Research Profile

Kate O Neill

Biography

Kate is a Postdoctoral Researcher in epidemiology at the School of Public Health on the HRB-funded project SCaRLeT which aims to improve understanding of the sex-specific aetiology of cardiovascular disease across the life course thus informing more effective cardiovascular disease prevention during different life course transitions. Prior to this, Kate was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on a HRB Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement Award. Kate worked as part of a multidisciplinary team to evaluate a pilot complex intervention for childhood obesity and with national stakeholders to estimate the public health burden of chronic disease in Ireland utilising a wide range of national and regional data sources.  

Kate completed her PhD in 2018 which estimated the economic burden of diabetes in Ireland and explored the potential for current policy approaches, including a sugar-sweetened beverage levy, to impact on the public health burden of diabetes. Kate has a BSc in Public Health from UCC and MPhil in Epidemiology from the University of Cambridge. With a background in epidemiology and public health, she is interested in the generation of robust epidemiological evidence to inform public health policy. In her role as Chair of the Early Career Researcher Subcommittee of the Society for Social Medicine and Population Health, Kate advocates for early career researchers and facilitates engagement among members.

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
Early Career Researcher EventHealth Research Board€4,930.00
The Public Health and Econo Burden of Diabetes.Health Research Board22-JUN-2024-JUL-20€1,500.00
STrADA – Summer Training in Applied Data AnalysisHealth Research Board€4,940.00

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2020)'Trends in national pharmaceutical expenditure on diabetes in Ireland 2011-2015: A repeated cross-sectional study'
O'Neill, KN; Bennett, KE; McHugh, SM; Fitzgerald, AP; Kearney, PM (2020) 'Trends in national pharmaceutical expenditure on diabetes in Ireland 2011-2015: A repeated cross-sectional study'. Bmj Open, 10 (10):1-7 [DOI] [Details]
(2019)'Impact of population distribution shifts in sugar-sweetened beverage consumption on type II diabetes incidence in Ireland'
O'Neill, KN and Fitzgerald, Anthony P. and Kearney, Patricia M. (2019) 'Impact of population distribution shifts in sugar-sweetened beverage consumption on type II diabetes incidence in Ireland'. Annals Of Epidemiology, In press [Details]
(2019)'Choosing Healthy Eating for Infant Health (CHErIsH) study: Protocol for a feasibility study'
Matvienko-Sikar, Karen and Toomey, Elaine and Queally, Michelle and Flannery, Caragh and O Neill (2019) 'Choosing Healthy Eating for Infant Health (CHErIsH) study: Protocol for a feasibility study'. Bmj Open, 9 (8):1-15 [DOI] [Details]
(2019)'Cycle of Care for people with diabetes : an equitable initiative ? [ version 1 ; referees : awaiting peer review ]'
O'Neill, Kate N; McHugh, SM; Kearney, PM (2019) 'Cycle of Care for people with diabetes : an equitable initiative ? [ version 1 ; referees : awaiting peer review ]'. Hrb Open Research, 2 (3):6-11 [Details]
(2018)'Health service utilization and related costs attributable to diabetes'
O'Neill, KN; McHugh, SM; Tracey, ML; Fitzgerald, AP; Kearney, PM (2018) 'Health service utilization and related costs attributable to diabetes'. Diabetic Medicine, :1-8   [DOI] [Details]
(2017)'Unmet need for bariatric surgery'
O'Neill, Kate N and Finucane, Francis M and Roux, Carel W and Fitzgerald, Anthony P and Kearney, Patricia M (2017) 'Unmet need for bariatric surgery'. Surgery For Obesity And Related Diseases : Official Journal Of The American Society For Bariatric Surgery, 13 (6):1052-1056   [DOI] [Details]
(2016)'Epidemiology of diabetes and complications among adults in the Republic of Ireland 1998-2015: A systematic review and meta-analysis'
Tracey, M.L. and Gilmartin, M and O'Neill, K. and Fitzgerald, AP and McHugh, SM and Buckley, CM and Canavan, RJ and Kearney, PM (2016) 'Epidemiology of diabetes and complications among adults in the Republic of Ireland 1998-2015: A systematic review and meta-analysis'. BMC Public Health, 16 (132)   [DOI] [Details]
(2015)'Evaluating the implementation of a national clinical programme for diabetes to standardise and improve services: a realist evaluation protocol'
McHugh, S. and Tracey, M. L. and Riordan, F. and O'Neill, K and Mays, N. and Kearney, P. M. (2015) 'Evaluating the implementation of a national clinical programme for diabetes to standardise and improve services: a realist evaluation protocol'. Implementation Science, 11 (1)   [DOI] [Details]

Abstract

 YearPublication
(2020)P56 Promoting healthy infant feeding to prevent childhood obesity: process evaluation of the choosing healthy eating for infant health (CHErIsH) intervention.
C Flannery, K O’Neill, S Calnan, H McGrath, K Matvienko-Sikar, E Toomey, M Byrne, PM Kearney, CHErIsH research team (2020) P56 Promoting healthy infant feeding to prevent childhood obesity: process evaluation of the choosing healthy eating for infant health (CHErIsH) intervention. Abstract [Details]
(2020)OP25 The sex-specific association between mitochondrial DNA haplogroups and trajectories of cardiometabolic risk factors during childhood and adolescence: a prospective cohort study.
KN O’Neill, E Aubrey, LM O’Keeffe (2020) OP25 The sex-specific association between mitochondrial DNA haplogroups and trajectories of cardiometabolic risk factors during childhood and adolescence: a prospective cohort study. Abstract [Details]
(2020)OP60 National implementation of an integrated diabetes programme in Ireland: realist evaluation.
KN O’Neill, FM Riordan, E Racine, ML Tracey, C Papoutsi, PM Kearney, SM McHugh (2020) OP60 National implementation of an integrated diabetes programme in Ireland: realist evaluation. Abstract [Details]
(2019)P47 National estimates of the economic burden of diabetes.
O'Neill, KN; McHugh, SM; Tracey, ML; Fitzgerald, AP; Kearney, PM (2019) P47 National estimates of the economic burden of diabetes. Abstract [Details]
(2019)P04 Trends in incidence of ischaemic stroke in people with and without diabetes in Ireland 2005–2015.
N Bambury, K O’Neill, CM Buckley, PM Kearney (2019) P04 Trends in incidence of ischaemic stroke in people with and without diabetes in Ireland 2005–2015. Abstract [Details]
(2019)Trends in renal transplantation among people with diabetes in Ireland.
N Bambury, K O’Neill, CM Buckley, PM Kearney (2019) Trends in renal transplantation among people with diabetes in Ireland. Abstract [Details]
(2019)P46 Trends in national pharmaceutical expenditure on diabetes 2011–2015; the rising cost of blood glucose-lowering medications.
O'Neill, Kate N. Bennett, Kathleen E. McHugh, S. Fitzgerald, AP, Kearney, PM (2019) P46 Trends in national pharmaceutical expenditure on diabetes 2011–2015; the rising cost of blood glucose-lowering medications. Abstract [Details]

Articles

 YearPublication
(2020)Mitochondrial DNA haplogroups and trajectories of cardiometabolic risk factors during childhood and adolescence: a prospective cohort study.
O'Neill, K N and Aubrey, E and Howe, L D and Stergiakouli, E and Rodriguez, S and Kearney, P M and O'Keeffe, L M (2020) Mitochondrial DNA haplogroups and trajectories of cardiometabolic risk factors during childhood and adolescence: a prospective cohort study. Articles [DOI] [Details]

Professional Activities

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
International Epidemiology Association Member/
Society of Social Medicine and Population Health Member/
SPHeRE Network Member/

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Society of Social Medicine ECR representative/
ECR Subcommittee Society of Social Medicine Chair/

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2020University College Cork CertificateTeaching and Learning in Higher Education
2019University College Cork PhdEpidemiology & Public Health
2015University of Cambridge MPhilEpidemiology
2013University College Cork BScPublic Health and Health Promotion

Teaching Activities

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2022Advanced Epidemiology EH6031Advanced Epidemiology

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