Child Health

Theme Overview

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. 

More Information About Child Health Research at UCD

Research by UCD affiliated investigators in the areas of childhood HIV infection and immune deficiency states relevant to TB has been published in the Lancet and New England Journal of Medicine. Laboratory-based investigation of the inflammatory and host defence mechanisms underlying important childhood diarrhoeal disease pathogens has been strengthened by an award from the National Children’s Research Centre of over one million Euro to a group of Science Foundation Ireland/Health

Research Board funded investigators interested in the role of reactive oxygen species during intestinal infection in children. Prevention of morbidity and mortality in premature infants is a major challenge of child health. UCD affiliated investigators have been awarded a number of investigator grants to study inflammatory and hypoxic injury in infants.

Exciting results of studies aimed at analysing and predicting morbidity and mortality using clinical and laboratory indicators, and more effective methods for treating sick neonates, have been published.

Congenital birth defects have been the focus of research by UCD affiliated investigators based at the National Children’s Research Centre for many years. Investigator research grants have been awarded for the study of gastrointestinal and pulmonary congenital defects with multiple publications on the pathogenesis of, and outcomes in, a variety of congenital defects.

Research Team

Prof Billy Bourke
Associate Professor & Consultant in Paediatrics

Dr Michael Barrett
Special Lecturer in Paediatrics

 

Prof Carlos Blanco
Adjunct Professor

 

Dr Annemarie Broderick
Senior Clinical Lecturer in Paediatrics

 

Dr Cormac Breatnach
Clinical Lecturer in Paediatrics

 

Prof Karina Butler
Clinical Professor in Paediatrics

Dr Marguerite Clyne
Lecturer
Dr Declan Cody
Consultant Endocrinologist
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Dr Des Cox
Consultant Respirologist
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Dr John Cronin
Clinical Research Fellow
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Dr Ellen Crushell
Consultant for Inherited Metabolic Disorders
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Dr Adrienne Foran
Consultant Neonatologist
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Dr Seamus Giles
Senior Lecturer
Dr Joanne Hughes
Consultant for Inherited Metabolic Disorders
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Dr Seamus Hussey
Clinical Lecturer in Paediatrics
Prof Mary King
Professor of Paediatrics & Head of Subject
Dr Ina Knerr
Consultant Paediatrician
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Prof Ulla Knaus
Professor of Immunology

Dr Eleanor Molloy
Senior Clinical Lecturer in Paediatrics

Dr Sinead Murphy
College Lecturer

Dr Colm O’Donnell
Senior Clinical Lecturer in Paediatrics

Dr Niamh O’Sullivan
Consultant Microbiologist
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Dr Niamh O’Sullivan
Consultant Microbiologist
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Prof Prem Puri
Newman Clinical Research Professor

Dr Marian Rowland
Lecturer in Clinical Research

Dr Jennifer Thompson
Senior Lecturer