Katherine Laughon Grantz, M.D., M.S. (nee S. Katherine Laughon) is an Investigator in the DIPHR Epidemiology Branch. She received her M.D. at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She completed her fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Magee-Womens Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and received her master's degree in clinical research from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Grantz' overarching research goal is to provide evidence for improved clinical management of pregnancy complications. As a co-principal investigator on the Consortium on Safe Labor study, Dr. Grantz' research explores how the changes in sociodemographic and body composition characteristics in the contemporary obstetric population have affected the rate of pregnancy complications as well as the implications for current clinical management, such as timing and route of delivery. She also has explored prediction of repeat adverse pregnancy outcomes in the Consecutive Pregnancies Study with particular focus on preterm delivery, which can have important clinical implications in counseling and managing patients. Dr. Grantz is also a co-investigator on the NICHD Fetal Growth Studies with interests in evaluating fetal growth patterns and velocity in pregnancies with medical and obstetrical complications and comparing them to fetuses growing under optimal conditions, as well as developing twin growth trajectories. Dr. Grantz is principal investigator for the Fetal 3D Study, with the purpose to catalog and perform 2 Dimensional (2D) and 3 Dimensional (3D) measurement of the obstetrical ultrasound images in the existing bank of singleton and twin gestations collected from the NICHD Fetal Growth Studies. The research study aims to augment the singleton Study with organ volumes by racial group and to understand the relationship between pregnancy complications and changes in fetal body composition (subcutaneous fat, lean mass) and organ measurements (in singletons) over the course of pregnancy.
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