Research Profile

Elaine McCarthy

Biography

Dr Elaine McCarthy is a Lecturer in Nutrition at the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences. Elaine graduated from University College Cork with a BSc in Nutritional Sciences in 2012 and a PhD in Human Nutrition in 2016. Her PhD investigated associations between iron and growth and developmental outcomes in infants and young children in the Cork BASELINE Birth Cohort Study.

Elaine began her postdoctoral training at the Cork Centre for Vitamin D and Nutrition Research on the  European Commission funded ODIN integrated project on food-based strategies for vitamin D deficiency prevention, exploring the role of vitamin D in neurological development in childhood. Following this, Elaine diversified into the preterm nutrition space, working as co-investigator on the SFI-funded PiNPoINT (Personalised Nutrition for the Preterm Infant) Study in the INFANT Research Centre (https://www.infantcentre.ie). 


Elaine’s research to date has been mainly in the field of maternal and paediatric nutrition, with a particular interest in the role of micronutrients, especially iron, in brain function and development in term and preterm infants. Her other main interest has been in the area of nutritional biomarker research, focusing on nutritional status diagnostic criteria and screening in vulnerable population groups. 

Elaine has presented her work at multiple national and international scientific meetings and published many peer-reviewed scientific journal articles. In 2019, she was awarded a British Nutrition Foundation Drummond Early Career Scientist Award, recognising nutrition scientists in their early career who show great leadership potential.

Research Interests

  • Nutritional biomarkers 
  • Micronutrients
  • Nutrition and cognitive performance
  • Preterm nutrition 
  • Nutrition and musculoskeletal health

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2019)'The neonatal period: A missed opportunity for the prevention of iron deficiency and its associated neurological consequences?'
McCarthy, Elaine K.; Kiely, Mairead E. (2019) 'The neonatal period: A missed opportunity for the prevention of iron deficiency and its associated neurological consequences?'. Nutrition Bulletin,   [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2019)'Iron supplementation in preterm and low-birth-weight infants: a systematic review of intervention studies'
McCarthy EK;Dempsey EM;Kiely ME; (2019) 'Iron supplementation in preterm and low-birth-weight infants: a systematic review of intervention studies'. Nutrition Reviews, 77 (12) [DOI] [Details]
(2018)'Antenatal Vitamin D Status Is Not Associated with Standard Neurodevelopmental Assessments at Age 5 Years in a Well-Characterized Prospective Maternal-Infant Cohort'
McCarthy, Elaine K.; Malvisi, Lucio; Kiely, Mairead E.; Murray, Deirdre M.; Hourihane, Jonathan O'B.; Irvine, Alan D; Kenny, Louise C. (2018) 'Antenatal Vitamin D Status Is Not Associated with Standard Neurodevelopmental Assessments at Age 5 Years in a Well-Characterized Prospective Maternal-Infant Cohort'. Journal of Nutrition, 148 (10):1580-1586   [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2018)'Iron status, body size, and growth in the first 2 years of life'
McCarthy, Elaine K.; ní Chaoimh, Carol; Kenny, Louise C.; Hourihane, Jonathan O'B.; Irvine, Alan D.; Murray, Deirdre M.; Kiely, Mairead E. (2018) 'Iron status, body size, and growth in the first 2 years of life'. Maternal & Child Nutrition, 14 (1)   [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2018)'Low vitamin D deficiency in Irish toddlers despite northerly latitude and a high prevalence of inadequate intakes'
ni Chaoimh, C;McCarthy, EK;Hourihane, JO;Kenny, LC;Irvine, AD;Murray, DM;Kiely, ME (2018) 'Low vitamin D deficiency in Irish toddlers despite northerly latitude and a high prevalence of inadequate intakes'. European Journal of Nutrition, 57 :783-794 [DOI] [Details]
(2017)'Microcytosis is associated with low cognitive outcomes in healthy 2-year-olds in a high-resource setting'
McCarthy, Elaine K.; Kiely, Mairead E.; Hannon, Geraldine; Ahearne, Caroline; Kenny, Louise C.; Hourihane, Jonathan O’B; Irvine, Alan D.; Murray, Deirdre M. (2017) 'Microcytosis is associated with low cognitive outcomes in healthy 2-year-olds in a high-resource setting'. British Journal of Nutrition, 118 (5):360-367   [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2017)'Variation in iodine food composition data has a major impact on estimates of iodine intake in young children'
Hennessy Á;Ní Chaoimh C;McCarthy EK;Kingston C;Irvine AD;Hourihane JO;Kenny LC;Murray DM;Kiely M; (2017) 'Variation in iodine food composition data has a major impact on estimates of iodine intake in young children'. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, [DOI] [Details]
(2017)'Iron intakes and status of 2-year-old children in the Cork BASELINE Birth Cohort Study'
McCarthy, Elaine K.; ní Chaoimh, Carol; Hourihane, Jonathan O'B.; Kenny, Louise C.; Irvine, Alan D. Murray, Deirdre M.; Kiely, Mairead (2017) 'Iron intakes and status of 2-year-old children in the Cork BASELINE Birth Cohort Study'. Maternal & Child Nutrition, 13 (3)   [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2016)'Impact of maternal, antenatal and birth-associated factors on iron stores at birth: data from a prospective maternal–infant birth cohort'
McCarthy, Elaine K.; Kenny, Louise C.; Hourihane, Jonathan O'B.; Irvine, Alan D.; Murray, Deirdre M.; Kiely, Mairead E. (2016) 'Impact of maternal, antenatal and birth-associated factors on iron stores at birth: data from a prospective maternal–infant birth cohort'. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 71 :782-787   [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2015)'Vitamin D and muscle strength throughout the life course: a review of epidemiological and intervention studies'
McCarthy, EK;Kiely, M (2015) 'Vitamin D and muscle strength throughout the life course: a review of epidemiological and intervention studies'. Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 28 :636-645 [DOI] [Details]
(2015)'Eating behaviour and weight status at 2 years of age: data from the Cork BASELINE Birth Cohort Study'
McCarthy, Elaine K.; Ní Chaoimh, Carol E.; Murray, Deirdre M.; Hourihane, Jonathan O'B.; Kenny, Louise C.; Kiely, Mairead E. (2015) 'Eating behaviour and weight status at 2 years of age: data from the Cork BASELINE Birth Cohort Study'. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 69 :1356-1359   [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2017)Nutrition Society (Irish Section)
Hennessy, A;Chaoimh, CN;McCarthy, EK;Ryan, E;Shanahan, C;Kiely, M (2017) Dietary patterns of 24-month old children and associated nutrient intakes and body weight status Nutrition Society (Irish Section) , pp.75-75 [DOI] [Details]
(2016)Nutrition Society (Irish Section)
ni Chaoimh, C;McCarthy, EK;Murray, DM;Kenny, LC;Irvine, AD;Hourihane, JO;Kiely, M (2016) Low prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in Irish preschoolers despite northerly latitude and high prevalence of inadequate intakes Nutrition Society (Irish Section) , pp.213-213 [DOI] [Details]
(2016)Nutrition Society (Irish Section)
McCarthy, EK;Kenny, LC;Hourihane, JO;Irvine, AD;Murray, DM;Kiely, M (2016) Maternal, antenatal and birth-associated determinants of neonatal iron stores Nutrition Society (Irish Section) , pp.82-82 [DOI] [Details]
(2016)Nutrition Society (Irish Section)
Hennessy, A;Chaoimh, CN;McCarthy, EK;Kingston, C;Kiely, M (2016) The impact of variation in iodine food composition data on the estimates of iodine intake in Irish 2 year olds Nutrition Society (Irish Section) , pp.245-245 [DOI] [Details]
(2015)Nutrition Society (Irish Section)
McCarthy, EK,Murray, DM,Kenny, LC,Hourihane, JO,Kiely, M (2015) Early life determinants of muscle strength at five years of age Nutrition Society (Irish Section) , pp.220-220 [DOI] [Details]
(2014)Nutrition Society (Irish Section)
McCarthy, EK;Chaoimh, CN;Murray, DM;Kenny, LC;Hourihane, JO;Kiely, M (2014) Iron intakes and dietary sources in two year olds from the Cork BASELINE Birth Cohort Study Nutrition Society (Irish Section) , pp.61-61 [DOI] [Details]
(2014)Nutrition Society (Irish Section)
McCarthy, EK;Murray, DM;Kenny, LC;Hourihane, JO;Kiely, M (2014) Child eating behaviours are associated with weight status at two years of age Nutrition Society (Irish Section) , pp.52-52 [DOI] [Details]
(2014)Vitamin D and Human Health Conference
McCarthy EK, O’Donovan SM, Murray DM, Kenny LC, Hourihane JO’B, Kiely M. (2014) Concentrations of 25-hydroxyvitamin D in umbilical cord blood and achievement of gross motor outcomes in infants Vitamin D and Human Health Conference , pp.2759-2919   [Details]
(2013)Nutrition Society (Irish Section)
Chaoimh, CN;McCarthy, EK;Murray, DM;Kenny, LC;Hourihane, JO;Irvine, AD;Lyons, J;Kiely, M (2013) Vitamin D intakes and dietary sources in children aged 2 yrs in the Cork BASELINE Birth Cohort Study Nutrition Society (Irish Section) , pp.113-113 [DOI] [Details]

Professional Activities

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2016University College Cork PhDHuman Nutrition
2012University College Cork BSc (Hons)Nutritional Sciences

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork Lecturer in Nutrition01-JUL-20 /
INFANT Research Centre Postdoctoral Researcher01-JAN-17 / 30-JUN-20
Cork Centre for Vitamin D and Nutrition Research, University College Cork Postdoctoral Researcher01-MAR-16 / 31-DEC-16

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2019British Nutrition Foundation Drummond Early Career Scientist Award British Nutrition Foundation
2019International Union of Nutrition Sciences Travel Bursary International Union of Nutrition Sciences
2016Nutrition Society Travel Bursary Nutrition Society
2015Michael C Berndt Medal for Research Innovation College of Medicine and Health, University College Cork
2014Safefood Travel Bursary Safefood
2008College of Science, Engineering and Food Science Scholarship University College Cork

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Nutrition Society Member01-SEP-12 /

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2019)UK-Ireland Neonatal Nutrition Network (N-3) Study Day,
McCarthy EK, Dempsey EM and Kiely ME (2019) Iron supplementation in preterm and low birth weight infants: a systematic review of intervention studies. [Poster Presentation], UK-Ireland Neonatal Nutrition Network (N-3) Study Day, London, England . [Details]
(2019)6th International Conference on Nutrition and Growth,
McCarthy EK, Murray DM, Kenny LC, Hourihane JO’B, Irvine AD and Kiely ME (2019) Neurological consequences of neonatal iron deficiency in high-risk children. [Oral Presentation], 6th International Conference on Nutrition and Growth, Valencia, Spain . [Details]
(2019)13th European Nutrition Conference FENS,
McCarthy EK, Murray DM, Kenny LC, Hourihane JO’B, Irvine AD and Kiely ME (2019) Long-lasting behavioural consequences of neonatal iron deficiency in high-risk children. [Poster Presentation], 13th European Nutrition Conference FENS, Dublin, Ireland . [Details]
(2017)ODIN Vitamin D & Health in Europe: current and future perspectives,
McCarthy EK, Murray DM, Kenny LC, Hourihane JO’B, Irvine AD and Kiely ME (2017) Maternal and neonatal vitamin D status and neurodevelopmental outcomes at age five years. [Oral Presentation], ODIN Vitamin D & Health in Europe: current and future perspectives, Cork, Ireland . [Details]
(2016)3rd International Conference on Nutrition and Growth,
McCarthy EK, Hourihane JO’B, Kenny LC, Irvine AD, Murray DM and Kiely M (2016) Early life determinants of serum ferritin concentrations at birth. [Oral Presentation], 3rd International Conference on Nutrition and Growth, Vienna, Austria . [Details]
(2016)3rd International Conference on Nutrition and Growth,
McCarthy EK, ní Chaoimh C, Hourihane JO’B, Kenny LC, Irvine AD, Murray DM and Kiely M (2016) Iron intakes and status of two year old Irish children. [Oral Presentation], 3rd International Conference on Nutrition and Growth, Vienna, Austria . [Details]
(2016)6th Congress of the European Academy of Paediatric Societies,
McCarthy EK, Hannon G, Ahearne C, Kenny LC, Hourihane JO’B, Irvine AD, Kiely M and Murray DM (2016) Low mean corpuscular volume and sub-optimal ferritin concentrations, without anaemia, are associated with decreased cognitive function at two years in a high-resource setting. [Oral Presentation], 6th Congress of the European Academy of Paediatric Societies, Geneva, Switzerland . [Details]
(2014)2nd International Conference on Nutrition and Growth,
McCarthy EK, ní Chaoimh C, Murray DM, Kenny LC, Hourihane JO’B and Kiely M (2014) Iron fortified foods contribute to adequacy of iron intakes in toddlers without compromising dietary intakes or body weight status. [Poster Presentation], 2nd International Conference on Nutrition and Growth, Barcelona, Spain . [Details]

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
American Journal Of Clinical Nutrition Referee-
The Journal Of Nutrition Referee-
Nutrients Referee-
European Journal Of Nutrition Referee-
European Journal Of Clinical Nutrition Referee-
Acta Paediatrica Referee-
The Journal Of Pediatrics Referee-
Maternal & Child Nutrition Referee-
Journal Of Human Nutrition And Dietetics Referee-

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