Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)

Dept Obstetrics,  RCSI, The Rotunda Hospital,
Parnell St
1 Dublin
Ireland


www.rcsi.ie

Team Leader

David Corcoran
David Corcoran

Dr. David Corcoran
Consultant Neonatologist, Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer
Phone: +353 (1) 8730700
Fax: +353 (1) 8171737
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Project Members

Adrienne Foran
Adrienne Foran

Dr Adrienne Foran
Consultant Neonatologist
Phone: +353 18730700
Fax: +353 8171737
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Afif El-Khuffash
Afif El-Khuffash

Dr Afif El-Khuffash
Consultant Neonatologist
Phone: +353 18730700
Fax: +353 8171737
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Prof. Naomi McCallion
Consultant Pediatrician, Senior Lecturer
Phone: +353 (1) 8730700
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Dr Adam James, MD
Research Registrar
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Institute Presentation

The Rotunda Hospital was established in 1745 in the heart of Dublin and it is a modern, busy and progressive Maternity Hospital, which delivers 7,000 infants annually. The Rotunda is one of the principal teaching hospitals for Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Neonatal medicine in the RCSI. There are 35 neonatal cots, with 10 intensive care (level 3) cots. The number of VLBW infants cared for per annum varies between 110 and 140.  The medical staff consists of 4 consultant neonatologists.  Specialist Paediatric Registrar grade (SpR) positions are accredited for training in neonatology by the Irish Committee for Higher Medical Training (ICHMT), and there are generally 3 SpR's training in the Unit at any one time. There are 2 Advanced Neonatal Nurse practitioners who provide an invaluable educational service, and procedural expertise in the Neonatal Unit.  All these factors make the Rotunda an ideal site for a multi-center trial involving VLBW infants. Neurodevelopmental follow up is provided and consists of a full neurodevelopmental assessment at  2 years old on all very low birth weight infants.

The Rotunda has a strong track record in the field of medical research. Dr Mary King and Dr Adrienne Foran have received funding in the area of perinatal brain injury research. Dr Foran has a particular interest in near infrared spectroscopy and MRI.  Dr Corcoran had a keen interest in neonatal echocardiography and research into biochemical markers of cardiac function in preterm infants and the use of tissue Doppler imaging of the myocardium is in progress at present.  Dr Corcoran has  supervised a number of MD students.

The Royal College of Surgeons has played a major role in medical education and training in Ireland for over 200 years. The Department of Obstetrics  participated in a number of multicentre trials and Dr Corcoran recently received funding to perform the NOTES trial, a Neurodevelopmental follow up project of growth discordant and concordant twins in Ireland.