Prof. Louise Kenny (MB ChB (hons), PhD, MRCOG) is Professor of Obstetrics at University College Cork, a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Cork University Maternity Hospital and Director of the Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research (INFANT). Louise graduated in Medicine with honours from the University of Liverpool, UK, in 1993. After completing her internship and SHO training in the Mersey region, she moved to Nottingham in 1997 to undertake a research project in the School of Biomedical Sciences. In 1999 she was awarded one of the first MRC/RCOG Clinical Training Fellowships and subsequently completed a PhD investigating abnormal vascular responses in pre-eclampsia.

In 2006, Louise moved to Ireland to take up key role in the development of the new Research Centre at Cork University Maternity Hospital and continued to develop her research programme in uteroplacental insufficiency, adverse pregnancy outcome and pregnancy loss. Since her appointment, Louise has raised over €20 million in external awarded peer reviewed grants and has developed a research group consisting of 60 researchers from a wide variety of clinical and scientific disciplines. Louise's work has resulted in >200 peer reviewed original papers, reviews and book chapters. She is the Editor of the 19th Edition of `Obstetrics by Ten Teachers'- the world's leading undergraduate textbook in obstetrics. In addition, Louise is an associate editor of the journal Pregnancy Hypertension and the lead author of the national guideline for the management of severe hypertension in pregnancy.