INFANT Centre launches COVID-19 Hub

8 May 2020
INFANT Director, Prof Geraldine Boylan

The Irish Centre for Maternal and Child Health Research (INFANT) at UCC has created a dedicated Hub for families, researchers and healthcare professionals to find factual, up-to-date, and accessible information that relates to COVID-19 during pregnancy, birth, and early childhood.

The INFANT Research Centre’s COVID-19 Hub is designed to be a one-stop shop that brings all the latest public advice, science and clinical guidelines on COVID-19 during pregnancy, birth, newborns, and early childhood together on a singular platform.

Researchers can visit the Hub to find the latest in scientific literature and reports pertinent to COVID-19 and maternal, newborn, and child health, while parents will find resources and advice to address their queries and concerns.

INFANT Director Prof Geraldine Boylan said the Hub has been implemented to address some of the anxieties and concerns prompted by the pandemic.

“COVID-19 has impacted everyone’s lives and INFANT, as a Maternal and Child Health Research Centre, is particularly conscious of the impact of this crisis on our many colleagues working in the front line in Cork University Maternity Hospital and Cork University Hospital, and the many mums that are pregnant and giving birth during this uncertain time.

“We are also keenly aware of the anxiety and stress that families and children are feeling especially those that have supported our studies in the past.

“We will also use the hub to keep the public updated about what we are doing here at INFANT, specifically in COVID-19 research such as innovations like the virtual visitation app that we developed for babies in the NICU.”

Anyone interested in assisting or collaborating with the Hub, or who needs additional information, should contact infantcovidresponse@ucc.ie

The Hub can be visited HERE

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