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Eleanor Molloy

Professor and Chair of Paediatrics and Child Health

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Trinity Centre, Tallaght Hospital

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Email: eleanor.molloy@tcd.ie

Biography

I am a Principal Investigator and Consultant Neonatologist at the National Maternity Hospital Holles St. I also work as a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Paediatrics at UCD, and hold the position of Associate Professor of Paediatrics at RCSI. Major awards include the 2012 European Alliance against Neonatal Brain Injury Award, the 2012 National Children¿s Research Centre award, the Overall Presentation Award at the Irish Paediatric Association (IPA) and the 2012 poster prize at the IPA.

Professor & Chair of Paediatrics & Child Health, Trinity College Dublin

Associate Editor, Archives of Diseases of Childhood: Fetal and Neonatal Edition
Committees:

Executive Committee, Irish representative, Academic Paediatric Association, UK

Research Committee, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Chair, Quality Improvement Committee in Paediatrics, NMH

Member, Board of Faculty of Paediatrics, RCPI

National Clinical Advisory Committee in Neonatology, RCPI

National Advisory Group, National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2014.
Title: Chair and Professor of Paediatrics
Year: 2015.
Title: Professorial Fellow
Year: 2015.
Title: Honorary Member, American Pediatric Society

Associations

Association: Board of Faculty of Paediatrics, RCPI, Function/Role: Member
Association: National Maternity Hospital, Function/Role: Director of Paediatrics, 2009 & 2013
Association: National Children's Research Centre, Function/Role: Council and Board Member
Association: Irish Departments of Paediatrics Group: CHILD, Function/Role: Chairs
Association: Irish Neonatal Society, Function/Role: Founder Member
Association: PPD Paediatric Investigators Network, Function/Role: Investigator
Association: European Board of Paediatrics: European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS), Confederation of European Specialists in Paediatrics (CESP), Function/Role: Irish Representative
Association: Irish American Paediatric Society, Function/Role: President
Association: Society for Leukocyte Biology, Function/Role: Professional Development Task Force
Association: European Paediatric Association (EPA-UNEPSA) , Function/Role: Liaison Officer, Ireland
Association: General and Adolescent Paediatric Research Collaboration, UK and Ireland, Function/Role: Co-Investigator
Association: European Society for Paediatric Research, Function/Role: Council
     

Conference Contributions

Molloy, E (2015) Neonatal brain injury and systemic inflammation. [Oral Presentation], National Children's Research Centre Seminars, Dublin , 12-MAY-15 - 12-MAY-15.
Molloy, E (2015) Cutting edge: How to translate research into clinical practice. [Invited Lecture], Neonatal discussion Forum, Wales, UK, Wales , 08-JAN-15 - 08-JAN-15.
Molloy, E (2015) Workshop: Co-leader: How to get published. [Oral Presentation], Pediatric Academic Societies, San Diego 2015, San Diego, USA , 25-APR-15 - 28-APR-15.
Molloy, E (2015) Paediatric research in 2025. [Oral Presentation], Irish Paediatric Association of Anaesthetic and Critical Care, Kildare , 17-APR-15 - 18-APR-15.
Molloy, E (2015) Translational Paediatrics. [Oral Presentation], Translational Paediatrics and Child Health Forum, TCD, TCD , 04-DEC-15 - 04-DEC-15.

Committees

Committee : Clinical Advisory Group, National Clinical Programme for Rare Diseases, RCPI
Committee : Scientific Review Group, Temple Street Children's Hospital
Committee : Children's Research Forum, Trinity College Dublin
Committee : Academic Advisory Working Group, National Paediatric Hospital
Committee : National Clinical Advisory Committee in Neonatology, RCPI
Committee : Research Committee, RCPI
Committee : Academic Advisor, Irish Paediatric Association
Committee : Research Committee, School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin
Committee : Executive Management Committee, HRB Perinatal Clinical Trials Network
Committee : MRCPI, OLCHC
Committee : Ethics Committee, OLCHC
Committee : Executive Committee, Academic Paediatric Association, UK and Ireland
 

Education

Year 2000 Institution: UCD
Qualification: PhD Subject: Medicine
Year 1993 Institution: UCC
Qualification: MB, BCh, BAO Subject: Medicine
     

Journals Edited

Neonatology: Reviewer.
Acta Paediatrica, International Journal Of Paediatrics: Reviewer.
European Journal Of Pediatrics: Reviewer.
American Journal Of Perinatology: Reviewer.
Journal Of Pediatrics: Reviewer.
Intensive Care Medicine: Reviewer.
Journal Of Perinatology: Reviewer.
Clinical And Experimental Immunology: Reviewer.
Archives Of Disease In Childhood: Reviewer.
Pediatric Research: Co-Editor.
Pediatrics: Reviewer.
 

Publications

     

Peer Reviewed Journals

Molloy E., A.J. ONeill, J. Grantham, M. Sheridan-Pereira, J.M. Fitzpatrick, D.W. Webb, R.W.G. Watson.; (2001) 'Gender differences and immune function'. Irish Journal of Medical Science, 170 (1):39. [Details]
O'Neill, AJ; Doyle, BT; Molloy, E; Watson, C; Phelan, D; Greenan, MC; Fitzpatrick, JM; Watson, RWG; ; (2004) 'Gene expression profile of inflammatory neutrophils: Alterations in the inhibitors of apoptosis proteins during spontaneous and delayed apoptosis'. Shock, 21 (6):512-518. [Details]
McHale S, Thomas M, Hayden E, Bergin K, McCallion N, Molloy EJ (2008) 'Variation in inspiratory time and tidal volume with T-piece neonatal resuscitator: association with operator experience and distraction'. Resuscitation, 79 (2):230-233. [DOI] [Details]
Molloy E (2008) 'Are elevated peripheral leukocytes markers of septic etiology in asphyxiated infants with neurological disability?'. Journal of Perinatology, 28 (1):1-6. [DOI] [Details]
El-Khuffash A, Davis PG, Walsh K, Molloy EJ (2008) 'Cardiac troponin T and N-terminal-pro-B type natriuretic peptide reflect myocardial function in preterm infants'. Journal of Perinatology, 28 (7):482-486. [DOI] [Details]
Waters, A,Hassan, J,Degascun, C,Kissoon, G,Knowles, S,Molloy, E,Connell, J,Hall, WW; (2010) 'Human Cytomegalovirus UL144 Is Associated with Viremia and Infant Development Sequelae in Congenital Infection'. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 48 :3956-3962. [DOI] [Details]
O'Hare FM, Watson RW;O'Neill A;Blanco A;Donoghue V;Molloy EJ (2015) 'Persistent systemic monocyte and neutrophil activation in neonatal encephalopathy'. Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, :1-8. [DOI] [Details]
Onwuneme C, Diya B;Uduma O;McCarthy RA;Murphy N;Kilbane MT;McKenna MJ;Molloy EJ (2015) 'Correction of vitamin D deficiency in a cohort of newborn infants using daily 200¿¿IU vitamin D supplementation'. Irish Journal of Medical Science, . [DOI] [Details]
O'Hare FM, Watson W;O'Neill A;Grant T;Onwuneme C;Donoghue V;Mooney E;Downey P;Murphy J;Twomey A;Molloy EJ (2015) 'Neutrophil and monocyte toll-like receptor 4, CD11b and reactive oxygen intermediates, and neuroimaging outcomes in preterm infants'. Pediatric Research, 78 (1):82-90. [DOI] [Details]
Eliwan HO, Watson RW;Aslam S;Regan I;Philbin B;O'Hare FM;O'Neill A;Preston R;Blanco A;Grant T;Nolan B;Smith O;Molloy EJ (2015) 'Neonatal brain injury and systemic inflammation: modulation by activated protein C ex vivo'. Clinical and Experimental Immunology, 179 (3):477-484. [DOI] [Details]
Aslam S, Molloy EJ (2015) 'Biomarkers of multiorgan injury in neonatal encephalopathy'. Biomarkers in Medicine, 9 (3):267-275. [DOI] [Details]
Onwuneme C, Carroll A;Doherty D;Bruell H;Segurado R;Kilbane M;Murphy N;McKenna MJ;Molloy EJ (2015) 'Inadequate vitamin D levels are associated with culture positive sepsis and¿¿poor outcomes in paediatric intensive care'. Acta Paediatrica Scandinavica, 104 (10):1-8. [DOI] [Details]
Horan M, Gibney E, Molloy E, McAuliffe F (2014) 'Methodologies to assess paediatric adiposity'. Medicine, . [DOI] [Details]
Geoghegan SF, Vavasseur C;Donoghue V;Molloy EJ (2014) 'Easily missed, potentially fatal complication in an extremely preterm infant'. BMJ Case Reports, 2014 . [DOI] [Details]
Waters A, Jennings K;Fitzpatrick E;Coughlan S;Molloy EJ;De Gascun CF;Hall WW;Knowles SJ (2014) 'Incidence of congenital cytomegalovirus infection in Ireland: implications for screening and diagnosis'. Journal of Clinical Virology, 59 (3):156-160. [DOI] [Details]
Carroll A, Onwuneme C;McKenna MJ;Mayne PD;Molloy EJ;Murphy NP (2014) 'Vitamin D status in Irish children and adolescents: value of fortification and supplementation'. Clinical Pediatrics, 53 (14):1345-1351. [DOI] [Details]
Donnelly JM, Walsh JM, Byrne J, Molloy EJ, McAuliffe FM (2014) 'Impact of maternal diet on neonatal anthropometry: a randomized controlled trial'. Pediatric Obesity, . [DOI] [Details]
Walsh H, Molloy E (2013) 'Neonatal palliative care'. Irish Medical Journal, 106 (2):60-61. [Details]
McCarthy RA, McKenna MJ;Oyefeso O;Uduma O;Murray BF;Brady JJ;Kilbane MT;Murphy JF;Twomey A;O' Donnell CP;Murphy NP;Molloy EJ (2013) 'Vitamin D nutritional status in preterm infants and response to supplementation'. British Journal of Nutrition, 110 (1):156-163. [DOI] [Details]
Lutomski J, Dempsey E, Molloy E (2013) 'An epidemiological study of factors associated with preterm infant in-hospital mortality'. Irish Medical Journal, 106 (1):9-12. [Details]
Sweetman DU, Molloy EJ (2013) 'Biomarkers of acute kidney injury in neonatal encephalopathy'. European Journal of Pediatrics, 172 (3):305-316. [DOI] [Details]
Clancy N, Onwuneme C, Carroll A, McCarthy R, McKenna MJ, Murphy N, Molloy EJ (2013) 'Vitamin D and neonatal immune function'. Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, 26 (7):639-646. [DOI] [Details]
Sweetman DU, Riordan M, Molloy EJ (2013) 'Management of renal dysfunction following term perinatal hypoxia-ischaemia'. Acta Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics, 102 (3):233-241. [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]
Armstrong K, Franklin O, Sweetman D, Molloy EJ (2012) 'Cardiovascular dysfunction in infants with neonatal encephalopathy'. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 97 (4):372-375. [DOI] [Details]
Sweetman D, Armstrong K, Murphy JF, Molloy EJ (2012) 'Cardiac biomarkers in neonatal hypoxic ischaemia'. Acta Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics, 101 (4):338-343. [DOI] [Details]
Morgan CT, Culliton M, McCarthy R, Molloy EJ (2012) 'Non-blood group-specific red blood cell transfusions in preterm infants and necrotizing enterocolitis'. Pediatrics, 160 (2):1-5. [DOI] [Details]
Freyne B, O'Hare FM, Molloy EJ (2012) 'Efficacy and safety of intravenous Ig and alterations in haematological parameters of infants with isoimmune haemolytic disease'. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 97 (1):1-7. [DOI] [Details]
Noone D, Kieran E, Molloy EJ (2012) 'Serum magnesium in the first week of life in extremely low birth weight infants'. Neonatology, 101 (4):274-277. [DOI] [Details]
Molloy EJ, Owoeye C, Knowles S (2012) 'Is antenatal screening for syphilis still necessary?'. Irish Medical Journal, 105 (2):37-38. [Details]
Onwuneme C, Carroll A, McCarthy R, Kilbane M, McKenna M, Murphy N, Molloy EJ (2012) 'Towards evidence based medicine for paediatricians. Question 2. What is the ideal dose of vitamin D supplementation for term neonates?'. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 97 (4):387-389. [DOI] [Details]
Harrison G, Waters A, De Gascun CF, Boyle M, Knowles S, Molloy EJ (2012) 'Seen but not heard: congenital cytomegalovirus'. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 97 (5). [DOI] [Details]
Molloy EJ (2012) 'The decline and fall of the cardiac biomarker: a good indicator of resolution of cardiac dysfunction following perinatal asphyxia. commentary on D.C. Vijlbrief et al.: Cardiac biomarkers as indicators of hemodynamic adaptation during postasphyxial hypothermia treatment (Neonatology 2012;102:243-248)'. Neonatology, 102 (4):249-250. [DOI] [Details]
Parameshwar M, Ismail AM, Matheson M, Knowles S, Molloy EJ (2012) 'Neonatal meningitis: a diagnostic dilemma'. Irish Medical Journal, 105 (8). [Details]
McKenna M, McCarthy R, Kilbane M, Molloy E (2011) 'Vitamin D nutrient intake for all life stages'. Irish Medical Journal, 104 (4). [Details]
El-Khuffash AF, Slevin M, McNamara PJ, Molloy EJ (2011) 'Troponin T, N-terminal pro natriuretic peptide and a patent ductus arteriosus scoring system predict death before discharge or neurodevelopmental outcome at 2 years in preterm infants'. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 96 (2):1-7. [DOI] [Details]
Velagapudi A, McCarthy R, McKenna M, Brady J, Murray B, Molloy EJ (2011) 'Vitamin D deficiency is associated with altered hematologic indexes in very low birth weight infants'. Pediatrics, 158 (4):1-8. [DOI] [Details]
El-Khuffash A, Kieran E, Palmer K, Molloy E (2011) 'Neonatal respiratory extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) referrals'. Irish Medical Journal, 104 (3):78-81. [Details]
Bahari M, Prunty N, Molloy EJ (2011) 'Parents' attitudes towards infant safety during air travel'. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 96 (7). [DOI] [Details]
Low E, Healy M, Molloy EJ (2010) 'Neonatal albumin infusions in paediatric intensive care'. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 95 (2). [DOI] [Details]
El-Khuffash A, Molloy E (2009) 'The Use of N-Terminal-Pro-BNP in Preterm Infants'. Pediatrics, 2009 . [DOI] [Details]
Molloy EJ, El-Khuffash A, Bieda A, Jelinek MM, Baley J (2009) 'Elevated iron indices in preterm infants: association with male gender'. American Journal of Perinatology, 26 (1):7-11. [DOI] [Details]
Molloy EJ (2009) 'Triggering Receptor Expressed on Myeloid Cells (TREM) family and the application of its antagonists'. Recent Patents on Anti-Infective Drug Discovery, 4 (1):51-56. [Details]
McCarthy R, McCallion N, Harrison G, Molloy EJ (2009) 'Relationship between vitamin D and alkaline phosphatase in very-low-birthweight infants'. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 94 (1):1-8. [DOI] [Details]
El-Khuffash A, Molloy EJ (2009) 'Incidental finding of endocarditis in a preterm neonate'. BMJ (Clinical research ed.), 2009 . [DOI] [Details]
Barrett MJ, Molloy EJ (2009) 'Do we neglect infant safety during air travel?'. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 94 (7). [DOI] [Details]
Walsh S, Molloy EJ (2009) 'Towards evidence based medicine for paediatricians. Is intravenous immunoglobulin superior to exchange transfusion in the management of hyperbilirubinaemia in term neonates?'. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 94 (9):739-741. [DOI] [Details]
Chukwu J, Iro C, Donoghue V, McCallion N, Murphy JF, Quinn F, Healy M, Molloy EJ (2009) 'Congenital diaphragmatic hernia: neonatal outcomes following referral to a paediatric surgical centre'. Irish Medical Journal, 102 (8):260-261. [Details]
Molloy, E. J., O'Neill, A. J., Grantham-Sloan, J. J., Webb, D. W., Watson, R. W. G., ; (2008) 'Maternal and neonatal lipopolysaccharide and Fas responses are altered by antenatal risk factors for sepsis'. Clinical and Experimental Immunology, 151 (2):244-250. [Details]
Morris I, McCallion N, El-Khuffash A, Molloy EJ (2008) 'Serum albumin and mortality in very low birth weight infants'. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 93 (4):1-2. [DOI] [Details]
Walsh SA, Yao N, El-Khuffash A, Twomey A, Molloy EJ (2008) 'Efficacy of intravenous immunoglobulin in the management of haemolytic disease of the newborn'. Irish Medical Journal, 101 (2):46-48. [Details]
El-Khuffash A, Barry D, Walsh K, Davis PG, Molloy EJ (2008) 'Biochemical markers may identify preterm infants with a patent ductus arteriosus at high risk of death or severe intraventricular haemorrhage'. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 93 (6):1-12. [DOI] [Details]
McNamara R, Molloy EJ (2008) 'Rationalising the use of growing bloods in stable preterm infants'. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 93 (2):1-2. [DOI] [Details]
O'Rourke DJ, El-Khuffash A, Moody C, Walsh K, Molloy EJ (2008) 'Patent ductus arteriosus evaluation by serial echocardiography in preterm infants'. Acta Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics, 97 (5):574-578. [DOI] [Details]
El-Khuffash AF, Molloy EJ (2008) 'Serum troponin in neonatal intensive care'. Neonatology, 94 (1):1-7. [DOI] [Details]
Morris I, Molloy EJ (2008) 'Albumin administration in the management of neonatal hypoalbuminaemia'. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 93 (4). [DOI] [Details]
Molloy E.J. , A.J. ONeill, M. Sheridan-Pereira, J.M. Fitzpatrick, D.W. Webb, R.W.G. Watson.; (2001) 'Perinatal neutrophil apoptosis: contribution to neonatal bacterial sepsis and maternal neutrophilia'. Irish Journal of Medical Science, 170 (1):34. [Details]
Langdana A, Tully N, Molloy E, Bourke B, O'Meara A (2001) 'Intensive enteral nutrition support in paediatric bone marrow transplantation'. Bone, 27 (7):741-746. [DOI] [Details]
Byrne B, Cotter A, Molloy E, Turner M (1998) 'Should pregnant women be screened for drugs of abuse?'. Irish Medical Journal, 91 (1). [Details]

Other Journals

Molloy, E.J., O'Neill, A.J., Doyle, B.T., Grantham, J.J., Taylor, C.T., Sheridan-Pereira, M., Fitzpatrick, J.M. Watson, R.W.G.; (2006) 'Effects of heat shock and hypoxia on neonatal neutrophil lipopolysaccharide responses: altered apoptosis, toll-like receptor-4 and CD11b expression compared with adults' Biology of the Neonate . [Details]

Conference Publications

Molloy, EJ,El-Khuffash, A,Bieda, A,Jelinek, MM,Baley, J (2009) AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PERINATOLOGY Elevated Iron Indices in Preterm Infants: Association with Male Gender , pp.7-11 [DOI] [Details]
   

Editorial

Molloy, EJ (2012) The Decline and Fall of the Cardiac Biomarker: A Good Indicator of Resolution of Cardiac Dysfunction following Perinatal Asphyxia. Editorial [DOI] [Details]
Walsh, S,Molloy, EJ; (2009) IS INTRAVENOUS IMMUNOGLOBULIN SUPERIOR TO EXCHANGE TRANSFUSION IN THE MANAGEMENT OF HYPERBILIRUBINAEMIA IN TERM NEONATES?. Editorial [DOI] [Details]
                 

Abstract

Donnelly, JM,Walsh, JM,Byrne, J,Molloy, E,Mcauliffe, FM (2013) Altered neonatal anthropometric measurements following maternal low GI diet in pregnancy (ROLO study). Abstract [Details]
Donnelly, JM,Walsh, JM,Byrne, J,Molloy, E,Mcauliffe, FM (2013) Maternal glucose homeostasis and neonatal adiposity. Abstract [Details]
O'Hare, FM,Watson, W,O'Neill, A,Molloy, E (2010) EARLY PRETERM NEONATAL NEUTROPHIL FUNCTION IN RESPONSE TO ENDOTOXIN. Abstract [Details]
McCarthy, R,Oyefeso, O,Brady, J,McKenna, M,Murray, B,Murphy, N,Molloy, E (2009) CAN WE PREDICT VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY IN PRETERM VERY LOW BIRTH WEIGHT INFANTS?. Abstract [Details]
Barrett, M,McCarthy, R,Molloy, E (2009) DO VERY LOW BIRTH WEIGHT INFANTS NEED ROUTINE IRON SUPPLEMENTS?. Abstract [Details]
       

Reviews

Sweetman, DU,Riordan, M,Molloy, EJ (2013) Management of renal dysfunction following term perinatal hypoxia-ischaemia. Reviews [DOI] [Details]
Sweetman, DU,Molloy, EJ (2013) Biomarkers of acute kidney injury in neonatal encephalopathy. Reviews [DOI] [Details]
Clancy, N,Onwuneme, C,Carroll, A,McCarthy, R,McKenna, MJ,Murphy, N,Molloy, EJ (2013) Vitamin D and neonatal immune function. Reviews [DOI] [Details]
Sweetman, D,Armstrong, K,Murphy, JFA,Molloy, EJ (2012) Cardiac biomarkers in neonatal hypoxic ischaemia. Reviews [DOI] [Details]
Armstrong, K,Franklin, O,Sweetman, D,Molloy, EJ (2012) Cardiovascular dysfunction in infants with neonatal encephalopathy. Reviews [DOI] [Details]
EL-Khuffash, AF,Molloy, EJ (2008) Serum troponin in neonatal intensive care. Reviews [DOI] [Details]
                                                   

Letters

Freyne, B,O'Hare, FM,Molloy, EJ (2012) Efficacy and safety of intravenous Ig and alterations in haematological parameters of infants with isoimmune haemolytic disease. Letters [DOI] [Details]
Onwuneme, C,Carroll, A,McCarthy, R,Kilbane, M,McKenna, M,Murphy, N,Molloy, EJ (2012) WHAT IS THE IDEAL DOSE OF VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENTATION FOR TERM NEONATES?. Letters [DOI] [Details]
Harrison, G,Waters, A,De Gascun, CF,Boyle, M,Knowles, S,Molloy, EJ (2012) Seen but not heard: congenital cytomegalovirus. Letters [DOI] [Details]
Velagapudi, A,McCarthy, R,McKenna, M,Brady, J,Murray, B,Molloy, EJ (2011) Vitamin D deficiency is associated with altered hematologic indexes in very low birth weight infants. Letters [DOI] [Details]
Bahari, M,Prunty, N,Molloy, EJ (2011) Parents' attitudes towards infant safety during air travel. Letters [DOI] [Details]
Low, E,Healy, M,Molloy, EJ (2010) Neonatal albumin infusions in paediatric intensive care. Letters [DOI] [Details]
Barrett, MJ,Molloy, EJ (2009) Do we neglect infant safety during air travel?. Letters [DOI] [Details]
Morris, I,Molloy, EJ (2008) Albumin administration in the management of neonatal hypoalbuminaemia. Letters [DOI] [Details]

Research

Research Interests

Neonatal Brain injury and systemic inflammation

Neonatal & Paediatric Sepsis and immunomodulation

Paediatric Medical Education: simulation

Prematurity and Innate immune function

 

Overview:

Our research group aims to delineate perinatal and early neonatal inflammatory responses in health and disease. We have established longitudinal cohorts of infants with neonatal encephalopathy and preterm infants as well as neonatal controls in order to explore the role of early inflammatory changes and developmental outcomes. We have studied the role of activated monocytes and neutrophils in neonatal diseases and the use of immunomodulatory agents such as vitamin d and activated protein c.

Research Projects

Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Persistent inflammation and neonatal brain injury
Start Date / End Date : 01-JUN-13 / 26-JUN-15
Sponsor : National Maternity Hospital
Title : Persistent inflammation and neonatal brain injury: association of systemic and cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers with MRI
Start Date / End Date : 01-JUL-09 / 30-JUN-11
Sponsor : National Maternity Hospital
Title : Vitamin D in Preterm Infants: Maternal and Neonatal Status
Start Date / End Date : 01-AUG-09 / 31-DEC-15

Recent Postgraduates

1.                   Theses completed: MD/PhDs Awarded: (7)

a.                                           Dr.Afif El-Khuffash, 2005-7: The Significance of Left Ventricular Function and Pro-B-type Natriuretic Peptide in predicting outcome in preterm infants with a Patent Ductus Arteriosus on Echocardiography. Published papers: 14; Thesis submitted October 2007; awarded October 2008: UCD

b.                                          Dr. Fiona O¿Hare: Systemic inflammation and perinatal brain injury. Commenced July 2009; collaboration Prof Watson, Conway Institute, UCD: Funding NCRC, Crumlin; 2009-2011; Thesis: submitted September 2011; awarded Feb 2013. UCD

c.                                           Dr. Katey Armstrong, Collaborator: Dr. O. Franklin: Neonatal Cardiac function: novel echocardiographic and biochemical markers to predict neonatal outcome; commenced July 2010; Funding NCRC, Crumlin; 2010-2012. RCSI; submitted August 2012 awarded 2013

d.                                          Dr.Hassan Eliwan, The role of activated protein c in neonatal inflammation. Seed Funding NCRC. Collaborator Prof Watson.2010-2012. UCD; submitted August 2012; revisions received august 2013: awarded 2013

e.                                          PhD: Dr. Deirdre Sweetman, Neonatal brain injury on MRI and early EEG: disruption of the blood brain barrier and systemic antioxidants. Funding salary NCRC & CUH for reagents. Collaborator: Prof. Ger Boylan.2011-2013. RCSI. Awarded December 2014.

f.                                            PhD: Dr. Jean Donnelly. ROLO followup study; ROLO Kids: PI Prof McAuliffe: Co-PI E Molloy. 2012-6; Funding FP7 grant, HRB & RCSI. UCD

g.                                           PhD student: Dr. Chike Onwuneme. Vitamin D and Immunodulation in Pediatric sepsis (DIAPERS).2011-2014. UCD. PhD submitted Sept 2014. Awarded: Viva February 2015

2.                   MSc/MPH awarded (4)

i.                                                      MSc: John Quigley. Perinatal Thrombophilia study: pCAT. Awarded 2012

ii.                                                      MSc: Catherine Doughty. sTREM-1 in term and neonatal sepsis. 2009-2010. PI E. Molloy: awarded 2010

iii.                                                      MSc: Eoghan Hayden. The Educated hand in neonatal resuscitation.2010

iv.                                                      MPH: Dr. Joseph Chukwu. Primary Paediatric Care in Ireland: 2009-10.

3.                   Post-doctoral researcher: Dr.Ogenna Uduma. Vitamin D in term and preterm infants and influence on neonatal outcomes. PI Eleanor Molloy 2009-10.

 

·                     PhD ongoing (7)

1.                   PhD: Dr. Aoife Twohig. Infant attachment in the NICU (PIPPA). Co-PI: Prof. Fiona Mc Nicholas. Funding NCRC 2011-2016.UCD (Part-time)

2.                   PhD: Dr. Saima Aslam. Persistent systemic inflammation in Neonatal Encephalopathy. 2013-6. PI EM. RCSI

3.                   PhD: Dr. Zunera Zareen: CHAMPION study Childhood multiorgan outcomes after Neonatal encephalopathy. Co-PI Dr. Denise McDonald; 2014-7. TCD

4.                   PhD: Dr. Murwan Omer: PRISM: PReterm Infection and SysteMic inflammation and neonatal outcomes. TCD 2014-7 : PI EM

5.                   PhD: Dr. Emer Ryan: PROSPER: PaediatRic Outcomes and Serum biomarker Panel in acutE traumatic bRain injury /concussion to severe traumatic. TCD 2016-9

6.                   PhD: Dr. Mary O¿Dea: Underlying mechanisms in Neonatal Immune metabolic dysregulation, Circadian rhythm and bRain INjury: UNICoRN study. PI EM. TCD 2016-9

7.                   PhD: Dr. Paul Fleming: Probiotics in Preterm infnats: PI Prof Kate Costello: TCD: EMolloy TCD supervisor

 

·                     Postdoctoral researchers ongoing:

1.                   Dr. Victoria McEneaney: 2015-present: METEOR

2.                   Dr. Lynne Kelly: 2015-present: Gender differences in preterm neonatal outcomes and mechanisms of altered immune function: collaborators: Prof Catherine Greene, RCSI and Mr. David O¿Driscoll


Current Postgraduate Students

Aoife Twohig, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor

Teaching

     

Review and Enhancement of Curriculum

Paediatrics and Child Health head of department TCD New modules: PICU, Childrens literature, Law and ethics in Paediatrics, Global Child Health, Simulation National Paediatric Curriculum development
   

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

Prof Bill Watson, UCD
Prof Fionnuala McAuliffe, UCD

External Collaborators

Prof Catherine Greene, RCSI

Prof Ger Boylan, UCC
Dr. Eva Jiminez, RCSI
Dr. Sarah Doyle, TCD