Healthy pregnancy in Ireland

The HRB Ireland Perinatal CTN is an all-island of Ireland clinical trial network for mothers and babies representing a new and exciting collaboration between two established research groups; the Irish centre for Foetal and Neonatal Translational Research (INFANT) and Perinatal Ireland. The 'Healthy Pregnancy in Ireland' initiative is a public outreach programme supported by CTN. The aim of this initiative is to provide clear, reliable information on a range of pregnancy conditions and new-born health issues in order to educate the wider public and contextualize Perinatal CTN research. As part of this initiative we aim to develop an outreach page on our main network website with a series of short animated videos discussing key pregnancy complications, new-born health issues and research activities addressing these complications, explained in a simple, effective and clear fashion.
We also plan to develop a focused social media campaign around this initiative, with the aim of raising public awareness of the CTN's research activity while providing information to Irish women on keeping healthy in pregnancy to optimize birth outcomes. Webinars and live chat sessions will be featured on our outreach webpage to promote communication between perinatal experts and the public.
Advancing maternal age, obesity along with other genetic and environmental factors can cause complications in pregnancy such as gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia etc. The'Healthy Pregnancy Ireland' outreach initiative aims to reduce adverse outcomes in this population through education and support while empowering parents through research involvement.

Award Date
23 October 2015
Award Value
Principal Investigator
Professor Fergal Malone
Host Institution
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Knowledge Exchange and Dissemination Scheme