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
  • Baby being held in adult hands
    01 Nov 2019

    New Research: Iron deficiency in newborn infants and its potential health consequences

    Research published by INFANT nutrition team in the latest edition of the Nutrition Bulletin.

  • Girl standing by GHC letters
    29 Oct 2019

    INFANT represented at GHC 2019

    PhD student Alison O'Shea attended the largest gathering of women in computing.

  • Group of women
    17 Oct 2019

    Success for INFANT team at ISA 2019

    The PLRG led by Dr Keelin O'Donoghue shares their work on the world stage.

  • newborn
    14 Oct 2019

    New Research: Caesarean Section Delivery & Childhood Obesity

    New research by INFANT PhD candidate Gwinyai Masukume published in BMJ.