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Isabelle Killane

Contact Information

  • Address: Neural Engineering, Trinity Centre for Bioengineeing (TCBE), Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI), 152-160 Pearse Street, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2.
  • Email: killani@tcd.ie

Biographical Information

MSc (Bioengineering), Trinity College Dublin (2003) BA, BAI (Mechanical Engineering), Trinity College Dublin (2002), Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics, Trinity College Dublin (2011)

Isabelle Killane is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher researching neurological disease/neurodegeneration and Locomotion, see below for more detail. Isabelle is currently involved with Parkinsons Disease (freezing of gait) research projects with the Dublin Neurological Institute (Dublin Neurological Institute). Isabelle is also involved with the gait research group in The Irish Longitudinal Study on Aging (Associate Researchers). Isabelle is also involved with gaining funding for European Horizon 2020 proposals on gaming and EEG in Autism and blood pressure monitoring in older adults.

Isabelle has recently submitted her PhD entitled: Development of Neural Engineering Methods for the Objective Assessment of Cognitive Processing based on Gait Data: An Analysis of a Truly Nationally Representative Cohort of Older Adults. Isabelle's thesis examined gait as a window to cognitive function in three datasets. The Irish Longitudinal Study on Aging was the primary focus, however other studies included ambulatory monitoring of attention (EEG) and gait (EMG), in addition to a small pilot study investigating executive function, sustained attention and gait (3-D motion analysis). During her PhD Isabelle also completed the M.Sc in Neuroscience Neural Engineering and Neural Imaging courses, the M.Sc in Bioengineering Neural Engineering course and gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics.

Isabelle has also worked as a biomedical researcher assisting with EEG data acquisition with patients and controls during visual and auditory experiments as part of a longitudinal cognitive Multiple Sclerosis study in St Vincent’s University Hospital, Elm Park.

Previous to this Isabelle worked as a Quality and Validation Engineer at Christ Water Technology as part of their Design team which took her to projects all over Ireland and also to Sweden and Norway and previous to that she worked as a Validation Engineer for Abbott Diagnostics in Longford.

Isabelle Killane came to TCD from UCD under the eBIOTECH remote monitoring research project (now The Inhaler Compliance in Asthma Project (INCA, Research), (PR: Irish Times Article1 , Irish Times Article2, Video1). Her main role was in the commercialisation of Asthma , Schizophrenia, Multiple Sclerosis and Vocal Palsy products and services arising out of this project. Isabelle Killane was also involved in the commercialisation of projects dealing with archiving of radio broadcasts The RAPID Project, Pressure Ulcer prevention and Sleep Bruxism (SMART Splint Project).


Research Interests

  • Locomotion and Cognitive Function in Aging Populations (links between measures of gait, cognition and executive function)
  • Locomotion and Attention in Aging Populations (division of attention, dual task changes)
  • Effect of Age and Cognitive Decline on Variability of Gait
  • Higher Control of Gait (Internal Rhythmicity of locomotor system)
  • Locomotion and Cognitive Function in Parkinsons Disease, in particular Freezing of Gait
  • Movement Disorders (Sensory Processing (Temporal Discrimination Threshold (TDT), Parksinsons Disease)
  • Gait Analysis, Ambulatory EEG

Publications/Conferences

Publications

Killane I, Donoghue OA, Savva GM, Cronin H, Kenny RA, Reilly RB. Relative Association of Processing Speed, Short-Term Memory and Sustained Attention With Task on Gait Speed: A Study of Community-Dwelling People 50 Years and Older. The Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences. 2014. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glu140

International Conferences

I. Killane N. Cosgrave, N. McDevitt , T. Foran , K.J. Sheehan , J. Gormley , R.A. Kenny , R.B. Reilly (June 29-July 03 2014). Comparison of Standard and Poincare Measures of Stride Time Variability. The Joint World Congress of the International Society of Posture & Gait Research (ISPGR) and Gait and Mental Function (GMF), Vancouver, Canada.

I. Killane , O. Donoghue , G. Savva , H. Cronin , R.A. Kenny , R.B. Reilly (June 29-July 03 2014). Contributions of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MOCA) to Dual Task Gait Performance. The Joint World Congress of the International Society of Posture & Gait Research (ISPGR) and Gait and Mental Function (GMF), Vancouver, Canada.

I. Killane, O. Donoghue, G. Savva, H. Cronin, R. A. Kenny, R. B. Reilly (3-7 July, 2013). Variance Between Walking Speed and Neuropsychological Test Scores During Three Gait Tasks Across The Irish Longitudinal Study On Aging (TILDA). Proceedings of the 35th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC'13), Osaka, Japan. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2013;2013:6921-4. doi: 10.1109/EMBC.2013.6611149

I. Killane, J. Gallego, G. Browett, R. B. Reilly (3-7 July, 2013). Measurement of Attention During Movement: Acquisition of Ambulatory EEG and Cognitive Performance from healthy Young Adults. Proceedings of the 35th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC'13), Osaka, Japan. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2013;2013:6397-400. doi: 10.1109/EMBC.2013.6611018.

I. Killane, O. Donoghue, G. Savva, H. Cronin, R. A. Kenny, R. B. Reilly (22-26 June, 2013). Association Between Gait Variability and Sustained Attention in a Community Dwelling Nationally Representative Population Sample. 2nd Joint World Congress of International Society for Posture & Gait Research (ISPGR) and Gait & Mental Function, Akita, Japan.

I. Killane, O. Donoghue, G. Savva, H. Cronin, R. A. Kenny, R. B. Reilly (28-30 Nov 2012). Exploring Correlations between Walking Speed and Cognitive Function using Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MOCA) subscores from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA). British Geriatrics Society (BGS) Autumn Scientific Meeting, Harrogate, Yorkshire, England.

I. Killane, C. Brennan, G. Savva, O. Donoghue, H. Cronin, R. A. Kenny, R. B. Reilly (24-29th June 2012). Comparisons between Simple and Complex Gait Tasks across different Executive Function Groups and Tertiles - Cross Sectional Data from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Aging (TILDA). Joint World Congress of ISPGR (International Society of Posture and Gait Research) and Gait & Mental Function, Trondheim, Norway.

I. Killane, G.Browett, R.Reilly (2011), Measuring Neural Responses During Mild Exercise. International Conference on Ambulatory Monitoring of Physical Activity and Movement (iCAMPAM), Glasgow, Scotland (Shortlisted for Best Student Poster)

R. Whelan, R. Longergan, I. Killane, R. Reilly, M. Hutchinson, N Tubridy (2008), Cognitive impairment in multiple sclerosis correlates highly with a delayed P3 component in even related potential testing. World Congress on Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis: Joint meeting of ACTRIMS, ECTRIMS and LACTRIMS (the Americas, European and Latin America Committee on Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis), Montreal.

National Conferences

I. Killane, O. Donoghue, H. Cronin, R. A. Kenny, R. B. Reilly (18-19 Jan, 2013). Can meaning be found behind mean temporal gait parameters in an older Irish population sample? Correlations between stride time variability and attention. Proceedings of the Nineteenth Annual Conference of the Section of Bioengineering of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland (Bini19), Meath, Ireland.

I. Killane, G. Browett, R.B. Reilly (2011), Measuring Neural Responses During Sitting, Cycling and Walking. Seventeenth Annual Conference of the Section of Bioengineering of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland (Bini17), Galway, Ireland

I. Killane, G. Browett, R.B. Reilly (2010), Gait and Cognition. Bioengineering Christmas Symposium (Best Poster Presentation Winner)

R. Whelan, R. Longergan, I. Killane, R. Reilly, M. Hutchinson, N Tubridy (2008), A delayed P3 event-related potential component correlates highly with cognitive impairment in multiple sclerosis. Neuroscience Ireland


Awards

Trinity Grant Award (June 2014)

This travel award, which allowed Isabelle to travel to Canada to attend the Joint Conference of the International Society of Posture and Gait Research and Gait and Mental Function (ISPGR/GMF) was only made possible by the generosity of previous generations of graduates contributing to two sources of funding, the Graduate Studies Research Travel Fund and the Trinity Trust.

Trinity Grant Award (June 2013)

This travel award, which allowed Isabelle to travel to Japan to attend two conferences: ISPGR/GMF and IEEE EMBC, was only made possible by the generosity of previous generations of graduates contributing to two sources of funding, the Graduate Studies Research Travel Fund and the Trinity Trust.

Student Travel Grant (Nov 2012)

This travel grant allowed Isabelle to attend the Nineteenth Annual Conference of the Section of Bioengineering of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland (Bini19).

Postgraduate Research Studentship Award (Oct 2012)

Awarded by the Graduate Studies Office and Engineering Department, Trinity College Dublin. The selection of nominees from this award is based on academic merit. Awards are made to students who have demonstrated excellent academic abilities (with an emphasis on achievement during their postgraduate studies). Receipts of this award have their annual fees covered, along with receiving an annual maintenance grant of €8,000.

Trinity Grant Award (June 2012)

This travel award which allowed Isabelle to travel to Norway was only made possible by the generosity of previous generations of graduates contributing to two sources of funding, the Graduate Studies Research Travel Fund and the Trinity Trust.

Shortlisted for Best Student Poster at iCAMPAM, Glasgow, Scotland (May 2011)

Shortlisted for Best Student Poster at the International Conference on Ambulatory Monitoring of Physical Activity and Movement (iCAMPAM), Glasgow, Scotland for the poster entitled “Measuring Neural Responses During Mild Exercise” (Authors: I. Killane, G.Browett, R.Reilly)

Best Poster Presentation Winner at TCBE Christmas Symposium (Dec 2010)

Best Poster Presentation Winner at the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering Christmas Symposium, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland for the poster entitled “Gait and Cognition” (Authors: I. Killane, G. Browett, R.B. Reilly)

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