Overview

In June of 2015, the March of Dimes joined with the University of Chicago, Northwestern and Duke to launch the fifth prematurity research center aimed exclusively at finding the unknown causes of premature birth. This demonstrates the commitment and enthusiasm of accomplished directors, investigators and faculty as they come together in this transdisciplinary and cross-institutional effort to solve the mysteries of premature birth. This team will collaborate with the other four centers as they pursue the challenging questions of what causes premature birth, and specifically address five interrelated transdisciplinary research themes around gene regulation.

Why prematurity research?

As the leading cause of newborn death in the United States, premature birth is far more serious than most people realize. We need to know much more about its causes before we can do a better job of prevention.

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A unique
transdisciplinary
approach

March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center UChicago-Northwestern-Duke will bring together an unprecedented array of disciplines, specialties and research themes to examine biological and genetic factors that might contribute to prematurity.

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Research themes

Research themes must meet a set of essential criteria:
• Address a research target that is likely to be crucial to the prevention of premature birth
• Generate or refine new technologies that could lead to important new discoveries regarding premature birth
• Leverage the expertise and resources available across the participating campus, health system and hospitals
• Provide a strong foundation for transdisciplinary collaboration

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A groundbreaking
partnership

In 2015, the March of Dimes teamed with some of the leading medical and teaching institutions in Chicago and Durham to establish the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center UChicago-Northwestern-Duke, the nation’s fifth transdisciplinary research center dedicated solely to examining, identifying and preventing the causes of premature birth.

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Meet the
researchers

The March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center UChicago-Northwestern-Duke research team includes over 30 faculty-level investigators and is led by its program director Carole Ober, Ph.D.

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Many ways to give

One in nine babies is born prematurely in the United States each year, and more than 15 million babies are born prematurely worldwide every year. Find out how you can help give every baby a healthy start. There are many ways to contribute to the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center UChicago-Northwestern-Duke, including making a onetime gift, a monthly donation, or a planned gift.

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Overview

In June of 2015, the March of Dimes joined with the University of Chicago, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Duke Medicine to launch the fifth Prematurity Research Center aimed exclusively at finding the unknown causes of premature birth. This demonstrates the commitment and enthusiasm of accomplished directors, investigators and faculty as they come together in this transdisciplinary and cross-institutional effort to solve the mysteries of premature birth.  This team will collaborate with the other four centers as they pursue the challenging questions of what causes premature birth, and specifically address five interrelated transdisciplinary research themes around gene regulation. 


News

  • November 15, 2015

    National Prematurity Month Dr. Vincent Lynch, from the Chicago Prematurity Research Center, and Elise Jackson, a mother in the March of Dimes Ambassador Family, sat down with Chicago's ABC 7 Eyewitness news to discuss premature births, and the treatments available for mothers and their babies. more

Meet our Families and Donors

We are proud to introduce March of Dimes 2015 National Ambassador Elijah Jackson. more