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March of Dimes funds new preterm birth research
Date:3/4/2013

ing for his work has been renewed to allow him to build on his past discoveries with the goal of improving health care providers' ability to predict which women are at high risk of delivering their baby too soon.

Other new grant recipients are:

  • Louis Ragolia, PhD, director of Biomedical Research, Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola New York, who is focusing on prostaglandins, specialized lipids that mediate inflammation and play an important role in triggering labor at term, to identify women at risk of infection-related preterm delivery and develop drug treatment to prevent it.

  • Indira U. Mysorekar, PhD, Washington University School of Medicine; St. Louis, Missouri, who is working to identify how bacteria and other infection-causing microorganisms attack the placenta and contribute to preterm birth.

  • Francesco J. DeMayo, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas, who is seeking to understand the role progesterone plays in suppressing contractions until term. The hormone has been shown to prevent premature delivery among about one-third of women with a singleton pregnancy.

  • Ruth Ann Word, MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, is investigating the role of the protein fetal fibronectin in causing preterm premature rupture of the membranes (PPROM), which is associated with 30 to 40 percent of preterm deliveries in the U.S

In 2013, the March of Dimes celebrates its 75th Anniversary and its ongoing work to help babies get a healthy start in life. Early research led to the Salk and Sabin polio vaccines that all babies still receive. Other breakthroughs include new treatments for premature infants and children with birth defects. About 4 million babies are born each year in the United States, and all have benefitted the March of Dimes life saving research and education.


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Contact: Elizabeth Lynch
elynch@marchofdimes.com
914-997-4286
March of Dimes Foundation
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