Dr.  Elizabeth Heron

Dr. Elizabeth Heron

Assistant Professor


I am Ussher Assistant Professor in Biostatistical Genomics. My research interests lie in the application of existing methodology and the development of novel approaches to further our understanding of the underlying genomic mechanisms for complex disorders. I also apply my biostatistical expertise in broader medical research contexts.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

  • Connolly, S and Heron, E.A., Review of statistical methodologies for the detection of parent-of-origin effects in family trio genome-wide association data with binary disease traits., Briefings in Bioinformatics, 2014Journal Article, 2014, DOI , TARA - Full Text
  • Merikangas AK, Segurado R, Cormican P, Heron EA, Anney RJ, Moore S, Kelleher E, Hargreaves A, Anderson-Schmidt H, Gill M, Gallagher L, Corvin A., The phenotypic manifestations of rare CNVs in schizophrenia., Schizophrenia Research, 158, (1-3), 2014, p255 - 260Journal Article, 2014, DOI
  • Merikangas AK, Segurado R, Heron EA, Anney RJ, Paterson AD, Cook EH, Pinto D, Scherer SW, Szatmari P, Gill M, Corvin AP, Gallagher L., The phenotypic manifestations of rare genic CNVs in autism spectrum disorder., Molecular Psychiatry, 2014, p1-7Journal Article, 2014, DOI , TARA - Full Text
  • Falk, M.G., Alston, C.L., McGrory, C.A., (...), Pettitt, A.N., Mengersen, K.L., Recent Bayesian approaches for spatial analysis of 2-D images with application to environmental modelling, Environmental and Ecological Statistics, 2015Journal Article, 2015, DOI
  • Connolly, S., Anney, R., Gallagher, L., Heron, E.A., A genome-wide investigation into parent-of-origin effects in autism spectrum disorder identifies previously associated genes including SHANK3, European Journal of Human Genetics, 25, (2), 2017, p234-239Journal Article, 2017, DOI
  • Connolly, S. and Anney, R. and Gallagher, L. and Heron, E.A., Evidence of Assortative Mating in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Biological Psychiatry, 86, (4), 2019, p286-293Journal Article, 2019, DOI , URL
  • Sullivan, M.O. and Gallagher, L. and Heron, E.A., Gaining Insights into Aggressive Behaviour in Autism Spectrum Disorder Using Latent Profile Analysis, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2019Journal Article, 2019, DOI , URL
  • Foley C, Heron EA, Harold D, Walters J, Owen M, O'Donovan M, Sebat J, Kelleher E, Mooney C, Durand A, Pinto C, Cormican P, Morris D, Donohoe G, Gill M, Gallagher L, Corvin A., Identifying schizophrenia patients who carry pathogenic genetic copy number variants using standard clinical assessment: retrospective cohort study., The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science, 216, (5), 2020, p275-279Journal Article, 2020, DOI , TARA - Full Text
  • Kelleher E, McNamara P, Dunne J, Fitzmaurice B, Heron EA, Whitty P, Walsh R, Mooney C, Hogan D, Conlon N, Gill M, Vincent A, Doherty CP, Corvin A., Prevalence of N-Methyl-d-Aspartate Receptor antibody (NMDAR-Ab) encephalitis in patients with first episode psychosis and treatment resistant schizophrenia on clozapine, a population based study., Schizophrenia research, 222, 2020, p455-461Journal Article, 2020, DOI
  • O'Toole SA, Huang Y, Norris L, Power Foley M, Shireen R, McDonald S, Kamran W, Ibrahim N, Ward M, Thompson C, Murphy C, D'Arcy T, Farah N, Heron E, O'Leary JJ, Abu Saadeh F, Gleeson N., HE4 and CA125 as preoperative risk stratifiers for lymph node metastasis in endometrioid carcinoma of the endometrium: A retrospective study in a cohort with histological proof of lymph node status., Gynecologic oncology, 2021Journal Article, 2021, DOI
  • Thekiso TB, McLoughlin DM, Hartnett Y, Casey S, Orji A, Heron EA, Rush G, Kennedy N., Outcome of First-admission Depression Treated in a Specialized Mood Disorders Service., Journal of psychiatric practice, 26, (6), 2020, p461-471Journal Article, 2020, DOI
  • Forde E, Leech M, Robert C, Heron E, Marignol L, Influence of Inter-Observer Delineation Variability on Radiomic Features of the Parotid Gland, Physica Medica, (82), 2021, p240 - 248Journal Article, 2021, DOI
  • Ormond C, Ryan NM, Corvin A, Heron EA., Converting single nucleotide variants between genome builds: from cautionary tale to solution., Briefings in bioinformatics, 2021Journal Article, 2021, DOI
  • Lombard, Nolan & Heron, A Scoping Review of the Use of Rasch Analysis Methodology to strengthen Self-Report Occupational Therapy Mental Health Measures, Occupational Therapy in Mental Heath, 2022Journal Article, 2022, DOI
  • McGrath J, Cawley B, McTiernan D, Marques L, Goncerz E, Heron EA, Madden J, Bond L, Quinn C, Mulholland K, Dowling B , Service user satisfaction with care in a specialist service for young people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder., Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 2022Journal Article, 2022, DOI
  • Chapter 2 Schizophrenia genomics in, editor(s)Evangelia Eirini Tsermpini, Martin Alda, and George P. Patrinos , Psychiatric Genomics, 2022, [Ryan NM, Ormond C, Brady P, Heron EA, Corvin A]Book Chapter, 2022, DOI
  • Lombard Kim, Nolan Clodagh & Heron Elizabeth A., Refining the psychometirc properties of the Trinity Student Occupational Performance Profile - A self-report measure of occupational difficulties within the student role, British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2022, p1 - 10Journal Article, 2022, DOI
  • Ryan N, Ormond C, Chang YC, Contreras J, Raventos H, Gill M, Heron E, Mathews CA, & Corvin A, Identity-by-descent analysis of a large Tourette's syndrome pedigree from Costa Rica implicates genes involved in neuronal development and signal transduction, Molecular Psychiatry, 2022Journal Article, 2022
  • Heron, E.A., Walsh, C., A continuous latent spatial model for crack initiation in bone cement, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series C (Applied Statistics), 57, 2008, p25 - 42Journal Article, 2008
  • Heron, E.A., Finkenstädt, B. and Rand, D.A. , Bayesian inference for dynamic transcriptional regulation; the Hes1 system as a case study, Bioinformatics, 23, (19), 2007, p2596 - 2603Journal Article, 2007
  • Tang, S., Heron, E.A., Bayesian inference for a stochastic logistic model with switching points, Ecological Modelling , 219, (1-2), 2008, p153 - 169Journal Article, 2008
  • Finkenstädt, B., Heron, E.A., Komorowski, M., Edwards, K., Tang, S., Harper, C.V., Davis, J.R., White, M.R., Millar, A.J., Rand, D.A., Reconstruction of transcriptional dynamics from gene reporter data using differential equations, Bioinformatics, 15, (24), 2008, p2901 - 2907Journal Article, 2008
  • Heron, E.A., Walsh, C., Bayesian Discrete Latent Spatial Modelling of Crack Initiation in Orthopaedic Hip Replacement Bone Cement, Journal of Applied Statistics, 37, (7), 2010, p1153 - 1171Journal Article, 2010, URL
  • O'Dushlaine C., Kenny E., Heron E.A., Segurado R., Gill M,, Morris D.W., Corvin A. , The SNP ratio test: pathway analysis of genome-wide association datasets., Bioinformatics, 25, (20), 2009, p2762 - 2763Journal Article, 2009, DOI , TARA - Full Text
  • Nwachukwu I, Crumlish N, Heron EA, Gill M, The Irish Mental Health Act 2001: Impact on involuntary admissions in a community mental health service in Dublin, The Psychiatrist, 34, 2010, p436-440Journal Article, 2010, DOI
  • O'Dushlaine C, Kenny E, Heron E, Donohoe G, Gill M, Morris D, Consortium IS, Corvin A, Molecular pathways involved in neuronal cell adhesion and membrane scaffolding contribute to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder susceptibility., Molecular Psychiatry, 16, (3), 2011, p286-292Journal Article, 2011, DOI , URL , TARA - Full Text
  • Anney R, Klei L, Pinto D, Regan R, Conroy J, Magalhaes TR, Correia C, Abrahams BS, Sykes N, Pagnamenta AT, Almeida J, Bacchelli E, Bailey AJ, Baird G, Battaglia A, Berney T, Bolshakova N, Bölte S, Bolton PF, Bourgeron T, Brennan S, Brian J, Carson AR, Casallo G, Casey J, Chu S, Cochrane L, Corsello C, Crawford EL, Crossett A, Dawson G, de Jonge M, Delorme R, Drmic I, Duketis E, Duque F, Estes A, Farrar P, Fernandez BA, Folstein SE, Fombonne E, Freitag CM, Gilbert J, Gillberg C, Glessner JT, Goldberg J, Green A, Green J, Guter SJ, Hakonarson H, Heron EA, Hill M, Holt R, Howe JL, Hughes G, Hus V, Igliozzi R, Kim C, Klauck SM, Kolevzon A, Korvatska O, Kustanovich V, Lajonchere CM, Lamb JA, Laskawiec M, Leboyer M, Le Couteur A, Leventhal BL, Lionel AC, Liu XQ, Lord C, Lotspeich L, Lund SC, Maestrini E, Mahoney W, Mantoulan C, Marshall CR, McConachie H, McDougle CJ, McGrath J, McMahon WM, Melhem NM, Merikangas A, Migita O, Minshew NJ, Mirza GK, Munson J, Nelson SF, Noakes C, Noor A, Nygren G, Oliveira G, Papanikolaou K, Parr JR, Parrini B, Paton T, Pickles A, Piven J, Posey DJ, Poustka A, Poustka F, Prasad A, Ragoussis J, Renshaw K, Rickaby J, Roberts W, Roeder K, Roge B, Rutter ML, Bierut LJ, Rice JP, Salt J, Sansom K, Sato D, Segurado R, Senman L, Shah N, Sheffield VC, Soorya L, Sousa I, Stoppioni V, Strawbridge C, Tancredi R, Tansey K, Thiruvahindrapduram B, Thompson AP, Thomson S, Tryfon A, Tsiantis J, Van Engeland H, Vincent JB, Volkmar F, Wallace S, Wang K, Wang Z, Wassink TH, Wing K, Wittemeyer K, Wood S, Yaspan BL, Zurawiecki D, Zwaigenbaum L, Betancur C, Buxbaum JD, Cantor RM, Cook EH, Coon H, Cuccaro ML, Gallagher L, Geschwind DH, Gill M, Haines JL, Miller J, Monaco AP, Nurnberger JI, Paterson AD, Pericak-Vance MA, Schellenberg GD, Scherer SW, Sutcliffe JS, Szatmari P, Vicente AM, Vieland VJ, Wijsman EM, Devlin B, Ennis S, Hallmayer J, A genomewide scan for common alleles affecting risk for autism., Human molecular genetics, 19, (20), 2010, p4072-4082Journal Article, 2010, DOI , URL , TARA - Full Text
  • Heron Elizabeth A, O'Dushlane C, Segurado R, Gallagher L, Gill M., Exploration of empirical Bayes hierarchical modeling for the analysis of genome-wide association study data., Oxford Journal Mathematics & Physical Sciences Biostatistics, 12, (3), 2011, p445-461Journal Article, 2011, DOI , URL , TARA - Full Text
  • Pinto, D, Pagnamenta, AT, Klei, L, Anney, R, Merico, D, Regan, R, Conroy, J, Magalhaes, TR, Correia, C, Abrahams, BS, Almeida, J, Bacchelli, E, Bader, GD, Bailey, AJ, Baird, G, Battaglia, A, Berney, T, Bolshakova, N, Bolte, S, Bolton, PF, Bourgeron, T, Brennan, S, Brian, J, Bryson, SE, Carson, AR, Casallo, G, Casey, J, Chung, BHY, Cochrane, L, Corsello, C, Crawford, EL, Crossett, A, Cytrynbaum, C, Dawson, G, de Jonge, M, Delorme, R, Drmic, I, Duketis, E, Duque, F, Estes, A, Farrar, P, Fernandez, BA, Folstein, SE, Fombonne, E, Freitag, CM, Gilbert, J, Gillberg, C, Glessner, JT, Goldberg, J, Green, A, Green, J, Guter, SJ, Hakonarson, H, Heron, EA, Hill, M, Holt, R, Howe, JL, Hughes, G, Hus, V, Igliozzi, R, Kim, C, Klauck, SM, Kolevzon, A, Korvatska, O, Kustanovich, V, Lajonchere, CM, Lamb, JA, Laskawiec, M, Leboyer, M, Le Couteur, A, Leventhal, BL, Lionel, AC, Liu, XQ, Lord, C, Lotspeich, L, Lund, SC, Maestrini, E, Mahoney, W, Mantoulan, C, Marshall, CR, McConachie, H, McDougle, CJ, McGrath, J, McMahon, WM, Merikangas, A, Migita, O, Minshew, NJ, Mirza, GK, Munson, J, Nelson, SF, Noakes, C, Noor, A, Nygren, G, Oliveira, G, Papanikolaou, K, Parr, JR, Parrini, B, Paton, T, Pickles, A, Pilorge, M, Piven, J, Ponting, CP, Posey, DJ, Poustka, A, Poustka, F, Prasad, A, Ragoussis, J, Renshaw, K, Rickaby, J, Roberts, W, Roeder, K, Roge, B, Rutter, ML, Bierut, LJ, Rice, JP, Salt, J, Sansom, K, Sato, D, Segurado, R, Sequeira, AF, Senman, L, Shah, N, Sheffield, VC, Soorya, L, Sousa, I, Stein, O, Sykes, N, Stoppioni, V, Strawbridge, C, Tancredi, R, Tansey, K, Thiruvahindrapduram, B, Thompson, AP, Thomson, S, Tryfon, A, Tsiantis, J, Van Engeland, H, Vincent, JB, Volkmar, F, Wallace, S, Wang, K, Wang, ZZ, Wassink, TH, Webber, C, Weksberg, R, Wing, K, Wittemeyer, K, Wood, S, Wu, J, Yaspan, BL, Zurawiecki, D, Zwaigenbaum, L, Buxbaum, JD, Cantor, RM, Cook, EH, Coon, H, Cuccaro, ML, Devlin, B, Ennis, S, Gallagher, L, Geschwind, DH, Gill, M, Haines, JL, Hallmayer, J, Miller, J, Monaco, AP, Nurnberger, JI, Paterson, AD, Pericak-Vance, MA, Schellenberg, GD, Szatmari, P, Vicente, AM, Vieland, VJ, Wijsman, EM, Scherer, SW, Sutcliffe, JS, Betancur, C, Functional impact of global rare copy number variation in autism spectrum disorders, NATURE, 466, 2010, p368-372Journal Article, 2010, TARA - Full Text
  • Bridges M, Heron E, O'Dushlaine, Segurado R, The International Schizophrenia Consortium (ISC), Morris DW, Corvin A, Gill M, Pinto C. , Genetic Classification of Populations using Supervised Learning., PLos One, 6, (5), 2011, pe14802Journal Article, 2011, DOI , URL , TARA - Full Text
  • Anney R, Klei L, Pinto D, Almeida J, Bacchelli E, Baird G, Bolshakova N, Bölte S, Bolton PF, Bourgeron T, Brennan S, Brian J, Casey J, Conroy J, Correia C, Corsello C, Crawford EL, de Jonge M, Delorme R, Duketis E, Duque F, Estes A, Farrar P, Fernandez BA, Folstein SE, Fombonne E, Gilbert J, Gillberg C, Glessner JT, Green A, Green J, Guter SJ, Heron EA, Holt R, Howe JL, Hughes G, Hus V, Igliozzi R, Jacob S, Kenny GP, Kim C, Kolevzon A, Kustanovich V, Lajonchere CM, Lamb JA, Law-Smith M, Leboyer M, Le Couteur A, Leventhal BL, Liu XQ, Lombard F, Lord C, Lotspeich L, Lund SC, Magalhaes TR, Mantoulan C, McDougle CJ, Melhem NM, Merikangas A, Minshew NJ, Mirza GK, Munson J, Noakes C, Nygren G, Papanikolaou K, Pagnamenta AT, Parrini B, Paton T, Pickles A, Posey DJ, Poustka F, Ragoussis J, Regan R, Roberts W, Roeder K, Roge B, Rutter ML, Schlitt S, Shah N, Sheffield VC, Soorya L, Sousa I, Stoppioni V, Sykes N, Tancredi R, Thompson AP, Thomson S, Tryfon A, Tsiantis J, Van Engeland H, Vincent JB, Volkmar F, Vorstman JA, Wallace S, Wing K, Wittemeyer K, Wood S, Zurawiecki D, Zwaigenbaum L, Bailey AJ, Battaglia A, Cantor RM, Coon H, Cuccaro ML, Dawson G, Ennis S, Freitag CM, Geschwind DH, Haines JL, Klauck SM, McMahon WM, Maestrini E, Miller J, Monaco AP, Nelson SF, Nurnberger JI, Oliveira G, Parr JR, Pericak-Vance MA, Piven J, Schellenberg GD, Scherer SW, Vicente AM, Wassink TH, Wijsman EM, Betancur C, Buxbaum JD, Cook EH, Gallagher L, Gill M, Hallmayer J, Paterson AD, Sutcliffe JS, Szatmari P, Vieland VJ, Hakonarson H, Devlin B, Individual common variants exert weak effects on the risk for autism spectrum disorderspi., Human molecular genetics, 21, (21), 2012, p4781-92Journal Article, 2012, DOI , TARA - Full Text
  • Thekiso, T.B., Heron, E.A., Masood, B., Murphy, M., McLoughlin, D.M., Kennedy, N., Mauling of the "celtic Tiger": Clinical characteristics and outcome of first-episode depression secondary to the economic recession in Ireland, Journal of Affective Disorders, 151, (2), 2013, p455-460Journal Article, 2013, DOI
  • Kenny EM, Cormican P, Furlong S, Heron E, Kenny G, Fahey C, Kelleher E, Ennis S, Tropea D, Anney R, Corvin AP, Donohoe G, Gallagher L, Gill M, Morris DW, Excess of rare novel loss-of-function variants in synaptic genes in schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorders., Molecular psychiatry, 19, 2014, p872-879Journal Article, 2014, DOI , TARA - Full Text
  • Heron, E.A., Cormican, P., Donohoe, G., O'Neill, F.A., Kendler, K.S., Riley, B.P., Gill, M., Corvin, A.P., Morris, D.W., No evidence that runs of homozygosity are associated with schizophrenia in an Irish genome-wide association dataset, Schizophrenia Research, 154, (1-3), 2014, p79-82Journal Article, 2014, DOI , TARA - Full Text
  • Merikangas, A.K., Segurado, R., Kelleher, E., Hogan, D., Delaney, C., Gill, M., Gallagher, L., Corvin, A.P., and Heron, E.A. , Parental age, birth order and neurodevelopmental disorders, 1826, 2016, -Miscellaneous, DOI
  • S. Connolly, R. Anney, L. Gallagher, E. Heron, Investigation of Assortative Mating in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Human Heredity, 43rd European Mathematical Genetics Meeting (EMGM) 2015, Brest, France, April 16-17, 2015, edited by Emmanuelle Génin, Karen Rouault , 79, 2015, pp28 - 52Poster, DOI , URL
  • Niamh Ryan, Louise Gallagher, Elizabeth Heron, Investigating Parent-of-Origin Effects in Autism Spectrum Disorders Using Next Generation Sequencing Data, European Neuropsychopharmacology, World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics, Glasgow, Scotland, 11-15 October 2018, 2018Poster, DOI , URL
  • Cathal Ormond Niamh M. Ryan William Byerley Elizabeth A Heron Michael Gill Aiden Corvin , TU74. A CO-SEGREGATION ANALYSIS OF ULTRA-RARE VARIANTS IN FAMILIES MULTIPLY AFFECTED BY SCHIZOPHRENIA USING WHOLE GENOME SEQUENCING, European Neuropsychopharmacology, 2021Poster
  • Niamh M. Ryan Cathal Ormond Kazima Bulaeva Elizabeth A Heron Michael Gill Aiden Corvin , TH75. SEQUENCING STUDY OF A CONSANGUINEOUS PEDIGREE WITH A HIGH LOAD OF SCHIZOPHRENIA, European Neuropsychopharmacology, 2021Poster
  • C Ormond, N Ryan, W Byerley, A Corvin, E Heron, T16. A Bayesian framework to model pedigree-based causality using next-generation sequencing data, European Neuropsychopharmacology , Abstracts of the World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics, September 13-17, 63, 2022, ppe176 - e177Poster
  • C Ormond, NM Ryan, W Byerley, A Corvin, EA Heron, A Bayesian framework to model co-segregation in pedigrees using next-generation sequencing data, HUMAN HEREDITY, 50th European Mathematical Genetics Meeting, Cambridge, April 21-22, 2022, 87, Karger, 2022, pp17 - 17Oral Presentation
  • C Ormond, A Corvin, E Heron, A Comparison of Two Software Tools for Disease-Gene Prioritization for Family-Based Sequencing Studies, Human Heredity, 84, Karger, 2020, pp218 - 218Poster
  • AK Merikangas, EA Heron, R Anney, AP Corvin, L Gallagher, Investigating the association between rare copy number variation and developmental anomalies in autism spectrum disorders, Genetic Epidemiology , Nineteenth annual meeting of the International Genetic Epidemiology Society, 34, (8), 2010, pp929 - 929Poster
  • D Smajlagic, S Connolly, H Hakonarson, I Waldman, J Elia, E Heron, J Haavik, S Johansson, T Zayats,, SU4 - GENOME-WIDE EXAMINATION OF PARENT-OF-ORIGIN EFFECTS IN CHILDREN WITH ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER, European Neuropsychopharmacology, 29, 2019, ppS888 - S889Poster
  • N Ryan, L Gallagher, E Heron, SA22INVESTIGATING PARENT-OF-ORIGIN EFFECTS IN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER USING NEXT GENERATION SEQUENCING DATA, European Neuropsychopharmacology , XXVIth World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics (WCPG) , Glasgow, Scotland, 11 - 15 October 2018, 2019, ppS1199 - S1200Poster
  • Ryan, Niamh & Ormond, Cathal & Arsalan, Arsalan & Byerley, William & Ayub, Muhammad & Matthews, Carol & Heron, Elizabeth & Gill, Michael & Corvin, Aiden. , S97DETECTION OF RARE INHERITED CNVS ASSOCIATED WITH PSYCHIATRIC ILLNESS FROM FAMILY WHOLE GENOME SEQUENCING DATA., European Neuropsychopharmacology., 2019Poster
  • Corfield, Elizabeth & Smajlagic, Dinka & Connoly, Siobhan & Havdahl, Alexandra & Tesli, Martin & Waldman, Irwin & Elia, Josephine & Heron, Elizabeth & Reichborn-Kjennerud, Ted & Haavik, Jan & Johansson, Stefan & Zayats, Tetyana. , S1PARENT-OF-ORIGIN AND MATERNAL EFFECTS IN ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER. , European Neuropsychopharmacology, , 2019Poster


  • Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society Present