INFANT Early Life Lab
The paediatric academic unit focuses on improving health outcomes for children, from infancy through to adolescence through teaching, research, and innovation.
The first of its kind in Ireland
Opened in June 2018 and home to more than 60 staff, including clinical and academic leaders, scientists, nursing staff and PhD researchers; the academic teams tackle clinical problems such as newborn brain injury, infant seizures, allergy, eczema, sleep, and explore ways of enhancing the long-term wellbeing and development of children.
Some of our paediatric studies see children return for multiple assessments. These are facilitated by INFANT’s expert research nurses and clinicians. Measurements taken include weight, height, blood pressure, heart rate, hand grip strength, vertical jump and skin prick allergy testing, This innovative work helps INFANT to protect mothers and children from pregnancy to childhood and beyond.
Access to the INFANT Early Life Lab and Assessment Rooms is also available on an SFI-approved access charge plan basis to groups or companies outside INFANT.
Our facilities are designed with the well-being of families and children in mind. This focus also extends to its facilities, which are family-friendly and fully equipped.
Over 1,000 children have taken part in our studies in the last five years. Facilities at our centre include:
- Child-friendly clinical assessment rooms
- Developmental assessment room
- Anthropometric measurement equipment
- Waiting room
- Research office