Co-Chairs

Geraldine Boylan is Professor of Neonatal Physiology at University College Cork and is a founding Director of the INFANT Centre. Geraldine has a career long track record in clinical neurophysiology, since 1996 has working exclusively in the field of neonatal neurophysiology. Her PhD thesis from Kings College London focused on EEG and cerebral blood flow velocity during neonatal seizures. She is a SFI and Wellcome Trust funded PI and as an INFANT PI, Geraldine leads the thematic research areas related to the neonatal brain. Geraldine’s group comprises of a multidisciplinary research team that has established an international reputation in the area of neurological monitoring in the neonatal intensive care unit, particularly in seizure detection and early diagnosis of brain injury. Researchers in Geraldine’s group are developing automated algorithms for monitoring brain activity and remote monitoring tools for physiological data acquisition in the neonatal intensive care unit. One such innovation, an automated seizure detection algorithm for newborn babies (ANSeR), is the focus of a large multicentre trial, funded by a Wellcome Trust Strategic Translational Award. ANSeR was honoured by An Post in 2018 as one of four featured €1 stamps titled “Irish Scientific Discoveries” the series of stamps highlight recent scientific discoveries made by scientists who work in pioneering research and development in Ireland. ANSeR’s seizure prediction algorithm has been honoured as one of the featured stamps. Geraldine is co-coordinator of the FP7 NEMO study, Europe’s first multicentre Clinical Trial of novel drugs for the treatment of seizures in newborn babies.  


Deirdre Murray graduated from UCC in 1995 and trained in Paediatrics in Dublin, before specialising Paediatric Intensive Care in leading International Paediatric Hospitals: the Royal Bristol Children’s Hospital and the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. She returned to Ireland to persue a dedicated research post and completed the first PhD in the Department of Paediatrics, UCC in June 2008. This thesis focussed on early continuous EEG in neonatal brain injury and resulted in a number of important peer-reviewed publications in the highest impact Paediatric journal Pediatrics. She took up her post as Senior Lecturer in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health in 2008 and has developed her research interest into early brain injury and neurodevelopmental outcome since that time. Her aim is to improve long term neurological outcome through improved detection, prediction and early intervention following neonatal brain injury. Prof Murray is the Principal investigator of the Cork BASELINE Birth Cohort Study and through this study, funded by the National Children’s Research Centre has established a large extremely well phenotyped birth cohort with the first neonatal biobank in Ireland. In 2012 she was the first Irish Paediatrician to be awarded the prestigious HRB Clinician Scientist Award to develop her research in the field of novel biomarkers in Hypoxic-Ischaemic Encephalopathy through the BiHiVE study. In 2013 she became one of 9 Principal Investigators in the Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research (INFANT centre). In 2018 she was promoted to Prof (Scale 2) in the Dept of Paediatrics and Child Health and took up the role of Head of Department. In 2019 she became the Clinical Lead for Paediatrics in Cork University Hospital.