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Researchers aim to prevent global prematurity and stillbirths
Date:2/18/2008

ing infant and maternal health throughout the developing world and right here at home.

We believe it is our responsibility to help solve this global problem and have committed the resources to form a new office at Childrens to specifically address prematurity and stillbirths, continued Hansen. The office will be directed by Dr. Craig Rubens, professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and will be based at the hospital and closely linked to our Research Institute.

Over 500,000 babies are born prematurely in the U.S. each year. In 2004, 1 of 8 babies was born prematurely and between 1994 and 2004 the rate of infants born prematurely in the U.S. climbed nearly 14 percent, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Prematurity rates are growing in Latin America as well.

Bringing together the research literature and the worlds leading stillbirth and prematurity scientists will allow us to build a critical research agenda for the future. This is an area in medicine that has yet to receive the funding levels and attention it needs, said the grants principal investigator Craig Rubens, MD, PhD, director, Office for Prevention of Prematurity and Stillbirths at Childrens. With the help of the Gates Foundation we are establishing important partnerships with global organizations, such as UNICEF and the March of Dimes, to strengthen our efforts through collaboration. Its our goal to develop an internationally focused, comprehensive research program to fully understand what causes premature births, including those that result in stillbirths, and how to prevent them on a global level.

Rubens is developing an international scientific advisory committee made up of experts representing major health centers and organizations, who have a strong history of leadership and contribution to maternal, neonatal and child health issues within low, middle or high income countries. This committee will advise the
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Contact: Jennifer Seymour
jennifer.seymour@seattlechildrens.org
206-987-5207
Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center of Seattle
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