NICHD Director’s Lecture Series: Why me and why now? Understanding the Molecular Epidemiology and Triggers of Placental Abruption

November 9, 2015 (9:00–10:00 a.m.)


Office of the Director (OD), NICHD


Lipsett Amphitheater, NIH Clinical Center (Building 10), NIH Main Campus


The NICHD Director’s Lecture Series provides a way to showcase cutting-edge science relevant to the Institute’s mission. The forum also enables staff and other attendees to interact with other nationally recognized scientists and leaders.

This lecture features Michelle Williams, Sc.D., Stephen B. Kay Family Professor of Public Health and chair of the department of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Williams will discuss the challenges of understanding the epidemiology and pathophysiology of placental abruption, a situation in which the placenta partially or completely peels away from the inner wall of the uterus before delivery. She will discuss how animal models, novel epidemiological study designs, genetics and metabolomics techniques are being used to test and identify novel targets for preventing and managing pregnancies complicated by placental abruption. 

All NIH staff and members of the public are welcome to attend.

Individuals with disabilities who need sign language interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Laureen Lee at or 301-594-1968. Requests should be made at least 5 days in advance of the event.


Dr. Lynne Haverkos, Child Development and Behavior Branch, Division of Extramural Research, NICHD

Please note: Views expressed during NICHD-sponsored events do not necessarily reflect the opinions or the official positions of NICHD, NIH, or HHS.
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