Hosted at University College Cork (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


Advancing the health and well-being of children

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Our Latest Publications

  • Ventura S. (2022) “Electroencephalographic sleep macrostructure and sleep spindles in early infancy”  (doi: 10.1093/sleep/zsab262.)
  • Chen G. (2022) “Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on quality of life for children and adolescents with food allergy.” (doi: 10.1111/cea.13973.)
  • Sweetman DU. (2022) “Multi-organ dysfunction scoring in neonatal encephalopathy (MODE Score) and neurodevelopmental outcomes.” (doi: 10.1111/apa.16111.)
  • Roseingrave R. (2022) “Pregnancy after stillbirth: maternal and neonatal outcomes and health service utilization.” (doi: 10.1016/j.ajogmf.2021.100486.)
  • Maher GM. (2022) “Obstetrical mode of delivery and behavioural outcomes in childhood and adolescence: findings from the Millennium Cohort Study. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol.” (doi: 10.1007/s00127-022-02233-x.)
  • O’Byrne LJ. (2022) “Fetal and maternal outcomes after maternal biologic use during conception and pregnancy: a systematic review and meta-analysis.” (doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.17093.)
  • Patangia DV. (2022) “Vertical transfer of antibiotics and antibiotic resistant strains across the mother/baby axis.”  (2doi: 10.1016/j.tim.2021.05.006.)
  • Healy DB. (2022) “Clinical implications of preterm infant gut microbiome development.” (doi: 10.1038/s41564-021-01025-4.)
  • Patangia, D. V.,. (2022). “Impact of antibiotics on the human microbiome and consequences for host health.” (https://doi.org/10.1002/mbo3.1260)
  • Maher, G.M. (2022) “Obstetrical mode of delivery and behavioural outcomes in childhood and adolescence: findings from the Millennium Cohort Study.”  (https://doi.org/10.1007/s00127-022-02233-x) 
  • Fitzgerald, B., (2022). “Fetal deaths in Ireland due to SARS-CoV-2 placentitis caused by SARS-CoV-2 Alpha.” Archives Of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine. (https://doi.org/10.5858/arpa.2021-0586-sa)
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5 employment based PhD Scholarships are on offer with @UCCMedHealth in conjunction with @Pharmabiotic and @infantcentre

Closing date is the 11th February


Prof Subrata Ghosh is set to establish a new laboratory focusing on IBD, Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis at @Pharmabiotic through a prestigious @scienceirel Research Professorship Programme award worth €5.6 million in funding.


📢INFANT Seminar Series

💡Dr Colin Hawkes will discuss a selection of his past and ongoing diabetes research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Cork University Hospital.

🗓️Friday at 12 pm


Together with @UCCMedHealth, INFANT is delighted to sponsor one of the 5 employment-based #PhD Scholarships.

Who should apply - Health Science Professionals interested in maternal and child health research

🗓️Deadline - 11/02/2022

📧- infant@ucc.ie


The @UCCTRMsoc Translational Medicine Conference, 'Narrowing the Void', takes place this Thursday, 27 January with both in-person and online events.

Upskill, network and learn about the revolutionary advancements that are advancing human health.

More: https://bit.ly/3rIS7ls

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Pregnancy Loss Research Group Secures IRC funding to Enhance the Translation of Pregnancy Loss Research into Policy and Practice

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Professor Keelin O’Donoghue, Lead of the Pregnancy Loss Research Group, [...]