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Indra is a Data Analyst at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre (NPEC), focusing on ensuring data quality, data verification and the day-to-day data management of national perinatal clinical audits in Ireland. In NPEC, she has a particular interest in implementing online data capture systems (e.g. the HIPE database and Castor EDC) whose aim is to optimise the quality of the case ascertainment and data collection in clinical audits. Her research interests include: 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 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.
Indra took up a PhD. Internship with the Pregnancy Loss Research Group (PLRG) and the NPEC, University College Cork, in 2016. She has recently submitted her thesis this year (August 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.
T: +353 (0)21 420 5043
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.
T: +353 (0)21 420 5023
Alana graduated with a "first class honours" degree in Human Nutrition from University College Dublin in 2017.
Alana has a combination of research, industrial and administrative experience.
She was a Research Assistant with the University College Cork School of Nursing and Midwifery in 2019; prior to this, she was an "Early Stage Researcher" with the Insitute for Global Food Security at Queen's University Belfast (2017-2018) and also undertook two summer, laboratory-research studentships at University College Dublin (2013 and 2014). During her time at QUB, she also undertook a one-month epidemiology secondment at the Norwegian Institute for Public Health. While at UCD, she won a scholarship to present in an undergraduate research conference in Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.
In 2014, Alana undertook a ten-month work placement in Danone Early-Life Nutrition (infant-formula industry).
She held an administrative role as "Knowledge Network Co-ordinator" at "safefood" in 2018.
Currently, Alana works at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre as a Research Assistant (Admin.).
T: +353 (0)21 420 5018
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 (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.
T: +353 (0)21 420 5017
Sarah Meaney is social researcher with a particular interest in the patient perspective of health care. She completed her PhD, entitled "Causes and consequences of pregnancy loss and perinatal death", in 2016. Sarah is currently based in the National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre (NPEC), in University College Cork.
Sarah has vast experience in both qualitative and quantitative health research and is currently working on a number of such projects in the NPEC including, but not limited to: qualitative and quantitative projects investigating pregnancy, birth and pregnancy loss; "Planned Homebirths" (an audit of all homebirths in the Republic of Ireland); "The National Audit on Therapeutic Hypothermia in the Republic of Ireland"; and the management of the NPEC online database for three of the national audits.
Within her role in the NPEC, Sarah sits on a number of national steering groups.
To date, Sarah has published over 50 peer-reviewed, full papers. Her H-index is 17 and her i10-index is 22, according to Google Scholar. A full publication list can be found here.
Sarah is also an associate editor for BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth.
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