Research Projects - I

View our directory of the latest ageing research projects here, complete with the contact details of related researchers and research centres. To view CARDI projects click the button to the right.

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Impact of stress on neurocognitive and cardiovascular health of older people in Ireland

CARDI Involvement

Project Lead

Dr Joanne Feeney

Researchers: 

  • Queen’s University Belfast

Mentors: Professor Ian Young and Professor Rose Anne Kenny

For the CARDI Leadership Programme Dr Joanne Feeney will explore the impact of stress on the neurocognitive and cardiovascular health of older adults in the North and South of Ireland, using data from NICOLA and TILDA. The experience of severe or persistent psychological stress can alter immune mediators, trigger inflammatory processes and increase oxidative stress, damaging brain and cardiovascular health.

CARDI grant programme

Inequalities in Old Age: the impact of the recession on older people in Ireland, North and South

CARDI Involvement

Project Lead

Professor Paddy Hillyard, Emeritus Professor of Social Policy, Queen’s University Belfast

Researchers: 

  • Professor Paddy Hillyard, Emeritus Professor Queen’s University Belfast
  • Dr Maureen Lyons, Senior Researcher, School of Social Justice, University College Dublin
  • Dr Demi Patsios, Policy Research Consultant
  • Dr Francesca Lundstrom, Social Policy Consultant
  • Mr David Taylor, Chartered Accountant and Management Consultant
  • Ms Sarah Machniewsk, post-graduate student, Queen’s University Belfast
The purpose of the study was to analyse the impact of the recession on older people in Northern Ireland (NI) and the Republic of Ireland (ROI) and the extent to which inequalities within the older population have been affected by the economic crisis.

Read the final report here.

CARDI grant programme

Is age a determining factor in the treatment of men with prostate cancer?

CARDI Involvement

Project Lead

Dr Anna Gavin, Director, Northern Ireland Cancer Registry, Queen’s University Belfast

Researchers: 

  • NI Cancer Registry, School of Medicine, Dentistry & Biomedical Sciences
    Queen's University Belfast
  • Dr Linda Sharp, Epidemiologist, National Cancer Registry Ireland
  • Mr Conan Donnelly, Statistician, Queen’s University Belfast on secondment from the NI Statistics and Research Agency
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in Ireland, with 3,609 cases diagnosed in 2008. A new study funded by CARDI states that the rate is 12 times higher in men aged 70+ than in younger men; deaths from prostate cancer are 74 times higher for men aged 70+ than for those under 70.

The research, led by Dr Anna Gavin at the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry, found that access to urologists and curative treatment has increased for all men since the mid-1990s. However older men are less likely to see a urologist or have radical treatment than younger men.

CARDI grant programme