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INFANT - Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research

INFANT is Ireland’s first dedicated perinatal research centre. Founded following a decade of world-class, multi-disciplinary collaborative research and an array of industry partnerships, INFANT is an international leader of discovery and innovation in perinatal healthcare.
The centre’s creation of next-generation devices to facilitate point-of-care and remote monitoring and diagnostics will transform antenatal and neonatal healthcare and service delivery on a global level, and position Ireland at the forefront of this sector. Most importantly, INFANT research will fundamentally affect global society by achieving better outcomes for mothers and their babies.

Research Areas

  • Biomarkers for screening and diagnostics in pregnancy
  • Innovative cot-side monitoring
  • Medical devices
  • Maternal and infant nutrition
  • Connected health
  • Therapeutics
  • Epidemiology
  • Perinatal clinical trials

Research programmes

With active project grants worth €30 million, INFANT has more than 70 researchers (soon to increase to around 100). They work to address unmet worldwide clinical needs for effective screening tests for the most common complications of pregnancy and the most significant problems for new-borns. These include pre-eclampsia, preterm birth, fetal growth restriction, poor nutrition, hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy (HIE) and asphyxia at birth.

Academic partners

  • University College Cork
  • The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Industry and commercialisation

INFANT gives its industry partners access to worldfirst technologies, enabling them to deliver innovative solutions to global markets.

Industry partners include:

  • Alere
  • Axxam
  • BioScreen Health
  • BrepCo Pharmaceutical
  • Crème Global
  • Danone Nutricia
  • Fresenius-Kabi
  • IBM
  • Incereb 
  •  Inspiration Healthcare
  • Kvikna
  • Laya Healthcare
  • Mead Johnson Nutrition
  • MedSciNet
  • Metabolomic Diagnostics
  • Newsweaver
  • Nihon Kohden
  • Waters Corporation


Facilities

  • Uniquely located within Cork University Maternity Hospital, Europe’s second busiest maternity unit, with state-of-the-art infrastructure
  • Biobank of 1.5 million aliquots of blood, serum, DNA and other tissue (the largest pregnancy/infant biobank in the world)
  • Extensive databases (as with the biobanks, managed and curated to meet all international standards)
  • Sample preparation laboratory
  • Mass spectrometry facility
  • The Discovery Centre for neurodevelopment and physical follow-up studies

 

Education and Public Engagement 

INFANT, in collaboration with Science Foundation Ireland, is involved in many local and national events, including Smart Futures, Science Week and works on projects with the CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory. INFANT researchers are directly involved in community outreach programmes in cork schools such as:

  • Blood & Brains – a mix of the “Bloody Detectives:
  • Mystery Molecules” and hands on workshops
  • Electric Brains: Mind Control demonstration.

 

Key Contacts

Prof Louise Kenny - Centre Co-director
l.kenny@ucc.ie
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. She is the editor of the 19th Edition of ‘Obstetrics by Ten Teachers’ – the world’s leading undergraduate textbook in obstetrics – and a reviewer for a wide range of international journals and research funding bodies.

Prof Geraldine Boylan - Centre Co-director
g.boylan@ucc.ie
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. Prof Boylan leads the neonatal brain research activity at INFANT.

Josephine Studham- Centre Manager
josephine.studham@ucc.ie

Grace O’Mahony - Finance Manager
grace.omahony@ucc.ie

Christian Stafford- Business Development Mangager

christian.stafford@ucc.ie

Ria O'Sullivan-Lago - EPE activities

ria.osullivanlago@ucc.ie

 


INFANT

5th floor
Cork University Maternity Hospital
Wilton
Cork
Ireland
+ 353 21 4904177
infantcentre.ie
infant@ucc.ie
twitter.com/infantcentre

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