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About Éadaoin Ní Bhuachalla

   Éadaoin Ní Bhuachalla

Biography Summary

Éadaoin graduated with an honours degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from Dublin Institute of Technology/Trinity College Dublin in 2013. Since then she has worked as a research dietitian in University College Cork and Mercy University Hospital, where her research has focused on the role of nutrition in cancer recovery and cancer prevention. She is currently pursuing a PhD in the area of diet and oncology.

Theme / Team

Cancer & Nutrition, Nutrition

Cancer type(s)

Lung cancer, Prostate cancer, Pancreatic cancer, Colorectal cancer, Oesophageal cancer, Gastric cancer, Kidney cancer, Metastatic Melanoma

Telephone

+353 (0) 21 490 3485

Email Address

enibhuachalla@ucc.ie

Biography Detailed

Éadaoin graduated with an honours degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from Dublin Institute of Technology/Trinity College Dublin in 2013. Since then she has worked as a research dietitian in University College Cork and Mercy University Hospital, where her research has focused on the role of nutrition in cancer recovery and cancer prevention.

 

In 2014, Éadaoin was co-author on a 130 page nutritional resource produced under the HRB’s Knowledge Exchange and Dissemination Scheme, with support from Breakthrough Cancer Research and Cork Institute of Technology.  The book contains information and advice for patients suffering from cancer induced weight loss and included over 50 high-protein, high calorie recipes which were specifically tailored to meet the nutritional needs of cancer patients losing weight involuntarily. Nineteen thousand copies of the booklet were printed and distributed to >74 locations nationwide and the resource was endorsed by the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute, the Irish Society of Medical Oncology and the Irish Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism. This resource is to be followed-up by a second book focusing on the role of diet in cancer prevention. This book will discuss the World Cancer Research Fund’s recommendations for cancer prevention and provide a wide selection of healthy eating recipes which have the optimal nutritional composition to reduce cancer risk.

 

Éadaoin’s other research includes the coordination of a prospective, randomised, double-blinded clinical trial investigating the long term effects of an enteral nutritional supplement enriched with Eicosapentaenoic Acid on body composition, physical activity and quality of life in patients undergoing upper gastrointestinal surgery. She is also involved in the prospective screening of cancer patients in Cork hospitals with the aim of investigating the prevalence and clinical implications of malnutrition, cachexia and sarcopenia in oncology patients undergoing chemotherapy. This research will particularly focus on the effect of malnutrition on quality of life, chemotherapy toxicity and survival.