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The Department of Paediatrics & Child Health works collaboratively with the INFANT Centre and HRB Clinical Research Facility to promote and develop innovative research about the health needs and priorities of Irish children. Paediatrics is an area of medicine renowned for its multidisciplinary approach to patient care and research, and we value interactivity with colleagues and allied health professionals. Our research interests are woven together in many ways.  For example, at present, we are combining our expertise regarding quality of life issues and the impact of health interventions on health and social and economic outcomes with allergic disorders, neurocognitive outcomes of prematurity, epilepsy, diabetes and other common disorders of childhood.


The research strategy and interests of academic staff are listed below. 
Prof Deirdre Murray Establishment of the first Irish birth cohort and first neonatal biobank as part of the BASELINE project - This birth cohort will gather detailed information from 3000 Irish children as they grow and develop over several decades, with a large biobank of stored umbilical cord blood; Study of Neonatal Brain Injury and in particular newborn babies with hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy.
Prof Geraldine Boylan Research strategy aims to improve neurological outcome in newborn babies with seizures and other neurological conditions by: Improving seizure diagnosis and treatment by promoting the use of EEG monitoring in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; Using EEG to accurately predict outcome in newborn babies with hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy; Developing an automated seizure detection algorithm using EEG and other physiological signal analysis; Developing a fetal EEG monitoring device to identify early, babies who are developing neurological injury; Development of a web-based remote monitoring tool for EEG and other diagnostic medical investigations.
Prof Gene Dempsey  
Dr Louise Gibson  
Dr Daragh Finn


Dr Jackie Pando Kelly

Complementary Therapies and Holistic Medicine, Medical Education and the Learning Experience, Global Health including High Altitude Renal Disease, Streptococcus pneumonia In Peru and the outcomes of Tuberculosis in Peru

Dr Anda Dumitrescu

Professional development in health professions' education and adjustments imposed by Covid19 to current medical education. Improvement of the learning experience via various teaching methods. Impact of the pandemic on education and performance.


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Department of Paediatrics & Child Health

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