March of Dimes, whose mission is to give every baby a healthy start, has launched an exciting new research program in partnership with Stanford University School of Medicine, one of the premier research institutions in the world. This video demonstrates the commitment and enthusiasm of some of our renowned medical and biological researchers who are embarking on a unique transdisciplinary approach to put an end to premature birth.

The Center's areas of inquiry are designed to ground the larger transdisciplinary mandate in a series of focused scientific initiatives, as well as to produce important new insights.

Areas of inquiry must meet a set of essential criteria:
• Address a research target that is likely to be crucial to the prevention of preterm birth.
• Generate or refine new technologies that could lead to important new discoveries 
   regarding preterm birth.
• Leverage the expertise and resources available at Stanford University.
• Provide a strong foundation for transdisciplinary collaboration.

Key areas of inquiry include:

Bioinformatics Gene-Environment Discovery. Our long-term research goal is to utilize bioinformatics methods, as well as genomic and environmental measurements, to study the causes of, and develop diagnostics for, preterm birth. Download pdf (512 KB)


Infection/Inflammation Discovery. Our overall goal is to characterize microorganisms in the body, their genetic components, and their reactions during pregnancy, and examine whether they are in any way associated with preterm birth. Download pdf (496 KB)



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Transcriptome and Preterm Birth. Our goal is to develop a diagnostic tool that — through a blood test — will enable clinicians to detect distress signals from a mother or baby before any clinical symptoms of preterm birth are apparent. Download pdf (355 KB)