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.
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.
Principal Investigator: Adrienne Foran - MD MRCPI (PAEDS) FRCPCH Consultant neonatologist
Dr Adrienne Foran’s special areas of interest are newborn intensive care brain monitoring, MRI imaging and care of extremely preterm babies.
She graduated from Trinity College in 1996. She trained in the National Maternity Hospital where she completed her post doctoral thesis (MD) in brainwave tracing in babies at risk of brain injury.
Dr Foran tutored in the RCSI Temple Street before completing her specialist registrar training in the Imperial College, Hammersmith, London where she worked for a year as a consultant before she took a post in the Rotunda Hospital as a consultant neonatologist in September 2007.
Research Fellow: Dr RagaMalika
RagaMallika Pinnamaneni, DOB – 19/06/1982
Qualifications: MBBS, MRCPI, MRCPCH
My aim is to become a Consultant Neonatologist with a special interest in neurodevelopmental outcomes after having successfully completed my Higher Specialist Training Programme in Ireland. I am currently a final year Paediatric Specialist Registrar pursuing a research project over the next year to obtain my MD. I hope to do a Neonatal fellowship in a tertiary neonatal centre abroad to further my experience.