Researchers at UCD


Colm O'Donnell

Full Clinical Professor

School of Medicine

Tel: 353 1 637 3100


Consultant Neonatologist, NMH & OLCHC

Director of Clinical Research, National Children¿s Research Centre

National Specialty Director, Paediatrics, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland


I am a Neonatologist working in a busy maternity hospital with a level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). I perform clinical studies and randomised controlled trials (RCTs) that examine the effects of interventions in the delivery rooms and in the NICU.




Association: RCPI, Function/Role: National Specialty Director

Conference Contributions

O'Donnell, C (2015) Neonatal resuscitation - What's new in 2015?. [Invited Oral Presentation], Norwegian Pediatric Society Meeting, Tromso, Norway , 21-JAN-15 - 23-JAN-15.
O'Donnell, C (2014) Stabilization and resuscitation in the delivery room. [Invited Oral Presentation], Recent Advances in Neonatology, VIIth International Symposium, Wurzburg, Germany , 05-OCT-14 - 07-OCT-14.
O'Donnell, C (2014) Respiratory support in the delivery room: secrets and strategies. [Oral Presentation], Padova per la Pediatria Futura, University of Padova, Italy , 13-FEB-14 - 13-FEB-14.
O'Donnell, C (2014) How to improve delivery room care in preterm infants. [Oral Presentation], Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Annual Conference, Birmingham , 09-APR-14 - 09-APR-14.
O'Donnell, C (2014) Neonatal resuscitation: how to improve outcome?. [Oral Presentation], Varmote i Perinatolgi (Swedish Perinatal Meeting), Gotland, Sweden , 09-MAY-14 - 09-MAY-14.
O'Donnell, C (2014) Face mask or nasal prong immediately after birth?. [Invited Oral Presentation], Recent Advances in Neonatology, VIIth International Symposium, Wurzburg, Germany , 05-OCT-14 - 07-OCT-14.
O'Donnell, C (2014) Randomised trials in the delivery room. [Invited Oral Presentation], Annual Neonatal Meeting, Poznan, Poland , 01-NOV-14 - 01-NOV-14.


Committee : Neonatal Task Force of the ILCOR
Committee : European Scientific Collaboration on Neonatal Resuscitation Research
Committee : Faculty of Pediatrics, RCPI
Committee : Education Committee and Examinations Committee, RCPI

Journals Edited

Acta Paediatrica, International Journal Of Paediatrics: Reviewer.
Journal Of Pediatrics: Reviewer.
Pediatrics: Reviewer.
Journal Of Paediatrics And Child Health: Reviewer.
New England Journal Of Medicine: Reviewer.
British Medical Journal: Reviewer.
Archives Of Disease In Childhood: Fetal And Neonatal Edition: Reviewer.
The Cochrane Library: Reviewer.

Other Activities

National Children's Research Centre - Director of Clinical Research

Review grant applications for the Wellcome Trust

Review abstracts submitted to the Annual Meeting of Pediatric Academic Societies 



Peer Reviewed Journals

Stenke E, Kieran EA;McCarthy LK;Dawson JA;Van Vonderen JJ;Kamlin CO;Davis PG;Te Pas AB;O'Donnell CP (2016) 'A randomised trial of placing preterm infants on their back or left side after birth'. Archives of disease in childhood. Fetal and neonatal edition, . [DOI] [Details]
Bruschettini M, Romantsik O;Ramenghi LA;Zappettini S;O'Donnell CP;Calevo MG (2016) 'Needle aspiration versus intercostal tube drainage for pneumothorax in the newborn'. The Cochrane database of systematic reviews, (1). [DOI] [Details]
Wilkinson D, Andersen C;O'Donnell CP;De Paoli AG;Manley BJ (2016) 'High flow nasal cannula for respiratory support in preterm infants'. The Cochrane database of systematic reviews, 2 . [DOI] [Details]
Hickey L, Garland SM;Jacobs SE;O'Donnell CP;Tabrizi SN; (2015) 'Cross-colonization of infants with probiotic organisms in a neonatal unit'. Journal of Hospital Infection, 88 (4):226-229. [DOI] [Details]
Flinn AM, Travers CP;Laffan EE;O'Donnell CP (2015) 'Estimating the endotracheal tube insertion depth in newborns using weight or gestation: a randomised trial'. Neonatology, 107 (3):167-172. [DOI] [Details]
Janvier A, Barrington KJ;Aziz K;Bancalari E;Batton D;Bellieni C;Bensouda B;Blanco C;Cheung PY;Cohn F;Daboval T;Davis P;Dempsey E;Dupont-Thibodeau A;Ferretti E;Farlow B;Fontana M;Fortin-Pellerin E;Goldberg A;Hansen TW;Haward M;Kovacs L;Lapointe A;Lantos J;Morley C;Moussa A;Musante G;Nadeau S;O'Donnell CP;Orfali K;Payot A;Ryan CA;Sant'anna G;Saugstad OD;Sayeed S;Stokes TA;Verhagen E (2014) 'CPS position statement for prenatal counselling before a premature birth: Simple rules for complicated decisions'. Paediatrics and Child Health, 19 (1):22-24. [Details]
Stranak Z, Semberova J;Barrington K;O'Donnell C;Marlow N;Naulaers G;Dempsey E; (2014) 'International survey on diagnosis and management of hypotension in extremely preterm babies'. European Journal of Pediatrics, 173 (6):793-798. [DOI] [Details]
Kieran, EA; O'Donnell, C (2014) 'Variation in size of laryngoscope blades used in preterm newborns'. Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal and Neonatal Edition, 99 (3):F250. [Details]
Dempsey EM, Barrington KJ;Marlow N;O'Donnell CP;Miletin J;Naulaers G;Cheung PY;Corcoran D;Pons G;Stranak Z;Van Laere D; (2014) 'Management of hypotension in preterm infants (The HIP Trial): a randomised controlled trial of hypotension management in extremely low gestational age newborns'. Neonatology, 105 (4):275-281. [DOI] [Details]
Kieran EA, O'Callaghan N;O'Donnell CP (2014) 'Unlicensed and off-label drug use in an Irish neonatal intensive care unit: a prospective cohort study'. Acta Paediatrica Scandinavica, 103 (4):1-42. [DOI] [Details]
O'Donnell CP (2014) 'Plastics bags reduce hypothermia in newly born infants in the developing world'. Journal of Evidence-Based Medicine, 19 (2). [DOI] [Details]
McCarthy LK, Molloy EJ;Twomey AR;Murphy JF;O'Donnell CP (2013) 'A randomized trial of exothermic mattresses for preterm newborns in polyethylene bags'. Pediatrics, 132 (1):1-41. [DOI] [Details]
Kamlin CO, O'Connell LA;Morley CJ;Dawson JA;Donath SM;O'Donnell CP;Davis PG (2013) 'A randomized trial of stylets for intubating newborn infants'. Pediatrics, 131 (1):1-205. [DOI] [Details]
McCarthy LK, Morley CJ;Davis PG;Kamlin CO;O'Donnell CP (2013) 'Timing of interventions in the delivery room: does reality compare with neonatal resuscitation guidelines?'. Pediatrics, 163 (6):1553-15570. [DOI] [Details]
Hensey CC, Hayden E;O'Donnell CP (2013) 'A randomised crossover study of low-flow air or oxygen via nasal cannulae to prevent desaturation in preterm infants'. Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal and Neonatal Edition, 98 (5):1-91. [DOI] [Details]
McCarthy LK, Twomey AR;Molloy EJ;Murphy JF;O'Donnell CP (2013) 'A randomized trial of nasal prong or face mask for respiratory support for preterm newborns'. Pediatrics, 132 (2):1-95. [DOI] [Details]
Kieran EA, Twomey AR, Molloy EJ, Murphy JF, O'Donnell CP (2012) 'Randomized trial of prongs or mask for nasal continuous positive airway pressure in preterm infants'. Pediatrics, 130 (5):1-6. [DOI] [Details]
Ercan, A.,Cui, J.,Chatterton, D. E.,Deane, K. D.,Hazen, M. M.,Brintnell, W.,O'Donnell, C. I.,Derber, L. A.,Weinblatt, M. E.,Shadick, N. A.,Bell, D. A.,Cairns, E.,Solomon, D. H.,Holers, V. M.,Rudd, P. M.,Lee, D. M.; (2010) 'Aberrant IgG galactosylation precedes disease onset, correlates with disease activity, and is prevalent in autoantibodies in rheumatoid arthritis'. Arthritis and Rheumatism, 62 (88):2239-2248. Available Online [Details]
O'Donnell CP, Kamlin CO;Davis PG;Morley CJ (2010) 'Crying and breathing by extremely preterm infants immediately after birth'. The Journal of pediatrics, 156 (5):846-847. [DOI] [Details]
Roy, A. and Margey, R. and Mcgorrian, C. and O'donnell, C. and Nertney, L. and Mahon, N. and O'neill, J. and Keelan, T. and Galvin, J.; (2010) 'Sudden cardiac death in the young: a national registry study of the incidence and the aetiology in the republic of ireland'. EUROPEAN HEART JOURNAL, 31 (Suppl. 1):842. [Details]
te Pas AB, Kamlin CO, Dawson JA, O'Donnell C, Sokol J, Stewart M, Morley CJ, Davis PG.; (2009) 'Ventilation and spontaneous breathing at birth of infants with congenital diaphragmatic hernia'. Pediatrics, 154 (3):369-373. [Details]
O'Donnell CP, Kamlin CO;Davis PG;Carlin JB;Morley CJ (2007) 'Clinical assessment of infant colour at delivery'. Archives of disease in childhood. Fetal and neonatal edition, 92 (6):1-7. [DOI] [Details]
O'Donnell CP, Kamlin CO;Davis PG;Carlin JB;Morley CJ (2006) 'Interobserver variability of the 5-minute Apgar score'. The Journal of pediatrics, 149 (4):486-489. [DOI] [Details]

Conference Publications

Bury, G., Bourke, M., Janes, D. O'Donnell, C.; (2006) The Advanced Paramedic internship European Resuscitation Council 8th Scientific Congress [Details]


Kieran, EA,McGrath, N,O'Donnell, CP (2010) ACCURACY OF SCALES USED TO WEIGH NEWBORN INFANTS. Abstract [Details]


Research Interests

Neonatal intensive care

Delivery room care & neonatal resuscitation

Respiratory support of newborns

Catheter related blood stream infection

Randomised clinical trials (RCTs)

Systematic reviews & meta-analysis

UCD Medicine Research Centre: Paediatric Diseases 

Research Projects

Sponsor : EC Framework (FP7)
Title : Management of Hypotension In the Preterm Extremely Low Gestational Age Newborn (The HIP Trial)
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-10 / 30-SEP-15

Current Postgraduate Students

Karen Mc Call, Medicine (MD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Eoin Ó Curraín, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor



Innovation & Leadership

National Children's Research Centre - Director of Clinical Research Review grant applications for the Wellcome Trust Review abstracts submitted to the Annual Meeting of Pediatric Academic Societies


Internal Collaborators

Jan Miletin, Coombe

External Collaborators

Christian Heiring, Copenhagen, Denmark
Kajsa Bohlin and Mats Blennow, Stockholm, Sweden
Gianluca Lista, Milan, Italy
Daniele Trevisanuto, Padova, Italy
Arjan Te Pas, Leiden, Netherlands
Peter Davis, Melbourne, Australia 
Matteo Bruschettini, Lund, Sweden
Claus Klingenberg, Tromso, Norway