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 that build 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

  • Cloud Control
    30 Nov 2016

    RTE Documentary: Cloud Control

    INFANT featured in Cloud Control - RTE's latest documentary on big data.

  • isshp logo 2016
    26 Oct 2016

    INFANT Researchers Present at World Congress in Brazil

    INFANT Researchers Present at World Congress in Brazil

  • EAPS2016
    24 Oct 2016

    INFANT Representing Cork Research at EAPS 2016

    INFANT researchers are presenting our work at the European Academy of Paediatrics Meeting in Geneva,...

  • Womens Fitness Fashion Show
    24 Oct 2016

    Fundraising Fashion Show

    The wonderful Womens Fitness Gym are holding their second ever Fashion show on Friday 11 Nov in aid ...

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
Mum and sleeping baby

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