Prematurity research center

The March of Dimes and Stanford University School of Medicine today launched the nation’s first transdisciplinary research center dedicated to identifying the causes of premature birth. Prematurity is the number one reason for newborn death in the United States today, yet in nearly half of the cases of premature birth, there is no identifiable cause.

The March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at Stanford University School of Medicine will bring together specialists in disciplines ranging from neonatology and genetics to computer science and artificial intelligence. This unique, transdisciplinary team will be the first group of experts from diverse fields to work together so closely to study prematurity.

“This transdisciplinary approach is important because we have to address all the factors that might contribute to a mother delivering a baby early,” said Dr. David Stevenson, Professor of Pediatrics and, by courtesy, of Obstetrics and Gynecology, at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital who will serve as principal investigator for the new research center.

The March of Dimes has contributed $2 million toward the launch of the Prematurity Research Center in 2011 and will provide support for the project through 2020. A March of Dimes scientific review committee will evaluate the research progress annually and help shape its direction.  To read more about this exciting new center and the four key areas of focus for the initial research, visit this link.

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2 Responses to “Prematurity research center”

  1. Stephanie Says:

    Wonderful!!! As someone who constantly went into preterm labor with no explanation, this is huge and I pray they can figure out what is going wrong and can help women to carry to full term. It’s hard enough to have a preemie, we at least deserve answers. Thank you March of Dimes for pushing forward!!!

  2. AnnMarie Duchon Says:

    Fantastic! As a mom of a 26 weeker, I am thrilled to see progress in this area. Count me as one more mom who went into preterm labor for no identifiable reason. Let’s explore this mystery and save some lives!

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