AAMC Highlights Research on Neonatal Care, Placental Health

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recently interviewed NICHD Director Alan Guttmacher, M.D., about improvements in the care of preterm infants.

He reflected on the significant research advances that have led to better outcomes for preemies and discussed how new initiatives, like the Human Placenta Project, have the potential to improve health during the neonatal period and beyond.

Newborn human baby lays in an incubator with oxegen and monitoring equipment.“We’ve known for a long time that the placental development function was important to the fetus during pregnancy, but more and more [we are finding] that the placenta may be important for the rest of life thereafter,” said Dr. Guttmacher. “So we are trying to attract people who might have effective research approaches that they had not thought of applying to the placenta.”

Read the full article in the AAMC Reporter External Web Site Policy.

Originally posted: February 5, 2015

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