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.
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.
INFANT gives its industry partners access to worldfirst technologies, enabling them to deliver innovative solutions to global markets.
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:
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. 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
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
Grace O’Mahony - Finance Manager
Christian Stafford- Business Development Mangager
Ria O'Sullivan-Lago - EPE activities
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