Meet the Team

Find out more about Principal Investigators, Affiliated Investigators, Research Team and Collaborators

Professor Fionnuala McAuliffe

Prof Fionnuala McAuliffe

Prof Fionnuala McAuliffe

  • Director, UCD Perinatal Research Centre
  • Head, Women's and Children's Health, UCD School of Medicine
  • Head, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, UCD School of Medicine
  • Chair and Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, UCD School of Medicine
  • Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Maternal and Fetal Medicine Specialist, National Maternity Hospital
  • Conway Fellow, UCD Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research
  • Programme Director of Maternal & Fetal Medicine Sub-speciality training programme at National Maternity Hospital

Qualifications

2009 FRCOG Fellowship of Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologists, UK
2007 FRCPI Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
2004 Maternal and Fetal Medicine Sub-specialisation, University of Toronto, Canada
2001 Doctor of Medicine, University College Dublin, Ireland
1997 MRCPI Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
1996 MRCOG Gold medal, Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologists, UK
1993 DCH Diploma in Child Health, National University of Ireland
1991 MB BCh BAO (Honours) University College Dublin, Ireland

Professional Training

2014 - Present

Full Professor and Chair of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, UCD School of Medicine, University College Dublin

Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Maternal and Fetal Medicine Specialist, National Maternity Hospital, Dublin

2006-2014 Associate Prof & Consultant, UCD Obstetrics & Gynaecology, School of Medicine and Medicine Science, University College Dublin, National Maternity Hospital, Dublin
2004-2006 Senior Lecturer & Consultant, UCD Obstetrics & Gynaecology, School of Medicine and Medicine Science, University College Dublin, National Maternity Hospital, Dublin
2002-2004 Subspeciality Training in Maternal & Fetal Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada
1999-2001 Senior Registrar in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Coombe Womens Hospital, Dublin & University College Hospital Galway, Ireland
1997-1999  Research Fellow in Fetal Medicine, Kings College Hospital, London, UK

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Assoc. Professor Mary Higgins

Assoc Prof Mary Higgins‌Assoc Prof Mary Higgins

Associate Professor, Obstetrics & Gynaecology

UCD School of Medicine

Consultant in Obstetrics & Gynaecology

National Maternity Hospital


Qualifications

2019 FRCPI, Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
2018 FRCOG, Fellowship of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, London
2013 Maternal Fetal Medicine Sub-Speciality Fellowship, University of Toronto
2011 Doctorate in Medicine, UCD, 201
2009 FRCOG, Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, London
2007 Diploma, Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, London
2007 MSc, Oxford University, UK
2005

MRCOG, Membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, London

2005 MRCPI, Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
2000 MB BCh BAO, University College Dublin

Committees

  • National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre (NPEC) Maternal Morbidity Committee
  • Irish Multidisciplinary Obstetrics Emegency Training
  • Sepsis Decision Tool Multidisciplinary Committee
  • Speciality Training Committee (Obstetrics & Gynaecology), Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

 

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Professor Mary Wingfield

  • Clinical Director, Merrion Fertility Clinic
  • Consultant Obstetrician Gynaecologist, National Maternity Hospital and St Michael’s Hospital
  • Associate Clinical Professor, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University College Dublin
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Medicine, Trinity College, Dublin 

Professor Colm O'Donnell

  • Consultant Neonatologist National Maternity Hospital
  • Clinical Professor UCD School of Medicine
  • UCD research profile

Dr Catherine Phillips

Dr Catherine Mooney

Associate Professor Eleni Mangini

 

Our Affiliated Investigators with a diverse range of research interests and expertise are located in academic departments across UCD and our associated Universities and Hospitals.

Professor Donal O'Shea

  • Consultant Endocrinologist, St Vincent’s University Hospital
  • Clinical Lead for Obesity, HSE Healthy Ireland
  • UCD research profile

Professor Lorraine Brennan

Dr Sharleen O'Reilly

  • Lecturer / Assistant Professor UCD Institute of Food and Health
  • CORU registered dietician who works at the interface of research, teaching and practice in public health nutrition
  • UCD research profile

Dr Jennifer Walsh

  • Clinical Lecturer / Assistant Professor UCD School of Medicine
  • Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, National Maternity Hospital
  • UCD research profile

Associate Professor Peter Doran

  • Scientific Director of the UCD Clinical Research Centre
  • Associate Professor, UCD School of Medicine
  • UCD research profile

Professor Cecily Kelleher

College Principal, UCD Health and Agricultural Science

Associate Professor Eileen Gibney

Associate Professor Patrick Twomey

  • UCD Associate Clinical Professor, UCD School of Medicine

Dr Catherine Mooney

Dr Mary Moran

Dr Denise O'Brien

Professor Carel le Roux

Professor Malachi McKenna

  • UCD Clinical Professor, UCD School of Medicine
  • Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist, St Michael’s Hospital and St Vincent’s University Hospital
  • Co-Director and Founder of DXA Unit, St Vincent’s University Hospital
  • UCD research profile

Associate Professor Rachel Crowley

  • UCD Associate Clinical Professor, UCD School of Medicine
  • Consultant Endocrinologist, Department of Endocrinology St Vincent’s University Hospital
  • UCD research profile

Assoc Prof Mensud Hatunic

  • Consultant Endocrinologist, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital
  • UCD Associate Clinical Professor, UCD School of Medicine

Professor Fionnuala Ní Aínle

  • Consultant Haematologist, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital
  • UCD Full Clinical Professor, UCD School of Medicine
  • Co-Director UCD SPHERE Research Group
  • UCD research profile

Dr Sinead Murphy

  • Consultant Paediatrician Children’s University Hospital Temple St
  • Lecturer/Assistant Professor, UCD School of Medicine
  • UCD research profile

Professor Brian Caulfield

  • Full Professor of Physiotherapy, UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science
  • UCD research profile

Professor Giuseppe De Vito

  • Head of Physiotherapy and Head of School UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science
  • UCD research profile

Professor Patricia Fitzpatrick

  • Consultant in Preventative Medicine, St Vincent’s University Hospital
  • Professor of Epidemiology and Biomedical Statistics, UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science
  • Chair, Steering Committee for Healthy UCD
  • Director of UCD Centre for Health Services Research
  • UCD research profile

Dr Marie Conway PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr Marie ConwayDr Marie Conway graduated from Ulster University, Coleraine in 2015, with a BSc in Human Nutrition with Diploma in Professional Practice. Following this, she completed her PhD with the Seychelles Child Development Study (SCDS) research group at the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health at Ulster University, Coleraine in 2019. Marie’s PhD focused on the role of diet and genetics in influencing the biological status of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) in pregnant women, women of child-bearing age, and cord blood samples. She has published a number of peer-reviewed papers and presented at international conferences.

Marie has a keen interest in maternal and child nutrition, particularly how maternal health and nutrition during pregnancy can influence child health outcomes. She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the UCD Perinatal Research Centre, working primarily on the ongoing ROLO Preteens follow-up study, and is also involved in the running of the LatchOn breastfeeding intervention study, and supervision of research staff and postgraduate students. 

Mr David Byrne MPH, Research Assistant

David graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2014, with a degree in Natural Sciences with a moderatorship in Immunology. Subsequently, he completed a Masters in Public Health at the University of Edinburgh, graduating in 2016. David joined the UCD Perinatal Research Centre in 2017 and is currently primarily working on the ongoing SFI funded projects Microbe Mom and GetGutsy.

 

Louise Curtin, MSc, Research Assistant

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Louise graduated from UCD in 2017 with a BSc in Zoology. In 2019, she completed a Masters in Human Nutrition specialised in Public Health at the University of Glasgow. Following her Masters, she was employed by the University of Glasgow as a research assistant working primarily on child and infant nutrition. Louise joined the UCD Perinatal Research Centre in 2020 and is currently focusing on the ongoing ROLO PreTeen follow up study.

Ms Cara Yelverton, PhD Student

Cara graduated from UCD in September 2018, with a BSc in Human Nutrition. As part of this degree, she completed a 1 year work experience placement with the UCD Perinatal Research Centre in 2016, working primarily on the ROLO 5-year longitudinal follow up study.

Two years on, Cara is currently pursuing her PhD in Maternal Nutrition and Well-being. Working on the ongoing Microbe Mom randomised-controlled trial.

Ms Sarah Louise Killeen RD, PhD Student

Registered dietitian, CORU registration 009693 and member of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute. Sarah Louise is currently undertaking a PhD with the UCD Perinatal Research Centre. Working on the GetGutsy study, a randomised controlled trial of probiotics and health in women. Keen interest in maternal nutrition and is working to develop a Core Outcome Set for Pregnancy Nutrition research (PRENCOS).

Emma Butler, PHD Student

Emma ButlerEmma graduated from TCD in June 2005, with a BSc in Occupational Therapy. She worked across both public and private practice as a paediatric OT within multi-disciplinary teams for 15 years. She also lectured on OTA courses. In 2018 she completed an MSc in Child and Youth Studies in UCD and examined typically developing Junior Infants sensorimotor development and its relationship to school readiness. Subsequently Emma worked as a research assistant on a pan-European project investigating the use of augmented reality for children with literacy difficulties. Emma is a member of the Children's Research Network, Irish Association of Infant Mental Health, National Handwriting Association UK and AOTI. Emma is delighted to have joined the UCD Perinatal Research Centre working primarily on the ROLO Pre-Teen longitudinal follow-up study. She is pursuing her PhD in fetal programming and its relationship to different facets of child development up to and including the preteen years.

Ms Shauna Callaghan, PhD Student

Shauna is a Registered Midwife working in the National Maternity Hospital since 2016. She joined the UCD Perinatal Research Centre team as a Research Midwife in June 2018 and is currently undertaking a PhD jointly with the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems. Shauna graduated with a First Class Honours Degree from the BSc Midwifery programme in UCD in 2016. In 2016 she received the National Maternity Hospital Gold Medal, the NUI Dr H.H. Stewart Medical Scholarship for Midwifery and the Undergraduate Awards Global Winner Award for Nursing and Midwifery for her review of fetal movement counting research. She has also been a member of the UCD-NMH Joint Research Network Group since 2015 following receipt of the UCD Research Summer Scholarship to work on the evaluation of the midwife-led DOMINO and home birth services at National Maternity Hospital. 

Shauna is currently working on the Microbe Mom RCT project which is looking at probiotics in pregnancy. She is also undertaking a mixed-methods study to examine the role of midwives and obstetricians in health promotion for women in pregnancy specifically related to nutrition, physical activity and gestational weight gain.

Ms Anna Delahunt, PhD Student

Dr Grace Ryan, MD Student

Dr Niamh Keating, MD Student

Mr Brendan Dempsey, MSc Student

  • Various Schools in University College Dublin
  • St Vincent’s University Hospital Dublin
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland
  • University College Cork
  • National University of Ireland Galway
  • Alimentary Health, Cork
  • APC Microbiome Institute Cork
  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Imperial College London, UK
  • University of Munich, Germany
  • British Columbia, Canada
  • University of Adelaide, Australia
  • Murdock Children’s Research Institute, Australia

Administrative manager, UCD Perinatal Research Centre

Email: Stephanie.begley@ucd.ie