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March of Dimes provides $2.7 million in new funding for preterm birth research
Date:2/11/2009

we're extremely fortunate to receive this grant," Dr. Condon said.

The March of Dimes calls on the federal government to fully fund the PREEMIE Act of 2006, which expands federal research on preterm labor and delivery, and the care and treatment, and outcomes of preterm and low birthweight infants, Dr. Howse said.

In December 2008, the March of Dimes and the Burroughs Wellcome Trust co-sponsored "Preventing Prematurity: Establishing a Network for Innovation and Discovery," a meeting that brought together about 200 researchers from around the world to establish new partnerships on the problem of preterm birth and inspire other scientists to pursue studies in this area so crucial to maternal and infant health.

Preterm birth (before 37 completed weeks gestation) is a leading cause of infant death in the United States. Babies who survive an early birth often face serious and sometimes lifelong health problems, including breathing problems, jaundice, developmental delays, vision loss and cerebral palsy. More than 543,000 babies are born too soon each year and recent federal statistics show that the nation's preterm birth rate has risen to 12.8 percent -- a 36 percent increase since the early 1980s.

The 2009 PRI grant recipients are:

  • Jennifer C. Condon, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Cell Biology and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Magee-Women's Research Institute, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA;
  • Michal Elovitz, MD, assistant professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA;
  • Sarah Katherine England, PhD, associate professor, Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA;
  • Ramkumar Menon, MS, PhD, associate research professor, Department of Epidemiology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA;
  • Deborah McColl Money, BSc, MD, FRCSC, associate professor, Department of Obstetrics a
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Contact: Elizabeth Lynch
elynch@marchofdimes.com
914-997-4286
March of Dimes Foundation
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