Tuesday 07 February 2017
The Directors and Executive Management Team are delighted to announce that Professor Declan Devane will join the INFANT Centre as Principal Investigator in the INFANT Team.
Prof Devane’s joining of INFANT marks a very exciting time of expansion in the centre. Prof Louise Kenny noted, “Declan brings a wealth of experience and knowledge which will extend the research areas of our centre. He is a leading expert in his field and we are really looking forward to working together to expand the impact that INFANT can have for maternity care”. Prof Geraldine Boylan added, “Declan has an international record of excellence in teaching and research which will greatly help us to achieve our goal of improving health outcomes for mothers and their children around the world”.
Wealth of Experience
Declan is Professor of Midwifery at NUI Galway and the Director of the Health Research Board – Trials Methodology Research Network (HRB-TMRN). Declan has a particular interest in the implementation and evaluation of models of maternity care, and on methods of fetal monitoring. He is an expert in conducting randomised trials, systematic reviews and meta-analyses. He has published over 110 papers including numerous Cochrane systematic reviews predominantly in the field of fetal assessment.
Meeting Global Needs
The Vice President for Research and Innovation at UCC, Professor Anita Maguire welcomed the addition of this talented researcher to the innovative INFANT Research Centre, stating: “The expertise Prof Devane is bringing to the INFANT team will further support the more rapid translation of important research to support mothers and babies, and work towards the development of solutions to unmet global needs in perinatal healthcare.”
Prof Devane noted, “I’m genuinely delighted to have the opportunity to work more closely with Louise and Geraldine and all the team at the INFANT centre. I look forward to contributing and hope I can live up to the expectations!”
The team is looking forward to working with Declan, not least because he is a World Guinness Record holder (for the longest open saltwater scuba dive in cold water……)!
We warmly welcome him to the team!