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INFANT at the’from Molecules to People’ Research Conference

📢Last week INFANT PI Prof Deirdre Murray was a lead speaker at the UCC Medicine and Health 'from Molecules to people' Research Conference 💡This conference provided a forum where researchers at availed of the opportunity for network building and further collaboration Read more about the event here:

By |September 29th, 2022|Categories: News|0 Comments

PhD Profile: Dr Aisa Shayo

Doctor Researcher: Aisa Shayo Aisa is pursuing a PhD in the area of improved care for premature babies in order to reduce neonatal mortality caused by Preterm deliveries which is among the top three causes of death in neonates. Aisa is a Paediatrician working in Tanzania at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center (KCMC) which is a consultant hospital in Northern Tanzania. She is also a lecturer at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College (KCMUCO). She supervises and teaches diploma students, Medical doctor students (MD) and Masters students (MMED). She also provides supervision on research thesis for MD four and Masters students. She is also involved in several board member committee both at the hospital and university college as well. She is current head of department of Paediatrics both at the hospital and university College. Aisa's planned thesis is titled: THE IMPACT, PERCEPTION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF KMC AT THE NEONATAL UNIT AMONG HCWs AND MOTHERS OF PREMATURE NEONATES AT KILIMANJARO CHRISTIAN MEDICAL CENTER, NORTHERN TANZANIA Study Aim: · What is the impact of KMC at neonatal unit of zonal consultant hospital in northern Tanzania? · What is the perception and implementation of KMC by the mothers and health care providers from zonal consultant hospital? The Objectives of the study are: 1. To determine the timing of death and factors associated with mortality in all preterm neonates born between [...]

By |September 15th, 2022|Categories: News|0 Comments

PhD Profile: Dr Carol Stephens

  Dr Carol Stephens is a PhD candidate in INFANT and  also on The HRB Neonatal Encephalopathy PhD Training Network (NEPTuNE).   She graduated from NUI Galway in 2014 and has been working in paediatrics for the last seven years.  Her areas of special interest in paediatrics include neuro-disability and palliative care. Both specialities are closely intertwined and are areas that are growing in paediatrics. Her PhD is entitled  SYNAPSE-OutcomeS and ElectroencephalographY followiNg NeonAtal EncePhalopathy: an ObSErvational Study and is funded by the Health Research Board Ireland and partly  supported by Merck’s Life Science Community Engagement Programme – Scientific Research. The aim of Carol’s research is to evaluate outcomes (epilepsy, death and neurodevelopmental outcomes) following Neonatal Encephalopathy. Carol will focus particularly on EEG  findings in relation to these outcomes. She hopes that her PhD allows her to identify infants and children who are at risk of neuro-disability with an aim of better understanding outcome and  prognostication following neonatal encephalopathy. This in turn will advocate for earlier and more targeted follow up of the most at-risk infants. Her supervisors are Professor Geraldine Boylan, Professor Deirdre Murray, Dr. Olivia O’Mahony and Dr. Brian Walsh.

By |September 15th, 2022|Categories: News|0 Comments

New paper published by INFANT and Pregnancy Loss Research Group

📣Check out this paper by INFANT Research Centre & Pregnancy Loss Research Group researchers 💡'Facilitators and barriers influencing weight management behaviours during pregnancy: a meta-synthesis of qualitative research' 🔎Read paper here: Tamara Escañuela Sánchez Caroline O'Connor Keelin O'Donoghue Karen Matvienko-Sikar

By |September 14th, 2022|Categories: News|0 Comments

INFANT and Musgraves’s Food Allergy Research Partnership

📣Check out Echo's coverage of INFANT and Musgrave's recent partnership in #foodallergyresearch 💡'The partnership will advance critical research from University College Cork’s INFANT Research Centre into anaphylaxis management' 🔎

By |September 13th, 2022|Categories: News|0 Comments

INFANT PhD Profile: Eoin Brophy

Eoin Brophy is a PhD candidate; his research focuses on developing deep learning methods as a reliable tool to generate and process medical time-series data that adhere to privacy-preserving regulations. Ultimately, this will allow for sharing and disseminating of medical data and, in turn, advancing clinical research in the relevant fields, such as in the NICU. Eoin is passionate about using AI for improved consumer health and patient outcomes and has extensive research expertise in developing machine learning applications and rich time series data solutions. In addition, he successfully developed novel deep learning techniques to generate synthetic physiological data.   In 2017, Eoin received his MEng in Electronic Engineering from Maynooth University and worked as a lecturer for IADT in Electronics and Microcontrollers. Following this, Eoin held a research assistant position in SAP and Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics in 2018. He started his PhD journey in late 2018, working out of DCU School of Computing and INFANT Research Centre.   Eoin recently defended his PhD entitled "Deep Learning-based Signal Processing Approaches for Improved Tracking of Human Health and Behaviour with Wearable Sensors"   The outcomes of his PhD were as follows: · The first contribution lies in forwarding the field of medical time series data generation using recurrent Generative Adversarial Networks. He developed a custom architecture and loss function towards improved physiological [...]

By |September 8th, 2022|Categories: News|0 Comments

New paper published by INFANT researchers

📣Check out this article published by INFANT researchers Dr Juan Truhillo and @caoimhe_cronin   💡'Benefit of educational intervention on Autoinjector Technique for caregivers and paediatric patients with food allergies: A literature review'   🔎  

By |September 7th, 2022|Categories: News|0 Comments

Open Letter by INFANT Researcher Marita Hennessy

📣Check out this open letter by INFANT researcher @marita.hennessy 💡'Time for complete transparency about conflicts of interest in #publichealth nutrition research' 🔎

By |September 6th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

Musgrave partners with UCC to support allergen education and research

PRESS RELEASE Musgrave, Ireland’s leading food retailer, wholesaler and foodservice company, has collaborated with University College Cork (UCC) to advance allergy education and research. New funding will provide grants to students on the new Allergy and Clinical Immunology Postgraduate Programme at UCC Sponsorship will also fund essential studies into anaphylaxis management In keeping with the Musgrave’s long-standing history of innovation and commitment to supporting communities, this partnership will advance critical research from UCC’s INFANT Centre into anaphylaxis management, which is the management of a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reactions, in care settings. It will also support the launch of a new online postgraduate programme in Allergy and Clinical Immunology within the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, UCC. Ray Bowe, Head of Food Safety and Quality at Musgrave, said: “At Musgrave, we feed one in three people across Ireland every day. We ensure that the food we supply is of the highest quality and safe for those who enjoy it, and this means the continuous management of allergens is a key cornerstone across our supply chains to the end consumer. Food allergens are a significant health risk to vulnerable consumers, with the rate of allergen sufferers increasing in the developed world over the past 30 years. As a result, we were happy to have the opportunity to support this allergy education and research at UCC and [...]

By |September 2nd, 2022|Categories: News|0 Comments

PhD Profile: Jacopo Proietti

Jacopo is a Child Neuropsychiatrist trained in pediatric neurological disorders, with particular interest in electrophysiological evaluation of epilepsy with onset in childhood and adolescence. In the last two years he shifted his attention to neonatal neurology. His PhD is focusing on: Simultaneous multichannel EEG and median nerve SEPs recording during the earliest hours after birth in infants with Neonatal Hypoxic Ischaemic Encephalopathy. This is a collaborative project between INFANT and University of Verona (Italy). Education and Career: 2020-present: joint-PhD student | INFANT Research Centre, University College Cork – Child Neuropsychiatry Unit, University of Verona 2020-2022: Clinical activity as Specialist Child Neuropsychiatrist, Verona University Hospital 2020: Clinical Research Fellow | INFANT Research Centre, University College Cork 2016-2020: Child Neuropsychiatry Specialization | Child Neuropsychiatry Unit, Verona University Hospital 2016: Medical Licence | University of Perugia 2016: Degree in Medicine and Surgery | University of Perugi

By |August 30th, 2022|Categories: News|0 Comments

New Paper Published by INFANT Researchers

📣Check out this paper by INFANT researchers   💡'Early initiation of short-term emollient use for the prevention of atopic dermatitis in high risk infants – the STOP AD randomised controlled trial'   🔎   #UCCresearch #dermatology

By |August 29th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

PhD Profile: Elizabeth Bodunde

Elizabeth completed her Bachelor of Science in Public health in 2017 from Babcock University and graduated from University College Cork in 2021 with a Master of Public Health (Advanced Epidemiology and Biostatistics). She holds First Class Honours in both degrees. After receiving her degree in 2017, she joined the National Youth Service Corps and was assigned to work as a Research assistant at the Evangel fistula center in Jos. After her duty ended, she started working as a program officer at the center and an interim training officer for the Christoffel Blinden Mission Women’s Health Programme Germany. Elizabeth received research expertise in a variety of fields, and after COVID-19 emerged, she worked as a surveillance officer with public health departments in the South and Midwest, supporting the development of surveillance capacity at all levels across the country . Elizabeth is funded by the HRB SPHERE programme and is currently pursuing a PhD in Population Health and Health Service Research (PHHSR) at the School of Public Health and INFANT. Her doctoral research focuses on the long-term risk of maternal mental health outcomes after adverse pregnancy and birth complications. Elizabeth planned thesis is titled: Exploring the impact of pregnancy and birth complications on adverse long term maternal mental health outcomes The objectives of the study are: 1. Examine the association between pregnancy and childbirth complications and adverse long-term [...]

By |August 24th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

Dr Marita Hennessy given Herman Schaalma Award for best PhD!!

Congratulations to post-doctoral Researcher Marita Hennessy for this European Health Psychology Society Herman Schaalma Award for her Health research Board SPHeREprogramme  PhD in 2020!! Marita is a postdoctoral researcher with the Pregnancy Loss Group at INFANT. Prior to joining INFANT in January 2020, Marita was a Health Research Board-funded SPHeRE PhD Scholar within the Health Behaviour Change Research Group at NUI Galway. For her doctoral studies, she examined behavioural interventions delivered by health professionals during the first 1,000 days to prevent childhood obesity. Thesis Title: Obesity prevention during early life: Developing the evidence base to maximise the effectiveness of interventions delivered by health professionals Her research interests include maternal and child health, childhood obesity, health behaviour change, implementation science, commercial determinants of health, health inequalities and men’s health. She is experienced in a range of research methods including qualitative, mixed methods, systematic review, and creative approaches. Prior to commencing her doctoral studies, Marita held research roles with safefood, University College Cork, the Children’s Research Centre-Trinity College Dublin, the National Cancer Registry, and Waterford Institute of Technology. Marita is currently working on the RE:CURRENT study led by Prof Keelin O’Donoghue and funded by the Health Research Board, evaluating recurrent miscarriage (RM) services in Ireland to inform efforts to standardise and improve the quality of these services. Learn more about the RE:CURRENT study here Well done Marita, [...]

By |August 24th, 2022|Categories: News|0 Comments

NeuroBell announced as finalist in Healthy Mom & Baby Innovation Competition!!

A big congratulations to INFANT Lead Investigator Mark O 'Sullivan on his recent success in qualifying as a finalist at the Parkview Health and MATTER 2022 Healthy Mom and Baby 3.0 Innovation Competition with the Neurobell project. Neurobell is an Enterprise Ireland-funded commercialization project and team from the INFANT Research Centre at University College Cork. Neurobell is developing a novel medical device for early detection and monitoring of seizures in newborns. Their pocket-sized and wireless EEG monitor provides bedside staff with easy-to-use EEG and automated alerts for seizures in real time. Launched in May 2022, the Parkview Health and MATTER 2022 Healthy Mom and Baby 3.0 Innovation Competition challenges innovators to submit innovative solutions to help improve access to care and management of chronic conditions for mothers, infants and children. The four finalists will participate in a two-month virtual accelerator where they will continue to build and test their solutions with leaders from Parkview Health, MATTER and Management Performance Hub. On November 10, 2022, the finalists will pitch their solutions to a community of healthcare professionals, Parkview leaders and outside investors for potential pilot and funding opportunities. All teams who participate in the final pitch day will receive a six-month global membership at MATTER. Best of luck in the final Mark!!

By |August 22nd, 2022|Categories: News|0 Comments

Dr Cathal O’Connor – Future Leader in Paediatric Dermatology

PhD student & ICAT Programme fellow Dr Cathal O’Connor has been selected by the executive board of the European Society of Paediatric Dermatology as a Future Leader in Paediatric Dermatology. He was presented with his certificate by ESPD president, Prof Veronica Kinsler, at the recent annual ESPD meeting in Munich, Germany. What is the Future Leaders Programme? The Future Leaders Programme is a three-year rolling programme to attract and support the careers of trainee/resident doctors who are interested in Paediatric Dermatology. Three positions will be available each year from 2021. What does the Future Leaders Programme give to successful applicants? Membership of the ESPD for three years Registration to the ESPD annual congress for three years Mentorship sessions from a senior ESPD mentor for three years Oral presentation at the ESPD congress in the first or second year of the programme ESPD Future Leaders lecture in the final year of the programme Organised networking sessions with other Future Leaders Programme members

By |August 17th, 2022|Categories: News|0 Comments
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Check out this baseline assessment for the SPINDLE study

👨🏼‍⚕️Check out this baseline assessment conducted by PhD student Dr Cathal O'Connor as part of the SPINDLE study 💡Assessing SleeP IN infants with early-onset atopic Dermatitis by Longitudinal Evaluation 🔎Learn more about the #SPINDLEstudy here: University College Cork #dermatology Irish Clinical Academic Training (ICAT) Programme

By |August 10th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

PhD Profile: Dr Cathal O’Connor’s work to investigate the impact of eczema on babies’ sleep

Cathal O’Connor is a PhD fellow with the prestigious Irish Clinical and Academic Training (ICAT) programme and is a Specialist Registrar in Dermatology with the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI), dual training in general paediatrics. He graduated from University College Cork in 2013 and undertook Basic Specialist Training with RCPI in both Paediatrics and Adult Medicine. He has dual membership of the RCPI in Paediatrics (2015) and Medicine (2017). He is author of several dermatology textbook chapters, has over 50 academic publications and has a special interest in paediatric dermatology, with primary research interests including eczema and genetic skin disease. He has been chosen as a 'Future Leader' by the executive board of the European Society for Paediatric Dermatology for 2021-2024. Assessing SleeP IN infants with early-onset atopic Dermatitis by Longitudinal Evaluation (The SPINDLE study) The aim of the project is to describe, for the first time, detailed sleep architecture of infants with early-onset atopic dermatitis (AD), also known as eczema, compared to controls, by using EEG polysomnography, sleep actigraphy, and parental reporting. The objectives are to: 1. Recruit a cohort of infants with early-onset AD and a cohort of matched healthy controls 2. Collect and analyse parent-reported, actigraphy, and EEG polysomnography sleep data from infants with early-onset AD, and compare to healthy controls 3. Perform serial clinical assessment, skin barrier assessment, and [...]

By |August 8th, 2022|Categories: News|0 Comments