Pregnancy & Perinatal (PP) Branch Report to the NACHHD Council (September 2008) (PDF - 1.15 MB)
This scientific report to the National Advisory Child Health and Human Development (NACHHD) Council describes the research and research training supported by the NICHD PP Branch as of 2008 that relate to improving the outcomes of pregnancy, reducing infant mortality (including reducing sudden infant death syndrome), and minimizing maternal and infant morbidities. The report also includes possible future research directions for the PP Branch.
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network (MFMU)
NICHD created the MFMU Network in 1986 to focus on clinical questions in maternal-fetal medicine and obstetrics, particularly with respect to the continuing problem of preterm birth. Operating under cooperative agreements, the current MFMU Network comprises 14 university-based clinical centers and a data coordinating center. More than 36 randomized clinical trials, cohort studies, and registries have been completed or are in progress.
Bridging Preeclampsia and Future Cardiovascular Disease
The NICHD supported a 2-day workshop organized by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in 2010 to identify opportunities for research to advance understanding of preeclampsia and its contribution to future maternal cardiovascular risk. Read the recommendations from the workshop.
Clinical guidance for the diagnosis and management of preeclampsia:
Preeclampsia expert Baha M. Sibai, M.D., gave a presentation on scientific findings related to the Recurrence & Long-term Complications after Preeclampsia-eclampsia (PDF – 2 MB) that is maintained on the website of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.
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