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March of Dimes Provides $2.6 Million in New Funding for Preterm Birth Research
Date:2/22/2010

Six Innovative Scientists Aim to Predict and Prevent Preterm Birth

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scientists seeking answers to the complex problem of premature birth will explore whether stimulation of estrogen  receptors triggers preterm labor, study how genetics and the environment interact to cause preterm birth, and investigate whether vitamin D  can suppress factors that make some women more likely to give birth too soon, all with the financial support of the March of Dimes.

The March of Dimes has committed another $2.6 million to support the work of six scientists for the next three years as they study the causes of preterm birth. The 2010 grants bring the six-year total of the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Initiative grant program to more than $15 million.

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