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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  • Skin Microbiome Prior to Development of Atopic Dermatitis: Early Colonization with Commensal Staphylococci at 2 months is Associated with a Lower Risk of Atopic Dermatitis at 1 year

    Kennedy EA, Connolly J, Hourihane JO’B, Fallon PG, McLean WHI, Murray D, Jo J-H, Segre JA, Kong HH, Irvine AD.

  • Experience of miscarriage: an interpretative phenomenological analysis

    Meaney, S., Corcoran, P., Spillane, N. and O'Donoghue, K.

  • Exposure to Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy Increases the Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Affected Offspring

    Curran, E.A., O’Keeffe, G.W., Looney, A.M., Moloney, G., Hegarty, S.V., Murray, D.M., Khashan, A.S. and Kenny, L.C.

Our News

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  • Infant is 5 caption
    14 Dec 2018

    INFANT Celebrates Five Years of World Class Research

    This week we mark a milestone birthday for our centre.

  • ENRICH milestone announcement with baby sleeping
    29 Nov 2018

    ENRICH Team Reaches Study Milestone

  • Geraldine Boylan Conference Ambassador Award
    28 Nov 2018

    INFANT Director named Fáilte Ireland Conference Ambassador of the Year

  • I'm a scientist
    21 Nov 2018

    I'm a Scientist - Get me out of here!

    Our PhD student Sonia Lenehan tells us all about her experience participating in I'm a Scientist.

Upcoming Events

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 Prof 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.

Mum and sleeping baby

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INFANT brings people of all ages and interests together.
Engage with our research team through our Events and Outreach Programmes.

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