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
  • Girl eating apple
    25 Nov 2019

    BNF award for INFANT Researcher

    Dr Elaine McCarthy honoured at London award ceremony

  • Award presentation
    21 Nov 2019

    INFANT wins 2nd AI Award

    INFANT recognised for digital diagnostics reserach

  • Baby in NICU
    11 Nov 2019

    INFANT research raises questions about current medical approach

    New research led by Prof Deirdre Murray published this week in JAMA Pediatrics

  • 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.