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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  • Evolution of gut microbiota composition from birth to 24 weeks in the INFANTMET Cohort.

    Hill, Cian J., Lynch, Denise B., Murphy, K., Ulaszewska, M., Jeffery, Ian B., O'Shea, Carol A., Watkins, C., Dempsey, E., Mattivi, F., Tuohy, K., Ross, Paul R., Ryan, Anthony C., O'Toole, Paul W., Stanton, Catherine.

  • Experiences of lifestyle management and support during pregnancy: a qualitative study.

    Flannery, C., Mc Hugh, S., Clifford, E., Kenny, L., McAuliffe, F., Byrne, M., Kearney, P.

  • Lost in Translation? The potential psychobiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus (JB-1) fails to modulate stress or cognitive performance in healthy male subjects.

    Kelly, JR; Allen, AP; Temko, A; Hutch, W; Kennedy, PJ; Farid, N; Murphy, E; Boylan, G; Bienenstock, J; Cryan, JF; Clarke, G; Dinan, TG. 

Our News

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  • Dr Andrey Temko
    10 Feb 2017

    INFANT Researcher Wins Prestigious International Prize

    Dr Andrey Temko wins Kaggle Prize

  • Prof Declan Devane
    07 Feb 2017

    INFANT Welcomes Prof Declan Devane to the PI Team

    Prof Devane, Professor of Midwifery at NUI Galway and and Director of the Health Research Board - Tr...

    06 Feb 2017

    BASELINE Celebration Evening: .....What's Next?

    BASELINE 5 year celebration evening in UCC

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    02 Feb 2017

    Brain Monitoring & Neuroprotection in the Newborn Conference

    Academic faculty have been announced for the October conference.

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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