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


Impactful Scientific Breakthroughs


AI-powered neonatal seizure detection


Predictive screening test for pre-eclampsia


New therapy for peanut allergy sufferers

Our impact

Latest Publications

  • 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.

  • The impact of short‐term predominate breastfeeding on cognitive outcome at 5 years - Acta Paediatrica

    Lenehan, S, Boylan, G, Livingstone, V et al.

Our News

All News
  • Man reading to small baby
    19 Jun 2020

    Infant Mental Health

    The brain develops more in the first five years than at any other stage of our life.

  • Man
    12 Jun 2020

    INFANT student wins Student Entrepreneur Award

    Mark O’Sullivan awarded top prize at the Student Entrepreneur Awards 2020

  • Blood pressure
    09 Jun 2020

    INFANT Researchers share in €1.4m SFI funding

    INFANT awarded funding for remote health monitoring of pregnant women during COVID-19 pandemic

  • Two boys hugging
    29 May 2020

    INFANT giving a voice to children with special needs

    New study launched to evaluate the impact of COVID-19