INFANT Appoints Professor Declan Devane as new PI

13 Feb 2017
Professor Declan Devane

INFANT, the Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research, has today announced that Professor Declan Devane will join as a Principal Investigator. 

Declan is Professor of Midwifery at NUI Galway and Director of the Health Research Board - Trials Methodology Research Network (HRB-TMRN). Declan has a particular interest in the implementation and evaluation of models of maternity care, and on methods of fetal monitoring. He is an expert in conducting randomised trials, systematic reviews and meta-analyses. He has published over 110 papers including numerous Cochrane systematic reviews predominantly in the field of fetal assessment. Prof Devane noted, “I’m genuinely delighted to have the opportunity to work more closely with Louise and Geraldine and all the team at the INFANT centre. I look forward to contributing and hope I can live up to the expectations.”

Prof Devane’s appointment marks an exciting time of expansion in the centre. Commenting on the announcement Director of INFANT, Professor of Obstetrics at University College Cork and Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Cork University Maternity Hospital Professor Louise Kenny, stated that “Declan brings a wealth of experience and knowledge which will extend the research areas of our centre.  He is a leading expert in his field and we are really looking forward to working together to expand the impact that INFANT can have for maternity care.” Professor Geraldine Boylan, Director of INFANT and Professor of Neonatal Physiology at University College Cork added, “Declan has an international record of excellence in teaching and research which will greatly help us to achieve our goal of improving health outcomes for mothers and their children around the world.”

The Vice President for Research and Innovation at UCC, Professor Anita Maguire welcomed the addition of this talented researcher to the innovative INFANT Research Centre, stating: “The expertise Prof Devane is bringing to the INFANT team will further support the more rapid translation of important research to support mothers and babies, and work towards the development of solutions to unmet global needs in perinatal healthcare.”

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