The Centre for Paediatric Research unites UCD researchers working to develop capacity in clinical, translational and health sciences research in paediatrics. The Centre comprises a cluster of clinical and translational researchers at University College Dublin and its affiliated paediatric hospitals.
It includes investigators with expertise across the spectrum of translational research, including laboratory-based scientists, clinician scientists and clinician researchers. Research outputs cover a wide range of paediatric diseases, however strong focus has been brought to bear on certain research areas/themes with existing established research capacity.
Having graduated from UCD Medicine in 1978, Professor Michael Turner trained in obstetrics and gynaecology in Dublin and London, and was appointed as a consultant in 1990. He earn his membership of both the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland and the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists in 1984 and in 1988 was awarded a Masters of the Art of Obstetrics by University College Dublin.
From 1992 to 1998 he served as Master of the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital which is one of Europe's leading hospitals for women's healthcare. In 2006 he was appointed the UCD Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Coombe. Since 2010 he has served as the country's first National Lead for the Health Services Executive Clinical Programme in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
UCD Centre for Human Reproduction
Professor Turner is also Director of the UCD Centre for Human Reproduction at the Coombe Women's & Infants' University Hospital, one of the university's dedicated research centres. The centre focuses on health services implementation science and on modifiable clinical risk factors for pregnancy such as maternal obesity, aberrant fetal growth, inadequate nutrition, infection and smoking.
His full profile is available here.
Growing Issue of Maternal Obesity
Prof Turner discusses the growing issue of maternal obesity in an interview on Today with Sean O'Rourke (RTE Radio 1)
UCD Researchers have demonstrated the impact of strict pre-analytical sample handling procedures on the diagnosis of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in pregnant women. The prospective observational study found that the prevalence of GDM was 2.7 times higher if standards for pre-analytic prevention of glycolysis in the maternal samples were strictly implemented compared with the customary hospital conditions. These findings raise the possibility that suboptimal implementation of measures to prevent glycolysis is causing GDM to be under-diagnosed across the country, with potentially serious clinical consequences.