INFANT is Ireland’s first dedicated perinatal research centre. The centre’s mission is to make pregnancy safer and to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies worldwide. The world-class, multi-disciplinary collaborative research and an array of industry partnerships make INFANT an international leader of discovery and innovation in perinatal healthcare.
INFANT is committed to innovative, life-changing research and technology that will attract investment and reduce the impact of perinatal disease over the coming decades.
Across pregnancy, birth, infancy and childhood, INFANT is solving challenges through its key research themes.
With active project grants worth €30 million, INFANT has approximately 100 staff working to address unmet worldwide clinical needs for pregnant women and newborn babies. They are working to develop screening tests for pre-eclampsia, preterm birth, fetal growth restrictions and conducting research on maternal and infant nutrition, hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy (HIE) and asphyxia at birth.
INFANT gives its industry partners access to world-first technologies, enabling them to deliver innovative solutions to global markets.
|Alere||Fresenius-Kabi||Mead Johnson Nutrition|
|BioScreen Health||Incereb||Metabolomic Diagnostics|
|BrepCo Pharmaceutical||Inspiration Healthcare||Newsweaver|
|Créme Global||Kvikna||Nihon Kohden|
|Danone Nutricia||Laya Healthcare||Waters Corporation|
Through its programme of engagement activities INFANT is actively encouraging positive attitudes towards science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). INFANT offers a wide variety of free activities for a range of audiences, including young children, online audiences, primary and post primary audiences, and general audiences at both non-science and STEM events. INFANT currently offers three hands-on workshops:
Prof Louise Kenny - Centre Co-director
Louise Kenny is Professor of Obstetrics at UCC, a consultant obstetrician and part of the perinatal medicine team at Cork University Maternity Hospital. Her work has resulted in three patent applications relating to pregnancy biomarkers and more than 100 peer-reviewed original papers, reviews and book chapters. Professor Kenny leads the pregnancy research activity at INFANT.
Prof Geraldine Boylan - Centre Co-director
Geraldine Boylan is Professor of Neonatal Physiology at UCC. She has written dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers, and contributed chapters to eight books. Professor Boylan leads the neonatal brain research activity at INFANT.
Josephine Studham- Head of Operations
Christian Stafford- Head of Business Development
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