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Dr. Lina Zgaga

Associate Professor (Public Health & Primary Care)

 SOGVID: Survival in Oesophageal and Gastric Cancer Patients and Vitamin D
 Integrative genomics in colorectal cancer susceptibility: developing risk reducing interventions through understanding biology
 Growing Up in Ireland Phase 2
 The development of a well-being index and identification of major disruptors of well-being in Irish children

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Management Team Member for Growing up in Ireland Study 2014
External PhD Examiner (University of Edinburgh) 2020
External Evaluator for Senior Academic Promotion (University of Haifa) 2017
Grant reviewer (Medical Research Council) 2019
Grant reviewer (COST Association, European Cooperation in Science and Technology) 2017
Grant reviewer (Croatian National Science Foundation)
Journal Reviewer for renowned journals including: British Medical Journal (BMJ), European Journal of Epidemiology, Environmental Health Perspectives, International Journal of Cancer, Journal of Nutrition, PLoS Genetics, PLoS Medicine, and many other) regularly from 2009
Editorial Board Member (Endocrine Oncology and Metabolism Journal) 2015
Editorial Board Member (Journal of Global Health) 2011
Medically Assisted Reproduction Act (Croatia) 2012
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
Croatian Fluent Fluent Fluent
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
German Medium Medium Medium
Italian Basic Basic Basic
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TILDA Nutrition group 2020 present
HRB Trials Methodology Research Network 2018 present
The Irish Cancer Epidemiology Network (founding member) 2018 present
Cochrane (Author) 2016 present
Editorial Board Member, Endocrine Oncology and Metabolism Journal 2015 present
COST Action BM1206 Cooperation Studies on Inherited Susceptibility to Colorectal Cancer (MC member) 2013 2017
Trinity Academic Gastroenterology Group 2013 2016
Writing group of the Department of Public Health and Primary Care 2013 present
Molecular Epidemiology Group, University of Edinburgh 2012 present
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Global Health 2011 present
Croatian Medical Association 2006 present
Wyse J, Mangan, R and Zgaga L, Power determination in vitamin D randomised control trials and characterising factors affecting it through a novel simulation-based tool, Scientific Reports, 11, 2021, p10804 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Madden JM, Leacy FP,¬†Zgaga L, Bennett K., Fitting marginal structural and G-estimation models under complex treatment patterns: investigating the association between de novo vitamin D supplement use post breast cancer diagnosis and all-cause mortality using linked pharmacy claim and registry data., American Journal of Epidemiology, 189, (3), 2020, p224-234 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Lim ST, Thijs V, Murphy SJX, Fernandez-Cadenas I, Montaner J, Offiah C, Marquardt L, Kelly PJ, Bath PM, Lim SY, Ford GA, Norrving B, Cox D, Prodan CI, Barber PA, Werring DJ, Perry R, Zgaga L, Dawson J, McCabe DJH., Platelet function/reactivity testing and prediction of risk of recurrent vascular events and outcomes after TIA or ischaemic stroke: systematic review and meta-analysis., Journal of Neurology, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Zgaga L, Laird E, Healy M, 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Measurement in Human Hair: Results from a Proof-of-Concept study, Nutrients, 11, (2), 2019, p423-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
O'Sullivan F, Raftery T, van Weele M, van Geffen J, McNamara D, O'Morain C, Mahmud N, Kelly D, Healy M, O'Sullivan M, Zgaga L., Sunshine is an important determinant of vitamin D status even among high-dose supplement users: secondary analysis of a randomised controlled trial in Crohn's disease patients., Photochemistry and Photobiology, 95, (4), 2019, p1060 - 1067, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Vaughan-Shaw PG, Zgaga L, Theodoratou E, Blackmur JP, Dunlop MG., Whether vitamin D supplementation protects against colorectal cancer risk remains an open question., European Journal of Cancer, (115), 2019, p1-3 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Quigley C, Deady S, Hughes E, McElnea E, Zgaga L, Chetty S., National incidence of eyelid cancer in Ireland (2005-2015)., Eye, 33, (10), 2019, p1534-1539 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Meng X, Li X, Timofeeva MN, He Y, Spiliopoulou A, Wei WQ, Gifford A, Wu H, Varley T, Joshi P, Denny JC, Farrington SM, Zgaga L, Dunlop MG, McKeigue P, Campbell H, Theodoratou E., Phenome-wide Mendelian-randomization study of genetically determined vitamin D on multiple health outcomes using the UK Biobank study., International Journal of Epidemiology, 48, (5), 2019, p1425-1434 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Quigley C, Zgaga L, Vartsakis G, Fahy G., Refractive error and vision problems in children: association with increased sedentary behavior and reduced exercise in 9-year-old children in Ireland., Journal of AAPOS, 23, (3), 2019, p159.e1 - 159.e6, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Law PJ, Timofeeva M, Fernandez-Rozadilla C, Broderick P, , Zgaga L, Brezina S, Gsur A, Cheadle JP, Aaltonen LA, Tomlinson I, Houlston RS, Dunlop MG., Association analyses identify 31 new risk loci for colorectal cancer susceptibility., Nature Communications, 10, (1), 2019, p2154-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED

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Lina Zgaga, Causality in Vitamin D assessment, Irish Osteoporosis Society Annual Medical Conference, Dublin, October, 2019, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Lina Zgaga, Vitamin D, BONE HEALTH & OSTEOPOROSIS CONFERENCE, April 2019, 2019, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Zgaga L, Vaughan-Shaw PG, O'Sullivan F, Farrington SM, Theodoratou E, Campbell H, Dunlop MG., Reply to 'Comment on 'The impact of vitamin D pathway genetic variation and circulating 25-hydroxyvitamin D on cancer outcome: systematic review and meta-analysis''., Br J Cancer. , 117, (2), 2017, pe4. , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Lina Zgaga, Effects of Vitamin D deficiency on human health - not just a problem for bones? , 2nd Annual Multidisciplinary Study Day in Metabolic Bone Biochemistry and Medicine , Dublin, Ireland, 4th March, 2016, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Lina Zgaga, Genetics and Vitamin D, Irish Osteoporosis Society Annual Medical Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 2016, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Najznačajnije grane epidemiologije [Branches of Epidemiology; in Croatian]. in, editor(s)Ivana Kolcic, Ariana Vorko-Jovic. , Epidemiologija [Epidemiology; in Croatian]. , Zagreb, Croatia, Medicinska naklada, 2012, [Ivana Kolčić, Lina Zgaga, Ariana Znaor, Ira Gjenero-Margan], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Zgaga L, Rudan I., Schizophrenia: Searching for the causes through many layers of complexity., Psychiatria Danubina, 24, (1), 2012, p21-2 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Psihosomatske bolesti [Psychosomatic diseases; in Croatian]. in, editor(s)Dinko Puntarić, Darko Ropac, Arijana Vorko-Jović, Ira Gjenero-Margan, Igor Rudan. , Opća epidemiologija [General epidemiology; in Croatian]. , Zagreb, Croatia, LASERplus, 2007, [Lina Zgaga], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED


Award Date
Provost's Teaching Award 2018
Article selected as the "Editor's Pick" (Journal of Nutrition, Volume 147 Issue 5) 2017
Platform Presentation Prize Winner (Irish Society of Gastroenterology Summer Meeting) 2014
Award for outstanding scientific productivity during PhD 2011
Douglas Falconer Prize for best MSc dissertation 2009
MSc degree in genetics with distinction 2009
Grade Point Average in Medical School: 4.83 / 5.00; among top 5% of the class 2005