Indra is a Researcher Officer with the National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre (NPEC). She focuses on ensuring data quality, data verification and the day-to-day data management of national perinatal clinical audits in Ireland. She works on several national perinatal clinical audits such as the Therapeutic Hypothermia Audit, the Home Birth Audit, and the Perinatal Mortality Audit. In NPEC, she has a particular interest in implementing online data capture systems (e.g., Castor EDC Software, RedCap EDC Software and using the HIPE database…) whose aim is to optimise the quality of data collection in clinical audits and the case ascertainment.
Indra has a PhD. in Obstetrics and Gynaecology with the Pregnancy Loss Research Group (PLRG) and the NPEC, awarded by the College of Medicine and Health, University College Cork in 2019. The main focus of her PhD was an exploration of dimensions of miscarriage events in the Republic of Ireland: incidence, management, risk factors, interventions and population's awareness of miscarriage.
Her research interests include maternal and infant morbidities, pregnancy loss, risk factors and morbidities during pregnancy, and the optimisation of data quality in clinical audits and national health databases.
Indra graduated from University of Murcia (Spain) with a BSc. in Nursing in 2010. She holds one Professional master’s in education (PME) from University of Murcia, as well as two master’s degree in Public Health from University of Murcia and University College Cork (Ireland).
She has clinical experience as a nurse in intensive care and community healthcare in Spain. She also worked as a Healthcare Assistant in several nursing homes before obtaining her registration as a General Nurse in 2016 in Ireland.
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Paul Corcoran is a Senior Lecturer in Perinatal Epidemiology with the National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre (in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology) and with the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health.
Paul's degrees include a BSc "joint honours" degree in Statistics and Computer Science, a Masters degree in Statistics and a PhD in Epidemiology, all obtained at UCC. He has more than 70 peer-reviewed scientific publications and has contributed chapters to international texts.
Before joining the Centre, Paul was Deputy Director of the National Suicide Research Foundation and Adjunct Senior Lecturer with the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. He was a member of the writing group of Reach Out (Ireland's National Strategy for Action on Suicide Prevention), a Visiting Professor at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oviedo in Spain and Chair of the International Association for Suicide Prevention Special Interest Group on National Systems for Certifying Suicide Deaths.
Tamara is a Research Officer with the National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre. Tamara works on a number of projects focusing on policy development and data quality.
Tamara graduated from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB, Spain) with a BSc. in Psychology in 2014. She holds a Master’s Degree in Health Psychology from the University of Barcelona (UB, Spain). She has clinical experience as a General Health Psychologist in mental health services for children and adolescents in Spain. She also worked as a social support worker for two years in the UK until she moved to Ireland in 2018.
Tamara started her PhD with the Pregnancy Loss Research Group (PLRG), University College Cork, in 2018 and she is currently in her last year. The overall aim of this PhD is to build the evidence-base to inform the development of a behaviour change intervention to address the behavioural risk factors for stillbirth.
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Professor Richard Greene, a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, gained much of his clinical experience in the Coombe Women's Hospital, Dublin. In July 1999, he took up a position as a Fellow in Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, USA. On his return to Ireland in 2001, he joined UCC as a Senior Lecturer/Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. In 2007, he took up his current posts as Director of the National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre (NPEC) and Professor of Clinical Obstetrics, UCC.
Prof. Greene was instrumental in commissioning and establishing the new maternity services at CUMH and continues to maintain a senior management position within the service. His research interests include: maternal-fetal medicine; epidemiology; health services research (incorporating risk management); quality of service; and translational research. The NPEC, under the guidance and leadership of Prof. Greene, continues to aim for improved clinical services for Irish patients.
"As Director of the NPEC, I am proud that the maternity services in Ireland are collecting data which can influence and improve patient care."
Prof. Greene has been involved in the development of a single, national chart for obstetrics and is centrally involved in the Maternal Newborn Clinical Management System (MN_CMS) Project (whereby a single, electronic medical record for all maternity hospitals is created). Prof. Greene is also committed to advancing the UCC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology's goal of becoming a major research unit in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, at both a molecular and clinical level. Prof. Greene's clinical practice is undertaken at Cork University Maternity Hospital.
T: +353 21 420 5017
Jessica is a Clinical Research Officer with the National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre.
She obtained her BSc Midwifery from UCC and went on to work in the UK and Canada with experience in the following areas: labour ward and the high dependency unit, alongside birth centre, antenatal education, community and midwifery-led caseloading, and has a certificate in Maternity Complementary Therapies.
During her time in London, Jessica became Infant Feeding Lead and successfully achieved Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) accreditation. She then moved into a research role, working on various clinical research projects within the area of women and infants’ health and became Lead Research Midwife on a large multicentre trial for her unit focused on pregnancy hypertension.
T: +353 (0)21 420 5054
Sara is a researcher at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre (NPEC), working on national perinatal clinical audits and related research studies. She works on the NPEC's "Severe Maternal Morbidity" annual clinical audit and on the "Very Low Birth Weight Infant" audit (carried out in partnership with the Vermont Oxford Network).
Sara's portfolio includes both qualitative and quantitative research. She has a PhD. in Psychosocial Occupational Health and an MSc. in Occupational Health, both awarded by the School of Public Health in UCC.
T: +353 (0)21 420 5053
Joye McKernan holds a BSc. in Social Science, a Masters in Epidemiology and Public Health and a HDip in Computer Science. Joye is the Research Officer - Information for the National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre. She works on a number of projects within the NPEC focusing on policy development, data quality and information standards. Joye also manages the collection and development of the Robson Ten Groups Classification System project.
Prior to joining NPEC, Joye set up and developed "SMART Research Group". SMART Research Group was a business collaboration with fellow MPH graduates. SMART worked on a number of research projects including Cork Healthy Cities, Evaluation of the Breast Check Community Project and Food Mapping.
Joye is currently completing her PhD which examines the Impact of the Electronic Health Record on the Irish Maternity Services.
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Emma White is a Research Assistant for the National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre. She works on a number of projects within the NPEC including the Perinatal Mortality and Severe Maternal Morbity Audits, communication and dissemination, social media and coordinating the annual NPEC Study Day.
Prior to joining NPEC, Emma was a Senior Technical Sales and Support Specialist with over 20 years’ experience in a number of challenging commercial roles in the Respiratory medical devices and consumables sector, which also combined much direct patient support throughout. Emma also has a research background having worked in Alimentary Health in UCC and quality sector experience from her time at Boston Scientific.