In July, our first ‘Guaranteed Irish Hero’ in Science was awarded to Professor Louise Kenny, Director of INFANT, the Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research, for her achievements in perinatal, foetal and neonatal research.
The Cork-based scientist was selected for the award following a public nomination process and received the award at the INFANT Research Centre, a world-leading Science Foundation Ireland research centre in University College Cork and Cork University Maternity Hospital, Cork City.
On awarding Professor Kenny, CEO of Guaranteed Irish Brid O’Connell said:
“Professor Kenny is a true ambassador for Ireland so it is with great pleasure that we name her as the very first Guaranteed Irish Science Hero today. Professor Kenny’s research group has pioneered the use of metabolomic technology, helping to reduce infant and mother fatalities. It is because of this commitment to pregnancy research and in developing innovative technologies to improve the treatment and care available to mothers and babies that she has been awarded this accolade. I would like to wish Professor Kenny and all her team at INFANT the very best for their continued research in this area.”
Professor Louise Kenny graduated with honours from Liverpool Medical School, UK in 1993. After training in Liverpool, Nottingham and Manchester, she obtained Membership of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists in 2001 and her PhD in vascular physiology and pharmacology from the University of Nottingham, UK in 2003. Louise moved to University College Cork in 2006 and took up a post as a Senior Lecturer and Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the newly opened Cork University Maternity Hospital where she established a flourishing research centre investigating adverse pregnancy outcome and pregnancy loss. She was promoted to Professor in 2009 and now directs the Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research (INFANT), Ireland’s first perinatal research centre, a hub for translational clinical research, clinical trials and innovation in pregnancy and beyond.
On receiving the Guaranteed Irish Hero Award for Science, Director of INFANT Research Centre, Professor Louise Kenny said:
“I am thrilled and honoured to be the named as the Guaranteed Irish Science Hero for 2017. As perinatal and neonatal research continues to grow in Ireland, it is terrific that it is being recognised in this way. I am passionate about the importance of our work in INFANT, but our efforts are reflective of a wonderful team and I’d like to accept this award on behalf of them. Everyone in my team is also a hero in my eyes.”