A PERINATAL RESEARCH centre is to be launched in Cork today. The Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research (INFANT) will aim to improve the care of both pregnant mothers and their babies.
Receiving funding as part of a government investment of €300 million in seven scientific research centres, INFANT will be based at Cork University Maternity Hospital.
The centre will receive €7.6 million in public funding and a further €6 million from other partners.
More than 60 researchers, doctors and scientists will work with INFANT.
The centre will focus on “fast-tracking discoveries relating to most complications of pregnancy and newborn babies and service a huge societal and economic need globally,” according to UCC.
UCC states that the progress of perinatal research has been “painfully slow and consequently there are no effective screening tests for the most common complications of pregnancy and newborn babies. As a result, prompt detection of problems and the development of appropriate treatments are impacted”.
INFANT will focus on developing screening and diagnostic tests for monitoring pregnancy and newborns.
Doctors and scientists will also investigate the cause of pre-term births in an effort to develop treatment and intervention.