conducted in the The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), a large-scale, nationally representative, longitudinal study on ageing in Ireland. The kidney disease working group at TILDA is dedicated to understanding the causes and consequences of chronic kidney disease in the Irish general population and to utilize novel biomarkers for the early detection of kidney damage and reduced kidney function.

TILDA collects information on all aspects of health, economic and social circumstances from people aged 50 and over in a series of data collection waves once every two years. TILDA is unique amongst longitudinal studies in richness of the dataset and the breadth of physical, mental health and cognitive measures collected. These data, together with the extensive social and economic data, makes TILDA one of the most comprehensive research studies of its kind both in Europe and internationally.

We have measured circulating biomarkers of kidney function, creatinine and cystatin C, in the entire TILDA sample. This has permitted us to precisely define the prevalence of chronic kidney disease in the Irish general population, and examine the impact of kidney disease on blood pressure stability, frailty, quality of life and other important health outcomes.