Overview

In November of 2014, the March of Dimes joined with Washington University in St. Louis to launch the third prematurity research center aimed exclusively at finding the unknown causes of preterm birth. This web site announces the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis and demonstrates the commitment and enthusiasm of accomplished directors, investigators, and faculty members as they come together in this transdisciplinary effort to solve the mysteries of preterm birth.

Why prematurity research?

As the leading cause of newborn death in the U.S., preterm birth is far more serious than most people realize, and 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

The March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis will bring together an unprecedented array of disciplines, specialties, and research themes to examine biological, social, and environmental factors that might contribute to prematurity.

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A groundbreaking
partnership

In 2014, the March of Dimes teamed with Washington University in St. Louis to establish the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis, the nation’s third transdisciplinary research center dedicated solely to examining, identifying, and preventing the causes of premature birth.

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Meet our
researchers

The Washington University in St. Louis research team includes over 30 faculty-level investigators, trainees, and staff and is led by its program directors, George Macones, M.D., M.C.S.E., Alan Schwartz M.D., Ph.D., and Sarah England, Ph.D. Three key research themes are being pursued via transdisciplinary interactions that will generate new research hypotheses and techniques to prevent preterm birth.

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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. Premature birth costs society $26 billion a year and takes a high tool on families and is the number one killer of newborns. 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 at Washington University in St. Louis including making a one-time gift, a monthly donation, or a planned gift.

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Overview

In November of 2014, the March of Dimes joined with Washington University in St. Louis to launch the third prematurity research center aimed exclusively at finding the unknown causes of preterm birth. This web site announces the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis and demonstrates the commitment and enthusiasm of accomplished directors, investigators, and faculty members as they come together in this transdisciplinary effort to solve the mysteries of preterm birth.

News

  • April 18, 2016

    March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at Washington University Announces Inaugural Prematurity Think Tank Symposium
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Meet our Families and Donors

When Michele Imel-Kebe was pregnant with her twin daughters and experiencing contractions at 34 weeks, she faced an excruciating choice: whether to deliver both prematurely, or to try and delay the pregnancy even though one of them, Ava, was no longer growing, was losing fluid, and was experiencing reduced blood... more