INFANT, the Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research, is Ireland’s first dedicated perinatal research centre.

Mission and Values

Our mission is to make pregnancy safer and to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies. We are developing innovative technologies to improve the treatment and care available to mothers and babies worldwide.

Our Partnerships

INFANT is funded by Science Foundation Ireland. We are an industry-facing centre developing innovations which commercial opportunities with our industry partners.

Who We Are

A World Leading Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre

INFANT is a global force for development in perinatal healthcare, funded by Science Foundation Ireland.

Although maternal and perinatal complications account for nearly 10% of the global burden of disease, R&D investment in perinatal health remains small and non-strategic. It has been estimated that equitable industry R&D and public sector research funding in perinatal health over the next 10-20 years could avert 3% of the global disease burden.

Access to world-first technologies allows our industry partners to deliver innovative solutions to global markets, creating exciting and vast economic opportunities. Most importantly of all, INFANT will have fundamental societal impacts by changing the delivery of healthcare and improving outcomes for the most vulnerable members of our society – mothers and their babies.

Latest Publications

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  • Commentary: Enhanced Monitoring of the Preterm Infant during Stabilization in the Delivery Room”.

    Finn, D., Boylan, G. B., Ryan, C. A., & Dempsey, E. M. (2016). Response:” Commentary: Enhanced Monitoring of the Preterm Infant during Stabilization in the Delivery Room”. Frontiers in Pediatrics, 4, 73.

  • Effects of gestational and postnatal exposure to chronic intermittent hypoxia on diaphragm muscle contractile function in the rat.

    Mcdonald, F. B., Dempsey, E. M., & O’Halloran, K. D. (2016). Effects of gestational and postnatal exposure to chronic intermittent hypoxia on diaphragm muscle contractile function in the rat. Frontiers in Physiology, 7.

  • Early EEG Grade and Outcome at 5 Years After Mild Neonatal Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy.

    Deirdre M. Murray, Catherine M. O’Connor, C. Anthony Ryan, Irina Korotchikova, Geraldine B. Boylan Pediatrics Sep 2016, e20160659; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2016-0659

  • Magnesium sulphate prevents lipopolysaccharide-induced cell death in an in vitro model of the human placenta.

    RD Williamson, C McCarthy, LC Kenny, GW O'Keeffe - Pregnancy Hypertension: An Pregnancy Hypertension: An International Journal of Women’s Cardiovascular Health, 2016

Our News

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  • ISA Cork
    29 Sep 2016

    ISA Cork 2017

    The 2017 International Stillbirth Alliance Conference will be held at University College Cork from 2...

  • Baby feet in incubator
    26 Sep 2016

    Mild oxygen deficits to the brain shown to impact long term IQ and rate of disability

    A new study from INFANT, funded by the HRB, shows that a mild blood or oxygen deficit at birth, whic...

  • Mum holding baby in maternity ward
    07 Sep 2016

    INFANT Research Day 2016

    The INFANT Centre will host its annual research day on 9 September 2016 at the Western Gateway Build...

  • Candles lined up in a row in a dark room.
    10 Aug 2016

    HSE National Standards for Bereavement Care

    Read about the pregnancy loss and perinatal death standards launched by Minister for Health Mr. Simo...

Who We Are

Get to know our international community of researchers, the multi-disciplinary team who implement our research programme across pregnancy, birth, infancy and childhood health.

Our vision is to establish INFANT as the world’s leading perinatal translational research centre. The centre is led by directors Louise Kenny and Geraldine Boylan. A team of researchers and postgraduates drive the INFANT programme, underpinned by a dedicated and highly skilled research support team and operations team.

2 Directors
11 Principal Investigators
44 Researchers
12 Postgraduate Students
7 Operations Team
Alumni
National and International Partners
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