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New multi-million dollar research center aims to solve the mystery of premature birth
Date:5/21/2013

COLUMBUS, OHIO, MAY 21, 2013 Three major Ohio universities and four hospitals have joined with the March of Dimes Foundation to establish a new collaborative research program aimed exclusively at finding the unknown causes of premature birth. The March of Dimes intends to invest $10 million in the program over five years.

"The March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center -- Ohio Collaborative is a unique research enterprise," says Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, President of the March of Dimes. "This new transdisciplinary, team-based research model will leverage the expertise of leading scientists here in Ohio to discover breakthroughs in our understanding of premature birth. Extraordinary research requires extraordinary funding, and we are very grateful to the leadership of the GE Foundation for awarding the program's first grant for $200,000."

Partners in the research collaborative include:

  • University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center;
  • The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus;
  • Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals MacDonald Women's Hospital and Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and MetroHealth System, Cleveland.

"This new research approach has assembled creative, accomplished and dedicated scientists to work together to generate innovative strategies to transform our understanding of causes of prematurity and use this knowledge to enhance obstetrical care and infant outcomes for Ohio and its residents," says Louis Muglia, MD, PhD, Co-Director, Perinatal Institute, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, and the Coordinating Principal Investigator for the new collaborative. "Too many babies, here in Ohio and throughout the United States, are born too soon, and this program will help prevent that."

"As a high-risk obstetrician for 40 years, I have seen first-hand the need and the
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Contact: Elizabeth Lynch
elynch@marchofdimes.com
914-997-4286
March of Dimes Foundation
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