A World Leading SFI Research Centre

The Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research (INFANT) 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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  • Exploring temporal information in neonatal seizures using a dynamic time warping based SVM kernel.

    Ahmed, R., Temko, A., Marnane, WP., Boylan, G., Lightbody, G.

  • Vitamin D and mortality: Individual participant data meta-analysis of standardized 25-hydroxyvitamin D in 26916 individuals from a European consortium.

    Cashman, K., Kiely, M (et al.).

  • Trial of labour after caesarean section and the risk of neonatal and infant death: a nationwide cohort study

    O'Neill, Sinead M., Agerbo, E., Khashan, Ali S., Kearney, Patricia M., Henriksen, Tine B., Greene, Richard A., Kenny, Louise C.

Our News

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  • teddy bear hospital scrubs
    22 Mar 2017

    Teddy Bear Hospital

    Teddy Bear Hospital celebrates CUH's new paediatrics unit.

  • Mum holding baby in maternity ward
    27 Feb 2017

    The International Stillbirth Alliance Annual Conference 2017

    The two day event in University College Cork will facilitate discussions and highlight the latest re...

  • Mother's hand touching premature baby's foot
    27 Feb 2017

    Learning From Bereaved Parents: Communication and Challenges Faced

    New Research From the Pregnancy Loss Research Group

  • Mother cradling newborn baby.
    21 Feb 2017

    New Research: High Levels of Vitamin D Deficiency in Newborn Babies

    INFANT researchers show that 46% of newborn babies have vitamin D deficiency, with data from the Cor...

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
National and International Partners
Mum and sleeping baby

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