Friday 20 October 2017

This Research Day will share, promote and facilitate discussion on cutting edge, best practice perinatal research from international experts and early career researchers on how to improve health outcomes for pregnancy, infancy and childhood.

The event will take place in the Clayton Hotel, Lapps Quay, Cork. 


Registration Opens at 08:15. 


Our Programme begins at 08:45 with a Welcome Address.

A poster session will take place at the break time.

Lunch will be provided to all attendees.

mother and babyINFANT Research Day 2017 Programme

Pregnancy/Pre-eclampsia Session

Chair: Prof Louise Kenny


09:00 – KEYNOTE: Prof Richard McManus

Self-Monitoring of Blood Pressure to Detect and Manage Hypertension During and After Pregnancy:

Can Women Do It Better?


  • 09:45 – Dr Cathal McCarthy – Mitochondrial superoxide scavengers mediate endothlelial dysfunction in pre-eclampsia
  • 10:00 – Eoin Roche – Analysis of comparable home / clinic blood pressure readings in the LEANBH population
  • 10:15 – Sinead Flanagan – Periconceptual Maternal Alcohol Consumption and Subsequent Behavioural Outcomes at 2 and 5 Years of Age


Birth & Pregnancy Loss Session

Chair: Dr Keelin O’Donoghue


10:45 – KEYNOTE: Prof Anna David

Novel treatments for fetal growth restriction using gene therapy and other innovative approaches


  • 11:30 – Indra San Lazaro Campillo – Ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage hospital admission in Ireland: incidence, type of management and morbidity indicators
  • 11.45 – Maeve O’Connell – Prevalence and associated risk factors of tocophobia in an Irish population
  • 12:00 – Dr Karen McNamara – Intrapartum Death and Doctors: A Qualitative Exploration


12:15:  Lunch & Poster Session


Neonatology/Nutrition Session

Chairs: Prof Gene Dempsey & Prof Mairead Kiely


13:00 – KEYNOTE: Prof Barry Schifrin

The Timing and Mechanism of Intrapartum Fetal Neurological Injury


  • 13:45 – Dr Daragh Finn – Clamping the Umbilical cord in Premature Deliveries
  • 14:00 – Dr John O’Toole – Temporal Evolution of Quantitative EEG within 3 Days of Birth in Early Preterm Infants
  • 14:15 – Dr Karen Ni Cheallachain – Estimation of the dietary requirement for vitamin D in pregnancy
  • 14:30 – Dr Áine Hennessey – No association between maternal or neonatal vitamin D status and atopic disease in 2- and 5-year-old children in the Cork BASELINE Birth Cohort Study


Bitesize Thesis

Chairs: Prof Fred Adam & Dr Ria O’Sullivan Lago

  • 14.45 – Stacey Power – The Experience of Pregnancy with Major Fetal Anomaly
  • 14.50 – Sarah Carter – Variation in the Risk of Labour Induction across NHS Trusts in the United Kingdom
  • 14.55 – Rachel Williamson – Evidence of mitochondrial dysfunction in Pre-eclampsia
  • 15.00 – Gillian Maher – Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy and Risk of Neurodevelopmental Disorders in the Offspring: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
  • 15.05 – Deirdre Hayes-Ryan – Placental Growth Factor
  • 15.10 – Mark O’Sullivan – Neonatal Brain Stethoscope
  • 15.15 – Alison O’Shea – Neonatal Seizure Detection using Deep Convolutional Neural Networks


Participant Experiences Session

Chair: Dr Ria O’Sullivan Lago


15:45 – 16:15 – KEYNOTE:  Ms Sally Crowe

Research and Involvement


  • 16:15 – Carla Gower – Understanding the Experiences of Fathers of Infants with Congenital Heart Disease
  • 16:30 – Dr Deirdre Twomey – The Subjective Experiences of Parents Participating in the BiHIVE #2 Study
  • 16:45 – Dr Sarah Meaney – When One Twin Dies: Parents’ Experience of Perinatal Palliative Care


Closing Talk:

17:00 – Prof David Henshall, Director Future Neuro

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