Ireland's First Maternal and Child Health Research Centre

A research centre focused entirely on pregnancy, birth and early childhood.

Hosted at UCC, Cork, Ireland, The Irish Centre for Maternal and Child Health Research has local impact with a global reach.

INFANT is answering the international need for research and innovation to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies.

Across pregnancy, birth, infancy and childhood, INFANT is solving challenges through its key research themes.


Making pregnancy safer for mothers and babies


Improving health outcomes for newborn babies

Child Health

Advancing the health and well-being of children

Explore our research

Impactful Scientific Breakthroughs


AI-powered neonatal seizure detection


Predictive screening test for pre-eclampsia


New therapy for peanut allergy sufferers

Our impact

Latest Publications

  • The impact of short‐term predominate breastfeeding on cognitive outcome at 5 years - Acta Paediatrica

    Lenehan, S, Boylan, G, Livingstone, V et al.

  • Placental Ageing in Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes: Telomere Shortening, Cell Senescence, and Mitochondrial Dysfunction - Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity

    Manna, S, McCarthy, C & McCarthy, F.

  • Preeclampsia and Cardiovascular Disease in a Large UK Pregnancy Cohort of Linked Electronic Health Records - Circulation

    Leon, L, McCarthy, F, Direk, K et al.

  • Iron supplementation in preterm and low birth weight infants: a systematic review of intervention studies - Nutrition Reviews

    McCarthy, E, Dempsey, E & Kiely, M.

Our News

All News
  • breastfeeding baby
    25 Sep 2019

    New Research: The effect of short‐term breastfeeding on long‐term IQ

    New research by INFANT PhD student Sonia Lenehan recently published in Acta Pædiatrica.

  • Blood pressure
    24 Sep 2019

    INFANT researcher finds link between pregnancy and heart disease

    Research led by Dr Fergus McCarthy and published in the journal Circulation has found that women wit...

  • Doc and child
    19 Sep 2019

    New Research: The association between preeclampsia and autism spectrum disorder

    New research by INFANT PhD student Gillian Maher published in the JCPP.

  • Stryker donation
    16 Sep 2019

    Stryker raise funds for INFANT

    Generous support will allow us to continue our important research