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HRB Collaborative Doctoral Awards Success: Neonatal Encephalopathy PhD Training Network

CRDI is a partner in the successful Neonatal Brain Injury Consortium Ireland application to the HRB Collaborative Doctoral Awards in Patient-Focused Research. We are delighted to be coordinating this major collaborative structured PhD research programme, the HRB Neonatal Encephalopathy PhD Training Network (NEPTuNE), led by Professor Eleanor Molloy (Consultant Neonatologist, Chair and Professor of Paediatrics, TCD and Tallaght Hospital) and co-lead Professor Geraldine Boylan (Professor of Neonatal Physiology and Director of the INFANT Research Centre, UCC).

Ireland is at the forefront of research in neonatal brain injury and has collaborative potential to be an international leader in this area. Researchers in this consortium have internationally recognised multidisciplinary expertise in neonatology, paediatrics, neurodevelopment, family-centred care, clinical trials and methodology, pharmacology, epidemiology, biostatistics, translational research and neuroimaging in neonatal brain injury.

NEPTuNE will train PhD students in multidisciplinary research projects in premier research centres in Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork and NUI Galway. Students will have a holistic overview involving the entire translational research paradigm from basic science research, translational clinical research, clinical trials to epidemiology and population health, while getting in depth expertise in their chosen areas.

Professor Molloy said, “I am delighted with our collaborative success in this highly competitive HRB funding call. The HRB Neonatal Encephalopathy PhD Training Network will study the best methods to care for babies and their families and create detailed clinical guidelines. The PhD students will be the experts leading research, innovation and care of these infants in the future.”

Dr Mark Watson (Head of Education and Development in CRDI and a core partner in the application) commented, “This is a significant award for an impressive cross-institutional research consortium. A coordination role for CRDI enables exciting potential synergies with our other programmes. I and my colleagues in CRDI are very much looking forward to working with Professors Molloy and Boylan and the other partners to develop a successful doctoral programme that brings new skills and research outputs to the clinic.”

HRB Neonatal Encephalopathy PhD Training Network Core Partners

  • Professor Eleanor Molloy (Consultant Neonatologist, Chair and Professor of Paediatrics, TCD and Tallaght Hospital)
  • Professor Geraldine Boylan (Professor of Neonatal Physiology and Director of the INFANT Research Centre, UCC)
  • Professor Elizabeth Nixon (Assistant Professor in Developmental Psychology, TCD)
  • Professor Declan Devane (Professor of Midwifery, NUI Galway; Director, HRB Trials Methodology Research Network)
  • Professor Arun Bokde (Assistant Professor in Neuroimaging, TCD)
  • Dr Deirdre Murray (Senior lecturer in Paediatrics, UCC)
  • Ms Mandy Daly (Director of Advocacy and Policymaking, Irish Neonatal Health Alliance)
  • Dr Mark Watson (Head of Education and Development, CRDI; Investigator, CÚRAM Centre; Co-Director, Wellcome-HRB Irish Clinical Academic Training)
  • Mr Paul Ryan (Patient Group Representative)
  • Mrs Fiona O’Farrell (Paediatric Occupational Therapist)
  • Ms Sharon Keogh (Director & Co-Founder of Irish Neonatal Health Alliance; Founder of Monoamniotic Twins Ireland)

 

NEPTuNE is inviting applications for PhD Scholarships, and recruiting a Programme Manager

Applications are open for five PhD Scholarships (application deadline extended to: 27 June):

  • Develop a core outcome set for use in clinical trials, and other studies, for the prevention and the treatment of hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy – NUI Galway
  • CRADLE: Circadian Rhythm Alterations anD outcome in neonatal Encephalopathy – TCD
  • PANDA: Psychological And Neurodevelopmental assessment of Neonatal Encephalopathy – TCD
  • Identify characteristic features or ‘biomarkers’ of encephalopathy in newborn infants using EEG – UCC
  • NEON: Investigate the functional brain changes in neonatal encephalopathy (NE) infants and the associated behavioural and cognitive consequences – TCD

Further details at: https://www.crdi.ie/neptune/

The Programme Manager position is an important new post based in CRDI that involves engagement with the partners in this programme at all levels.

Post Status: Part-time (0.5 FTE; 17.5 hours per week) 4 year fixed term contract.

Role, responsibilities, person specification and application details can be found here:

https://www.crdi.ie/crdi-vacancy-programme-manager-neonatal-brain-injury-consortium-ireland/

The closing date for receipt of applications has been extended to 27 June 2018 at 17:00 (GMT).


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