Research Theme: Weight and Dietary Issues

 

 

Name: Luke Barry

Institution: University College Galway

Contact: luke.barry@nuigalway.ie

Completion: July 2022

Funder:  N/A

 

Project:  I am interested in looking at how obesity develops in children with learning difficulties.  I am considering using twin supplement as a possible way of doing this.  I will look at the data longitudinally and the time use data will be particularly important for confounders in relation to obesity.

This project is also recorded under Disability and Special Needs

 

 

Name: Alissa Burnett

Institution: Deakin University, Australia

Contact:  ajburnet@deakin.edu.au

Completion: 31/10/2019

Funder: N/A

 

Project: The aim of this research is to determine if there are associations between parenting styles and child food consumption. Food consumption considered will include sugar sweetened beverages. Snack foods, fast food and fruit and vegetables. The variables used will be parental warmth, parental hostility, parenting anger, and parenting consistency. Variables regarding child food and drink consumption will also be used.

 

 

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Project (2017): In emergency situations, the weight of a paediatric patient is calculated using age based formulas. I propose to research if there are actual differences in paediatric patient's weight from the time the current formula was produced to the weights of paediatric patients in Ireland today. Would a change in formula better reflect the weight of paediatric patients in Ireland today or is the current formula accurate?

 

 

Name: Dearbhail NiChuirc

Institution: Department of Sociology, Maynooth University

Contact: Delma.Byrne@nuim.ie (dissertation Supervisor)

Completion: 30/04/2016

Funder: N/A

 

Project: The relationship between children’s weight and mental health in childhood: a longitudinal study using the child cohort of the Growing Up in Ireland data.

 

 

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Project (2016): We are a group of 4th year medical students studying in TCD. We would like to complete an epidemiological study of childhood obesity in Ireland, studying early life risk factors, both modifiable and non-modifiable. We would like to use the data from the GUI cohort study to complete this study. 

 

 

Name: Regien Biesma
Institution: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Contact: rbiesma@rcsi.ie/s.jabakhanji@student.masstrichtuniversity.nl
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: This is part of a Masters in Health Care Policy, Innovation and Management at Maastricht University. This project will explore the association between single and joint effects of social class determinants and childhood obesity by taking advantage of the panel nature of the Irish GUI dataset. 

 

 

Name: Sharon Cadogan
Institution: University College Cork
Contact: scadogan@ucc.ie
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: For use in Masters in Public Health research project, Parent versus child reported physical activity and sedentary lifestyles patterns and the risk of childhood obesity.

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Physical Activity.

 

 

Name: Michael Crowe
Institution: University College Dublin
Contact: michael.crowe@ucd.ie
Completion: December 2018

 

Project: My PhD will look at the factors affecting dental problems in the GUI infant cohort using a multidisciplinary and multilevel approach. Secondary aims are to investigate the relationship between dietary quality, overweight and obesity and dental problems and to carry out a systematic review of child oral health in Ireland.

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Health. 

 

 

Name: John Cullinan
Institution: NUI Galway
Contact: john.cullinan@nuigalway.ie
Completion: December 2016

 

Project: Analysis of issues relating to childhood obesity.

 

 

Name: Rosemary Geoghegan
Institution: NUI Galway
Contact: rosemary.geoghegan@nuigalway.ie
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: Using the GUI 9 year old data I aim to explore the infleunce of specific dietary behaviours on adiposity as determined by ZBMI. 

 

 

Name: Joanna Gill
Institution: University College Cork
Contact: Withheld
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: As part of my MSc in Evidence-based Therapy Practice at UCC, I am researching (through an online survey) the eating habits of Irish children with autism. I wish to use the GUI to compare and contrast the food intake and eating behaviours of typical nine year olds with the target population of my research. 

 

 

Name: Ciara Greene
Institution: University College Dublin
Contact: ciara.greene@ucd.ie
Completion: October 2015

 

Project: Investigation of the links between overweight and attention/impulsivity at the two age points (9 years old and 13 years old). 

 

 

Name: Deirdre Harrington
Institution: Pennington Biomedical Research Centre
Contact: Withheld 
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: Data will be used to investigate some of the following hypotheses: Difference in parental self-report BMI and measured BMI by socio-economic status and parental educational attainment; relationship between sedentary behaviours/sports participation/physical activity and BMI; relationships between the neighbourhood/community environment and physical activity/sedentary behaviour and explore congruence of parent and child perceptions of the neighbourhood/community environment. 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Physical Activity.

 

 

Name: Eimear Keane
Institution: University College Cork
Contact: eimear.keane@ucc.ie
Year: Withheld

 

Project: We are focusing on prediction equations for obesity using the 9 month and 3 year old data. 

 

 

Name: Eimear Keane
Institution: University College Cork
Contact: Eimear.keane@ucc.ie
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: My research aims to assess the individual, family, social and ecological factors associated with overweight and obesity in Ireland. In particular, I am interested in assessing how family factors including parent weight and socio-economic status influence child weight. Other potential determinants of childhood obesity that I am interested in include diet, physical activity and sedentary behaviours. I am a PhD student based in the Deptartment of Epidemiology and Public Health in UCC. I am working on a project funded by the National Children's Research Centre entitled 'Childhood obesity in Ireland: recent trends and determinants at the individual and ecological level'.

 

 

Name: John Kearney
Institution: Dublin Institute of Technology
Contact: John.kearney@dit.ie
Completion: June 2016

 

Project: An analyses of dietary intakes and anthropometry in the 13 year old children as well as their determinants - these will include their parenting styles and socio-demographic characteristics. In addition a study of tracking behaviour from wave 1 (9 year old children) and wave 2 (13 year old children) will be explored in terms of diet and physical activity and sedentary behaviour.

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Physical Activity. 

 

 

Name: Clare Kelly
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Contact: clare.kelly@tcd.ie
Completion: December 2017

 

Project: My intention is to use the rich phenotypic data available in the GUI study to test initial hypotheses concerning the relationship between early life experience and social, emotional, and cognitive functioning, as well as aspects of physical health (such as obesity). I will use the relationships identified using the GUI study data  to formulate specific hypotheses and predictions regarding relationships between early experience and brain strucutural and functional development that will form the basis of a large-scale grant proposal. These are some of the relationships I plan to examine using the GUI data: does quality of attachment in infancy (9 months) and/or parental attitudes toward infant behaviours (e.g., crying) predict social and emotional difficulties (as measured by Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire) at 2 years and at 5 years? How is this relationship mediated or moderated by infant characterisitcs (e.g. fussiness), parent characterisitcs (e.g. depression symptoms, stress), and social support and environment? What about in older childhood and adolescence, do parental discipline practices at 9 years predict social and emotional difficulties (as measured by Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire) at 9 and at 13 years? Are early infant experiences related to nutrition (e.g. breastfeeding) and sleep (e.g. absence of parent-identified 'sleep difficulties') associated with positove social, emotional, and physical (e.g. obesity) outcomes at 2/5/9/13/years?

This research project is also recorded under the themes: Health, Child Development and Pregnancy, Birth and Early Infancy.

 

 

Name: Deirdre Lynch
Institution: University College Dublin
Contact: deirdrelynch7@outlook.com
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: I would like to analyse this data for a possible dissertation on the limitations of BMI and its measurements. 

 

 

Name: Deirdre Lynch
Institution: University College Dublin
Contact: deirdrelynch7@outlook.com
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: I would like to analyse this data for a possible dissertation on the impact of school grades on obesity.

 

 

Name: Molly Mattsson
Institution: University College Cork
Contact: molly.mattsson1@gmail.com
Completion: October 2016

 

Project: To assess the association between family structure (parental marital status and presence of siblings) and childhood obesity and physical activity in children.

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Family Structure, Family Well-being and Parenting and Physical Activity.

 

 

Name: Therese McDonnell
Institution: University College Dublin
Contact: theresemmcdonnell@hotmail.com
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: MA research on childhood obesity and the connection with the work decision of the mother. 

 

 

Name: Jonathon McGavock
Institution: University of Manitoba
Contact: jmcgavock@mich.ca
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: Research focuses on the study of resilience and incident overweight status in children. Firstly, we hypothesize that among children 9 years of age that have experienced an early childhood event, rates of overweight will be lower among those classified as resilient compared to those classifies as non-resilient. Secondly, we hypothesize that among children who has experienced an early childhood adverse event and were a healthy weight at 9 years, the rates of incident overweight will be lower among those classified as resilient, compared to their less resilient peers. 

 

 

Name: Aileen Murphy
Institution: University College Cork
Contact: aileen.murphy@ucc.ie
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: Analysing the GUI data for 9 and 13 year olds to determine common snacking behaviours in 9 and 13 year olds and how their snacking habits change over time. This approach will help determine the deterrents and motivators of healthy snacking in children. These findings will contribute to food policy and lead to a formulation of a more targeted approach changing snakcing behaviours in school going children. It is our intention to use this data to determine the frequency of unhealthy snacking and how snacking preferences have changed over time while controlling for other factors such as gender, BMI, physical activity, education and parental control.

 

 

Name: Christabel Musonda Mukosha
Institution: University College Cork
Contact: 108809682@umail.ucc.ie
Completion: September 2013

 

Project: I intend to use the GUI dataset for my Masters in Public Health thesis. My research topic is: the effect of maternal and paternal smoking during pregnancy on early childhood growth characteristics and risks of overweight and obesity up to the age of 3 years. 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Pregnancy, Birth and Early Infancy.

 

 

Name: Gail Nicolson
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Contact: gailnicolson4@gmail.com
Completion: August 2016

 

Project: I wish to look at the link between sleep patterns and obesity in the infant cohort data for my thesis. 

 

 

Name: John O'Dwyer
Institution: University College Cork
Contact: Withheld
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: MSc research thesis in Health Economics on employment and obesity.

 

 

Name: Michelle Queally
Institution: NUI Galway
Contact: shell.queally@gmail.com; m.queally1@nuigalway.ie
Completion:September 2016

Project: I will use the GUI survey to examine relationships between adiposity in children and ptential prejudice. Perceptions of parents and teachers in respect of academic performance as well as objective measures of performance will be compared and related to measures of adiposity. 

 

 

Name: Neil Ryan
Institution: University College Cork
Contact: neilryan2005@gmail.com
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: The data will be used for an MA thesis in Economics. It will be used to find effects of obesity/overweight in children and what variable splay a part in children becoming obese. 

 

 

Name: Maartje Schreurs
Institution: University College Dublin
Contact: Maartje.schreurs@ucd.ie
Completion: January 2016

 

Project: We would like to clean the data, do a descriptive analysis of the intakes of the infants. We want to see how much food they consume from the different food groups and the corresponding nutrient intakes. 

 

 

Name: Barrie Tyner
Institution: University College Cork
Contact: barrie.tyner@ucc.ie
Completion: September 2016

 

Project: Examine the associates between mode of delivery and childhood obesity.

 

 

Name: Vivienne Vanni-Igbinomwanhia
Institution: University College Dublin
Contact: Withheld
Completion: Withheld

 

Project:  A descriptive cross-sectional study of childhood obesity, intended to investigate the impacts of ethnicity; beliefs, culture and acculturation; parental factors; computer use; television viewing and diet. 

 

 

Name: Mark Ward
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Contact: wardm2@tcd.ie
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: PhD research investigating the causes of childhood obesity from an Ecological Systems Theory perspective. Multi-level analysis and structural equation modelling are employed to account for the multi-faceted nature of this growing public health concern. 

 

 

Name: Withheld
Institution: Withheld
Contact: Withheld
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: Building upon work using wave 1 of the child cohort I will undertake analyses on socioeconomic inequalities in childhood obesity. 

 

 

Name: Withheld
Institution: Withheld
Contact: Withheld
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: My PhD study is to look at associations and explore relationships of the childs body weight with various factors such as socioeconomic status, maternal weight and health services.

 

 

Name: Withheld
Institution: Withheld
Contact: Withheld
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: I am completing a dissertation as part of a Masters in Child, Family Community Studies in DIT. I am focusing on the area of nutrition in the early years and outcomes for children resulting from poor nutrition/obesity.

 

 

Name: Withheld
Institution: Withheld
Contact: Withheld
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: We are currently updating a systematic review on the prevalence of overweight and obesity among primary school aged children in Ireland. We wish to analys this data on 5 year olds by applying International Obesity Task Force (IOTF) cut-points to determine the prevalence of overweight and obesity in this age group (as part of a current project Lifetime Costs of Childhood Overweight and Obesity. 

 

 

Name: Withheld
Institution: Withheld
Contact: Withheld
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: I will undertake analyses on socioeconomic inequalities in childhood obesity. 

 

 

Name: Withheld
Institution: Withheld
Contact: Withheld
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: The intended use of the datasets are to help attain the objectives of this study, which are: 1). To validate whether intrauterine exposure to maternal obesity and GDM leads to increased risk of foetal macrosomia translating to subsequent risk of infant adiposity. 2). To investigate the relationship between maternal obesity and atopy in offspring. 3). To elucidate whether early nutrition has a role in atopic outcomes - predisposition toward developing allergic hypersensitivity, such as asthma, allergic dermatitis, eczema, wheeze and allergic rhinitis. 4). To investigate breastfeeding as a potential modifier in reducing the risk of atopic disease.

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Health and Infant Feeding

 

 

Name: Lina Zgaga
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Contact: zgagal@tcd.ie
Completion: 2015

Project: Mostly investigating the role of environmental/nutritional factors on health in children. I have an interest in developing measures that would describe 'healthy diet', 'healthy lifestyle' and healthy psychosocial environment' and relating those back to the health of children. Moreover, I would like to explore the association between dietary intake of vitamins approximated from food frequency questionnaire, and obesity or chronic illness such as asthmas in GUI cohort. 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Health

 

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