The theme of Child Health unites UCD researchers working to develop capacity in clinical, translational and health sciences research in paediatrics. Affiliated researchers propose to advance the establishment of the UCD Centre for Child Health Research (CCHR), which will centralise and streamline existing child health research at University College Dublin.
The CCHR 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. Infectious diseases are the main causes of childhood mortality worldwide.
Diarrhoeal disease research has benefited from the establishment of the DOCHAS initiative funded by the National Children’s Research Centre which aims to understand the recent rapid increase in inflammatory bowel disease in Irish children and already has recruited over 150 patients.